Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
14Trip End Jan 29, 2009
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The kids were wearing their Coldstar tshirts and using a soccer ball donated by Michelle (see photos). Everyone was told they had to play barefoot to be fair to the kids with no shoes. I think only a few kids actually have proper shoes. We had food (rice with a bit of spinach) and pop donated for 400 kids. The kids really do not eat well. They are given ugali (corn/cassava mixture kind of like soft polenta) and or rice with beans
Right now Josephat has moved the boys into their dorm at the new site and is I am giving him money to buy doors for the girls' dorm so they can move in too. So far $1000 has already gone towards labour and cement and there is still more building to do. The kitchen is not quite complete and there is no classroom or a home for Josephat and his family. For now they plan to live in a room in the boy's dorm. Today I went with Josephat to buy food; he had used all the food money as he was banking on a local drilling company to help out. He has done a lot with the money he was given to build the new orphanage but he needs about another $9000 asap. They have a fair sized plot of land for farming and have already planted corn and spinach. The cow shed is 1/2 done and will be finished soon.
One of the Dutch volunteers hosted his own goodbye party at a local bar. He had a goat slaughtered and roasted on a spit - it tasted a bit like chewy roast beef, not bad. When I got home I found the head in a plastic bag on our shelf; Ema had brought it home so he could eat the eyes. Yum.
The rains here are really heavy and you are soaked in a minute. Super loud thunder and lots of lightning. I got caught in a storm leaving the house the other day and ended up waiting it out in the bar with the locals (I think I was the subject of more than a few jokes)
Just a few things I have noticed so far and I hope to buy for the kids....
-if they have backpacks for school they are falling apart
-at least 15 of the smaller kids have no shoes at all, just flip flops
-they need bed sheets and towels badly
All the kids are healthy right now and seem to be doing ok.
I will try to keep in touch more often and upload more photos soon.
hope everyone is well.
p.s. please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - my telus email is virtually inaccessible from here.