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Update on dear Sylvia!

During the time I've been in Norway now, my good friend Rose has continued the work with Sylvia. Supplying her food, making shure she is clean, that she have clothes and that she goes to the clinic for check-ups.

I get mails all the time, with all the info i need, she writes me budgets and so on. But the other day I got the bast mail ever! They have told me that she is improving, but now they sendt me some photos for me to see! WOW!

I must say, at first I didn't recognize her, but when I realized who I was loocking at, I started crying!

Its awsome to finally see some changes!

But first, a trip down memory lane:

4 year old Sylvia, my first encounter with her.

She was shy and skinny, she couldn't stand on her own.

Here she is with her grandmother.

Abouth a month after we started the strick food program, she gained some few pounds, but she is still too small.

And now:

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IT'S FINALLY WORKING!

Got her a small thing to practise walking.


Here she is eating a banana!

With grandma' and aunte.

Granma' Christine is happy, finally she can se her granchild improve!



A copy of Rose's plan




She still has a way to go, but she is absolutely on the way there!

Than you so much to everyone who is assisting and who will continue to help her and others in the same position!

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Rukias house!

Before I left, Amandas community back in Canada wore able to donate a house with all utensiles, a toilet and shower, a kuku house. Due to the rain, work has gone slowely, but I just got some new photos so we can see the work is progressing!

Rukia infront of her house.


Her doughter Farida gets gift.




Mama Rukia in her new doorway!





The house from the back through the maize.

On the side, here you can see the kuku-house.



Inside roof.

Toilet and shower.

Toilet and shower

Now they have a much more decent place to live!

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Shoe ceremony!

Hi again everyone! Haven't updated my blog since I got back to Norway. Yesterday I got some new photos so today it was time again! Here we go!

 

My last day in the village, we arranged a huge seremony to give away shoes for all kids at Tumaini and VCVCK.

After a short time in the village, I met an old man who was severely attaced with the jiggar flea. Me and Hiroko, a volunteer friend from Japan, then disided to provide all kids at the two schools with solid shoes - which is the best defence against the flea. Her organization provided us with a lot of shoes, and also some of my class mates back in Norway sendt some money to buy shoes!

We got them all together at the compound at VCVCK, we rented a tent, cooked chai and mandazi. It was so nice to have all the students, parents, teachers and all other who work with us gathered together at once!

Tent is up and baloons are ready! Just waiting for the guest of honor, all the kids!

Me and two other volunteers, Vanessa and Tree, all dressed up in nice Kenyan clothes(with a western twist) made to us by our lovely friend Rose!

Here is Rose! My cook, my tailor, my Friend!

And here is Emanuel, the care taker of the compound. He is doing a great job with Little-mona(the calf).

The guest of honor has arrived!

Even little Sylvia took the trip over!

The show can begin! My co-worker and good friend Maurice is leading us through the ceremony with moving speaches and songs!

Even I went up and said some words! Here I am with Kennedy and his brother John.

The kids are patiently waiting.

Here is teacher Lillian(from Tumaini) with Hiroko, the volunteer from Japan, telling them about the importance of solid shoes.

Here is Hiroko and some of the teachers handing out shoes for the kids!

Excited children, waiting for there turn!

At the end of the ceremony, I was told that they had collected some money, and bought me a "goodbye-present"!

Some cute slippers(not the one I'm wearing) and a beautiful bowl!

Thank you so much!

Me and Kennedy chatting before I have to leave him. I brought him some english reading books, so that he can improve his english.

Vanessa and Tree with Sylvia. She is still a bit shy....

I can't belive this will be the last time in so long that I'm holding this lovely girl!

Kida are happy to get now shoes, and some chai :D

So many people joined us that day, so ,e, Rose and Vanessa wore having lunch at the ground after the ceremony.


We did get a blanket, and we made a picnic out of it!


Here we are providing Emanuel with some extra clothes before we leave.

We also gave him a huge mosquito net and some rubber boots!

This is hopefully a small gesture to provide our kids from getting the terrible jiggar flea!

Thank you so much everyone for your help and support!

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Almost ending my trip!

Hi everyone!
It hectic here in Kenya these days, 'couse I only have 4 days left!
Oh my! I can't belive it, the time went by SO FAST!
We have managed to get some money for shoes for the kids at Tumaini Academy and VCVCK
and on this Wednesday we are arranging a big function to give them away!
SOO EXCITED!
But let me first give you a short update on my last week....:

We have started building the first gras house for the volunteers, and I think
it might be almost ready by the time I leave :D

 
Guys working on the house... It's 20feet(diametre),
a very big house!!!


Little-Ono is inspecting the work!

The I took another 3 days of and traveld to Jinja in Uganda
with tese people:

and don't forget the boys....:




During the matatu ride... We hired our own matatu, couse we wore 11.



One early morning at the backpacker place in Jinja, Uganda
Looking out over the Nile river!

The very river we went White Water Rafting, level 5 in on Friday!!!
So Fun!!! Thought I was dying though.... haha....


When we came back, it was time to celebrate

THE NORWEGIAN CONSTITUTION DAY, 17th of MAY, 2010!



My good friend mongolo managed to send me a flag from Nairobi
so we arranged a buffet at Red Hat in Bungoma, Western Kenya
to celebrate this good day!


Habah and Me outside my house with the Norwegian Flag!


Canadians, Amaricans, Australians, Kenyans and me celebrating!


