Week 2 – Mud Huts, Soup and Middle East Politics!

Posted on October 8, 2013
dishwasher mike

dishwasher mike

mike at the mosenson entrance

mike at the mosenson entrance

mike with seedlings

mike with seedlings

mud hut and mike

mud hut and mike

Much has happened since arriving at the Mosenson Youth Camp more than week ago. Food is fuel so I will start with it. Helping kitchen staff clean up after lunch means I eat before the hoards of howling students invade the cafeteria. Lunch is generally good particularly soup, which is made by “souper” chef originally from Mexico. When I compliment him in awkward Spanish he looks puzzled!  Oh well.

The “mud hut” is an on-going construction project in the eco demonstration center. The 150-square foot structure is virtually all mud with durable and strong walls. The formula for the mud is one-half bucket of clay bonding that’s mixed with one bucket of water and four buckets of dirt. Straw is then added. Mixing can be done with bare feet but we settled for hands. The windows are salvaged glass and the roof is sheets of clear plastic. The walls have places to store household items made from discarded cooking oil containers. The hut is a very creative endeavor and fun to work on.

Jewish kids from the US come to Mosenson to study the history of  Israel in special three-month program. I met with the Dean of Education to see if the kids in the program might be interested in learning about the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt since I just returned from 15-months in the Sinai monitoring the treaty. The Dean invited me to informally meet with several students who asked good questions about how the treaty verification process is conducted. The kids appeared well informed about current events in Israel.

Today I met with the instructors for the eco demonstration center to explore how to generate more interest among the students for the innovative techniques practiced at the center. We hope to meet again. Later in the day I assisted with one of the classes learning about how to plumb five-gallon pails to conserve water. To end the day I helped replace an old irrigation system with one with greater capacity. Full day! Full week!