It was difficult to get photos onto the blog whilst I was out there and even harder to choose a few out of the 420 I took! But here is a selection of them. The first set below are of my trip to Kakamega and my first experience of Africa! We flew in over Lake Victoria and landed at Kisumu airport to the south of Kakamega.
On Friday we went to visit the RUSH centre as they were preparing for the 10th anniversary celebrations on the Saturday. The women were practising their singing, mattresses and sewing machines were being delivered and the place was a hive of activity.
Saturday, up early to get ready for the big day! The place was buzzing all day with more and more people arriving during the day, including children from the academy being coached in. Each group did a presentation in front of the guests of honour who were the provincial director of social services and the provincial director of culture (as well as us the Mzungu’s!)
As guests we were “treated” to a local sweet which they called a flapjack – they were big flying ants (live!!!!!!) then crushed and mixed with sesame seeds. Not like any flapjack I’ve ever tasted.
Then off to Church on Sunday
During the week we went to a funeral, built a house, saw the carpentry, tailoring and IT schools, met with the RUSH women (now with a few men attached). I want to blog separately about a special family and the house we built for them as it deserves more than two lines!
One of the major tasks that we were looking at in the week was exploring “sponsoring a child” at the RUSH academy. We’re really excited by this prospect and it looks more and more feasible. The building work below was for the new dining hall which will be used for both the current academy and the new secondary school.
The land for the secondary school has now been acquired (paid for by Springfield) and all that needs to happen is for it to be built upon, teachers hired, science lab built and equipped, books bought, pupils found and of course funds to do it all!!!!
Full set of photos are on Flickr – you can see them here.