Rose dressed up really nice for this day :D


Me and friend celebrating....


At the end of the buffet, we all sang the national anthem,
in Norwegian of course... They struggeled a bit with some words
but they did a good job and my day was PERFECT!


The next day, Tri and Vanessa moved in!


Tri has been cooking a huge breakfast for us :D

In Uganda he bought a gigantic jack-fruit that we cracked open...
Its really sticky so we must use glowes(or cooking fat).


Dr. Tri is making the incision and I'm assisting by stealing
the seeds so we can grow our own :D




We also had a popcorn evening the other day!




A nice couple from the US who is running a program in Bungoma
came to the village and visited our schools.


Becky and the kids at Tumaini


Carroll in class with the kids


And, my dear friend Rose was so kind and made me a real
Kenyan dress :




Tri playing with his new best friend Simba :D

Wheelchair!

So, today was really THE MOST WONDERFUL DAY!

It had been raining all night, but when I woke up
This was waiting outside my door:


A BRAND NEW WHEELCHAIR FOR
KENNEDY'S LITTLE BROTHER JOHN!!

Two weeks ago, a church in Canada donated money for a wheelchair
 through my good friend Amanda.

We got organized right a way and ordered the chair,
and when it arrived today, we packed it(on a pikipiki)
and went to see the family!


Loading the chair on the pikipiki...This i how we travel in the village,
even if you have a "small" luggage.



Arriving the house of Jackson Masinde and his family to
hand over the chair!!! They were so excited !


Maurice is good at talkning, and here he is telling them why we are where,
what work we have been doing, and who is to thank for this great donation.
Thank you!



Ready to hand over the donated chair! SO EXCITED!


Recived by Papa-Jackson and Mama-Junis,
John's vaiting anxiosly to try out the new wheelchair!



First test ride :D Looks like it's working perfectly!!



Family, friends and neighbors attended this big event!


Testing his new chair on his own and
moving at a great and amazing speed!



John Mapeza Masinde and his new wheelchair!



In back: Papa-Jackson, Mama-Junis and Shedrak
In front: John, Andrew, Violet, Joseph and Kennedy!




HURRAY!!! WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

TO ALL THE DONORS THAT MADE THIS POSSIBLE!

Rukias house is up!

Here are some photos from Rukias house, taken yesterday.
We are asking the community to help, so everyone is doing
the mudding of the house or free, we are just supplying them
with food and chai.


Rukias daughter and grandson!




Rukias daughter is happy!


From inside


Vanessa, Tri and Maurice inspecting the house...


Walls are almost done!


Tri is "testing" the toilet!


Sitting room


Bedroom


Entrance to bedroom


Bedroom


Kuku hut

Watako Family

There are so many widows in Kenya.
Becouse of the culture in Kenya, the man is the one
who gots the education, finds a job, and earns money.
Problem then starts when the husband dies and leavs
her with 7 kids(wich is very normal here in Western Kenya).
She is left with no education, no way to support herself and her kids.

This is why we are interrested in widows, and we visit many homes in
the villages to locate some good ladies that needs our help.

A few weeks ago, we wore donated about 75.000KES(950USD or 5900NOK)
for a widow, Rukia in Shibanze. Already the structure of the
house is up(check out the blog for updates on her house).

Now I met another family in Khalaba who really needs our help...

The other day I was introduced to this family;
Mother Dina Namaemba and her 7 kids.
Anton Orieko (aged 27 and married),
Josefina Saina (19years and married)
Jafar Watako (16years)
Lillian Watako (14years)
Jenny Watako (9years)
Elfas (7years)
Florence (2years)


Dina, Florence, Elfas, Jenny, Lillian and me.

In 2001 her husband, Juma Watako died, and she was left alone with 5 kids.
In the following years she had some help from another guy, but he also died
and left her with 2 more kids! Now she has 7 of them, and they all
lives, eat and sleeps in this tiny house!


When I was inside, I could almost reach bouth sides at the same time.


she is a hardworking lady who tries to make the best out of what they have.
Thay have a small shamba, growing maize and cassava wich she sells.
The income is not much, but all the money she has, goes to keep the kids in school!


Lillian, she is now in class 4.


Little Elfas has just started nursery school.


This is what they have inside... Behind the broken door, a small kitchen, and the rest
is only empty floor with one stool. They don't have any matress or blankets,
so they all have too sleep at the floor. Emagine 6 people sleeping in this space!


Worst is it now when it's rain season, her roof is falling apart,
and gras for roofing is hard to get and expencive at this time
so she can not fix it...


Security is not so good, now that the door is almost falling of.

Im hoping that we can manage to build for her a new house with two bedrooms,
and also some beds/matresses so they at least have a place to sleep.

Update on Sylvia

A little update on Sylvia...
As i said earlyer, my mum and my aunt donated some money,
and with that I've started a Home-Based-Care-Program.

We buy a sertain amount of food every week, she is on a strick diet,
and I've hired a girl to do all of the cooking for her...


Selvin and Sylvia


The program seems to be working, next week we'll take her back to the clinic
to check her weight...


Eating porridge! So cute, the cup is almost bigger than her head!!


Thank you for all your help!





Hi again!

Hi again :D
I've been quiet for a few days, and that'e becouse i've been traceling a bit.
On Tuesday last week, I was to travel to Kisumu and then to Nairobi with
The Member of Parlament, David Were and his crew!

