Amma: What did you think when Madam Kate came and talked about the oven?
Raju: I thought that we would have some clay and build a small house and that we would not do anything else.
Building the oven
First we made the curved wall out of flat stones, for the oven to sit on, then we made the bricks for the oven out of mud and sand. Kate Madam showed us how to make the bricks using a special box and we put the brick on the floor of the oven. After that, we put sand in a dome shape, and we covered it with paper to separate the sand and the clay that would come next. Finally, we started to put the clay on the paper in three different layers. Kate used wood shavings for insulation to keep the heat in, and she showed us how to mix the clay with one bucket of clay and four buckets of sand. While building the oven, sometimes I was not sure if we would really have an oven, so I felt bored and sometimes I was very interested, and sometimes I was excited.
After the oven was finished it was cookie time…
First, we put flour, a lot of butter, sugar, salt and also eggs and then we put the small chocolate pieces. We made the shape of the cookies into circles, and we put the cookies onto steel trays and we put them in the oven. We needed five or six batches of cookies for the entire community! In the evening, when we were finished, we went to the families and gave each child one cookie. Everyone was so excited about them because it was the first time we had tasted real cookies.
Genla was so excited that he wanted to open a cookie business in Tawang!
The next day, we also got one cookie each after lunch, they were so delicious.
Building clay ovens and natural houses is a very good idea and that everyone in this region and in India should know how to do this because it will save our environment.
I think that we should use natural things for making ovens or houses because we are saving our environment from pollution.
Madam Kate said that she is going to come to our community and she will teach us how to make a home out of natural things and I am looking forward to that.
We like when people come to our community and teach us new things that we can teach others.