Steph and Lauren

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 12:55 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
Jun 052013
 

We both thought we would wake up today sad to leave but also excited to get home. There is no way to describehow we have been feeling today though. We woke up and headed downstairs so that we could say bye to the moms leaving from last night’s feeding. This was harder than we anticipated and they were also emotional about us leaving. They kept saying things like “I’ll miss you” “why are you leaving” “just stay” and our favorite, “I’m painful”. It seems everyone we have run into today, even those we didn’t havetime to get to know too well, have been saying many similar things. Which, as you can imagine,  is making it no easier to leave.

Despite all of this, the kids are what make leaving such a challenge. I’m sure we have mentioned this several times, but they are truly such good and sweet kids. They all show it in different ways but they each have such good hearts and we are going to miss them terribly. We will even miss hearing them run around and scream every morning at 4am (no joke) andbeing peed, spit up, drooled, and thrown up on every day. But mostly we will miss seeing their smiles, hearing them laugh andbeing able to give them the hugs they deserve.

After feeding thebabies this morning, we spent some time with the toddlers. Again, it was great to see the boy being adopted bonding g so well with his new German parents and they seem so excited tobe with him. Whenever hismom was out of sight,  he would start screamingand crying so he is clearly attaching already. Onthe other hand, the four year old girl being adopted is still having a hard time bonding and connecting with her new italianparents. She ran away screaming and hugged Sara ‘s leg which made us feel awful for the mom. However, one of the moms who works here started talking to the little girl in Swahili. We haveno idea what she said,  the only word we heard was “mom” and we saw her pointto the gate as she spoke. Immediately, the little girl leaned in and put her arms around her new mom. Although it may take a while, we have hopes theywill bond over time and we know she wont be sent with them until she is fully ready and willing. Afterthis happened, we were again with the toddlers and the German family when wenoticed one of the eight year old boys pouting and standing very close to the German mom. It was so sad to see him understand other children are getting adopted while he is not. Although he was cheered up when we played andgave him bubbles, we cant imagine what is going througbis head and it is really sad yo watch and think about.  We also spent time today withthe older kids who are not in school. Weplayed with them in the big outdoor play pen as they crawled all over us andfought over our laps. Although we did not wantto leave them, we had to grab lunh and feed he babies theirs. While feeding, we got to talk to one of the moms who helped us realize how much they really need and benfit from having volunteers.

That takes us up to right now and it is just about time to head down for our LAST feeding. After that, we will have just enough time to see the kids after school and make one last round of goodbyes. Thank you to everyone who has been following along with our journey, we hope you enjoyed our stories and maybe learned some new things about both Kenya and Happy Life -they are both wonderful places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 8:13 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
Jun 042013
 

 

We had a 6:48 wake up this.morning to say the first of.our goodbyes. Darrah and Joselyn left for their safari this morning and wont be back until after we are gone. Its so strange to have to accept that tomorrow is our last day. Printing our flight reservations and having the moms and kids.ask “you’re leaving tomorrow?” seems like it cant be right. we are both excited to come home but it really snuck up on us. During the morning  feeding Timothy stopped.by to finalize what time he is picking us up.to bring us to the airport. So many people.we are going to.miss.

While.Timothy was here he also showed us something crazy! Lumumba drive is the street that Happy Life is.off of. Apparently the people have been asking the government to.pave the dirt road because the dust has been hurting their businesses, but the government has failed to.do.anything. So today they set up a protest. Lumumba is a fairly busy street and they lined it with rows of rocks so that cars couldn’t drive down it. Then between the rocks they lit fires inside of.old.tires all down the road. It was crazy because just looking at the street it seemed really intense, but the people seemed entirely unphased and went.on with their normal.daily activities like nothing was out of the usual. We talked to some.of the moms.about it when got back from the walk and they just shrugged their shoulders and said that’s the only way to get things.done around here.

Even more.exciting  than the protests though was getting to see two of the new adoptive families. German parents of a toddler and Italian parents of a four year old were here to start their mandatory bonding days–one of the final.steps.in the adoption process. The policy at Happy Life is that the families need at least three days of good bonding before they can take their child.home. However they will.not send a child off unless they are.happy and.willing to.go.