But just before I was ready to leave, I saw that our goat was acting weard....
She was laying down and looking stupid... And guess what, two small feets wore sticking out of
her, well, her behind! WOAH! We started calling for Bonnie,the caretaker, but he was away
cutting napie grass.... The baby was coming, and we had NO IDEA WHAT TO DO!!!
We called Meurice, in a desperate attempt of help.
I shouted in the phone; "MEURICE, THE GOAT IS HAVING A BABY AND BONNIE IS NOT HERE!!!"
He answerd; "Oh, nice... Take photos." and then he hung up!
Hahaha... Well, the goat handled everyting very well, and within a few seconds, little Ono was born :D




Little Ono is born!                                                        Taking his/her first steps...



Haha... Me and Ono!               


So, when all this was over, I had to rush to find Mr. Were, and we drove off to Kisumu.
There we had pizza(NICE! Over 3 months since the last time!) and watched footbal...
I got to spend the night in this place:


Nice bed! They even had a real shower here ;D  he he..

Next day we went to the yat-club and watched the hippos before we left for Nairobi


Yat-club                                                                    Me and Were at the Victoria lake....

When we arrived Nairobi, I gor to enter the Parlament building, and then we
went to his house to see his wife and doughter and to have supper before I wore
to take the bus to Mombasa in the evening.


Me and Sasha played for many hours :D


The, I left for Mombasa!


Look at the crazy tourists camel ridin' in Mombasa :D
The camel is named Mike ;)


Bamburi Beach at the North Cost of Mombasa. One of the hotels I stayed at...



Love it!



Got to see a lot of weird things when some "beach-boys" took us on beach-safari!



Relaxing at the beach!                                               Amanda and I, ready to head out for dinner :D


When I was leaving at monday, I had about 7hours to kill in Mombasa town.
I got bored, but then Yda, the lady who sold me my bus ticket, asked me to
join her for lunch at her home :D


Yda with her niece :D

WE GOT A WHEELCHAIR!

It's only three days since I posted this story, and we have
already managed to get the money to buy
a wheelchair for Kennedy's brother John!!!

This is so AMAZING! YOU are AMAZING!


When we get the new chair, it will be much easier
 for them to move around!


The old chair. Will find someone to donate it to i think...

A New Member of The Family!

On Tuesday 20th of April, a little miracle happened just outside my house!
On the ground that I stay, we have two sheeps, 5 goats and a big, pregnant cow!



The cow was given the name Dagros, of course :D
But, on Tuesday when we woke up, she looked like this:



That day i wouldn't leave my house, and good was that, becouse just after breakfast, she was ready!





Meurice and Bonni worked as "midwifes" and after a little struggel,


a beautiful beby calf was born!




Since Meurice and Bonni delivered the calf, they wore allowed to give her it's name, and
they decided to call her Little-Mona!!! HAHA!!! When I go back to Norway,
Mona will still be remembered in Kenya!



Little-Mona and I are becoming best friends!
And sometimes I have to carry her back to her mama becouse she refuses to leave my house!
She is so cute!




I also help with the milking of mama Dagros, so that little Mona can have some milk!
Next week the milk will be ready for us to drink, then I will get up early in the morning to fetch
milk for me and Rose for our tea :D


Bonni is teaching me how to milk Dagros... The kids, Faith and Babo
makes fun of me... haha... Notice she curious sheep behind me.....



Milk anyone....?!?


Kennedy

This is a short story of an amazing young boy who I met on the market one day....



This is Kennedy Masinde. He is 15 years old and lives a short walk from Harambee market.
Here he stayes with his mother Junis and father Jakson and his brothers and sister John(12 years),
Joseph(7 years), Violet(5 years), Andrew(3 years) and Shedrak(6 months).

The family infront of their house. Father is not attending, he is at work.

Bought of his parents are hard working, Jakson is out on the fields cutting and loading
sugar canes, and Junis is a stay-at.home-mum. They have a small property with one small house
wich consists of a sitting room and a bedroom/kitchen. Mother and father sleeps in the bedroom,
and all the kids sleep on the floor in the sittingroom. May I add that, Yes they have a mud floor,
and, NO they dont have shoes! I'm so conserned about the jiggar flea!


Junis in the bedroom/kitchen


The family, this is their sitting room/kids bedroom.

Kennedy himself is a amazing boy! He is in Bulimbo Primary School, and he's an
average student(296points/500max). Besides helping his mother in the house,
he goes to Harambee every market day, wich is Tuesday and Saturday, and
sell batteries for some shops. They Sell them to him with a discount, and usually
he sells 5 batteries a day, and has a profit of 100KES(1,5USD, 7NOK). When it's
a school holiday, he goes to the market Tuesday and Saturday, and usually earnes
200KES (3USD, 14NOK) pr week. When school is on, he attendes the market only
on Saturdays. This incomes is only used to help the family.



But the most amazing thing with this kid, is that bouth he and his brother John, was born
with a handicap. Kennedy's right foot was so small and tiny, that they amputated it right away,
just abowe his knee.
His brother was borned 3 yeas later, with the same handicap, but in bought right and left foot.


John and Kennedy.


Kennedy has managed to get a wooden prostheisis.


John's legs are bought too small, and is depending on a wheelchair.
At home he walkes around on his knees. They are not protected
and has becomed very sore.


You can see that his feets are too small. The knees are very damaged and sore.



