|My sponsor child Moses|
Tuesday morning I got to go by the disability clinic described in more detail in Kathy’s blog. It was quite exciting because the child that I sponsor through Chalice named Moses was at the clinic, so I got to meet him and his grandmother, Grace. He’s 4 years old and was abandoned by his parents when they realized he had learning disabilities and his grandmother took over his care. He’s a very sweet boy and I got to hold him. He smiled and giggled when someone translated the word ‘handsome’ and he was at the clinic to receive braces to help him walk. Before the clinic, it was believed that he would need a wheelchair and would never walk, so the news that all he would need is braces was very exciting. Eventually he will be able to remove the braces as well once his legs become stronger. It was really neat to be able to meet him and see firsthand where the money I send to Chalice is going, and see the additional benefits such as braces that goes along with the program.
There were the sweetest kids at the clinic. One little boy was sitting on the ground holding a giant umbrella. He was four or five years old, and every time one of us wazungos (white people) smiled at him, he lowered the umbrella so he couldn’t see us. I decided to play with him and kept ducking to look under the umbrella, and he just kept lowering it until it touched the ground. He was sooo cute! There was one little boy that Ted noticed whose eyes were popped so far out his head, he couldn’t believe they were still attached.
Then Cheri, Shawna and I went and had tea with Fr Bernard and checked out the hotel that everyone would be moving into. We used to call it the Francis Inn (the owner’s name was Francis), but the name that’s now painted on the wall is the Limo Guest House. It’s where we stayed last year, so Cheri, Shawna, and I made sure that all the rooms had a bed, mosquito net, working lights, a toilet seat if there was a toilet, working hot water if there was a heater, and looked reasonably clean. Out of the 16 rooms, 7 have longdrops, as in a ceramic hole in the floor. Those same rooms don’t have hot water heaters either; the way they give you hot water here for showers is a heater in the shower head, so the water is either ice cold or scaldingly hot, and sometimes it’s hard to tell which one as they’re both such a shock to the body! It’s an odd problem to have so you end up doing this dance in and out of the stream turning the water heater on and off at intervals to achieve a semi-consistent warm. Anyway after taking stock of the rooms, we realized we would have to add 7 bed and help decide with Ted which unlucky people would be in the rooms with the longdrops. All the people that are returning are guaranteed a longdrop, and a select few of the new group.
|Kenyan Water Meeting|