The rain finally stopped during the night and we woke (apart from hearing the cockerel crowing at 2:20am again) to bright blue skies and warm sun. We are staying with some wonderful nuns in a place called Ruiru. Today was sister Regina's birthday so breakfast was a time to celebrate. Sister Regina came into breakfast with sunhat over her habit and sunshades. Laughter fills this place whenever she is around.
The road to Theta about 7.5K was still muddy and slippery but we traveled slowly and arrived safely at El Shaddai school. It is strange how quickly these children feel part of your life. Each morning they greet us with big smiles calling our names, but we are fast learning their names which makes them so happy. In many ways it feels like we have been here forever! This morning many of the children were wearing the school uniforms we brought from the UK. The girls looked wonderful in their summer dresses. As summer firmly comes to an end in the UK … if you have any spare school summer dresses and do not know what to do with them, the school in Theta would love them…. please send to the Grassroots office.
With a weather forecast predicting rain again and not wanting a repeat performance of last night we quickly started to interview today's children. To be honest interviewing can result in a few tears from the team. Sometimes the hardship is just incomprehensible it is just not fair!! The weighing of the children after the interview reveals just how little nutrition they are receiving. The thank yous from the parents are heartfelt.
After lunch we started to play football and tell stories in the nursery school but rumbles began to heard in the sky, flashes of lightning soon got us heading for the truck and setting off for home before the rain set in and the roads became impassable again.
Perspective is a very strange thing. Coming from the UK we just want to see sun, but the Kenyans who do not usually see rain in September see the rain as a sign of blessing from God.
Last full day tomorrow…. Where has the time gone? Gosh we will miss this place…