We were up early yesterday to get the bus to Kakamega- a bus that had all the seats bolted to the floor and seatbelts!
The drive from Nakuru to Kakamega was about 4 1/2hrs. Along the route we saw how daily life goes in Kenya. There were many people walking or riding bikes (motor bikes which Lucy advised us later have only been around town for about 2 years, which would explain why they all looked so new and push bikes). People sell their goods on the road side or graze their livestock.
I was delighted to see many donkies- all of which looked well. As we drove people waved and shouted mzungu (which means white person). It is a strange concept that for many of these people especially those in the villages – they may never have seen a white person and they have no telly so we could have been the first opportunity for them to see a mzungu!! They were delighted to see us and some of the children would run alongside the car just to touch our hands.
On arriving at Andrew and Lucy’s house we were welcomed warmly and fed mandezi- a traditional kenyan treat which tastes like doghnuts. Lucy wanted the children to rest but all they wanted to do was play. One of the cows at the school is sick so lucy wanted to go and check on it which gave us a great opportunity to get in a first visit the school.
The teachers let class 7 out to play as we sat and watched 20/30 12yr olds playing with the children. It was amazing. They all loved the bubbles, skipping ropes and footballs. There was no awkward silences just children playing and talking. So much touching, so many questions and so much smiling. Then we sat in the classrooms chatting with them about english schools and playing heads down, thumbs up. Lovely, lovely children. Having such an amazingly blessed time.
Today we got up and ready to spend the day at the RUSH school. On arriving we went straight to the baby class, then visited the middle and pre-unit.
We played games out on the grass and learnt african dances. It was great fun. We then joined the school for lunch – rice and beans. After lunch we joined the other classes for ‘show and tell’ and questions and answers about life in england. They were so polite and wanted to know everything.We spent all afternoon between the classrooms.
Once school was over (and the children had cleaned their own classrooms) the bus took the first group of children home. While waiting for the bus to return to take the next lot of children home we played out on the grass with them. We taught them ‘whats the time Mr Wolf’, stuck in the mud and british bulldog. We then got on the bus with the children to come home. We had a traditional kenyan dinner called ugali.
Hoping to get to the internet place tomorrow so hope to be able to post pics then. Thanks for all your comments, thoughts and prayers it means so much to us all and we love reading them. Xxxx