Sunday, February 5, 2012
Domestic Activities week continues with this photograph of two girls washing clothes in wash tubs. I can not tell for sure, but it looks like they might not even have a wash board. The picture was taken in 1916 and the girls are 12 and 13 years old. The photo was taken in Nicholas County, Kentucky.
It is interesting, that in many parts of the world, laundry is still done this way. The lovely Ms. EAM has a girl that comes by twice a week to wash her laundry by hand. I felt bad seeing a young lady have to work like this, but Ms. EAM explained that the girl really needed the work to survive. Ms. EAM pays her generously by the local standards, and serves her a nice breakfast each day she comes by. Still, it is hard to imagine an area where labor is so cheap that no one would ever even consider purchasing a washing machine, because you could pay a person much cheaper than what a machine would cost to purchase and operate.
When you look at conditions like this, I continue to sit and scratch my head and try to figure out . . . how can we make things better in Africa?