A women called Ranny kept popping up as a guide or good contact to have for the area. I touched base with her before I left. She has been absolutely amazing and I highly recommend her. She organized my first homestay, ferry tickets, airport pickup, SIM card and permit. She has a lot a knowledge on the area too and seems to know everyone. I trusted her the moment I met her.
Ranny arrived at my homestay after lunch and asked me if I wanted to visit a local village. There is a group from the hospital at Waisai (which is the largest city in Raja). They’re teaching kids general health maintenance including brushing teeth. At the moment villagers “brush their teeth” by chewing a fibrous red fruit. This has been sufficient in the past, but they need to do it properly now because of the introduction of processed sugars in their diet. I want to be a “yes” man on this trip so I took this opportunity to experience something new.