Diane Greenwood

Thinking about…

PDC Course

Hello Hello everyone!

Alright so it has been so long since I wrote – mostly cause I have been just so involved in the course. There was no internet access (or power for that matter – there was solar for the lights and essentials – but no charging for any of my tech items!) so I tried to write things down and what I have thought I would do is link over to a dedicated Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) page where I can explain what I have been up to. There is too much to write about from the last two weeks and at least this way anyone who wants to look through it all can.

Probably worth me saying that this course has been beyond inspiration. There are things that I have been thinking for a while that this place just gave me the words for, it opened my eyes, firmed up some directions, practically gave me ideas, stirred my heart, my soul and kept my brain active. I really encourage anyone who is interested in living sustainably to look into living with permaculture as this is the best solution I can see for the world’s future. In short I think that this is a change of direction in my life. The start of something new and exciting – I just need some time to talk it all through with Russell and then start getting it all happening at Chum Creek. I can’t wait.

Thank you to everyone who has still been checking out the journal and leaving all the comments on my last post. Please keep reading and following the future permaculture diary that I plan to keep of Chum Creek.

Just a few quick photo’s from the last two weeks. Check out the Permaculture Link with more.

This was our first look at Kampala

Kate and I at another equator crossing

A day trip into Masaka on the back of Leslie’s truck

Kate, Estelle and I

Will and I

Moses and I – we swapped hats!

Charles and I

Me, Rico and Lidsay

James, Nyero, Me and Moses

What’s Going On?

Hey there – it’s Russell here, not Diane.

Di’s in Uganda at the moment without much telephone, and certainly no internet – so until around Jan 29 she won’t be updating much here on her journal.

Di said to say Hi, and that she’s in the middle of her permaculture course, enjoying it a lot and will have lots to update here once she gets to Cape Town soon.

Sabbath School, Markets, Lake Nakuru, Tracy’s Birthday, Nairobi

So I have missed a bit. To be honest I am totally tired and just enjoying the time I have left here.

Sabbath – 2nd January 2010

It was Sabbath again and it was great to have Jason, Neil and Sarah playing some songs for us. We started with some songs lead by the band and then we got into the sermon. It was amazing at one point when I noticed Mwange (the little boy that we prayed for at our Christmas service) was there with his mum. He looked so much better and he was singing and smiling with his mum. Also something pretty special was that one of the visitors was asked to translate for us ‘mzungus’ (white persons). It was really good to be able to understand the service in Kiswahili. The message was “The Lord is our Shepard” – taken from Malachi, Isaiah, Romans and 1 Peter. 

Alanee giving the children’s story – about the little baby birds

Mr. Pastor and the visitor giving the sermon

Sermon notes from Phillip

Mwange and his mother looking heaps better

After the service Neil and I headed into Nakuru as it was going to be the last time that I would be able to get to the markets before I leave. We went into town and priced some laminators for Rebecca, then we got some photo’s processed (photo’s of Mission 2 children for the book that we are making). Then we met up with some other volunteers (Katie, Nat and Luke) and we had lunch at Cathay Hotel with another Mwange. It was really nice and relaxing and then we went to the markets and got a few last things together before Neil got back for his dinner roster. All the others met us in at the market – some stayed for dinner and others came back to MIA.

Sunday – 3rd January 2010

So today was Tracy’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! What a good day to be heading out to Lake Nakuru. The tour began with a little bit of a monkey moment from me – I retuned to the car while we were buying tickets to be ‘attacked’ by a ‘little’ monkey. I ran so fast, straight to Neil as I saw the monkey’s little chompers after my foot. Nat came to help me but also saw the chompers and ran! Thanks Nat!

We were so blessed with the animals that we saw and just had a really good time together. Although we were missing Nikki heaps as she was back to MIA having a ‘get well’ day. Praying for her speedy pickup before she also leaves (next Sunday!)

This is Rose and Bethany at 6am before the Safari, Bethany was knitting! Everyone else was stumbling out of bed for the early start

The sunrise at 6.30am as we drove out the driveway

Rhino with beautiful clouds

Closeup Rhino

Neil and I at Baboon lookout

All of us at Baboon lookout

One of these trees is not like the other one, one of these trees is just not the same …

A Dik Dik, and I love the mohawk!

Buffalo – peeking out of the bushes

Lions – yay! – we were very lucky to see some lions in the open and also a lioness with her cubs on the rocks

A hawk on a cactus tree with amazing clouds

Family of giraffes

Family of Zebra’s and I love the little one!

