Dear family and friends,
Today has been our last day of SOHI vision related activities. It started with a visit to the farm of the regions Senior Chief who showed us his hillside of pineapples, mangoes, papayas and black eyed peas. As his toddler grand son played with a ball and became the focus of attention, we were reminded that kids worldwide have the same playful nature. Now so many in this region will be able to enjoy healthier lifestyles thanks to the work of Spring of Hope.
We had 2 “handing over” ceremonies on the agenda today. The completed latrine/drinking water projects will now be the responsibilities of the schools and communities they will serve. Each had a formal program including introductions of dignitaries, teaching staff, board members and all of the committees that went into the project, plus the SOHI Kenya and American teams. These were followed with student talent which today included customized poems and songs to Spring of Hope plus dramatic readings and dancing. We were thanked graciously over and over and reminded how providing clean water and clean toilets will allow for students to avoid potentially life limiting diseases, and the expensive medical treatment that would likely comes along with it. Other expectations are that absenteeism will be less and academic scores will be higher.
Additionally we visited the SOHI land parcels that are being farmed Gods way and some of the children in the sponsored program were given gift parcels that had been sent along by their patrons.
Sprinkled throughout the day were opportunities for photos and selfie’s that the Kenyan children love to be a part of, many hands were shaken, blonde hair was tentatively touched and heaps of blessings offered. Soccer balls, jump ropes, and ball caps were passed out to receiving squeals of happiness.
We finished the afternoon with a visit to David Opap’s childhood home, meeting relatives and enjoying a huge lunch. We all enjoyed the peace of the pastoral countryside and opportunities to visit in small groups …until we had to dodge raindrops and mud puddles in a hurried jaunt back to our vans.
We are starting to prepare for the safari and return journey home but for now and in the Kenya Countryside- Today was a good day.