Kenya- Day 15- Plaster Masters

Friday, July 13, today was the first day of plastering for the duplexes. The morning started a little rocky when we didn’t have much food to eat for breakfast, but we had the rest of our cereal and some famous Kisima pancakes with honey. Thankfully, Tory was feeling better today because we needed all hands … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 14 – Hakuna Matata

Today was a hurry up and wait kinda day. Like Simba, in the Lion King we truly did come to the understand the meaning of Hakuna Matata, the worry free philosophy that has also been described to us as Kenyan Time. This morning, as Tory still being ill was left in quarantine, the rest of … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 13- Raising Winnie’s House

Today started off with sniffles and sneezes as we lost a key player of team lilac to a sinus infection. Tory still tried her hardest to be a team player, and was still pivotal in the rising of Winnie’s house today. But as she worsened we had to quarantine her. Erik, Taylor, Tory, I took … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 12 – Back to Work

Our first day back from Nairobi was a relatively slow one. Michael spent the morning bouncing to and from all the sites he is working on to get caught up on where things were at. The students and I stayed at the guest house in the morning and worked on getting this blog up to … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 11 – Back to the Farm

July 9 Today was our last day in Nairobi. We woke up at 8 and had breakfast at the Mennonite Guest House before heading back to Kisima Farms. We said goodbye to our two Siamese kitten friends in the bushes outside our rooms and got on the road. On the way out of the city … Continue reading

Kenya- Day 10- Kitengela Glass

        Sunday, July 8 Today was a beautifully sunny day in Nairobi! We went to a glass blowing business, Kitengela Glass. On our way there we drove by one of the game reserves and saw a group of baboons alongside the road! The glass shop was a wonderfully wacky place, with holes … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 9 – Kibera Tour

One of the most enriching days we have had came with the most heartache and suffering. We got an amazing opportunity to see how local groups are trying to improve the lives of millions of slum dwellers across the globe. One of the largest slums in the world, and the largest in Africa, named Kibera, … Continue reading

Kenya-Day 8 – Meeting with UN-Habitat

Our first full day in Nairobi started with a meeting with the UNHabitat Head of Shelter Branch, Mohamed El Sioufi. It was an eye opening meeting, for he covered the history and policies behind the UNHabitat slum housing and community development programs. Right now funding coming from USAID goes towards the global housing upgrade program. … Continue reading

Kenya – Day 6 – RBAs, Chickenwire, and Paint

July 4 – Today was a little different than our other work days. We got up, had breakfast of Weetabix, granola, eggs, fruits, cheese, and toast. Oh, and a Malaria pill. After breakfast, we packed up all our things, moved out of the Gundua Guest House and headed down the road to Derek’s house (Derek … Continue reading

Kenya- Day 5- Work Day

Tuesday, July 3 Today we cut and attached the purlins on to the rafters. Everything here in Kenya takes a little bit longer. Our power tools consist of a battery powered circular saw and that’s pretty much it. So we Babu had to cut each purlin by hand. Then we filled and stuffed the RBA’s … Continue reading