This wheelchair was given to John from the Bulimbo School some years ago.
The hard roads in the village(and Kenya in general) is not good, and the
chair is almost worn out.


Kennedy loves his family, and he is always the one who takes john around.


John in the wheelchair with his driver Kennedy!


The Kids! Kennedy, Violet, Joseph, john and Andrew.
Kennedy has a wooden prostheisis, and John har two legs that isn't working
and he is depending on a wheelchair.



Kennedy and I having a chat about life.... Though he is living a hard life,
he is always smiling :D

Rukia's new house!



Rukia is a really hard working widdow who lives in Shibanze with her 4 kids, pluss one grandchild.
She has only two small round huts, one is used as a kitchen, and the other one is the house. Tou can barely
fit the six of them inside, but here is where they sleep and dine and shelter. It's so small that even if they
could afford beds, they couldn't have them inside!
About a month ago, Rukia's kitchen collapsed becouse of the heavy rain.
I went there one day and took some photos that i sendt to Amanda, and her
local newspaper in Canada posted this sad story.

Kitchen after it collapsed. It's torn on bouth sides.      After removing the broken kitchen

On Sunday I got a message, that Amanda and co reached their $1000(5900NOK) goal for Rukia's new home!! AMAZING!!! We are at $1120(6600NOK) and have decided to leave donations open until they hit $2000(11800NOK) due to the great response - this will complete not only the home, but a toilet, chicken keeping hut (kuku hut!), plus furnish EVERYTHING!!! And also, one good lady in Canada has donated a bike to one of the doughters, 'couse she has a long way to walk to school everyday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
When we got this message, we rushed over to her house on Monday, and gathered the community and the local CBO to tell her the AWSOME news!


Meurice with Rukia, her family and neighbors.        Rukia and three of her kids.


Rukia(in red skirt) and the reaction when she was told the good news!


Meurice greeting the local area-chief.
Very impotant in all situasions that this man is attending
and aprooving!


Everyone was SO HAPPY!!!!


 
The next day we brought the fundi and started measure
up the house.... Rukia showed us where she wonted the
new hose to be. It's a 20 ironsheet house(22feets X 14feets).
The next day, we had to do everything all over again! The thing that happened
was that for some reason, Rukia had forgot where she had buried her husband,
and of course that was just where we had planned to put the house!
Fortunately some of her family members came and told us, so that we could
move the house a few feets! HAHA... Imagine the disaster! OH...

But all is well, and this is some photos from when I went there this morning....







The hole for the toilet is almost done!


Rukia with her two youngest boys....

Me, the house and then some...


Just delivered my second assignment to my colege in Norway,
and felt like updating you with some photos about how life is in Kenya, my life!


This days I've been crashing at my friend Habbah in Bungoma.
Here I am with his cute cat. Notice the size differense of the eyes!
We need to find a name for her by the way..... Suggestions?


Me and Habbah having a laugh at the cyber!!!!!!!



This is the toilets/shower under construction

This is how it all lookes now! The house is awsome! At the time we are looking at the grass
growing on the wall(Yes, it does!), waiting for the house to dry so we can sement it!


The area around the house. It's going to be much more houses here when we
can afford start building, and we'll also plant more grass and banaba trees!!!


Our view at night time! Awsome!

My friend Rose is cutting sukuma wiki for dinner!


Me, just walking around in the village.......


Beautiful Kenya!


The inside :D One side you see my bed(mosquito net) and my "work-place/dining table",
the other side you can see our temparerely kitchen, untill we get to buildt the real one!




But we don't work all the time, this is my(well, my foot)
the first evening in the new house! Enjoying the sunset outside with a beer!

Got to know some from the US just now, and we are planning to use the weekends
to some tourist-travveling! Go to Uganda for rafting and Tanzania for safari and stuff like thar :D
I can't come home after 3 months and say that frogs and white antz was the most exciting "animal" i saw!

First Visitors!

On Wednesday last week we wore so lucky to have Alison, her kids Robyn and Ben, and their friend Karl to the village!
Alison is the one running the AVIF organization in the UK, and the one who got me in contact with Amanda, so it was really nice to finally meet her, and even better that we met here, in Kenya, in the village!



Me and Meurice met them in Mumias, and after taking "one-for-the-road" at Karibu Kweto Inn we went back to the village and had a real treditional Kenyan dinner!
We actually wore prepering for them to arrive on Thursday, so we had arranged the bunk-beds for then, and also the last mudding of the toilet. So, she calls me on Wednesday around 1PM, and asks if its ok that they arrive that same day! WAH!
At that time, we have no beds or no mattresses in the house, no doors or even walls on the toilets!
But amazing Meurice he organized the workers in a hurry, and some extra people in the village helped and borrowed us some beds, and by the time they arrived we wore ready!!! Amazing!
They spendt the first night ever in the new volunteer house, so it wea a sensational night!
(By the way Alison, the "bird" you heard, that you thought was me, is actually a really small bug! You hear them outside all night, but this one decided to stay indoor and is still making a lot of noice! Haha!)
We got up early on Thursday, and after a delicious breakfast cooked by Rose, I took Alison and Robin around to show them some of what we do here. Here comes some random pics from our day together!



Alison and Meurice at VCVCK                   Taking a peek into the main classroom at VCVCK


Must also check out the hut! Simular to this(only a bit bigger) is what we will putt up at the volunteer
place for them to relax in. They a really nice and cool....


