Today we went shopping. We bought matresses and chickens as gifts from sponsors for the families of their sponsored childrem. We also ordered goats – a firm favourite here in Theta.
We then took these gifts to the homes of those they had been sent to. It was great to meet people in their home environment. Disturbing, but important. People who get by with extraordinarily little. It would make us all feel OK if we could honestly say they were “happy despite having so little” but real poverty is not like that. Struggling to keep your children healthy, fed and safe is not a happy situation.
Back at the El Shaddai School/Good Neighbours Church centre we continued to enroll new children onto the scheme. It was not easy interviewing a family where the father had died in the night… so desperate for help.
The school was so grateful to St Annes Primary School Chertsey for sending 2nd hand outgrown uniform. The children looked so smart.
Liberty, with the help of Ruth and Carolyne, taught the children to make bracelets out of rubber bands. (Pictures below) The children loved it. So much of teaching is rote learning with the blackboard, but they thrive having hands on experiences. The teachers know this but they just don’t have the materials.
The dark rain clouds that began to gather made us rush for the car in order to make it out of Theta before the rain started and the roads became deep mud. The rain is falling hard now but many in Theta are worried that they have come too late and the crops will fail. Already signs of lack of food is beginning to show and children are replying when asked what can we pray for you… “More food please!”
Tomorrow is our last day in Kenya before heading home.