Baboon

Yay we got to see some Flamingos (and a Buffalo skull!)

After Lake Nakuru we drove up to Crater Menengai, then went for lunch in town at Gillani’s for Tracy’s Birthday. It was a great day.

Tracy’s Birthday Lunch

Monday – 4th January 2010

Yesterday I really didn’t do so much, I pottered around the mud hut getting my stuff ready cause it was my last day at MIA – that is right, it has almost been a month and the time has flown. I was busy washing my clothes (along with Kat, Jas, Tim, Ben, Peta, Luke and Nat who all are going on the Masai Mara trip). I did venture over to play with the children and take some last photo’s for Sarah. It was a sad day really and worship that night we all prayed and said our good byes. Too emotional – but I feel that this may not be the last time that I see these people. THANK YOU IVAN, MARY, SARAH, RACHEL and SARAH (MARTHA and ANISHA) for just making my time at MIA so wonderful. I will miss you guys.

This is Jacob and I having a last hug before bed on Monday Worship

Tuesday – 5th January 2010

This morning we got up early. Alanee, Rose and I were all going with Sarah, Mary, Mama Brenda into Nairobi. Sarah and I were both going to be leaving (Sarah back to Australia and me onto Uganda for the next part of my trip). Alanee and Rose were going with Mary to buy some fabrics to make curtains, dresses and cushions for MIA. Mama Brenda was coming with us as her son is in Kenyata Hospital in Nairobi undergoing Chemo for eye cancer.

The first stop was the hospital. I was pretty excited to see the hospitals here. We all walked in with Mama Brenda and we met Victory in Ward 9D West. Ah, I am not sure I can explain on the journal how this experience went. It will take me a while to get the image and the words out of my head. The doctor didn’t seem to positive and I can hope and pray that Mama Brenda did not understand all the english from the doctor explaining it to us. Victory was a great little kid and was so happy and amazing at sharing the stickers and lollies that we had given him with all the other boys in the ward. 

On the way out unfortunately I was caught taking a photo of a corridor by the security guard. Not did I know you were not meant to take photo’s in Kenya hospitals (what are they trying to hide?). Anyway, it was a combination of shear panic and fear as we were walked to the Public Relations room to discuss my photo. When I showed my photo of the corridor and explained that I like the ‘natural light falling on the plant’ I was luckily able to leave and not cause lots of trouble. And remember that for the next trip – NO PHOTO’S IN THE HOSPITAL – YOU MAY END UP IN JAIL! Not a fun experience. 

We spent the rest of the day in town shopping for fabrics. It went well although the traffic was very very hectic and in the end I now sit here in the Guest House in Nairobi with Rose in a bed next to me and Alanee and Mary in the room down the hall as it was too late for them to travel back to Nakuru.

Sarah will be flying home tonight and I pray for her safe travels and return to her hubby!

Neil, Nikki, Rebecca, Tracy, Bethany, Debbie, Tim are all probably having a quiet night at MIA as Jas, Kat, Tim, Peta, Ben, Nat and Luke left this morning for the Masai Trip. Hope all is well and I will be checking other blogs to make sure I keep up with their adventures. 

Will post more when I am in Uganda. 

New Years Eve + New Years Day

New Years Eve

The day, not much different to Christmas, was a normal rostered day. This morning as I saw Neil drive the ute out the driveway off to do water tanks with Luke and Sarah, then I saw Tim driving the tractor off up the driveway, I had this real sense that we were all out and about on our little chores and getting things moving for MIA.

Eph 2:10-FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS UNTO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD HATH BEFORE ORDAINED THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.

I had been given a list of photo’s to take of the children for their sponsor packs so I was off to find certain children. When I went up to the house it was very quiet and it turned out the children had gone for a morning walk. Just the babies were in their room. Bethany, Alanee and Debbie were upstairs doing the handprints of the little babies for their sponsors so I sat their for a while.

Rebecca and Bethany with Michelle trying to get her hand prints, Debbie at the back with Alex

It was only about 20 minutes later and Neil arrived back at the house. He had come back to pick me up to take me to do water tanks – YAY! Neil and I stacked the ute up with more stuff for another tank and we went off to do some tanking.

Luke and I attaching the gutter brackets

Neil digging the hole so that the bucket can fit under the tap for collection, Neil we will not forget the big root we happened to find in the ground and how the owner had to help us to cut it :)

Sarah and I attaching the gutter end on

When we got back it was time to set up for New Years fireworks. Ivan and some of the boys had gone to get some firewood for a bonfire and then they played and tested some of the fireworks that we had for the night. This is one of those times you think – ‘ah, boys and their toys!’ they were loving it and I just prayed that they were safe.  