The toddler and.his new.mom and dad (who.smile so big every time we refer to them as that) are getting along so.well. Unfortunately.with the four year old the process isnt going quite as.smoothly. She is old enough to understand what is going on, and to.realize that she will be leaving her happy life family and moving far away. We were talking about how hard it must be for the new parents as their child is going through that. But Rosemary told us we shouldn’t worry. She said the longest the bonding process has ever taken is a month and when that month was over the.child.was incredibly attached to her adoptive family and so excited to have a mom and dad of her own. And since they wont send a child home until.that happens, it is guaranteed that sooner or later the little.girl.will realize how much these people already love her and she will be happy too. Today was better than yesterday so shes already heading in the right direction.

We feel so lucky that we have been able to talk to the parents as they go through these super exciting days. One of the couples today said they feel like they are in.a.dream, and we can 100% see that as we watch them.with their new child who they have been waiting for for so long (over 2 and a half years). One interesting rule about adopting from Kenya is that all.international parents must live in the country for.at least 6 months. So all of the families here now.have rented out apartments until December,  and after that they can finally bring their child home home.

After lunch, we went to a recycling compound to drop off the 25 5-liter water jugs that we’ve purchased since we came here. (thank goodness each one costs.less than $2.) When we gave them our bottles,  they strung them all.up and weighed them. You get 10 shillings for every kilogram, so we left 30 shillings richer. Which we immediately spent on 2 fresh avocados. We also bought 6 bananas for 40 shillings for tonight’s dessert and tomorrow breakfast. We need to get our last fill before we head back to the same fruits for quadruple the price and half the taste.

One funny fun fact we keep.forgetting to share is that we.found out why all Kenyans are such good runners! Apparently.running is the main form.of punishment in school. If you forget to do your homework, your teacher tells you.to go out and run a 5k–and you’d better do it fast so you don’t miss the whole.lesson. Although not too fast because if the teacher suspects you cut corners she sends you straight back out to do it again. We’re thinking this form of discipline might be a great way to combat the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

Last but not.least: We don’t have scabies!!! Time.to go pull the mosquito nets over the beds one last time..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 9:22 am  Ghana  Comments Off on
Jun 032013
 

Sorry again …

Thankfully after playing with the ones who were already awake the power did come on and we were able to finish the feeding before it was time to leave for dinner.

Tomorrow is our last full day whichis so crazy tothink about and we don’t really know how 😮 feel but we look forward to spending every bit of it here with the kids.

Sorry for all the journal malfunctions tonight.

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 9:18 am  Ghana  Comments Off on
Jun 032013
 

Sorry about that, continued ….

We made a big thank you sign to go with thethree cakes because we wanted to thank them all for helping to make this such an amazing experience for us and also they know how muchtheir hard work ia appreciated. They loved the cake and the moms on night shift heard us gt back from dinner and asked for more. We were glad to give them something they could enjoy in he middle pf their busy day.

Another big event of he day was Steph’s haircut. We were going to go to a local salon which would have been an adventure wince Nick told us they didn’t know what to do with his hair the first time he went and they just brushed it a lot. However, one of the other volunteers here is a hair dresser so she offered to do it and we went into a beauty store to buy scissors but realized they only had regular paper scissors … but four dollars later Steph recieved a nice cheap hair cit in th middle of our bedroom.

Mid haircut, we lost power again. We have gotten pretty used to this happening but still
didn’t enjoy the cold showers and tried our best to get ready for dinner by flashlight. We
planned a late dinner ap we would have time to help withthe 7:30 feeding. It was pit off a little because we couldn’t boil water for the bottles. Thankfully after playing with

Big News.

 Posted by Steph and Lauren at 8:57 am  Kenya  Comments Off on Big News.
Jun 032013
 

STEPH ATE CROCODILE … and she really liked it! Aside from the pineapple dipped in chocolate (which was perfect), it was her favorite food of the night. (she is a vegetarian for those of you who don’t know). Reallyyy exciting.
Anyway, we just got back from Carnivore restaurant where we were served so much delicious food. We went with three other happy life volunteers who we have been spending a lot of time with, one of them being Sara, because it is our last night all together. Carnivore is in the Safari Park Hotel which was absolutely gorgeous and had a great outdoor scenery. We were served a four course meal in which the non -vegetarians of the group tried chicken, pork, spare ribs, pig, crocodile (for all), lamb, ostrich, and turkey. Overall, ostrich and crocodile were the biggest hits. We were also treated to amazing desserts, fresh fruit and tea /coffee after our meal. It was nice to have some protein to supplement our almost -all -carb diet since we’ve been here.
Not only was the food to die for, but there was a live dancing /acrobatic show that we both agree was the best performance we have ever seen. Thee were about thirty performers doing unbelievable dances and tricks including jumping over each other and through small hoops, somersaults and push ups in a high speed jump rope, limboing under fire one foot off the ground, a number of jaw -dropping human pyramids /stances, great dancing and really cool costumes. We heard there was going to be a show, but we were truly amazed by this performance and talent.

