Today was mud hut day! So the team dressed down and prepared for a dirty day. Twenty Five volunteers from class 7 and class 8 were our teachers for the day. We pared up with the students and set off to work. Upon arrival the team discovered that they were building a home for an elderly man whose house was very dilapidated. The frame for the new house was put up around the old house so the team had to do some demolition before they could begin the project.
They were a phenomenal team! Some broke up the ground and some carried water from the well. Some mixed the mud with their feet and some carried it to the work areas. Some gathered rocks and some packed the mud around the rocks and onto the frame for the house.
After a few hours and with some incredible team work, the house was finished!!!
One of the best parts of the day was connected with our student helpers. What a joy they were to serve beside!
After some serious rinsing and cleaning (especially under those nails!) we returned to the school for a hot, filling lunch and some free time to hang out with our new friends.
This afternoon we had the privilege of distributing the solar lamps to the upper primary students at Crossroads Academy in Vipingo. The parents were called to announce the gift. It was fun to see the smiles and hear the cheering when they were told that each student would receive a solar lamp.
The parents were then dismissed to go to their student's classroom where a solar lamp was on their child's desk. After some instruction from the teacher, the parents expressed their joy and gratitude.
A special thank you to all who contributed toward the solar lamp project. What a blessing it will be for these children to be able to study after dark in a smoke free environment.
Tomorrow we visit our students in the high school. We are looking forward to see how they are doing! After that we will be taking class 8 from both schools to Hallar Park - their zoo. It will be another opportunity to get to know and invest in our kids.
Please continue to pray for health and safety for the team. Pray that our time spent with our students is an encouragement to them.