Archive for July, 2010

Emma. Soo…Apparently I’m worth Many cows.

JAMBO RAFIKI!  Habari?

Soo Ive got lots to catch you up on!!

The kids at KKV are having an end of school closing day  programme so we went to help make invites with all of them all thanks to all your money donations which helped buy quite alot of the materials and ofcourse all your donations too.. soo photo will follow! next up!…The other day we went to the Market to buy gifts and things and it was such fun!! i laughed soo much i walked past this one stall and a man called me in to look at his stall and i said no sorry just looking.. and he replied..”akuna matata”  i looked straight at ian who heard too and immediatly said “What a wonderful phrase” which set us off in giggles… very good times.I officially love haggaling its great fun and i dont think im too bad at it either!  and i’ve know learn’t the word Muzungo (probably not spelt right) which means White person which i got shouted at alot to buy stuff. it was such a good day and had a good talk with a guy about the school system of kenya  and how he hasn’t been able to do high school yet and he was in his twenties which was a bit crazy. but yeah it was good. we went to help out cleaning the church and getting it ready for the next day..and let me just say… if anyone.. and i mean ANYONE complains about cleaning and setting up the church again i would fly you over to clean and set up this church myself… it was crazy we were there for hours sweeping and mopping the floor with a towel.. it was fun though we were setting up  thousands of chairs and we kind of turned it into a game so we had a right laugh my muscles are hurting now though by carrying so many chairs and they would have two services!  and to make it doubly Gob smacking there was a church everyfew mins! so lots of churches  and they still manage to get two services filled to the brim with people! the sunday service was… in one word.. CRAZY. everyone was dancing.. People had cotton wool in their ears and it was still loud for them!  they were shouting praises dancing  it was so crazy and so passionate anddd   MENTAL.   but crazy mental for Jesus which was awesome! Today was very very Interesting.. we went with the Mumma’s to the fruit and veg market and i dont think i’ve ever been stared at so much in my life i got given lots of free banana’s  and got proposed to three times… one person asked me to take them home and make me a wife. another said he would give many cows to love me,  and a rather old man  asked if i was married and then his friend asked if i would be his wife.. while he stared and smiled offering me a seat next to him. i was with a mumma called janet and she translated all what they said, they were very complimentry and was asking janet why she was stealing me away from them i laughed alot.. it was such fun and felt very… Kenyan and like we were getting into their culture! Also  I’ve decided that im going to sieve through my clothes when i get back… which my mum will be pleased to hear! and give it all to oxfam, Janet was telling me half of the things the people on the clothes stalls were selling were from oxfam and was majorly cheap but was clothing people and giving them money to buy food and things themselves. which is cool. aswell today we just has Keswahili classes with Janet some things are sinking in.. was funny we ended up just shouting the word yes in swahili over  and over again.. which sounded slightly weird…such a good day :)

Thank you for all your bits and bobs and support you have given they definatly enjoyed it!

Anywayyy  KWAHERI everyonee!

 

Oh yeah and look at this please…

the KKV website…

http://kingskidsvillage.org/

 

Is it cos I is Muzunghu?

Hello all you lovely Brits!

Greetings from the land where 22 degrees means its time to break out the wooly hat & overcoat!  I kiddeth you not.

So, one week in & we’re having an awesome time!  I won’t go into detail on all we’ve done as the girls have been keeping diaries so they can fill you in much better when they blog.  But i’ll try & give you a flavour of whats been happening.

The orphanage itself is at capacity & looking to expand, since last year they have taken in 2 new kids but very sadly had to ask 1 to leave for disciplinary reasons (he was 15 and has now gone to live with an uncle – although this is not ideal & KKV are still involved with trying to find him somewhere more secure).  This means there are 40 kids ranging from 2-21 yrs.

Incase you’re wondering why 21, its because they also school them here and they will only leave when they are fully educated & ready for university – many will have missed much schooling before coming to KKV.

