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My mission in Kenya was to create a story of how many Kenyans live and also help those families as small as it might be to have some food to last for a month. There was 14 families that benefited the visits from food, monthly rent paid for 8 months, school uniforms, shoes, and a little hope for a time that is truly going through some tough times. The families visited have rent to pay, children to raise, and have little basic essentials.
The first day in Kenya, I took a walk through the slums of Nairobi that have beyond poor conditions. Many of these homes are found deep in alleys of dirt, contaminated water, human waste, trash and little privacy as homes are tightly packed together. As I walked through the street I handed out biscuits (like a cookie) to all the kids. A small treat and greetings I shared with many kids that have never met a white person before. As little as these kids have, they shared some big smiles!!! The senses are touched in many was. My eyes could not believe the living conditions that these people live in. The smells mixed of people cooking, during trash, foul water, and human waste. 630 am Mornings start out nice and cool with the afternoon heating up to 80 degrees and cooling off at sunset at 630 pm everyday of the year. Many people are working on the side of the road with services provided to their fellow Kenyans or have a shop selling produce, sim cards for phones, car repair or Kenya's own Tusker beer. Theres is no Walmart or target and meals are all cooked to order. There is no fast food restaurants any where with most meals consisting of meat like goat, beef or chicken. These meats are accompanied with vegetables, rice, mashed mace (corn), and desert would be your fruits.
In Meru, the clim changes with the higher elevation and cooler temperatures as more families are farmers raising their own chickens, goats, and vegetables. Here 14 families were served with the intention of 10 families but there came some situations that 4 more families were taken care of. There are hundreds of families that could have been helped however the amount of money raised I could not provide for everyone. With the families we did help is was a small moment of help. I hope to go back in a year or two to help out more families.
In all, thank you for all those who help donate to this cause and I hope that maybe we can continue to share God's love to those who are no able to easily provide for themselves like we can here in the US. The donations not only help the local economy with all purchases done in Kenya, but also provided some rent assistance, food, uniforms, shoes, and even some hand outs to individuals that were not expecting to have someone share a moment of hope with them. I visited 2 churches that I had been involved with 10-13 years ago and shared some hope with St Luke's which is looking to provide better services to their Sunday school program. They have been a true example of teaching them how to fish to provide for themselves! I am taking on a project to help get some swing sets built for their school age children!
I have some much to share....but I hope this gives you a small look into what I experienced and will continue to share!
Thank you and God Bless!
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Woman sewing/fixing clothes D70_3912House visit in Meru delivering food and school uniforms to the family. D70_3927House visit in Meru delivering food and school uniforms to the family. Woman Washing family clothes. D70_3949Rental housing in Meru. 500 Schillings a month. $5.00 USD D70_3958Home visit in Meru. D70_3962Home visit in Meru. D70_3965Home visit in Meru. Most families have 2-6 children. D70_3968Boy living on a farm. Father is an alcoholic and mother is working. The three kids are just hanging out in the field. D70_3985Boy living on a farm. Father is an alcoholic and mother is working. The three kids are just hanging out in the field. D70_3990Boy living on a farm. Father is an alcoholic and mother is working. The three kids are just hanging out in the field. D70_4013Housing in Kenya. D70_4043This man is breaking down rocks to make stones for cement. He has no eye protection and does this the entire day for 500 Schillings. D70_4049This man is breaking down rocks to make stones for cement. He has no eye protection and does this the entire day for 500 Schillings. D70_4126This young girl is cooking for her siblings as the mother is at work. Most familes cook over an open fire. D70_4129Faces of Kenya. D70_4142This grandmother is preparing her field for planting. D70_4154Faces of Kenya. D70_4157School boy working on his studies during school break. D70_4180Most children have no shoes. And if they do they are really worn down or have flip flops. We provided shoes for this family! D70_4183This boy made this ball out of plastic bags and rubber bands to play hacky with it! D70_4188Mother in Kenya. D70_4201Four plex houseing unit at 500 shillings a piece. D70_4206Faces of Kenya. D70_4216Cooking in Kenya. D70_4217Cooking in Kenya. D70_4228Faces of Kenya. D70_4232Housing in Kenya. D70_4442 D70_4463Road sides have many open markets like this! D70_4520Road sides have many open markets like this! PDP_6756Many traditional woman carry heavy items on their heads. PDP_6757This man is hired to pull cargo many miles from location to the next in heavy traffic!