Soccer tournament

Trip Start Nov 03, 2008
Trip End Jan 29, 2009

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Hey! It's been a while since I've come to town; I'm not always up for the dala dala ride and I've been busy with the soccer tournament.  It was organized by some of the volunteers that have been here for a while.  There were 10 teams playing all day Saturday and Watoto Wa Africa not only made it to the finals, they came in second place!  They were beat by a team called Manchester Kids who are very good and apparently not affiliated with any orphanage. 

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.  The vegetables are cabbage and spinach and onions.  I bought pineapples and oranges for them at the market on Friday; this is a rare treat.  They do get mangoes that fall from the trees around the property.  While I am here I want to make sure to bring them fruit at least once/week.  

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.

love andrea

p.s. please email me at - my telus email is virtually inaccessible from here. 
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goundar16 on

Wish we could have done more!!
Hey Andrea,
My heart goes out to those kids,keep up the great work.Is there any way to get more money to you?Please let me know or get your Dad to call me.

Take Care

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