To back track to the rest of the day … we started out our day with the infants where we noticed a strange pattern on one of the baby’s tongues. It looked like four evenly spaced vertical lines on her tongue and when we asked a mom to look at it she sent us over to the nurse who told us it is an upper respiratory tract infection. She said this is caused by unsanitary bottles or putting their fingers /dirty toys in their mouth. It was very interesting for us to see because we’ve never heard of such a pattern forming on he tongue from an infection. As the day went on we noticed several of the babies coughing and having trouble getting through their bottles because their chests were so congested.

To continue with the illnesses, one of the boys who we took to ice cream yesterday, held
hands with and played tag with apparently has scabies. We found this out today when we asked one of the moms why he wasn’t in school. We are washing our hands a lot ans hoping no one else catches it ..

Today we also went to the supermarket and got cake to frost and decorate for the moms. The
limited relating selection left us with coconut pecan frosting which seemed to be a hit. Every mom was sure to mention how sweet it was since their idea of sweet is far less sweet than ours.

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 6:40 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
Jun 022013
 

Last night when we made it back to Happy Life completely exhausted it seemed like.a great idea to put off the blog, but now we’re realizing that’s not the case since we’ve had two super full days.

sYesterday started off with summertime haircuts for all the infants. After they finished  their breakfast we handed each one off to the moms and with a pair of regular craft scissors she chopped off all of their hair. All of the kids look so different, but there were two in particular whose hair had been  bordering on afros and they look like entirely new babies. But the short hair will be good as the.weather keeps getting warmer and hopefully less sweaty heads will lead to less boils that keep popping up on all of them.

lAfter lunch, we took the day off and went to the Rugby championship game. Nick, a student from California who is studying in Nairobi and volunteers at happy life for one of his classes, came with one of his neighbors, Matt,  to pick us up. Matt is Kenyan but he lived in the US for awhile before coming back home for college. He showed up.in a (really nice BMW) five seater car. so he and nick took the front, and Sara, Sarah, Joselyn, Darrah, and the two of us squished in the back. It wouldn’t have been too bad except for that the half hour drive turned into an hour and a half one. it was Kenya’s independence day yesterday, and the presidennts house was on the way to the Rugby stadium. Even with Matt (and  a third of the traffic)  driving on sidewalks it was very slow going.

It was interesting seeing the presidents enormous estate though,  and so crazy to compare it to the living standards around us. The current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is the son of Kenya’s first president. We also drove past the house he grew up in which was just as lavish as the state house. Matt joked about how he “really understands the experiences of the common Kenyan people.” He also explained that Uhuru is a member of the largest tribe in Kenya, and that all.elections really do here is confirm the population census. Each tribe always votes.for.their own.

We finally reached the stadium and met up with Nick’s Kenyan cousin-by-marriage and some of his friends. In the parking lot they were selling Kenyan flags, scarves, hilarious plastic Kenyan colored cowboy hats and best of all.face paint. we all.chickened.out but nick asked for a Kenyan flag on his forearm. The end product looked more like an Italian flag but it was funny.

We had also invited our taxi driver Timothy and his girlfriend Shanel to the game, so we.met up with them inside. Rugby is the most popular sport around here, and the atmosphere.in the stadium was.really fun. Kenya wound up.winning 23 to 18.and we decided to grab a celebratory piazza dinner at the mall.

By the time we had eaten, we were exhausted. So all the girls.crammed back.into Timothy’s car and we had another crowded commute back home. After a great nights sleep that brings us to today.

We drove to church this morning with all of the older.kids. Pastor Peter, the main pastor at overcoming faith church and one of the happy life directors that we coordinated with before we got here, gave the sermon today. Although sermon may not be the correct term because the mass.consisted.of.two main parts: singing and.dancing which took at least n hour before any words were said in the service, and then continued throughout, and then a “miracle” portion….? Pastor Peter told everyone that miracles do happen,  and invited everyone who needed a.miracle in any part of their life.to.come to the altar. About 20.people lined up, with needs ranging from fixing a family fight to.financial concerns to sickness. One girl who.went up.actually said she was suffering from typhoid. Pastor Peter laid his hand on each person’s head and prayed for them one by one. The sick ones were told they had been healed.on the spot,  and other problems were.ensured to.resolve. Two of the ushers stood behind each person as pastor Peter.”saved” them (as he phrased it)because a.few of them.crumpled.towards the ground once he finished and.needed to be caught. It was a really crazy thing to witness.

