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Kenya, Week 1

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Some of you know my sister is in Kenya with a group who is working to build a medical clinic in Kaugi Village outside of and up a mountain or two from Meru, just about on the equator.

The group stays at Meru County Hotel where they also get breakfast and dinner. Meals take 3 hours to get their food. I think it's because they go out and harvest the fruits and vegetables when they see the bus coming. ; ) They have a lot of spinach and fresh fruit. They are given bread and most have a supply of peanut butter to make a sandwich for their lunch. My sister wised up and took a banana from breakfast to put on her sandwich yesterday.

The medical team is there, working to see as many as they can while the building team builds.

I haven't known how lucky I was. Read on.

This photo shows how villagers power a single LED light in their living room at night.

I couldn't figure out how someone could live in such a rickety structure up in the air like this. I learned it's not a house. They are water towers.

In the process of trying to convert power from the generator to a power saw brought from the US, they burned up the saw and had to resort to using hand power to cut plywood to size to create the frame for the concrete footing .

When the rebar arrived, it had been folded in half. If you don't have a tool you need, you make one. So they used a stump that came out of the foundation hole to bend the rebar straight to be cut and welded into the framework.

Bucket Brigades have moved rock into the base of the foundation trench. And then moved it again when they needed more height but had no more rock so they had to refill underneath with that red clay. Then the Portland Cement arrived and they started mixing and bucketing the equivalent of 3 of our truckloads of concrete.

My sister got concrete in her eye as she set her bucket down. She tried to wash it out with her water bottle, and remembered she had added Propel to it. After a trip to the medical center where they rinsed it out with saline, she reports she's okay.

The group is far away from home, well, anywhere, really.

They are working to build a medical clinic in honor of Benjamin's mother.
She raised 7 educated children, and worked to helped other children in the village. When a mother was expecting, she would give a banana tree to her so the child would at least have bananas during hard times.

Benjamin has been to school here in the states, and his first job was working for the St. Pete Times--now the Tampa Bay Times.

This is Benjamin with his daughter.

The whole village met the bus the first day and everyone walked the rest of the way together.

If you would like to know more about this project, you can access their "Blog" at
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    It is an entirely different world there and so many diseases and deaths can be prevented with just a clean, dependable water source. I've read where villages had put in a well and someone came and stole it (the pump head) to sell for scrap. It was heartbreaking.

    We are blessed to have what we have and not have to worry about where you next drink comes from, or next meal.
    1898 days ago
    Thanks for the Goodie, I have had so much to do this last week DH had 2 Dr visits this week and they were both long. Then shopping alone and dashing back to DH, he is doing great but I do worry when i am gone.
    I lost the subscription to your blog and overlooked you I am so very sorry. Forgive me please. I was glad you brought it to my attention. The Project is amazing bringing steel and concrete in to the village must be an education in itself. It is great they have the ability to modify when needed. Your sister is really living life to the fullest, HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    1898 days ago
    Very impressive, the situation there. And you made an interesting blog entry out of it.
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  • JO88BAKO
    Wow, that is awesome! Whenever I turn on the water faucet I think of people in Africa. I won't waste a drop. We are in N.C. It's a great place to be in the winter. Hope you have a great day!! Thanks for stopping by my blog emoticon
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  • ANGEL1066
    Clean water is so critical in Africa. One of my former students is now working in Tanzania with several villages on a project to get reliable clean water to their people. So many diseases are a direct consequence of the unsanitary water in so many places. May God Bless your sisters clinic project!
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  • ROBB1N
    We really don't know how good we have it here, do we?
    1900 days ago
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