18.07.2009 25 °C
On 12 July we travelled from Mwaluganje to Makongeni Village in Diani. The contrast that day was amazing and it was the first time we had seen a built up area for days, and along the main strip on one side of the road you have a five star resort and the othe a mud shack.
Our camp is in Makongeni Village which is very poor, they do not have any electricity and the medical care is very bad. We have already helped to pay for treatment for a boy with elephantitis and a girl who had malaria amongst other things.
The first day we spent walking around the village and meeting the local people. All of the children follow us and show us what they have and tell you their hopes for the future, most of them want to be doctors, lawyers or pilots but in reality not many of them will acheive this as it is only primary education which is free in Kenya. They would do anything for us though, I have already had bracelets made for me with my name on them and they stand at the gate and ask for specific people they are my rafikis!
The camp itself is more comfortable we have more showetrs and toilets and they are a lot more reliable and we have permanent tents which makes getting ready a lot easier. The food is still amazing because the kitchen staff came with us so we have a good rapport!
Most of our time this week has been spent at Chanukeni orphanage. A lot of out project money goes here and we provide them with meals and exercise books. I have never seen so many children so excited just to recieve a book it was so nice to see that we make such a difference. We had to make barbed wire fences to protect the vegetable patches from goats and we cleared more of the overgrown unused land so another vegetable patch. I also learnt that I should never become a brick layer. Whilst I found it looks easy, mixing cement by hand and then having to lay brick and make them level and sturdy was so difficult. I got the hang of things eventually but I definately will not be looking for a career in construction any time soon! I managed throwing rocks into the foundations ok though even if I did get a few minor injuries!
I have found the past week emotionally draining, seeing what we have achieved and knowing it will always be there is quite overwhelming but very satisfyin at the same time.
We now have our first weekend off and are spending the day at the beach and going dancing tonight so although I could write more I can hear the white sand, palm trees, clear ocean, tusker beer and camel rides are calling for me!
Kwahiri and hakuna matata!