Upward and Onward!
April 2, 2010 § 5 Comments
For those who have been checking in and finding the same post, I apologize! I am going to make my updates a weekly event from here on out.
It has been another great chapter since I last wrote. Every day in itself is a whole season of weather back home: a warm breezy morning, a hot afternoon, an early evening down-pour, and an 8 o’clock lightning storm. Without fail! The children are on April break, which here is five weeks, because they attend school year long. Thankfully to help keep them occupied we have a few new volunteers: a Kenyan girl named Vivian who tutors the children daily, and is a great help in making sure the kids can’t get away with talking smack in Swahili. The other two volunteers are retired, Tamia, who arrived today, and Peter, who arrives next week. Tamia is wonderful!
In the last week, we had an awesome, whole-house dance party in the rain, a hike down to the “watering hole,” where I got to see white-tailed Columbus monkeys and teach some of the children to swim with their feet off the ground (!!!), and yesterday shared with them the greatest game in the history of the world, Priest Lake hide-and-go-seek, of which they are now addicts. The biggest challenge of the game is keeping the neighbor kids on the fence from ratting out your hiding spot.
A video reference of our sweet dance parties: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ftU3Svqdcg – Watch their knees! This happen at least twice a week!
Work wise, my projects are coming along well. I met with the Divisional Head Officer of Public Health and a team of administrators to get a more acute understanding of the health community and the challenges facing it, of which there are plenty. We are working with a team of medical students from the States to evaluate and hopefully assist in areas we can. Our International Day of the African Child event is rolling right along, and I was able to go and visit our Rabbit Breeding Project for the first time (about an 8 mile walk through beautiful farm land), where I had my first cup of Kenyan tea, which contains enough sugar to run a small car, and met a man who looks EXACTLY like Floyd Mayweather Jr., the greatest boxer in boxing.
I have also finally gotten very comfortable with my surroundings and am ready to begin exploring the region a bit more. With the help of my trusty Rough Guide to Kenya, I am planning to spend a weekend in Nairobi, visit the National Museum, take a SHOWER!, eat some foods I’ve missed, and check out some of the local markets, and in two weeks I am going to meet up with Dave Betts and his sister to go rafting and camping in Uganda, AND I am going to hike Elephant Mountain behind our orphanage with a few teachers, a group of our older kids, and a few hired soldiers, which I am very excited about! So many adventures on the horizon!
I wish you all a wonderful Easter weekend with family, and I thank you all again for checking in! I will very much look forward to hearing from some of you in the coming days, and as the great Mike Bookie often says, “Upward and Onward!”