After the service was.over, all of the kids met in one of the Sunday school rooms to.celebrate one of the girls birthdays and we were invited to join them.for that. One interesting.thing we’ve noticed.here.is that Kenyans dont eat really sweet foods. all of their.cakes /donuts etc. taste like corn bread.

We.had left for church at 9.and got back.for the end of the infants lunch feeding a little bit before.1. We had such a great rest of the afternoon. Once all.the younger kids went down for their nap, we took the 9 school-age kids.plus two girls whose moms work here to the new ice cream.shop that just opened at the mall.down the street. Besides.to go to school.or to church, the kids almost never get to leave Happy Life, so that made the trip.even more.exciting. There was a.church service that had just gotten out on the road by the mall so the street was.super crowded. Between the five.of us volunteers we probably did 500 head counts.

A new chicken place also just opened so there was someone in a chicken costume right next to ice cream. The kids were so scared of it! We had to explain over and over that it was just clothes. The kids had the choice.of.vanilla.strawberry or.twist, and soon enough we had.11 kids sitting against the wall.eating their ice cream. for some.of them, it was the first time they had ever tried it. It was.also.the first time many of them had brain freezes, and apparently that can be a pretty upsetting ordeal if you’re.not.expecting it.

However the most exciting new.experience.to be a part of.was the kids’ first escalator ride. As soon as.we.walked.into the mall they all started pointing and asking if they could please.go.on the big stairs. So, instead of paying 500 shillings per kid to take them.to the indoor playground, we all took.a.trip up the up escalator and down the down. Although they all.eventually.managed to.ride up with both feet.on one.step, the process for each kid to convince themself.to step on was just like that scene from.elf. We had to keep moving out of the way to let people.pass while they worked up the courage to take the risk. There was one fall.at the top.of the escalator and.two.girls.who needed.to be carried down because they refused to step on the second  escalator, but all on all the kids were.reallly excited about it and came back and.bragged about their adventures.to all.the moms.when we returned.to.happy life.

We spent the remaining time until.dinner with the older.kids. Joselyn had bought nail polish a.few days ago to paint the girls’ nails, but when we brought it down we found out that nail.polish is against the school dress code. if they show up with it on they will be sent home. So, we stuck to.painting toes and.letting the girls.paint our nails. the fluroscent orange and purple combination is looking great. We also taught the kids how.to.play stuck in the mud tag (which is freeze tag, except the way you free someone who has been.frozen is to crawl.through their legs). The moms watching definitely.looked.confused as we were.playing,  but the kids absolutely.loved it. And we had a lot of.fun too :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 8:02 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
May 312013
 

(Sorry)
Continued …
our best bartering skills came out whenwe actually didn’t want something and started to walk away or said a ridiculously low price just to give the hint we really didn’t have the money for it. Although bartering was very stressful, these strategies sometimes really worked to our advantage. We each hadthe a coupleinstances where a seller would bring us into an empty shop and whisper to usabouta “secret price” and after the deal, told us a number we should tell anyonewho asked how much we spent forit. There were a couple things we bought together when bartering and pulled off being sisters to try and help with the price. .. I don’t think we have mentioned this yet, probably because it is so regular to us now, but absolutley everyone, no joke .. everyone, we meet thinks we are sisters. When we stayed at hotel before our safari we were even asked by the woman showing us our room if we were twins.

After we had enough dealing with prices and ambitious store sellers, we took a matatu into town. We were then going to take a matatu back to happy life, but because it was getting late
andrush hour was quickly approaching, Timothy called us and offered us a free ride! We
were with other volunteers and we all squished together and after we picked up his
girlfriend, they gave us a ride home and even invited ia to a movie withthem. We turned down the offer and made it back in time for the last feedingof the day but we thought it wad reallynice of them and he promised to have our flashdrives with all his music on them soon.

We are winding down our night but looking forward to our weekend. We have plans to go to the Rugby semi finals tomorrow afternoonand church onsunday followed by an exciting field trip to ice cream or playground with ten pf the older kids (while everyone else isnapping). Since we havesuch little time left, we are also trying to think of something nice to do or get for the moms (about fifteen) to show how much their hard work is appreciated … if anyone has any suggestions we would greatly appreciate it :) We’ve though about bakingcookies but that’s kind of hard without an oven. Thanks!!

