Well, it has been a crazy week.
Getting the guest apartment ready. We have named it the ‘tree house”. For the flame trees. I think it’s a catchy name, and we’ve always named all of the houses we live in…usually by the address, but scenery works too. Megan has done a great job of taking over while I lay in bed or shuffle about the house trying to manage 2 little kids.
Being sick. Lucy, Eli and I have all proceeded to round 2 and week 3 of this sickness which appears to just be the Kenyan cold & flu. We’re getting acquainted with Kenyan versions of ibuprofen and children’s tylenol and cough & cold products. Did you know that a bottle of pepto (the real kind) costs $10 here? I passed. I took some of the kids pepto tablets I brought from home.
Our new Captain arrived on Thursday. She takes over for the previous administrator, Haron. She is Captain Sarah. We are happy to have an administrator back after about a month without one. It has been a lot of extra work for Ian. She arrives with her younger sister and brother that she cares for. We look forward to getting to know her better and working with her.
My other project on top of all of this has been to help an 18 year old boy from the Gachagi Slum. His name is Halaki. More on him to come in another post dedicated just to him.
And finally, making the final arrangements for our American training team of 7 women. There are things to worry about here that you wouldn’t even consider in the States. Furniture that isn’t finished because product is in short supply, shower water heaters overheating (scalding…..ouch!) and then exploding (I hope they get fixed, Megan is there now working with the maintenance man who seems to break more than he fixes), not being able to drive long distances in the Centre van at night (it is speed restricted, so it would be able to outrun anyone scooping out the fishbowl of whities and their stuff), and arranging for an extra vehicle driven by Kenyans to deliver all of the baggage separately and directly to the Centre at night.
Phew. It will be nice to visit with people from home and to have all of the extra hands around here!