 Robyn outside the volunteer house                          The beds we borrowed all around the village!


We managed to get walls and doors for              Alison has a fasination for bricks!
the toilets just in time!


Out driving in the village... A bumpy ride!                  With a lot of traffic!


From there we went to see Tumaini Academy. Here with Head-Teacher Lillian, showing them around.



Some of the kids at school                                                          Here she is in baby class


Rebecca, the babyclass teacher and some of her kids!    Out playing!





We also went over to see sylvia and Christine.          Sylvia was almost warming up to Robyn! Amazing!



Alison with Brandon, Sylvias cousin.                     But not everyone was that happy to see her... Haha...

After that we went back to Karibu Kweto Inn to have a lovely lunch
and to put back the tire thet we left there the other day!

Kwizera carving up the chicken                                   After, the kids played......


....while the men did some hard work!!!!                          WOHA!!!



Still, we had to play some more while the men worked on the tire.....





WOW! So many wazungu in one place!

Shoe-Project


So, one of the projects I've been working on together wit Hiroko is the shoe project.
We have a goal to get shoes for at least all the kids at VCVCK and Tumaini, witch is about 180 kids or so.
The good news is that Hirokos organization in Nairobi had some shoes lying, so last week she went there to apply and she managed getting 140 pair of shoes! That is so amazing! It makes our goal much easier to reach!

The reason we started this, was becouse we heard of a horrible thing you can get from walking on the mud floor with no shoes, it comes from the jigger flea.

Taken from Wikipedia:

"The chigoe flea or jigger (Tunga penetrans) is a parasitic arthropod found in tropical climates, especially South and Central America and the West Indies. At 1 mm long, the chigoe flea is the smallest known flea. Breeding female chigoes burrow into exposed skin and lay eggs, causing intense irritation. After this point, the skin lesion looks like a 5 to 10 mm white spot with a central black dot, which are the flea's exposed hind legs, respiratory spiracles and reproductive organs.

If the flea is left within the skin, infection and/or other dangerous complications may ensue.

The free-living flea is a poor jumper and can only reach a height of around 20 cm; therefore the use of closed shoes (as opposed to sandals or slippers) is an effective way of preventing infection.[1]

The parasitic flea lives in soil and sand, and feeds intermittently on warm-blooded hosts such as humans, cattle, sheep, dogs, mice, and other animals. In order to reproduce, the female flea burrows head-first into the hosts' skin, often leaving the caudal tip of its abdomen visible through an orifice in a skin lesion. This orifice allows the chigoe flea to breathe while feeding on blood vessels in the cutaneous and subcutaneous dermal layer. In the next two weeks, the flea releases about 100 eggs through the orifice, which fall to the ground. The flea then dies and is sloughed by the host's skin. Within the next three to four days, the eggs hatch and mature into adult fleas within three to four weeks."

Thursday last week we had visitors from UK here, and we desided to go and see some of the projects.

Randomly, we met this old man. He is about 80 years old and is heavilly attaced by the jigger flea! His hands and feets is all eaten up!

His hands and feet is heavilly attaced by the jigger flea!

Espesially after this meating I am keen on getting the shoe project up running, starting with the two schools, but hoping to reach many more kids!






To the Hospital


I've had a few days with no internett, but now I'm back!
What has happend is that Sylvia, Christine, our driver Fred and me left Eshibanze Friday afternoon to se Dr. Mandi in Bungoma. Sylvia was acting wery week and more shy tah usual. Anyway, we arriwed Bungoma in good time, and met our friend Habbah. It was nice for Habbah and Christine to meet again, 'couse he was the one who started the work on Sylvia together with Amanda back in 2008.


In the car on our way to Bungoma                            Our driver Fred


We settled in the waiting room with biscuits and sodas, prepered to wait for a while, knowing the African time.
Sylvia was now getting really hot! Her skin was burning and she was almost hyper-ventilating!
Me and Christine was getting really worried, but finally we got to see the doctor.
He har one look at her and said "AH! This baby is really sick!"
He started testing her and we measured a fever, 39.5! No wonder she could't breath right!
We also took some blood samples, weighed her (5,6KG - gained some, but a normal 3 1/2 year old kid is supposed to weigh 15KG) and I had to run down to the lab so get the results for malaria test.
She testet positive this time, what a coincidence that she got malaria the same day we went to the doctor!
He gave her some medicine for the fever and suggested that she and Christine should spend the night in the hospital, treating the malaria. So after picking up some few things, we drove up to the hospital and started on the long journey to addmitt her! But after going back and forth some times, I'm starting to understand the system, and she was put on a water-drip. She had to have three doses, and we didn't get started before around 8PM, so they had to spend the night.

The childrens ward was a mess! I'm telling you, it was not a nice place to be!
It was one big room, having about 10 beds longst the sides, and every bed had atleast 4 kids! It was so crowded! First we had to go by the doctor to get regesterd, and then go to see the two nurses sitting by a big table filled with medicine, papers and other things. Along one side of the table, many mothers with their kids wore sitting, waiting for the nurses to check their papers, give the kid some pink medicine and fix the drip. While we wore waiting, I only saw the two nurses working there. They wore in their fifties, and hard wworking, but wery harsh! I havn't spendt a lot of time in the childrens ward in Norway, but I'm guessing it's not like this! We wore sitting in the middle of the room, waiting for our turn, kids with their mothers wore surronding us, some wore crying, some wore sleeping. One kid even had a big seizure shaking like crazy and peeing in the bed. The mother was screeming at the nurses for help, the nurses screamed some harsh words back, but she did not aproach the bed. Even though my kiswahili isn't that good yet, I can guess wat they wore screaming about. After the seizure, the mother was given some more of the pink medicine to give to the kid, and was told to wash and change the kids clothes.
They don't have a lot of people working here, so I noticed that the mothers had to do all the work on their own kid, even put in the drip if it fell off! Oh! This was not a nice place! But they are doing the best they can with the little they have....

