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Mop, pins and cutlery

Thief in the night

I'm writing this upstairs whilst David is distributing cutlery and pins downstairs to warn off any potential intruders. We discovered tonight that the make-shift curtains in our temporary home are see through, and we realised a man had been loitering outside the window for a while this evening. We have since discovered that he is a well -known high school drop out and frequently thieves. Our lovely neighbour, Tom, is currently looking out a metal rod (the local way of dealing with thieves). Thankfully there are patrols and watchmen in this housing estate so hopefully the pins, cutlery, mop handle and rod will not be needed.
Other than this slightly unnerving event, we have had a highly productive day, organising ourselves and our new home, and orientating oursleves in this crazy bustling town. We have negotiated boda-bodas (bikes) and tuk-tuks today, and got a good deal with wicker furniture for the new home. I visited an International School where i might be volunteering once a week to teach swimming (!) and we visited a superb project set up by a dynamic and enthusiastic Kenyan lady, Springs Ministries, which is based around the verse: ''The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, frass and reeds and papyrus will grow.''
The organisation is aimed at empowering and equipping windows and orphans who have been affected by HIV/ Aids. The girls are given a 2 year apprenticeship with textiles, where they learn various skills with sewing machines and marketing. The money that is raised from their sewing is used for an orphanage for younger children. We have been invited to visit the orphanage this Sunday, which we are looking forward to.
We've also arranged our first language lesson for this Saturday, which seemed (yet again) a confusing and vague process with many 'mmm' sounds and negotiating.
Hope to write soon, goodnight x

Posted by africraigs 12:57

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