The bonfire was ready, the fireworks were set, Mission 2 had come over for he celebration and the kids were all seated ready for the show. It was amazing hearing the kids oooh and aaaah as the fireworks cracked here and there. There were great comments from some of the children like: “Do you think that God can hear these?” and “Do you think that God is getting burnt?” It was an awesome night apart from really missing my family I was in there having a ball (as I am sure that Neil, Jason and Tim were having fun too setting off the fireworks!)

Bonfire with moon

Bonfire with fireworks!

HAPPY 2010!

New Years Day

Morning after fireworks

So who thought it would be 2010 so quickly! It is worth mentioning that for a new year we had a new life today. One of the cows here at MIA gave birth to a little girl! YAY!

New calf and happy mum!

This morning we also had a special trip to a place called Kanana Knitters. It was an amazing place that was hard to leave empty handed. Yes we ALL spent up big, hard to say no to reasonably priced woolen items when they are fair trade and you can see the support the woman are getting. Rebecca and I have already contacted the Australian Distributor to see if we can get some at home. 

Rebecca with some of our purchases

All the wools are dyed with natural flowers – these are the flowers being dried

Some products being dried ready for the shop

Neil, Debbie and Tracy undercoating Room 2

Alanee, Rebecca (and I) putting the top coat on the Library

When we came back we finished the day with some painting in the school. It rained pretty hard last night and the power went out in the middle of one of our prayers, it really ended the night on a very ‘God’ moment. 

The Equator and Hot Pools, Lake Bogoria

Rebecca’s mum click here to get to her blog 

The morning started early, I went over to the house to meet with the architect again to see the progress of the plans. While I was waiting for Nick to arrive I made toast for the children – it was great to see them this morning cause I had not seen them for a while as I was at Mission 2 and also out for Peta’s Birthday.

While I was in the kitchen I heard Mary preparing a bunch of the children to come with us on our outing today. It was a bit of a change – not much working – we went to Lake Bogoria. It is about 2 hours from Nakuru, MIA. Along the way it was so nice to see some villages with mud huts, local stalls as we passed through and also the many donkey, sheep, goat, cow and even a flock of ostriches. One of the things that really stood out to me was the villages that sold honey – seriously there were these wooden stalls with just jars (big and small and long and short and wide and thin) full of honey – as we passed they waved honey at us in the hope that we would stop and buy some.

Also we passed the equator! Which was a highlight for me! YAY …  

A honey stall along the way

The group at the Equator

Neil and I at the equator

So we went to the hot pools at Lake Bogoria. Before we left we were all paired up with a little one that we had to look after for the day. It was filled with so much fun. Splashing, laughing, floaties, balls and lots of chatter. Firstly we swam in the hot pool – I could not get over how hot the water was. At one point I had to get out just for a rest. Then we all got out and all had lunch. The children where just over the moon with their chips and sauce. I had a really nice fish with chips, salad and spinach.

 

Me with Jacob (my buddy to look after), Ben at the back with Amos, Neil in the middle with Isaac, and Jason

Jacob (Chucky), Me and Millie (Peta’s buddy!)

All the children with Mary serving the sauce – with their chips on the rug for lunch

Alanee and Esther – buddies – eating their chips

After that we went over to the cold pools which was a great relief, much cooler, had a great little swim and then we piled back into the car. Jacob and I slept the entire way back, with Ben and Amos next to us, at one point I remember waking and seeing Amos lying with feet on Bec, body on Ben and head on me next to Jacob. We all made it home safe, thank you Tim for driving so well. I am going to be having a good nights sleep.

26th, 27th, 28th and 29th …

Okay … so I have not had access to the internet for a couple of days. Here we go …

Boxing Day – 26th

This day was actually the Sabbath for MIA and so we had a Christmas Service that MIA invited the community to. Having the gates open and letting the community in was an amazing feeling. Everyone from Glen Waverley was asked to help in the service and we led some songs and also sung for the service. It was a great day and the Christmas message really focused on the hope that Christians have when they believe in the birth of Christ. A special service that ended with a prayer for a very sick baby that we all pray/ed for to get well. 

Anisha singing, Me on flute, Jason on Piano and Neil on Guitar – the Sabbath Christmas Band. We should also mention our Mandolin player Mary who was missing from this photo!