So, what of Judy & Essy, the oldest kids, who many of you saw in the videos from last year?  Well, Essy has one more year left before she goes to study medicine, Judy a little longer.  They are both very well in spirit, although Judy has an ongoing health problem – asthma & allergies.  But their company is such fun!

The Sterns are well also and have been just wonderful in welcoming us into their extended family, Merryn & Emma especially.  And us 3 Brits make a good team (i hope!), lots of fun & laughter & only the odd tantrum – but i’m trying to get better!

So far we’ve experienced (always a good word to describe it) their Church – just as big & crazy as I left it!  We’ve met lots of great people, & today we went to market – Kenyan style!

We’ve been kept very busy & in demand which is great – the girls will fill you in.

And to finish, a couple of interesting things…

1.  The World Cup…

So yes, i may have been asked/mocked about this by EVERY person i’ve met – ‘what happened to England?!  Were you sad?!’  I’ve been very diplomatic.  But turns out that most Kenyans were supporting England as a surrogate team – poor misguided souls!  The power of the Premier League over here is big!

But more tragically, Ghana’s loss in the quarters caused minor riots, murders & several suicides not just in Kenya but in many other African nations!  Turns out Ghana really were representing all of Africa, and all of Africa really did care!

2. Enter…the Chinese!

Heres a curious thing, there is mass road building a foot in Nairobi & Kenya as a whole thanks to the Chinese!  China predict they will run out of energy supplies in the next 20 years or so due to their population boom, so they have identified Kenya along with a number of other African nations as be an answer to their problem.  Kenya is just starting to produce oil so China did a deal to say that they will pump money & organisation into Kenya to build up their infrastructure if China can get first rights on the oil in future!

So whereas before roads were built slowly slowly in a Kenyan relaxed style, they’re now flying up all over the place!

Anyway, must go now & help with rehearsals for the KKV end of School year show!

Do comment below & let us know how life is back home, missing you all!

Ian

 

Emma :) “Pretty much….When I say pretty much I mean really.”

Hello!! or should i say JAMBO!!

So I’ve got three days to catch you up on!  so here we go :) This isn’t including Sunday… although there was a slight overload on the baggage weight  which was a bad on my part …but we wont go into that ha.

Monday 12th july

so i woke up on the plane today and we were like…. two hours away from landing so we were flying over the Sudan.. i think.. and i looked out the window and saw this BEAUTIFUL  sunrise and got mega excited, the sight of an african sunrise just made the whole thing seem a bit more…REAL… OH  did you know that if your filling falls out or chips down to put chewing gum into the hole and it acts as a temporary filling! always good to know when your on a near 9 hour flight to kenya YEP I’ve got toothache… but luckily i also have gum ;)  anyway..we got through visa and baggage and we met Tray  who we noticed straight away as he was jumping and waving at us  and Lydia is the sturns (family who owns the orphanage incase you didnt know) daughter who picked us up and drove us to KKV… we arrived and were welcomed by everyone.. EVERYONE is sooooo Lovely its crazy how at home im feeling already and its only been three ish days .. all the children are  awesome and really funny.. within the first fifteen mins they had taken our jewellery and our hats and glasses and were dancing around singing bon jovi..  :) after meeting and greetings we went to our rooms and had a small nap to try and catch up on the sleep we missed then went over to watch the children practice their musical skit which they are doing for there end of school closing day. A young girl called Fatima.. i think thats how its spelt  called me over to play football  so we had a kick about  for a little bit just before lunch which we had with the sturns. we stayed until after tea where we sang and worshipped and after that we popped to faith house where all the children live and visited houses  c+d  where we got completely ambushed by children.. which was lovely.. and i slightly got to grips with a few more names.  one child told me her testimony shes called Eve and she was saying about how both her parents died and she had to love with a bad mother who used to cut her and beat her.. until one day they went out and she ran along way to their neighbour and she kept her at her home and she was just saying how greatful she is to God because he saved her from the bad people..that kind of blew my mind that,that much can happen to a child so young and yet she is so happy and so over it because of the love God has for her.. made me so thankful  for my life and for her life now that it is over also they are so skilled they were sitting making rugs and jewellery  and HOPEFULLY  they will be showing me.. so you never know you may be all getting rugs for christmas ;)

Tuesday 13th July.

