When we came, we hoped Noah would find Africa a place that would give outlet his huge imagination, a place that would provide him with a chance to laugh and learn all the time. Now, with his two fast friends at his side, Noah is fully occupied, discovering how Liberian boys make their lives work. Trokon and Eastman are very poor, and live with several other adults and children in a 15' x 10' mat and zinc shack. But their mother provides them with school and allows them to play every day with Noah, something many parents could not afford to do. In return, we feed the boys supper and help the family in various ways. But mostly, the boys give Noah loyalty and daily adventures that would make Huck, Tom, and even Peter turn green. Here is a typical week.
One of their several fishin' holes. Noah can't get enough fishin' in.
Making a working palm hut with rooms.
Cookin' rice over a campfire.
A little cement work-- making a play house.
Eastman and Noah trying capture sparks on film.
Running their own soft drink business-- here with Trokon returning the empties.
Making cars completely out of bamboo-- including bamboo nails.
Playing a truly authentic game of "Monkey in the Middle."