This is Kitale, Kenya, the setting of our month-long adventure. We stayed at a wonderful place called the Karibuni Lodge run by a British lady named Theresa (who has adopted 9 Kenyan children!). We would often be in town as well, either to find something we need, take tea, or eat at our favorite restaurant, Megabytes.
Here is Precious Kids Center (PKC) - founded and run by our friend Sammy Hammork - where we spent the majority of our time. Over the past five years, it has grown from only a couple of children to about 50. The majority of the kids have disabilities including cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, autism, and others. We worked alongside Halima, the onsite physical therapist, who we came to know very well, even having the privilege of visiting her house and meeting her daughter Noella. Doing therapy with the kids was special because it gave us one-on-one access, making it easier to get to know each of them better, learn about his or her life story, and more deeply understand each disability. Two who became instantly near to my heart are Allan and Gideon, pictured first and second here, who both have cerebral palsy. The last photo shows a team hand-digging a well for fresh water, which was led by our friend Russ - a professor from University of Idaho.
These photos document a day when we visited two slums - Kipsongo and Shimo. In Kipsongo, we attended Elevation Centre Church, founded by our friends Ben and Christine Tanguli of Skekinah Glory Missions Centre, and in Shimo, we visited a friend's house and played with the children.
Here is Embrace a Street Child, which is a drop-in center and school for boys living on the streets. This wonderful ministry gives showers, clothes, food, classes, and Jesus to street boys - many of whom are addicted to sniffing glue. Two of the teachers - Christine and Beatrice - invited us to their houses for dinner and taught us how to make chapati, a delicious flatbread.
Here, we visited Gilgal Secondary School and the adjacent Shekinah Glory Clinic (both founded by our friends Ben and Christine as well). We were given a special performance by the school's choir and public speaking acts, which was my favorite part of being there. We also met our British friend Ellen (not pictured) who was brought in to start and run the clinic. She walked us around the village, introduced us to the Kenyan people there, and shared her wisdom from living in different parts of Africa for many years.
The kids in green attend the primary school, Greenfield. Some of these kids live at PKC but have minimal (or no) mental disabilities, allowing them to attend a normal school. I loved getting to know a few of these kids well - namely Frank, Newton, Jabal, and Manu.
On our way home, we were able to relax and enjoy God's amazing creation at Lake Nakuru.
.....and then all the iPhone pics:
Pikis (motorbikes) were our primary mode of transportation.
Victor was our favorite piki driver.
Rayna and I with Halima, the physical therapist at PKC.