Well that’s it, my time in Kenya is almost at an end………
The internet at Andrew’s house has been permenantly down so everytime I sit in this cafe I have to try and remember what i’ve done over the past 2 or 3 days……..it’s only then I realise why I feel so completely shattered!
On Wednesday we started at the hospital. Fortunately not for any of us ‘travellers’ but for a RUSH lady. All I can say is thank goodness we have been well and not needed emergency treatment! Do not moan about St Helier!!! Poor lady has been suffering for a while and has just been told she needs a hip replacement – a mere 500 pounds….a mind blowing amount of money here and probably not do-able 😦
We then moved on to the most incredible afternoon – we helped to build a house! We arrived to find 40-50 people helping to build…….3 paid workers, some there for cheap casual labour from the community and a whole load of RUSH volunteers. Great team work and the man who’s house was being built did not stop smiling and saying ‘I am so happy’!! One of the best afternoons work I’ve done for years!! (OK Ik now i don’t work, but you know what i mean!) This truly was community in action. Loads more to tell on this one when I get back……….
The only way the labourers would eat was if we ‘disappeared’ otherwise we have been expected to eat their food as guests, something none of us were happy with, so we walked to a neighbours house………..neighbour………we walked for miles, in flip flops I might add! The man has HIV and his wife has had a stroke….yet they again made us so welcome and didn’t stop smiling. Now I know what Reaching the Unreached really means – there is no way you would EVER find these places.
Thursday was mostly spent at the school. We sat down to identify the first children for our new sposnsorship programme. It was both exciting and sad at the same time. Sad because these children have suffered so much in their little lives already BUT exciting because we have the opportunity to do something about it! It took nearly 3 hours just to get the dates of birth of 20 children – although things are improving, many don’t have birth certificates. A very interesting and useful afternoon in terms of seeing just some of the problems the school face. We then sat at ‘Little Home’ (the small hotel near Andrew and Lucy’s) to discuss how to proceed with setting up sponsorship, also more details on the ‘football’ side of things and how we can possibly help there?
Got home in the dark, looked in to next doors garden to see Fire-flies………..flies whose bottoms ‘glow in the dark’ – so exciting! Never seen them before, looked like little fairies dancing! (once again I go back to simple things please simple minds!)
Went back to school today for early morning assembly. We arrived at 7.30am and lessons were well under way! The headmaster asked us to help in the English lesson – how embarrassing when I got an answer wrong (!) and worst of all Joan was recording me at the time – marvellous!
Just visited an orphange near the town centre – not RUSH based but connected by helping each other as the needs arise, as everyone seems to out here.
We leave at 6am tomorrow morning – about an hours drive to Kisumu – quick flight to Nairobi then quick transfer for our flight back to Heathrow. I never thought I would be looking forward to using an aeroplane toilet so much – enough said!
Although my time here has been incredible I have total brain overload, need a really good scrub and need my nails done!!
Hopefully I will be at church Sunday morning……so look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you again for your support and prayers – would not have managed without you all!
Love Wendy xx