|From Kenya 2009 Photo Album|
We returned to Yala for our final distribution - 5,000 bedkits in 9 distributions. At each distribution there are a number of speeches by officials related to the school board, local councils, and the clergy with Alan greeting the kids with a speech in Swahili about SCAW.
After the speeches, the children would recite poems or sing songs. In today’s ceremony the students present a play of about 20 minutes dealing with HIV/AIDS. This theme came up at each primary school that we visited, both in the entertainment of the children and in the recipients of the bed kits. A second recurring theme was to attend school daily and remain in school to provide more future opportunities.
Today we pack for our departures tomorrow. We fly out of Kisumu at 8:15 am to Nairobi where we will attend a regular Rotary meeting. After that we start going our separate ways. Edie heads to Tanzania and a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our thoughts will be with her as she makes her ascent. Elisabeth is staying in Africa for several more weeks, continuing on volunteer work with a project with orphans in Uganda.
The other four will leave Kenya Thursday night on an overnight flight to Amsterdam. Theo will remain in Amsterdam for a week before returning to Canada. Don & Chris will return immediately to Ontario with Chris getting ready for some R & R in Florida, while Don will head home to sort out the hundreds of pictures that he has taken on the way. Some may even appear on this blog. Alan flies from Amsterdam to Minneapolis and on to Phoenix, arriving approximately 40 hours after flying out of Kisumu.
Many friendships have been made with the team and with the overseas volunteers. Alan took care of the photos for SCAW, Don the photos (professional quality) and label counting for the team, while Edie, Elisabeth, Chris & Theo had a magic touch in lining the children up for the photos, always with a happy word to each child. While exhausting, it is sad to see the end of the Kenya SCAW Distribution of 2009.
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