We’re In Kenya!

May 17, 2007 at 1:30 pm (Spencer, Trip 2007)

Hello Everyone, We are here in Nairobi, we arrived safely last night with no problems. We visited Nyumbani today, one of the two orphanages we will be spending time at while we are here. It houses about 90 HIV positive kids who don’t have any family. We only got to meet about 10 kids all 5 and under because the rest of the children are at school and won’t be home until 6pm. The founder of the program was a Catholic priest and doctor from the US who passed away last year at the age of 80. We met the new head of the program now, a nun, Sister Mary. Everyone is so nice and we will be going back on Saturday to meet more kids and play music all day.

Tomorrow we will go to Shangilia, it houses about 200 kids. More of these kids get there schooling on site so we will be spending a lot more of our weekdays with them. There is also a new program developing out of Nyumbani that houses more children and we will hopefully be able to visit that location next week. One of the men we will be working with, Don, is also hoping to set up some time for us to meet local musicians from the area as well.

It is definitely not as hot as I thought it would be, it is rainy season now. On the way back from lunch it started hailing and down-pouring but luckily we were in the vans. I will probably be wearing jeans and sweatshirts a lot more than expected. Samite’s stepson owns a restaurant not far from where we are staying and we will be eating all our meals there. Mom, you would love the coffee here; they have it two ways black or white and they walk around with a pot of hot coffee and a pot of hot milk. When I ordered tea for lunch they even heated up the small cream they gave me and I thought of you!

There is so much to be done and so little time for us here but we are all so excited and ready to get started! Thank you so much to everyone for their support. I love you all and I will see you all in the states soon, but hopefully not to soon!

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1 Comment

  1. Jane Maestro-Scherer said,

    Spencer, I am so happy that inspite of all the “No, it can’t happen for you.” messages that you heard during the past months, you are where you want to be. Maria is right. When it comes to dreams, the word “NO” does not .. could not … SHOULD NOT exist.

    Hailing? What a surprise!

    Looking forward to more!

    Here’s a GREAT BIG HUG!

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