Monday, August 10, 2015

Catching up!

Let's see how this work. We have internet - sorta. And some time - a bit.

Going back a few days. After our time at the Jamii School, we traveled from Eldoret back to Kenya. Beautiful countryside, big sky and gorgeous greens everywhere you look.

Sugar cane for sale by the roadside.

Looks like this is where Santa spends his summers...

 A bit of meat for sale at our rest stop...

One night in Nairobi, and then we all headed to Kangundo, where Miriam and Janet's mom and stepfather live.

We are always greeted by the "mamas" - the older women of the village - with much singing and dancing. Janet is holding the blue umbrella - Miriam is under the black umbrella.

The rain isn't dampening their spirits.

Dance, Kay, dance!

It's never hard to get Ron involved.

The setup when we arrived. We were sitting in a set of tents opposite the striped ones, and by the end every chair was filled and it was SRO - standing room only. Fortunately the rain/drizzle slacked off.

A shout-out to the wonderful people who made this clinic possible!

Miriam and Maggie conferring.

Dr. Alfred's entourage. After dedicating the clinic, he walked over to the nearby school, where he had dedicated (and more importantly helped make reality) a very deep borehole for the school and community several years ago.

As I think I mentioned before, he pretty much ignored the red carpet path and bounded into the crowd, shaking hands. A charismatic politician.

Janet with Isaac, her stepfather.

Some "out the car window" shots...

Water tanks for sale. Just about every possible consumer item can be found for sale along the roadside...

This is the part of the trip where we started splitting up the team quite a bit. The medical team stays up in Kangundo at Mama Monica and Isaac's house (they built on dorm rooms just for that purpose) and the rest of us went to stay the night at the "Savannah Lodge" about 30 minutes away. Let's just say that they aren't going to be getting a 5 star travel rating any time soon. Plus we had the added joy of a wedding reception held on site. And for Maggie and I, who fortunately only stayed there one night, there was no water in the toilet after one flush, and no water available in the bathroom sink or shower when we got up in the morning.

Geoff and Kerry Gilbert  - fun couple!

A poinsettia tree at Mama and Isaac's.

Some of us were fortunate to visit some families and bring some extra supplies. We had already given about 40 of the neediest families in the community some food and clothing. On this visit we were handing out sheets and flashlights. We were not to visit all of the 40 families as we'd hoped, but they will get the supplies later.

A brick-making operation...

Cute, cute chicks with their mama, who is tethered to a stake.

With architects on the trip, we are noticing building details. The barbed-wire on the log is part of the system which keeps the roof stable, they tell me.

The mama of this house showing us the plow she uses. Her home, though quite small and simple, was super clean and neat.

The two Vanderveen boys love the animals.

Miriam tells us that Kenyans don't really go for dogs as pets but this one was.

A mama with her two sons and Maggie. She was full of pep and fun, though you can't really see that in this photo.

Special Olympics! The woman in the red hat is Violet, who comes up from Nairobi every Saturday to provide some games and sports for these young people. We brought some clothing for each person, and toys for the group.

This special needs girl was thrilled with her sandals that had a rhinestone flower on each toe.
Because we mzungus (white people) are in town, we attract crowds. More neighborhood kids than special needs showed up so we decided they should get to play some games too. Here Miriam is organizing some teams, with the proud name of Manchester and Chelsea.

 Just for fun...

Oregonians will recognize this product for sale in a Kenyan store.

Kenyans are SO happy that Obama came to visit.  When I was trying to explain part of the Joseph story to my 4-5 year olds at the Jamii school, the teacher who was translating didn't quite know how best to explain "pharaoh" to the children, so she said, "like Obama." Lots of smiles and vigorous nods when they heard that.

Today was the first day at the New Dawn high school. Here's theatre games with Judy!


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