Our singers – Rebecca, Ben, Rosemary, Peta, Bethany, Nikki, Alanee, Kat and Anisha

The community at Church, filled to the brim :)

We then had a very big lunch where we fed everyone who came to the service. It was again a special moment when we saw lines of people eating. We saw Ivan and Mary greeting people from the village. Amazing day and thank you MIA for having such open doors in this place. 

Tracey, Neil, Jason, Alanee, and Rebecca serving up lunch to everyone

This is on the steps of the salon/shop, all the visitors along with Ivan, Mary, Sarah, Rachel and Sarah. This is the total crew that spent Christmas together – thanks for a Christmas to remember! 

 

Sunday Free Day – 27th 

Today was a roster free day and so we headed into the markets in Nakuru and we spent the morning collecting little goodies. We had lunch at Gilani’s with Clinton, David and Samuel from the market. When we came back to MIA we spent the afternoon playing football. It was such a good day and spending time with each other was a time to catch up with what everyone had been doing. 

Kat, Peta and I returning from Nakuru on motorbikes!

The football match under a rainbow

Jason going for a header!

Monday – 28th

Today was a great day! It was fantastic. It started with meeting with the Architect of Mission 2. We had a great discussion from the plans that we had last time. Ivan and Mary really know how these places run and it is so good to just chat through the planning. Thank for this opportunity and I hope that I am helping!

Nick the architect and I having a little meeting!

Then Rebecca, Alanee, Neil, Jason, Ben and I made our way to Mission 2. This place is a mission connected with MIA for some older kids. We were all able to play volley ball together, play football, play basketball and rugby. Rebecca and I did a puzzle with Joseph and Boyle and then we played card games with Margaret, Jacinta and Hannah. Alanee had an interesting game taught to her by some of the kids – a card game called AK47, Ace, King, 4 and 7 :) you can see Al grinning right now as she played right? It was just after some games we asked if there was a place to get some water. Dickens and Kevin took us on the most amazing tour of the town. As we walked up the dirt street we saw the life of the town just pottering away – donkeys on the side of the road, coal sellers, milk sellers and little stalls. On the way back we were taken to their school, Good Samaritan School, and they were so so proud of the place. Dickens told us about his schooling and he really is an amazing boy, coming from 3 years behind, now 2nd out of 500 …. WOW! 

Volleyball – we stopped playing after we won 1 game! Ah natural talent.

Kamau with bubbles!

Flora and Rebecca reading a dinosaur book together

Joseph and Boyle with their finished puzzel

Playing duck-duck-goose with the littler children at Mission 2

Neil and Jason playing rugby

We came home and had dinner, followed by a service where the kids sang heaps of songs for us. Baba Matha gave us such a welcome with his address, saying that even by traveling across the world we were there to show these children that they are loved. I thought to myself, how much change can we do in one night in the place – and after that message I realised how much we can do by holding a had, or giving a hug, or looking into some eyes and just saying that they were loved. 

We helped everyone to bed and hugged and was shown all their beds. Carol latched onto my hand and asked me to come with her. She took me to the managers room where there was a bench with medications, her HIV antivirals, and she took them as she held my hand tight. A moment I had to fight back tears :( 

 

Tuesday

Today we awoke in time for breakfast (omelette and toast – YUM!). Then we took the children into the girls dorm and fitted them with shoes from MIA. For the children we did not have shoes for we measured their feet for us to collect shoes in town. For the rest of the morning we face painted, took their stories and photo’s, played cards, played basketball, drew with them, played puzzles and just laughed and played. These children are so special and cause they are a little older we were able to bond and talk about some really cool things, about their dreams and about their stories. 

Alanee tracing a foot for sizing

Pauline and I trying on her shoes

Neil and Gloria with her new shoes

Rebecca gave Leah a note written on the Megasketcher we gave Mission 2

Dickens with his ‘pretty colourful’ horse

Pauline and her ‘neon’ butterfly

Darma and her butterfly

As the kids had lunch we thought we would duck into town and get the shoes we needed for the rest of the children. We also managed to get a pair of socks for each child as they currently do not own any – a pair for Sabbath we thought. We rushed home and handed out the shoes. 

Neil and Alanee purchasing the shoes in town at Bata’s

MIA was there to pick us up when we got back as it was Peta’s 25th Birthday today and we were going to a restaurant to celebrate. We rushed into the cars saying our goodbyes to the beautiful people we had just met – in fact this was hard to do – in one day and we had done so much – and there was so much love. It was pretty sad to leave. 