The time came for me to leave them there, and I left them with a heavy heart, with all the impressions I got by only spending a few hours there in the back of my head. I agreed with myself, that we will not do the food treatment in there! We'll do whatever we can to make it work at home!

I arranged for Teacher Lillian to informe her family back home, and for Habbah to go there the next day when they wore to discharge her.
It all finiched around 5.30PM the next day, and Christine could finally bring Sylvia out of that place and back home.

After church on Sunday I went over to chech on her, and she was sitting outside under a tree and playing!
It was lovely to see her doing so well again!

I've been discussing all of this with Meurice, and we have comed up with a new and even more brilliant plan!
Bought my mother and my aunt Bjørg each has donated 6400KES (85USD or 500NOK), and after this weeks hospital visit, we have a balance of a little over 9000KES (117USD or 693NOK). So, the plan now is to hire a young girl to look after Sylvia at home. She will be in charge of everything involving Sylvia. Feeding, cleaning, playing and even to get her to school for some hours every day. Meurice will help me find a nice lady, and to tell her the seriousness of her job!

We'll have a meating tomorrow mornig at 9AM and after that me and Meurice will work on this!

BRILLIANT!

Update

I have not managed to foundraise for any money for getting Sylvia to the doctor yet, but I have decided to take her ther on Friday anyhow. For now I just have o pay for it from my own pocket.

I've managed to get a car, and for only 500KES he will take us there and back home again.

I know that Christine is doing her best with Sylvia, but i do not think that is good enough!
I went there this morning, and Sylvia was just in the bedroom/kitchen and Christine was a few minute away, working in the shamba. This is not the care that she needs, she needs 24/7 attention so that we can get her back up on her feet!

I will share this with the doctor, and hopefully he will agree with admitting her!
i really do belive this is the best, so now I must ask around if anyone is willing to help with some founds!

I'll keep you all updated......

Big Event!

Last Saturday, my friend Fred took me and Maurice too Matungu Cultural Centre.
That is actually the office for the area King Peter Mumia 2.

The area the Ceremony will be...

So, what happend was that after a nice lunch, we went to say hi to the Secretary-General Ali Wamanya.
He told us that next Saturday, 10th of April, they will have a big event, the Cultural Coronation Ceremony of the 14th Traditional King of Wanga Kingdom, and I'M INVITED!

That is so exciting! He also told me some of the other people on the guest list, and that was no other than the Prime Minister, President of Kenya and the President of Libya, and Mona from Norway!
Wish me luck!



My invitation :D


Big Plans!

So, I've just been at home for a few days now, being sick, so I got to think a lot!
A wrote a letter to my local newspaper, hoping they will publish my story.

Well, what I'm hoping to to now, is to start a School-found, for kids and young adult that can't afford to pay their school fees.
My goal in 2010 is to foundraise for 10000NOK!
WOW! I really hope we can pull this off!
I have great belief in this project, and I'm already, together with Maurice Mwanza - the assistant director, looking for who we will sponsor.

So, keep a look out for my story in the newspaper, and I'll tall you more about the projects!!!

02.apr.2010

Hi everyone!
I'm just about to go to sleep, safetly in my bed under the mosquito net, and just wonted to give the last update.

I went to see Sylivia and Christine today, to tell them about my visit with Dr. Mandi yesterday.
He was a really nice doctor, and I truly belive he is willing to help. We also talked to a nutricionist, Bibian, and she gave us some good advices for a diet for Sylivia.
I figure we have two choises, founraise for money to have her on a diet at home, or foundraise for some money to have her admitted at the hospital for a few weeks.
But they both wonted to see her, so I have dicided to try to take them there by the end of next week.



At Tuesday this week I went over with some bananas for her, and Christine could already see improvement, so we are thinking that a strick diet/fattening program and regular exercises of the body will do it!
In Bungoma, I picked up just a few things for her, just so we could get started right away.
I got her a small mattress so that she don't sit and sleep on the floot anymore, and some bananas and beans that probably will last for almost a week. In addition to this I gave Christine 500/= to spend on milk for her. All in all i think i've used about 1150/= (15USD or 90NOK). I'm a bit shocked how small amount it takes to make a difference!


When I came there today, Christine was working in the shamba
and having all these kids at the same time!


I have also given the "shoe-project" a lot of though today.
Jigger flea is so dangeorus and commond, so I think it is importante that we focus on getting shoes for everyone!
Well, at least start with the kids at VCVCK and Tumaini.....
I know I payed 200/=(3USD or 16NOK) for the shoes I bought for Sylivia, and I know now that the seller is happy for that... I think it was a bit over prized ..... But now I know and I belive I can my hands on many shoes, a lot cheaper...
We'll se what happens....

Now it's time for bed, Fred is taking me seitseing tomorrow!!!



