Archive for July, 2011

Barry Castle!!!

Hello there intrepid blog readers!

First off an apology… (but not News of the World style!)

Dan & I have not exactly overwhelmed you with updates, infact this is my first!  I’m sure you can guess why, a combination of unreliable internet connection & just being really really busy!

Soooo, what’s new at KKV 1 year on?!

Well, the major change is that the mum in House C (Janet), has left & a new couple called Jacob & Marion have come in to replace her.  They are much younger than the other parents & have only been here from 4 days before we arrived, so we haven’t had much time to get to know them as they are only just settling in themselves!  But yes, they seem great!  Its a big upheaval for the kids but they are strong characters after all they have been through in life.

The new school building (or Learning Resource Centre (LRC)) is almost done, the dedication will be on our last day here on 31st July.  It really is fantastic & surpasses my expectations, with classroom space for up to 80 kids (double the current capacity of KKV, they want to expand!), offices, a library, staff room, study areas & toilets!  It just adss to what is a fantastic facility over all at KKV!  I’m really impressed!

Remember last year I told you about the major road building schemes happening in Nairobi thanks to the Chinese?  No?  Scroll down to last years blogs!  Well they’re progressing but are a long way from finished.  The part that goes next to KKV is though, but isn’t a major issue thankfully as its sunken into a man made cutting.

What is just amazing however is that as soon as the ground is leveled out for a stretch of road you can start using it, even though its just a dirt track!  And then they close it again when they’re ready to tarmac!  As yet there are no road makings, thats obviously someone elses job so, well, you just have to wait for them to get round to it!  The roads are crazy, i’ve said that before, but seriously…the other day it was chocca-block on our side of the road, all 3 lanes snarled with rush hour traffic.  So what do some people do?  Well they decide to claim one of the lanes on the other side as an imprompteu contra-flow!!!  Obviously! Only cleared when the Police turn up some time later!

How is Dan doing?  Well I’m waiting for him to get tired!!!  From the moment we arrived he has completely thrown himself into everything with passion & enthusiasm & the kids LOVE him!  He’s a natural, the best big brother these kids could have asked for!  And when we go to new places & meet new people (many, many, many!) he just loves getting to know them & making new friends.  And just as Emma & Merryn did last year, he’s become part of the family at the Sterns.

He does have slight issues with remembering Swahilli words & greetings, but goes for it all the same!  My favourite moments have been when he’s tried to remember the most common greeting (‘Habari Yako?’ – How are you?).  First he asked someone “Barry Castle?!”  & then whilst we were driving through a congested slum area he leant out the window & tried again but instead it came out as “Harry Bako?!” – to see the bemused faces was timeless!

Before I go, one last thing many of you will want to know is how were the donations received & how are we spending the money raised by the Wave guys & gals?  Well the books are brilliant & the kit the same (they played a tournament in it today).

And the money is being split 2 ways, first off by taking all of the kids out on day trips (they very rarely get these).  The pre-schoolers went to an animal orphanage for the day, we’re taking the older boys up a volcano on monday & everyone else out to one of the national parks (where there is everything from caves to boating) in our last week.

Secondly we are looking to buy a printer/photocopier for the LRC plus other resources needed still needed.

Oh & how am I doing?  Great thanks!  I’m back at a wonderful place with people who have become wonderful friends to me over the last 2 years. I love it here.  And Dan’s not too shabby company either!

Lots more I could say, maybe i’ll blog again sometime!




The Great Adventure To KKV!!!

To All My Brother’s and Sister’s

This is the first time Ive ever blogged OOOOYAY!!!!! I would like to start by saying a BIG thank-you to Our Awesome God for providing for me to come to KKV. When we were at the airport  Ian was absolutely buzzing to get here, I know now why!!! It has been a laugh, a second from the Sterns to the kids and I didn’t realize how funny Ian is.

We arrived about mid-day there time and checked into mama Lydia’s and had a little sleep. Then we headed off to KKV. When we arrived we meet Molly, Lydia, Christin and Anna. Nothing could prepare me for what happened next, a stampede of beautiful little children running at myself an I an it was Incredible feeling. From then on it was an hour of madness running to the jungle-gym to the faith house and back again. It was great to help out at football practice too. We then had a lovely evening chilling with the Sterns.

Then next day I let Ian catch up on his beauty sleep while I washed my clothes and had some breakfast at mama Lydia’s. Then we walked to KKV, Nairobi has some stunning scenery. The afternoon was filled with helping with a bit of school work, I totally forgot how much I loved algebra!!! It was Essy’s birthday so we made her a birthday rap, guvna b watch yourself brother!!!  After some more football we had pizza for a birthday treat for essy, it was lush!!!

Today ( 7/07/2011)

We got up early, a blue peter badge was awarded to Ian, I joke I joke! So Today me and Ian lead chapel and Christin and Peter done worship!!! It was great we spoke about how God makes a bad situation into a Great one ( referring to my testimony) we played a game with the kids having a ball of play-doo and them making something beautiful, one sculptured Ian and another made a mirror. We finished off with a memory verse ‘ I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrews 13:5.Afterwards we had lunch at mama Christabel- that was some good chicken and she is an Amazing Woman of God.   I then cut Ian’s hair, Jon says he looks like a sailor ( Adam wingrove it not as short as yours was though, sorry again for that) We then had a lovely walk finished off with more football and cracking meal with the Stern’s.

I would like to Thank the Lord for providing for all his children at KKV, making dreams becoming reality with the new classrooms being built and Healing Jon step by step to the full strength of his back. In Jesus name. Amen

Talk soon. With Love Dan and Ian