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 7:34 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
May 312013
 

This morning we woke up to some freshlybaked (microwaved) banana bread that Sara somehow managed to make with our few cooking supplies and ingredients … it was great though! After breakfast we continued on with our morning routine of feeding the babies and playing with some of the toddlers and older kids, including a fun game of monkey in the middle. We then decided to chheck out village market to get more touristy souvenirs, although we were dreading bartering. After waiting 1.5 hours for our taxi driver, we headed to village market which turned out to be quite different than what we expected … our driver had told us it was expensive but we heard from other people it was good so we decided to go. It was a very nice facility an the food court had a large variety of foods from several different countries … it wasour first time being surrounded by non -Kenyans and we felt slightly out of our element. Regardless, we enjoyed a delicious middle-eastern meal (still significantly cheaper than home) that was very different than anything we have ever had. When we realized all the stores were expensive and had marked prices?? What? We decided we had to head elsewhere to get what we set out to buy. (Sidenote : we just found out from another volunteer who just got here bit was here for three months last summer, that there is a little market all the way upstairs with cheap and unmarked items …. oops)

We called our driver (his name ia Timothy, he is great and we love his music) and he called his girlfriend to figure out where the nearest market is. The consensus was westlands and he said he would be there in half an hour. Two hours later … after some frozen yogurt and a lot
od waiting … he picked us up and took us to a market which was exactly what we needed.
There were tonsss of little shack like shops and every one we walked by we were convinced or
guilted to walk into and look at just about ecerything. We weee offered half price right off the
bat for trading in our hair elastics, told by many sellers that they understand the low budget
for students, and were called daughters by several of the women. Our best “bartering

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 8:30 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
May 302013
 

Although we didn’t have any car trips today, we figured its about time we say a quick word.about the driving here. Kenya is not the place for people with car sickness. Roadtrips come in two varieties. Door number one: Super bumpy dirt roads that the cars need to.crawl most of the way on. It’s incredible that they can last a full trip at all. There hasnt been a backroads ride yet that’s lacked the rollercoaster feeling where your stomach jumps.up.into your throat. Option two: no streetlights free-for-all city driving. The taxi.driver who works with Happy Life has this great mix of.music that he plays in his car. It includes gems like Ricky Martin, Rihanna, Shakira, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, all with a DJ.techno.beat in the background. We enjoy it so.much we went out today to.buy flashdrives so he can load the music.on them.for us to take home. Even during our 8am drives he has that blasting and its the perfect.energy level.to.match the driving. We weave and bob between huge trucks like nobodys business,  and since there are no.traffic.lights, when we need to turn onto a street in the opposite direction of the traffic.on our side,  the drivers just go for it. As soon as they can sneak their way perpindicular to the first lane of traffic they do so with complete.disregard to how long they are holding up a whole side of the road before they can turn into the next lane. its really hard.to.explain but the point is its crazy.

we’ve also had easily ten instances by now where we could stick not our arm but just our hand out the window and touch a car pointed straight at us. another interesting thing that comes with city driving is the street salesmen. every day people walk between the cars on the main road selling tons of things, from newspapers to car mats to individually wrapped hard candies to framed pictures of president uhuru. There are always several salesmen in sight the entire ride into the center of the city.

One other sidenote before we move on to today.(really.hope.we haven’t written.about this story yet). During.one of our bumpy drives last week we saw a dad.run towards his home as our van was approaching. He came back out with his young daughter and pointed us out in the back.seat. Its not every day that you get to be the first white person a child sees in their life. we felt pretty honored.

We started.off the day on the right foot with French toast (made with eggs.brought back from the farm at the Juja campus) and papaya–which we all disliked.at first but have already acquired a.taste for. Then it was.off to the first of a day of very messy feedings. Once again the infant room is.filled with sniffly kids and all of us got sprayed with food sneezes.and coughs more times than we’d like to.remember.

After organizing a little.laundry we took the eight toddlers into the playroom.while their room was being cleaned.

It was so exciting! while we played with them,  a soon-to-be adoptive mom came to spend time with her future son!! we were so happy to find out that he is going to be adopted, and the mom seemed so excited herself. It was really awesome to see them interact and to know that she’ll be providing such a happy home for him.