Closing day


On Tuesday and Wednes day, me and Hiroko joined the teachers in meeting the parents and the kids at the two schools for the end of first term. We got to get to know some of the parents a bit better, and we told them about the new health program that we will be starting at next term.
Just wonted to show you a few photos of i




The kids at Tumaini                                           The parents at Tumaini


Hiroko demonstrating hand washing              The kids at VCVCK
at VCVCK  


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Doctors visit

Today Hiroko and I went to see Dr. Mandi at Bungoma General Hospital.
Except for being a bit late, he was a really nice guy! We showed him photos that we had brought. It's not so easy for him to give a diagnose when only looking at photos, but when she is tested negative for malaria and HIV/AIDS, he think it's caused by niglection and malnutrition from early age.
When Sylvia was 3 months, her mother died of malaria, and at that time she was weighing 6kg. Now, more than 3 years later, she is only 2kg!

So, our idea is eighter to start her on an strickt diet, witch means we need to come up with some money for her, becouse the grandmother has no money. The other option is to admitt her to the hospital, so that she gets 24/7 supervision. This might cost us about 2000/=(26USD, 155NOK). They recomended her to eat every second houre, and excercice the tiny limbs she has. I realize this is hard, becouse the grandmother also has to take care of the house, the farming and the other kids.

Well, so this weekend I will bang my head against the wall, hoping to find some answers...

The House

This weekend I went to the market at Harambee and bought the cutest shoes for Sylvia, I just couldn't resist!

I went over to the Tumaini school today and gave them to her. Christine was so excited! I bet Sylvia also liked them, at least she was walking around with her grandmother supporting her.



After that we went across the road to have a look at their house. They live in a small house with two rooms, one is used as a sitting/dining room, and the other is kitchen/bedroom.

The house of Christine                          The sitting/dining room                     


The kitchen/bedroom                                  Same kitchen/bedroom

Besides Christine and Sylvia, three other kids is staying there. John(15years), Winny(13years) and Miriam(10years). Im not quite sure, but I think John and Winny is her kids, and she is the grandmother for Miriam. Anyhow, in the kitchen/bedroom we can only see one bed. This is where Christine sleepa, and unfortunately the kids are left sleeping at the floor!
First of all, this is a mud house, so it is really chilly at night and I did not notice a lot of blankets in the house, infact I saw none. The other case is again the jigger flea that I mentioned earlier, who lives in the mud floor and will eat their way into their body... It's bad! This is not a way that anyone should live in! Unfortunately, so many here is living just like that.
Of course we would like to help everyone, but we must be realistic and realize we can't manage that.
But we can try to change the life for some people, and my choice is to start with Sylvia and her family.
As many other Kenyans, Christine is living from day to day, with very little money. Today I was told that no one in this house eats, except when they have lunch at school. That means one meal with maize and bean mixture at 12.30PM.
Especially Sylvia should be on a strickt diet, but for now she has tea and milk in the morning and the evening, and lunch at school. On Wednesday we'll have yet another problem, 'couse the schools are closing for a whole month, and that means no lunch, and that means only tea and milk for little Sylivia and her family.
This week we are working on closing the schools, talking to parents on hygene, and besides that, I'll try to figure out a way to get sponsore money for Sylvia.
I might also mention that I'm heading out on Thursday to see Dr. Mandi at Bungoma General Hospital, and hopefully in time rase some money so that he can do some further testing and hopefully find out what is wrong.


I just had to add theese photos, she fell and it her head trying to walk alone on Sunday.
No worries, just a scratch, but she looks so cute with the big bandage!







Tumaini - the story

TUMAINI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE!




This is one of the projects I'm working on here in westren Kenya. The school is located in Shibanze, just between Harambee and Khalaba. At this moment we have 5 classrooms, one kitchen and a office/storage,
divided between 5 teachers, one cook and 100 students.
There is the Early Childhood Department: baby class with 38 kids aged 3-4 years old and middle class with 21 kids aged 4-5 years old. And also we have top class with 17 kids aged 5-6 years.
Also we have two classes in primary school, class one with 10 kids aged 6-7 years and class two with 14 kids aged 7-8 years.


Staff: (f.l) Alice Muruka(class 1), Rebecca Simiyu(baby class),
Headteacher Lillian Okotsi(class 2), Doreen Imboha(top class)
and Emily Khavere Shati(middle class).

I will breafly try to tell you the story after having a inervju with teacher Emily Shati.
She was the first teacher when they first started in 2006. At that time she was at home, doing farming.
With sponsoring help from UK and together with two Kenyan guys named Benson and Steven, they arranged to rent a house at Shibanze market, and she started toutoring 35 kids.
Unfortunately, they could not manage to pay the rent and wore kicked out.
But Emily would not give up on the kids, so she kept up teaching them, this time under a tree, now located at the Tumaini property.


This is where Emily kept up teaching the kids after loosing the house.

Then, during 1. term the parents helped and they managed to build to rooms on the land that Benson bought with sponsor money. They hired 2 girls to help Emily with the teaching, but they left becouse they wore not paid.
In 2007, 2. term at shool, Doreen Imobha came and started as a teacher. Emily managed to get sponsorship to go to colege, and after a while she finished the short course(witch is really no use here).

With sponsorship money the dining hall(now class rooms), the kitchen and the well was buildt. This was the same time as teacher Lillian Okotsi came to the school.

