Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Last week the site was staked out and cleared of the top soil.
On Monday a Jon a visitor, from Reno staying at TI came to the site to help out. Early Monday morning the foundation was measured and squared up and staked out again.
The rest of the week was spent digging trenches, and moving soil from the high end of the lot to the low end getting the elevations correct. The Kenyan hoe know here as a jembe is the main tool to be used in this process it works great to break up the hard clay, of course a backhoe would work even better but they aren't as readily available here as the jembe is.
Friday there was a need to do some work on constructing a road for delivery vehicles to get through what was a garden plot.
The trenches are now finished and materials have been delivered at the site so that we could start pouring a foundation.
Wednesday a trip to the baby orphanage called In Step was planned, so the guys were given the day off. In Step is as of yesterday careering for 102 children most of which are under the age of five.
Its hard for me to remember all of the statistic and logistics of the place because it is a bit overwhelming. There is about thirty four employees that help keep everything running. Most of the treatments for sick kids are done in house, so they rarely need to go to the hospital. In Step is in the process of building a medical clinic on their 20 acre compound in order to have more space and a better facility to treat the children.
There is also a floor slab down for a new two story dorm, for now once that is completed one floor will be for boys and the other will be for girls. There is also plans to build a second one next to it which will also be a two story and then one dorm will be boys and the other girls, and there will be a veranda connecting it. They are hoping to have the two dorms built within the year and after the completion plans to build a school. The Goal is to build a small community to meet all of the needs of the children as they grow.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
In this picture is Martin who is looking though his camera. He is standing just in front of where the classrooms will be located. The next few days will be used for planing, and sometime this week the site will be staked out and cleared of topsoil and hopefully start digging for the foundation.
Friday, June 3, 2011
The trip started off going backwards, by that I mean I had to fly east from Rochester to Chicago to go west. Its fitting to start the trip off in this fashion because that sort of thing is common place in Kenya, it makes perfect sense how can you go forward if you haven't gone backwards first? There was a lot of “unstable air” as the captain called it from Chicago to London. Later I learned that tornadoes had gone through parts of the north east of the US, with most damage in Massachusetts. I'm not sure if the times coincided, was it the “unstable air” that turned into tornadoes? The only other thing I find notable to mention is on the flight from London to Nairobi the flight path usually flies over Libya which I only know because the captain mentioned it and said
“For obvious reasons we would be flying by way of Egypt instead, which will add a few minuets to the flight. I could go on a rant at this point about what is happening in Libya, but I will refrain from it; I'm not sure that this is the proper form, but then what is? I will just say that peace will never be achieved through military means or other acts of violence. Bombing a country is not a humanitarian action, there have been more deaths from “collateral damage” then there were that led up to the UN sanctions of creating a “no fly zone.” The mission was then expanded through a loophole in the sanction, this expansion comes at the cost of the US taxpayer who contribute to over 70% of the UN's funds, but the biggest price is paid by the Libyan people who have lost their lives or family members, and now have much of their cities in ruins.
Sorry... I said I wouldn't rant so thats as far as I will take that tangent. Although there are of other things that can be said. Unfortunately I know most people are not interested in what is happening in the world or if they are they are just too busy to do the research necessary to be properly informed.
Anyway after a full 24 hours of air travel and flight changes and going through multiple time zones, I'm now seven hours ahead of where I started and have made it to Kenya. At the airport it was nice to see some familiar faces of some people that I met last year that were picking up a new team of volunteers. I spent ten hours in Nairobi, just long enough to check in to the hotel clean up and get a full nights sleep. In the morning it was off the catch the shuttle for the days trip to Kitale. To my surprise there has been a lot of road work that has been completed since my last stay here. From Eldoret to Soy the road had been completely resurfaced which took a considerable amount of time off of the trip. Arrived in Kitale some time around 4 pm about seven hours after leaving Nairobi. Upon getting off the matatu (shuttle) I was rushed by locals looking to take me wherever they wanted to go, or carry my bags. I had almost forgot what it was like to be in the swarm where no one really understands english and has their own agenda and don't want to take no for an answer or perhaps don't even understand its meaning.
After breaking away from the crowed I was able to make it across the street to get a taxi to take me to where I would be staying at the TI (Transformed International) compound. There I was greeted by Derek who then got Eric to show me to the room I would be staying in. Dropped off my bag and caught up for a little bit, then got messages back home to let everyone know of my safe arrival three days after leaving.