We had lunch at Maili Saba Restaurant. It was an amazing lunch and it was filled with laughter, food and chatter. We caught up and shared stories about the day that we had all spent apart. Peta was surprised with a birthday song from the chefs and the meal was great. Happy Birthday Peta! Hope you enjoyed your day. 

Peta and the staff singing to her for her birthday 

Alanee and Bethany waiting for their desserts

Neil and I with the ‘luxury tent’ accommodation offered at Maili Saba

We also caught the bikes home again from the corner – this time Neil came too!

We now sit in our little mud hut with it raining outside again. I miss my husband. Russell we will have many nights to talk about the things I have seen, but maybe just one day we can come back here and you can see it too :( Miss you.

Christmas Day

So in all Christmas Day here was not much different to a ‘normal’ day here at MIA. When I think about it I wonder how easy it would be to change and up-lift a routine for 44 children and all the carers/staff/visitors. NOT EASY!

We did however have a little ‘special touch’ to the day by Alanee and Kat face painting the children with their ‘professional’ talents. First of all we painted our faces to assure the children that everything was alright.

Kat painting Peta’s beautiful butterfly

Alanee painting Tracy’s princess

Bethany’s tiger

Rose and Bec’s butterfly

Neil as Michelangelo and I am just a swirly princess thing that Al did for me

Sarah the princess

Alanee painting Diana as a princess

Jayden (the birthday boy!) getting painted as a tiger

Kabibi as a snow leopard

So tomorrow we are having our Christmas Celebration and service (on the Sabbath) with MIA and the doors open to the village. We just finished our singing rehearsals and I am a little excited about seeing everyone and hearing everyone singing. 

We have just retuned to the mudhuts and Rosemary handed out the letters from Church Council. Thank you so much GWUC for the support and the wonderful words in the letter. Many inspiring things for us to bring back to GWUC. Thanks heaps. Also Kat and Nikki came over with the presents from Dean and Anne and I would personally like to say thank you, thank you … so so much! 

What a wonderful different Christmas – filled with laughter, children, painting, food and singing carols together at the end. Christ is born and as our letter reminds us this is the first step in the journey to Easter. Let’s hope that our Easter can be as inspiring as this place was as well. 

Thanks everyone for all your wishes today. 

 

Christmas Eve

Hi there everyone, Merry Christmas to all. Just like to thank all the people that have been constantly supporting us over here and for all the messages, phonecalls, texts, prayers and thoughts you have been sending our way. We really have been doing good work with all the support that we have been getting. Thanks for also keeping up with all our journals, Kat and Jas and Bec. It is good to get stories from lots of different open eyes.

So anyway today, here is what we did: Bec was in the laundry, Alanee was morning care time with the children, Neil and Bethany were in the kitchen for the day (made a lovely spinach and ugali lunch that we all had to eat the swahili way – with our fingers!), Jas started with painting and then finished the day with cleaning chairs with Ben. In the morning Rose, Tracey, Nikki, Kat and I did some hamper deliveries. We are still trying to get some hampers out and I think that the ones that we missed before Christmas will be done before the New Year. After the morning run Tracey and Rosemary packed some more and did another delivery in the afternoon with Nikki and Kat. 

The first delivery was for Lillian – she was not home at the time, but as a blessing we found her on the road as we were driving away so we stopped and told her about the package. This is Lillian on the side of the road.

This was a delivery for Mary, and it was one of the most beautiful places I have seen. The pride in place was amazing and it was so clean and I just was in awe at the simply beauty. 

This is Mary from the beautiful room. She was telling us that she had to eat soft foods cause she has no teeth and so we gave her a lolly pop and she was so excited she popped it in and wanted some photo’s.

There were also little goodies that we handed out to some of the children who came up to us as we were delivering. This little boy got a bouncy ball, which he loves.

Delivery for Sophia and her family. Her two boys are perfect candidates for the school that MIA are opening in the New Year. 

Sophia’s house was in a rental area and there where heaps of children. Kat had lots of fun chasing and playing with them.

Some children that Mrs. Pastor gave some teddies to at one of the stops. They loved them so much and their father came and thanked us before we left. 

Sese and her hamper with a baby pack for her little child.

Mama Rebecca and her daughter Rebecca with their hamper

During the afternoon Bec also had a sewing machine that Pattie had given her to bring here. Mary was so happy when she pulled out the Brother machine as she had a Brother and all the bobbins that she has now will work in the one that Pattie has donated here. Thanks so much! So gald it made it in the travelling. It works and is all “installed” on the bench!

