Africa – Kenya Part 2

July 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Uncategorized)

Mom and Dad have been working all week with the children, here is an update:
(I will post pictures from their trip when they return)

Our Rafiki Village is surrounded by a wall. We have 3 armed guards at night that watch the gated entrance. It is a 12 hour shift in a small closed in observatory and we have one guard during the day. Gunshots were fired the night prior to our arrival, we are surrounded by slums and a quarry.

Kennedy is an assistant to the director and he travels by public transportation for 2 1/2 hours one way and then walks 15 minutes to and from the bus…then he works here all day, oftentimes over 8 hours, he has a family with a daughter who is 3 who needs to wait up for him until at least 10pm so he can see her. He is such a kind dedicated man

Joyce, walks 30 minutes each way to work in the maintenance dept here. Her husband has work only on occasion and she has 3 children. We are walking to her home today to see how a Kenyan family lives.

The children are delightful, cute, great warm smiles, wanting hugs and loves calling out Mrs. Pugh Mrs. Pugh! They love your dad who makes things, and plays with them as well as playing and teaching music. He is very wonderful and the boys especially hang on him.

Most of the children were found abandoned, some in ditches. Many make paper houses to shield themselves from the weather. They cover their bodies with oil from cars to prevent the mosquitoes from biting them. They learn to sniff glue at an early age so they mentally are able to tolerate their living conditions.

The children live in their homes in Rafiki with a Kenyan mom who raises all 10 children. She has to be a widow or single woman and devote her life to the children. It is a daunting task and they are truly amazing women.

We have 2 gardens on the premises, which help supply food for the children. The children are incredible eaters, they never complain about the food and they help set up and clean up the tables. They even cart their laundry to and from the area it is done. There is a sense of responsibility and thankfulness in their lives.

I have treated numerous children and moms for various illnesses.

Our home here is a place called Wageni which means ‘guest’ in Swahili. We are currently living with 11 people, we have our own room and bath.

Tomorrow we fly to Tanzania on a small plane and then go on a 2 day Safari. We will return Sunday and teach non stop for 5 days next week.


1 Comment

  1. Bridget said,

    Wow, that’s awesome. It sounds like your parents are having quite an experience!

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