10/2 & 10/3
I'm creative I know... If I was a better blogger I'd have great titles thought of for every day - but considering it's taken me 7 months just to finish writing about the trip.. just know the pictures are worth the read!
On Tuesday we did well child check-ups all day. It was crazy to think that we were almost done and getting ready to finish up and head home. The most exciting thing to happen all day was that we were able to give one of the girls that goes to school at COTN a bike! We had a little extra money left over from Center Day and we had heard her story and voted to buy her a bike. Something so simple, and yet so life changing.
This sweet girl has sickle cell anemia and malaria. Because of sickle cell she is viewed as "defected" and her family is not there to take of her. She walks miles to school and basically lives alone. Her parents both passed away, her uncle and brother are her "care takers" but because of her sickle cell they want nothing to do with her. I'm not sure what you know about sickle cell, but it is painful. Her story is just one of the many heart breaking ones that we heard but to be able to help her, even in such a small way as offering her a bike to keep her feet from getting wet and keeping her from getting cold, was such a blessing for us. She was so humble and thankful. I just have to make a note that all the other children came around and they were so excited for her. It was so cool to see them happy for her - not one, "where's my bike?", "why does she get a bike?" etc etc. They thanked us for her, how cool is that!? Such a blessing to share in her joy and the children's joy for her!
Not going to lie, we were kind shirking on our check up duties and spent a lot of the day playing with the kids..
I basically really love this picture... Oseana's camera had a fish eye function and the kids LOVED it!
Wednesday we were able to go back to the market and pick up our skirts - which still weren't ready BUT I was able to add a bag for my sister... next time I'll be ready with a list of things that I want to get for people. It was hard because I started to buy for one person and then thought of 10 more people that I should get something for... so I'm sorry if you wanted something and I didn't deliver!
Since our skirts weren't ready and we some extra time.. which I'm not really sure if we had extra time or if we just had some Africa time... which was still nice! So we were able to walk around the market which was very busy.
such a sweet little baby - I'm sure this woman thought I was nuts asking if I could touch her- she was only a month old! So cute! It was so hot - it baffled me that they still covered the babies in quilts!
I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts.. err... bananas
we totally blended in!
tuning the adungu
the internet cafe - I think it was like 300 schillings for 20 min..
We had the pleasure of doing staff check ups that afternoon. Since we were finished with the children we wanted to see them as well because I can guarantee that they will send one of the children to the hospital for treatment before themselves. And it's just expensive for them. We had a lot of fun - it was actually kind of funny and ironic that the teachers teaching english still needed a translator during the checkup..
“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” ~ A. W. Tozer
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.