“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez
We are very excited to share some special news with you! The More Community Trust’s new outdoor kitchen at Henna pre-school in the village of Huntington, has been completed.
The outdoor kitchen was build not only to teach the children of the local community about their roots, but also so our visitors can learn more about the Shangaan culture.
The peace-loving Shangaan people are known for their brightly coloured clothing and superb cooking. They also believe that the making of outdoor fires invites the ancestors to look after their families.
These kitchens were built to bring families together – in the evenings, the community members could be seen sitting around the fire with the elder in the family (called the Narrator) listening to stories being told.
The new outdoor kitchen is by no means intended to take the community back to the past. Instead it is a reminder to the new generation, that whilst adapting to technology and the modern way of living, they must never forget their roots and the importance of family.
We recently had a trial run at the outdoor kitchen and fun was had by all. Guests were invited to participate in the preparation of the food as well as actual cooking thereof, and of course there was also some eating involved!
It future we would like to invite guests from the lodges to join us in this adventure as an optional excursion, so they may learn about the Shangaan culture and also enjoy deliciously prepared food. Visit us when you are next in the area.