June 6, 2010 § 7 Comments
I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll start with the arrival of Toby Storie-Pugh or “Uncle Njamba.” Toby is one of the three executive directors for Flying Kites, who came on board after riding his motorcycle from London to South Africa and linked up with Leila (a lifelong friend) and Justine on his way through Kenya. Njamba in Swahili means “warrior,” and he is nothing short of just that. He is a captain of the go go passion ship, overflowing with energy and vision and ‘don’t f^@& with Flying Kites’ thunder. He and I have accomplished more in the last week together than any chapter I can reference in my life thus far. On top of having some of the most hair raising stories I’ve ever heard, he is an extraordinary friend and he couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
The event has been a labor of love, now at it’s most consuming point, but in equal measure it has taken on a momentum of it’s own, reacheding beyond even my greatest hopes. Martha Karua, presidential candidate for the 2012 elections, will be attending and speaking as our most honored guest, which in turn flipped the ears of more national media. On top of this, a wonderful reggae musician named Mcoasto Lucid Stanley, who I met at an Independence Day (Muhadhara) celebration in Njabini, agreed to perform as an opener for free.
The main stage is being constructed on the roof of our new school to create an amphitheater for what could now easily be near 4000 attendees. We have radio ads, featuring Jimmie Gait, running nation-wide, three times a day for the next 7 days. 3000 bananas are arriving on Thursday; 3000 buns on Friday. 3000 flyers have been distributed; 350 posters printed. 500 more t-shirts have been produced in green, red, black, and white, for the purpose of arranging the children and crowd into a human Kenyan flag, and tomorrow I will be buying fireworks. This is certainly an awesome chapter in the adventure and I am grateful even for the chaos!
Our school children practicing the poem / song they will perform.
I just wanted to quickly paint a picture of the build up, so you can share in savoring the next post to come. I will try and write again before Saturday, but in the meantime pray for sunshine, have a beautiful and wonderful day, and be GRATEFUL GRATEFUL. I will be beyond excited to show you what unfolds from this wonderful community day once it flowers!