Bec with the sewing machine all working – thanks again Pattie

Also how can we forget to mention that today the staff of MIA took on all the visitors in a game of soccer. We did let them win this first game (2-0)but wait till next Thursday. Bring it on!

Neil giving a great kick in warm up

Jason in warm up with the tractors behind him

Anisha’s swahili intimidation strategy – Sarah had briefed us that our secondary moves were to throw the cow pats from on the field!

In all a really really great day. We ended the night with some singing in our mud hut. Jas on guitar and me on the flute – singing some Christmas Carols. Jason played some of his songs as well. We also had Melanie, Phillip and George from MIA with us (as well as Ivan and Sarah). They sang a couple of swahili songs. I can remember closing my eyes thinking – we will never have the time again. What an amazing Christmas Eve, in the true spirit of Jesus’ birth today we gave hope and light to a few families in need. 

To all of our families back home – WE ALL SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS! See you all soon. Thanks for all your support again.

Lots of Love, Di, Neil, Nikki, Kat, Jas, Rose, Alanee, Bethany, Rebecca, Tracy and Ben xoxo

Right into serving – and Mission 2

So today was the first day of rostered activities for everyone here. In the morning it was like we all just got to it and on with our jobs. Neil, Jason and Ben were all on painting duties, they painted the cubby house in the playground. Kat was on laundry duties for the day. Nikki was on morning care time with the children – her shift started at 6.30am! Tracy helped Nikki in the morning and then was on caring for the afternoon with Rebecca. Alanee and Rosemary were in the kitchen. Bethany was working one on one with the children getting them to draw for their sponsors with Sarah. In the morning Rebecca, Peta and Tim were on delivers for Christmas hampers, Kat, Jas, Bethany and Peta did some in the afternoon – we are trying to get them all out by Christmas!

I was working on a plan for the new orphanage for Mission 2 with Ivan. Ivan had a very good idea of what he wanted and had a plan so I spoke with him about the parts that he would like adjusted. I am planning to have something for him so that we can look at getting a sponsor to fund the place. It was really good being able to have the opportunity to put some sketches together. I feel blessed that I am able to help in this way and that I am here at this time.

In the afternoon the carers had a staff meeting and it was left for us to mind the children for them. Well I am not sure how they do what they do, it was like there were 44 children and all of us just constantly running and trying for peace. They loved having us there and I think were so hyped that none of the usual carers were around that they just had heaps of fun. In the end they were quiet when Jas pulled out his guitar, and apart from trying to have a strum with him we managed to teach two new Christmas tunes. 

I think that that was the day for all of us … 

Neil, Ben and Jas getting the cubby ready for painting

Bethany looking at the handy work of the boys painting 

Nikki playing with Zippy on lap, Lucy blowing bubbles and Inna on back

Tracy and Fraha playing outside with hibiscus’

Rebecca with the children while we were looking after them

Me telling a story while we were looking after the children

Alanee with Ellie and Fraha while listening to the story 

Today I was reflecting a lot on the place that MIA holds in the community and also Kenya. A lot can be said about giving to charity and getting your hands dirty in the local community, but this place really speaks to both equally. These people have given up their life to serve these children and as a secondary note they have built the relationship with the community. It amazes me that they have done all this so fast in this country – in 5 years – and it assures me that God is working through them, and giving us the opportunity to be vessels for his word, work and love. Thank you MIA for creating the connections, the support and the love for both the children and the village here in Nakaru. 

Deliveries, Piave Clinic, Paint + Children

Okay so this is going to be hard to report on everyone going everywhere. So maybe I will report what the group did as a whole and then put up photo’s that I have taken for the day.

Today was packed with goodness. Some of us started the morning with deliveries into the community, then we dropped Nikki + Rose at Piave Clinic where they had immunisation day, some played with the children with bubbles, on the trampoline, we also painted tables, sorted through some of the containers. Packed, packed, packed and not much jetlag which was good.

The bed maker putting the beds together at Sho Sho Esther’s house.

This is the spot where the small boy sleeps before the bed and matress

After we had installed the bed and matress (still to be added the mosquito)

Ivan and Sho Sho sitting on new bed (with her son)

Piave Dispensary – Nikki and Rose

Ivan and Mrs.Pastors with a Christmas Hamper we have just delivered

Jason and Neil delivering matresses to a family

Neil with the new matress and she was so excited that she cleaned the bed immediately to put it on

Neil driving the tractor to the school with some joinery to be delivered

Right now we are all sitting in our mud huts sharing stories. We are about to go to bed … for a nice long sleep.