So I had this post all drafted and loaded awhile ago and then Weebly crashed on me and deleted the first half of it, and now I cannot recall what I wrote. So I will give you the gist.
We had loads of time to kill on our way to the airport on our final day in Kenya, so we stopped at Kazuri Beads. It was started in 1973 by an English woman who knew 2 Kenyan women who needed jobs. She taught them to make jewelry and they launched a shop. Soon she was training and employing quite a lot of the local women, and the reputation of Kazuri as a maker of quality beads grew and spread around the world.
For our last day in Kenya we visited Lake Nakuru National Park. This is the same park Kevin and I visited on our R & R day on our project trips back in 2015. We knew it to be a good spot, nowhere near as far away or as pricey as Masai Mara. We have no idea if the girls will get a chance to come back to Africa any time soon, so we really wanted them to experience a good game drive.
On our last afternoon in Kinangop, we went for a lovely stroll around the neighborhood.
OK - not really. I mean, it was lovely and it was the neighborhood, but my choice of words there conjures up something very different from what we really did. It was more like a hike through muddy cabbage fields, forest, and roads, to visit with as many neighbors as possible in a 2 kilometer radius. Or something like that. We may have walked farther. I was really lost so I have no idea.
It’s Sunday night, our third day at Into Abba’s Arms, and I am sitting on my bed listening to rain drive hard against the metal roof. We tried twice today to shoot Jane’s interview and both times we got all set up only to have the rains begin before we had even 20 seconds of footage. I’m glad we have two more days to do this.
It has rained so hard this afternoon and evening that it is like all the rain God held back during King’s Feast has to come down now.
The day after our arrival at IAA in Kinangop, Kenya was the day of Kings Feast. This is a party that has been happening for the past ten years. It got started because King, a frequent volunteer and champion of IAA, was particularly interested in seeing that the children had plenty of protein in their diets. Unfortunately, King passed away, but his legacy lives on in this annual celebration.
In Kenya, kids get the whole month of April off school and since it is also Easter time, it’s a great time to hold the feast. A cow, bull, sheep, or something is slaughtered and the kids of the community are all invited. This year there were 500 kids in attendance. It was nuts.
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