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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 28th 2013

I'm getting used to the daily life and routine here now, up with the cockerel, 6am, and greeted by a chicken on the bed. Breakfast is a slice of bread and chai (tea). Fetch water which is heavy work. An apple or banana for lunch at 2 and then we have dinner at sunset at 7ish. Dinner is usually cabbage tomatoes and onion cooked in loads of oil served with either rice maize or chapattis. Apart from the oil, it's actually quite nice. Our evening meal is eaten in torchlight only which is hard to get used to. I did try and cook an early meal one day so we could eat in the light but they prefer to eat at sunset. I'm usually in bed after a thorough bug search by 9pm exhausted but still ... read more
Me and Josephine
Kids and presents I bought them
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 27th 2013

The biggest news for us in September was Hayley started real school, real uniform, full days etc. And I started my postgraduate certificate in education through a University in the UK online with my practicums at the kid’s school. Hayley has done very well, she has flourished in her new school, she is a different child, confident, happy, social, it has been such a great transition. I am remembering why I have put this certificate off for so long, I really don’t enjoy study, but I have been enjoying the classroom, and it’s very much an “enough regrets” type decision. It’s a long time coming, almost 10 years since I first chickened out of applying to become a teacher. I am enjoying the course, it is intense and sometimes I wonder how I manage to fit ... read more
Hayleys first day at real school
Hayley finding her bag hook
Rabbits at school

Africa » Kenya » North Eastern Province December 18th 2013

I’d been a little wary of leaving Uganda ever since we realised we’d accidentally smuggled Sam’s car into the country illicitly. The car shall henceforth be referred to as Niko (Nikololika is her full title… a Zulu name inherited from the previous owner). The Carnet de Passage document that allows Niko to move freely around Africa, a kind of car passport, is dependent upon a deposit that was paid when she left South Africa, to ensure she wouldn’t be sold in a different country. Everywhere in Africa honours this scheme, apart from Uganda (well done, Uganda… there’s always one), where the company apparently folded. The border police were seemingly unaware of this when we crossed from Tanzania. They merrily stamped the documents and sent us on our way, despite the sign pinned to the office wall ... read more
Niko
Cattle

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Turkana December 18th 2013

We made our exit early in the morning and quickly reached the place we’d been aiming for, which irritatingly turned out to be just an hour down the road. As we entered the town a cheerful man implausibly carrying an enormous tree trunk over his shoulder greeted us, helpfully offering directions to the police station. We were a little confused by his assumption that we would wish to go there, but decided it might be wise to follow his advice and check with them about the situation on the road ahead. First though we went to have a look at the campsite, which turned out to be surprisingly lovely, situated in a shady spot on a bend in the river. The surrounding hills looked very inviting and the campsite, which seemed to be aimed mostly at ... read more
Niko at the campsite near Marich
Our guide
Spot Sam's feet...

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 4th 2013

I am about to embark on a new adventure travelling to Africa to do some volunteer work. I will be travelling firstly to Kenya to live amongst the Maasia Mari engaging in work in aid of MACCOP KENYA ( Maasai Community Concern & Children Programme) I will be involved in projects like Educating Female Maasai girls, Provision of clean water projects and feeding programmes. I will be staying with a host family in their home. This will be a small Tin/Mud hut with no access to electricity or water. I will be here for 8 weeks from Dec 2013 to February 2014. Then in February 2014, I will spend up to 8 weeks helping to care for rescued primates at a rescue centre on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. From here I will then travel ... read more

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Africa » Kenya » Central Province » Nanyuki November 16th 2013

The border process between Ethiopia and Kenya was smooth and friendly, which was a relief after the hassles we experienced in Egypt and Sudan. We were knackered after a long day, but the hotel we checked out was a bit expensive so we trundled off to find something cheaper. We succeeded by finding a guesthouse for locals who allowed us to ride through their restaurant to store the bikes in an area down some stairs. Tricky to get to, but nice and safe for the bikes. Soon after we arrived the skies opened. Proper rain. The first we had experienced since Europe. A novel buzz in some ways, but also pretty concerning as we were to face the most notorious road of our trip the next day, the two day "Hell Road" from Moyale to Isiolo. ... read more
Morning on the Moyale to Marsabit road

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi November 6th 2013

I've had a busy time since I arrive back in Nairobi. The work continues at the office to complete the accounting and get the company in order to be able to sell and so there has been little time to do anything else! However, on the weekend in the mornings Dad and I took a break and went to do some touristy things! We went to the Kenya Wildlife Services orphanage where animals that are rescued as babies are hand raised and then looked after for the rest of their lives. Although, it looks a lot like a zoo the men that look after the animals have a very personal relationship with each one of them. Each animal has a story associated with them and one was a baby Mangabee monkey from the Congo with a ... read more
Look Ma! No hands!
The Toddlers
Curious

Africa » Kenya » Central Province » Kinangop November 4th 2013

Last Friday was a happy day as I received this great news from a Pastor Moses. He has served the poorest of the poor living in the forest as refugees in their own country... "I would like to inform you this wonderful message that the people of Kieni Forest are no longer IDPs (Internally Displaced People). The government gave them some money and now they are out of the forest and we have the two teams; one in Subukia and the other in Nakuru. So your prayers, comfort and finances has helped them very much. May God bless you all abundantly. Let the other team to know that God has done something. Your prayers and help are not in vain." I have visited the "forest people" on a few occasions over the years, most recently with ... read more
Home visits
Little sweethearts

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Nakuru October 22nd 2013

Being back in australia is so surreal! All I can think about is my next trip and I've been back for only a few hours! It was so sad saying goodbye to everyone at Ronaken. The teachers worked all morning putting together an assembly to say goodbye to me. Each class had a little act, singing or reading and presenting me with a hand print of one child from each class with a little message to go with it so I had a 'little representation of everyone in the school' as one of the teachers tony put it. The whole school was taught a song that basically said 'goodbye dear dear mollie we love you so much' over and over again, there's a video of them singing it on Facebook, it was the most amazing thing ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 22nd 2013

Hello Folks! I was sick this past weekend and did not get to updating the blog. I didn't do what I planned on doing, so I'll have to write about our domestic troubles and little day trips. One of the pressing matters that needed to be dealt with was the water situation. Here at the apartment we have water pumped in by the city into individual reservoirs for each of the apartments. I say reservoir, but it's really a frightening concrete hole in the ground with highly questionable sanitation... My father was informed by the general maintenance manager, Ken, that the water was disconnected for some reason and the men from the water company wanted 750 Kenyan schillings to reconnect the water. Whether it was a money making scheme or legitimate charge by the water company ... read more
Pit Reservoirs
Finally Fixed and Flowing!
Kapok Thorn Tree




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