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Being breastfed in Nairobi...

Jambo! Sorry it's been a while since our last post. We've been in Nairobi for almost a week and feel a bit more settled after a initial feeling of homesickness. We were very relieved that we arrived safely with ALL our luggage, including the new REAP printer (which a man at the airport tried to insist we paid him an extra fifty quid of tax... We've been staying in the home of Roger and his wife Jos this week, which is a multicultural hub of activity and tea drinking. There are usually visitors around and they are very hospitable. We have spent most of the days in the REAP office, and David has been gleaning from the hairy horse's mouth. We had met Roger's secretary, Ann, when we were in Nairobi before, and had noted then how like Mma Ramotswe she is. Ann's classic line to us this week was 'you are being breastfed in Nairobi and when you are in Kisumu you will start to crawl'. Part of the 'brestfeeding' has including David tasting a spread on his bread made from fried termites.

We have been to various Bible study groups this week which have been interesting experiences. I went with Jos to a multicultural ladies group, and Jos kept whispering loudly a running commentary of where each woman was from 'Ghana, USA... Finnish... Sierra Leone...' as they entered the room. The intereactions between the ladies were highly entertaining, and I enjoyed the down-to- earth discussions.

We also went to an American man's home for a bible study in the evening. We were intrigued by his initiative of working with pastors of slums to substitute an addiction for alcohol for drinking 'fine' coffee. He produced a sheet for each of us with all the numbers of chapters and verses of the Bible taken out and lots of coloured pens and pencils to anotate themes and words. It was a different approach but appealed to the visual learner in me...

My highlight of the week was visiting the 'New Life Childrens Home' with Roger's lovely Dutch neighbour, who is in the process of adopting a beautiful little girl. The home takes abandoned babies and children and aims to encourage the children back into families through adotion and fostering. It was an emotional place, with a room of 8 newborn babies and 11 babies with special needs. We embarrassingly walked in on a couple who had literally just met the little girl they are adopting, which was obviously an emotional and special moment for them.

We hope to travel to Kisumu on Monday and sort our accomodation once we are there. Sorry, no pics yet..
That's all for now! :-)

Posted by africraigs 04:19

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