Community Day in Nanyuki

Trip Start Jan 18, 2012
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Trip End Feb 04, 2012


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Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012 – Day 10

Kori, our Tauck Tour Director, calls today "Community Day". We will visit the orphanage for the Laikipia Region followed by the Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers.

We begin with a meeting in the Mt Kenya Safari Club Board of Directors Room. Very posh! Kori tells us we will depart tomorrow for the Maasai Mara. We can only take our Tauck duffel bags. Our suitcases will be trucked to the Nairobi Serena to await our arrival later in the week. As we leave the Board Room, my eyes spy a pair of the largest elephant tusks I've ever seen.

At 9:30 AM we head to the orphanage. Tauck is one of the contributors to the facility. Kori delivers several huge sacks of rice. There are 67 orphans at the facility – 45 boys and 22 girls. Many of the kids are orphaned by AIDS. This is the only facility in the Laikipia Region. They could use a hundred more. A number of us add to Tauck’s donation although we were repeatedly told donations were entirely voluntary.

We go to the Nanyuki Spinners & Weavers facility. We are met and greeted by Project Director, Annah Warutere. She tells us there are 137 women in residence right now learning the spinning / weaving craft so they can support themselves and their children.

 

The women are taught to spin thread from sheep wool; to dye the thread; and to weave scarves, table cloths, mats, rugs, etc. I think everyone in our group buys something. Beth bought three scarves and two place mats (which we will frame as wall hangings).

If interested, the Nanyuki weavers have a website – www.spinnersandweavers.org. (I checked the website when we returned home and it works fine).

Our last stop today is the Nacomat in Nanyuki. Nacomat is the equivalent of a one stop shopping mall. I’m not sure what everyone else did but Beth and I wander about in the grocery store checking availability and price. We were impressed. A loaf of white bread sold for a little less than $1. Two frying chickens were on special for around $10. Local produce was very affordable…at least for us.

The store is very clean. There are security guards posted in front of the store. Beth walks right in. I am stopped and “wanded” with a hand held metal detector.

Joy, our dog sitter extraordinaire in Florida, texted us today to say our 7 year old Pomeranian (Baby) has had a serious attack of colitis. Our vet believes the attack is stress related. We’ve never left Baby before. We’re worried but there is little we can do. We’ll try to relax this afternoon. We’ve got some busy days coming  

The food at the Mt Kenya Safari Club is the best so far. That is really saying something because the food has been very good all through our trip.
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