02.08.2009 29 °C
This week has been back breaking!!! We have been based in Makongeni again but we have been working for the Rafiki Kenia Foundation.
The first project we were working on was the hospital. It has been built but is not a working hospital yet because the contractor who put the floor in did it wrong and so we had to smash through the first layer of the cement on the floor and clear it all out of the building. I don’t think I have ever sweat so much in my life and after an afternoon of work I could just about manage the walk back to the camp!
The second project we were working on was the community toilets (when I say toilet I mean long drop). The hole needed to be about 15 feet deep and then after we had hoed and dug the whole we had to start building the foundations for the floor and the walls. The work itself is quite fun but the toilets are being built 2 metres away from the existing ones which are full so you can only imagine the stench coming from them.
Our third project this week has been to continue with the classroom at Makongeni Primary School. We have now completed the roof, painted the outside and inside of the classroom, made a chalk board and started painting educational murals on the inside. It has been really satisfying working on the classroom because we have really noticed the difference that we have made.
In my spare time this week we went for a meal at Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant which is a top restaurant with an open ceiling so you can look up at the stars as you eat. Yesterday we went to visit one of my friends in hospital which is like a top class hotel and we got a matatu (an overcrowded minibus) but there was not enough space so I had to hang out of the side of it but it was such a fun experience.
On Friday we had a day trip to Mombasa. We went to a wood carving factory where we saw the locals turning a piece of wood into something spectacular, it puts us to shame when it takes about 5 of us to make a desk! Then we spent the rest of the day in the Old Town, looking around the shops and Fort Jesus and going to an old (and very Muslim) market which was quite intimidating but very local.
I am now off for a camel ride and lunch at a nice restaurant along the beach before one final week of hard work.
I am having an amazing time and loving East Africa!