Jambo! This is Kathy. It’s my 2nd time to Kenya and I am so excited to share with you our experience today here on the beautiful coast of Kenya! Today some of the team started the day with a visit to Shanzu Transitional Workshop. This is a girl guided project working with young disabled girls and young women in Kenya. The workshop teaches the women to sew. They go through a two year training program before they are moved into the production line. There is a gift shop there where we shop to help support the program. By us buying their project, we are directly helping a disabled girl in Kenya. And their products are beautiful, useful items such as purses, makeup bags, hooded baby towels, and they even take special orders for shirts, shorts and pajama pants. Some of our team had measurements taken and will be back in a few days to pick up their items! Ask us about our purchases when we get back!
After our visit, we returned to the hotel to pick up the rest of the team for a quick stop at the mall for an American lunch! Yes, we stopped for our own special order Dominos pizza and a Coke! Nothing like a little taste of home while in Kenya.
And we finished our day getting some special time with our 8th graders from New Life, Bomani at Haller Park Game Sanctuary. We had 27 Students plus some teachers join us for the day. This allowed us to break up into small groups of 4 students and 2 team members.
When we have such a small group, this allows us to really get to know our students, their stories, and their dreams for their futures. For me, I personally enjoy this time so much. To know we as a church are giving these children opportunities to be the future surgeons, teachers, pastors and accountants of Kenya, brings me such joy!
While we walked and talked our students saw a few awesome exhibits. They saw some crocodiles and hippos be fed which was pretty entertaining. They had the opportunity to feed the giraffes which some took to right away and some were very apprehensive, but with the coaching of their friends, they finally gave it a try. They also saw some snakes and fish and along the way they were educated on all the exhibits, the plant life and the food chains. All of this is important as our 8th graders prepare to take their Certificate of Primary Education Examination. Would you pray with me for our students as they prepare for this very important exam?