Once we got to the site, we found a young, but established Bubinga Tree (same species as the "Big Tree"). We, along with the members of the Tali community that were with us, said a prayer and blessed the future home of African University.
|Group from Tali (plus Brasil, our driver) blessing the site.|
|Bubinga Tree that is the Axis Mundi of African University.|
|Field Team around the roundabout.|
|Staking and taping the building footprints.|
|Corner of future dormitory|
|Footprint of first academic building|
|From left: David Russell, Sarah Hempstead, Wayne Schmidt|
|Wayne Schmidt & Martin Sams|
|William Agbor-Baiyee & Elizabeth|
Once all the work was completed and we all took a few minutes to rest and rehydrate, we began the hike back to the vehicles. Along the way William, Elizabeth and our guides took some time to show us some of the useful and interesting flora of the rain forest.
|The coco bean is under the white (tasty!) pith.|
|Willam showing us Eru, which is a very popular dish|
in Cameroon and is cooked similarly to spinach
|Plant that may have properties that treat AIDS - |
The top of the leaf is green, but the underside is a dark purple
|Elizabeth showing us a leaf that is used to wrap and serve food|
At this point, I am seeing a Jimmy John's sub wrapped in this leaf!
|Appreciating the fauna|
|Really unappreciated fauna|