The nurse came.to check.up on several of the infants today when we were finishing up lunch with them. I know we have referenced the extremely small 8 month baby boy before,  but I dont think we mentioned this: A lot of  the babies here,  even ones that are approaching a year old, still.have big bumps where their umbilical.cords came off. This baby does too, except his is huge. For a baby who.weighs.no.more than ten pounds, he has an oupocket the size of a large egg sitting on his.stomach. The nurse.explained that his is a hernia. usually they self-resolve, but since he cries so.much he keeps forcing more air into it, making it increasingly worse. Its now bad enough that he needs surgery to remove it. However they are worried that he doesn’t have good enough health to make it through that right now. Even while we were on the safari he spent a night.on the hospital.with pneumonia.  He definitely.keeps.everyone worried but he’s been a trooper so far and the moms do so much to take care of him. apologies for starting with the good news and ending with the negative. If we knew how to copy and paste on the kindle.we’d change that. Speaking of which,  sorry as usual for the bad-news ending yesterday. We.thought we’d work through the kindle.learning curve but that’s obviously not in the cards for this trip.

This afternoon brought another “be careful what you wish for” lesson. Even after gettting burned by a malfunctioning hot shower during our safari, we (as in Steph) kept complaining about our rooms cold shower. Well.a.mechanic came today to fix the light on our bathroom and while he was at it he wired the shower to have hot water! …. Sara’s scalp is now legitimaltely burnt because the water was so hot. As Sara put it,  we are Goldilocks right now. First it was way too hot,  now it’s way too.cold…we’ve pretty much abandoned hope that the “just right” stage is going to happen while.we’re still here.

The good news.is,  we found out were.alllowed to.use the washer machine at night! Finally our.clothes are.actually at least close.to.clean!. it is such a wonderful.feeling.

Since we’ve somehow already hit the one-week-left countdown we just.wanted to thank you guys for reading and putting up with the ridiculous amount of typos.and.late-night-brain writing style. (Hi Emma!!) We cant wait to see you all when we get back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Permalink  Posted by Steph and Lauren at 9:00 am  Kenya  Comments Off on
May 292013
 

Sorry for the abrupt ending … just another kindle issue.

We had a guide in Kibera who showed us around and even brought us into his home. We felt uncomfortable that people saw us receiving a “tour ” of their lifestyle and did not want to come off in a bad way. … There is really no way to describe all we saw and we were only exposed to the wealthier part of the slum. There are one million people living in 12 square kilometers. The houses were made of mud and other scraps … walking through was difficult because they were so close together and water streams full of garbage ran in between them. We were shown the clinic where they treat, most commonly, residents with Hiv, Tb, malaria, typhoid and pneumonia, among others. They mainly rely on donations as a source of medications and food for patients. When we asked our guide about criminal activity and theft, he told us no one calls the police because there is not enough time and he nonchalantly proceeded to tell us a story: One day he was giving a tour similar to the one we were. receiving when a mob justice system took place to deal with the robbery of stereo. The man. who stole the radio was attacked and killed with stones ans the daggers of nearby workers …
They were cutting off body parts and our guide started kind of laughing when he told us the people on tour were “crying just because they had never seen it before” We cant imagine witnessing such a horrific scene.

After Kibera we were ready to come back to happy life but this is when our car broke down ..
We thankfully made it back not super late and were ready tor bed … without a showered because we have been having minor electrical issues in the bathroom and don’t exactly feel safe … thanfilly we were able to use the other volunteer’s shower today.

Today we spentthe day at Happy Life and look forward to spending a majority of our last week here as well. After feeding the babies this morning, we took the toddlers outside and played with them until it was time to bring tum op and feed them lunch. During lunch they had a visit from a little boy who was adopted from happy life two months ago
.. it was really cute to see how excited some of them were to reunite with their friend. It was also happy for us to be able to see a child who has been happily adopted into a loving family.
After this we fed the babies lunch, took a lunch break and store run, then went back downfor the babies afternoon feeding. We then took some of them to a playroom because the moms asked us to do therapy with them to help with their leg muscle strength. Because hey are always in cribs, they cannot support themselves and if tu ty to stand them in your lap they oust sit down. We attempted therapy to the best of our ability and will continue over the next week. Although there are some things at home we miss and are looking forward to … we also feel like there is so much more we can do here and cant believe we are in the final stretch!

they were cutting off parts of his body and our guide skins of laughed when he told us the. people on tour started

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