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Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret October 28th 2006

Well since there is not Halloween in Kenya the ex-pats (or at least a few of them) got together for a small celebration. I mean imagine people here dressing up and knocking on strangers doors - it's odd enough when you think about it in the US but even less of a fit here... so anway, the ex-pats in town got together - Kara and Tomeka hosted the event at their home while Karin carved some pumpkins and we both chipped in by baking sugar cookies and getting Martha Stewart on some of the decorations. Shawn and Chero brought their kids Imani and Kippy dressed up as a Sweet Ghost and Sponge Bob Square Pants, Andreas who was not sure what to do with the whole event wore his Tigger pajamas while Hal and Mary Anne’s ... read more
Karin & Tomeka
in costume
Bobbing for apples

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret October 10th 2006

Slaughtering goats and other fun party tricks in Kenya... *WARNING - if you’re a vegetarian, have a weak stomach or an affinity for goats - please do not proceed Each tribe in Kenya, from which I have met people, slaughter and roast goats for celebration. It is the responsibility of the men and each they learn how as part of their initiation into manhood. As Shubha’s time in Kenya drew to a close our staff kept talking about how we were going to slaughter and roast a goat at her farewell party... Well they were serious. We were kind of excited about the forthcoming event but insisted they not bring the goat to spend the night before at our apartment, threatening that if they did we would prohibit them from killing it because we would surely ... read more
1. Assume the position
2. Slit the neck
3. Leave not part of the neck attached

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret September 24th 2006

Kruger Farm I have been staying with Shubha and Karin here in Eldoret. Shubha works for the same project that I do, but she departs on October 14. Karin is the director of the PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) component of AMPATH’s (Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Kenya) outreach programmes. Harsha one of our PI’s (principal investigators) who arrived on September 13 to do some work, see how things are going etc… He was the person who actually started our project back in 2003. My first weekend here we spent Saturday at Kruger farm- me, Shubha, Harhsa, Karin and Ronnie (friend of Shubha and Karin’s) drove the half hour out about mid-day so despite the high altitude and comfortable climate it made for a hot afternoon. A family of ... read more
Kruger Farm
Kruger Farm
Combine

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret September 23rd 2006

Grace Children’s Home Saturday afternoon, September 23 Shubha and I drove out to Grace Children’s Home, a small orphanage located here in Eldoret a short drive from our apartment along a red dirt road. The owners Miriam and Joshua have two children and used to be teachers at a local boarding school but became disenfranchised and struck out on their own to open an orphanage caring for HIV positive and negative orphans. At the time of our visit there were eleven kids ranging in ages from nine months to nine years. Two sisters had just joined them a couple days before but otherwise it was the same group who was there last time Shubha visited. Steven, the oldest, greeted us when we arrived, after greeting some of the other older kids playing outside we stepped inside ... read more
all the kids posing calmly for the camer
Paul
Kennedy & Johnson

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret July 24th 2006

24th July Monday DAY 3 KENYA, ELDORET - UGANDA, JINJA Had to get up for 6am to leave at 7am and it was hard. All I wanted was a quiet lie in for 5 minutes but Robin was making so much noise shuffling around in the tent with her sleeping bag and I ended up snapping at her. Today was our first border crossing day and all we had to do was give Helen our passports and $US30 and we were through. It did take a little time but we were plenty entertained with the locals, swapping magazines for bananas. I wanted to swap a book that would have gotten us a whole bunch but Julia cracked the shits. But you should have seen the pleasure they got from looking at the magazine, it broke my ... read more
People just walking everywhere
Lunch stop by the road
The butterflies at our lunch stop




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