We were woken up and told one of the Mummas were off ill and judy who is LOVELY was back from school looking after them so  merryn and i went over to try and entertain them for a while.. we brought a bubble wand with us which they really loved playing with we made a rule that after five dunks they would pass it on  which they all did really well.. after that we all went outside and we messed around on the climbing frames and they were hanging off the monkey bars and shouting “Emma Merryn Look were monkeyys”  was very funny and very cute… shortly after they found our cameras and had alot of fun taking lots of pictures of eachother.. we ended up with lots of closeups or pictures of feet but they had a good time ! we tried out some of the stories we brought over too which they really liked. We then had lunch and helped reorder the Paces (work books) for next term for each of the classes  which took a long time.. but we worked well as a team  OH also we tried a thing called CHAI .. which is tea Made with  ginger cinnemon  andd.. nutmeg. which anna made for us.It was delicious. Anna Christan and lydia are  molly and Jon’s daughters … who are lovely  were attempting to perfect eachoters accents soo hopefully i will we able to fool anyone with my american accent at the end of the trip  haha Im not so sure they will do the same as they sound a mix between cockney mary poppins and an australian theres always hope though right?  in the evening Me merryn Ian Judy essy christan anna and sarah and  lydia sat and played word games which was VERY funny Judy  thought she got it everytime… but didnt.. OH but when she did… She celebrated like mad… it was kind of like she was swiping away bees that were flying around her head and stamping on spiders on the floor whilst laughing and squeeling cause she got it… was very funny. After that we went to bed  after laughing so much that day we were totally knackered!

TODAY  :)

today was the dreaded day… i had.. THE DENTIST .. dun dun dunnn!  :( But it turns out my filling has just chipped a little bit so it will ache slightly and i need a root canal.. not cool.. sadly they cant fit me in at all until after i leave..but my tooth is feeling lots better so its really not that bad.  Fatima was at the Physical therapist today as she has cerebal palsey.. sorry of thats spelt wrong… so we sat and had some more chai and had a good talk with Jon who told us about fatimas story… an uncle took her to a hospital because she was ill and left her there for months until KKV got a call and they took her in.. they dont know her age .. or her birthday or anything like that .. but jon said as soon as he saw her.. she was so lovely and happy that he named her joy.. (as kenyans have many names)  after that we drove  home and i met bansey who i have heard her story before.. she is a real amazing lady very strong spirited we didnt get to talk long because she had to leave.. so  i helped rub out some more books for the next term   and now im sitting in the sturns writing you this :)  No doubt tonight will be filled with  smiles and laughter too.. Having such a great time… Everyone is sooo so lovely.. i’ve been saying that alot i know but THEY ARE!  such amazingly caring people. and so crazy for God  just meeting  them for a short amount of time they show Gods strength and Love  and truth and the reality that this isnt something to take half heartedly but something that can change your life and others you interact with..

God is Good :)

PEACE OUT    Emma :)

 

Jambo from KKV!

Greetings from Kings Kids Village, Nairobi, Kenya!

All three of us (Ian, Emma & Merryn) will be blogging from the same site for your reading pleasure!  Feel free to comment and keep in touch please!

First up its me, Ian!  (by the way this is the same site as last year so don’t get confused by the older posts from last year!)

I’ll try & keep it short & sweet as the girls have much more to say!

But basically we had a very smooth journey from home to here & were met at the airport by Tray & Lydia (part of the team here).  Its been brilliant coming back & seeing so many friends again, i’ve definately missed them!  I’ve been made to feel very at home very quickly!

The Sterns (the American family who run the orphanage) had kept our visit a secret which made it very funny when they saw us for the first time!

Anyway, we’re settling in just great & the girls are loving it.

I’ll hand over to them in the next post…

Thank you for all your love, support, encouragement & prayers.

Ian