Unfortunately, time showed that Benson and Steven was not to be trusted, and they had been misusing the money!
For over 6 months the teacher wore not payd, but they would not abandon the kids, so they stayed.
It was now that this girl Amanda Flanagan from Canada showed up, and together with Meurice Mwanza they helpt the school back up on its feets. They foundraised money to pay the teacher and also to buy a cow to support the kids with milk. Now people wore understanding that Benson and Steven wore putting the money in their own pockets, and they tried to take action. Benson realized this, and before the community wore able to chase him away, he managed to steal the cow and sell it!

At least, the guys wore gone. But still we have a problem with further building on the property, becouse the the land is still in Benson's name, and land issue takes time here in Kenya. But we are working with the government and hoping that in the next few months we can again start foundraisin so that we can continue expanding the school.
Ther is still much missing. The class rooms are not properly buildt, and though Amanda and Meurice managed to find furniture for the class rooms, more is needed. It's in my intrest to also try to foundraise for shoes for the kids. Becouse the class rooms ar buildt with mud, they may get this disease "jigger". That is a small flea that lives in the mud floor and will dig itself into the kids feets. They might then end up with terrible swelling and pain.
We are also focusing on hygene at the school, becouse HIV/AIDS is very active here. The problem is the well that Benson got build in 2007, it is not good, and only falling apart. That means that dear cook Christine must walk far everyday and carry wather for the kids. Christine is the grandmother of Sylvia, who we also is trying to help.

Christine and her grandchild Sylvia


Baby class(Sylvia on the floor).


Inside the baby class classroom. This room is havin 38 kids.
 
Classroom for teacher Emily and her middle class.
The blackboard is not working so well as you can see.

 
This is how the class rooms look on the outside.


So, I have here tried to tell you, shortly, the story of Tumaini.
Hopefully the land issue will be ok soone, and we can start foundraising to fix the school.
Now the currupt guys are gone, and we are finally working with people we can trust and that cares for the community!
I will keep you updated.....




Some fun - making dinner

First, just warning about some bad photos!

So, to show you all how we do it in the village, I will tell you how to make a real Kenyan dinner.
(After this I'll have no problem getting food if stucked on an island, if there is chickens there...)



1.      Catch the chicken

2.      Slit the troath

3.      Soak it in hot water


4.      Rip off all its feathers. Notice the other dumb chicken friends walking around eating the feathers and stuff that come off it.


5.      Roast it a wee bit

6.      Dissect it


7.      Let it boil while Violet and I makes chapati(remindes me off naan)

 

Sorry, I had no photo of the finiched meal, but I promice you this, it was delicious!










 

Sylvia

                                                           
This is Sylvia, one pf the kids in the area that I'll be spending some time and efferd trying to help.
She is more than 3 years old, she was born in December 2006. After a few months, her mother died, and the father is long gone. She is taken care for by her grandmother Christine, a really hardworking lady who besides taking care of 6 or 7 of her granchilds, is also cooking for all the kids at the Tumaini School(one other project that I am working on).
She eats food and drinks a lot, but she does not gain weight or grow. We have tested her for HIV/AIDS, but she tested negative. So now we need to rais the money to get her checked out by a specialist, so that we might find out what's wrong.


Sylvia in Christine's hands                                Me holding Sylvia, so tiny.


We decided to put her in baby-class, just so that she might get more sicialized.

Here we are doing some walking-exercises to train those tiny legs. I wont to get her some socks and some shoes for this.




Amanda and Sylvia.






Update on the house

Hi again!
I'll try to post some more info on the projects I'm working on today, but first a small update on the house that we are building.
It is taking a bit longer than expected, but we can't help it, couse the rain has arriwed!
Oh my how it rains some times! And everything gets really muddy. But, it's good for the agriulture so :)
Enyhow, this is photos showing how fare we are now, hopefully I can move in to the first volunteer hut soon and then we'll start foundraising to buildt more of them. We made a budget, and all in all it will cost about 27000/= pr hut(just under 400USD, just under 2500NOK), so we are hoping!
I also belive that 4 visitors are coming during next week, loocking foreward to that :)




First I put in a photo of the ass. director Meurice and director Amanda who is making all this possible!



Hard working from early age!


The digging for the toilet is almost done, only 3feet remaining!









Some other hard working Kenyans, almost done with mudding tha walls.

Online again, almost!

Now I have finally found some internet again, but today it's raining heavily, so the signal is terrible but i'll try to upload some photos.

I'm loving this I'm telling you! Everyone is so friendly, and the project is awsome....

I've only been here for a week, and I'm already thinking that 3 month is way to short!

So what do I do here, You must be thinking..?

Well, about a month ago I got in contact with this girl Amanda who has  been "in and out" of Kenya for the last 4 years. She first started foundraising for the TUMAINI project in Shibanze, and its just been growing since that.

So, this last week I have been visiting the projects we have in the area and getting to know everyone.

The village:

To get there, we took the bus from Nairobi to Bungoma and that takes approximately 9 hours and it?s a bumpy ride. I got the bruises to show for it?

Arriving Bungoma we whore met by a nice guy, Hassan, who had arranged for us some supper. After eating and introducing me to Meurice and Habah, we drove to Khalaba, where we are staying. It takes around 30 minutes and you?ll pass a small town called Harambe. Now we are ca right between Bungoma and Mumias

I am for the moment staying in Meurice's brother's house at the village.

My bedroom, for now. Moving in to a hut soon :D

Vision Community Vocational Canter : Khalaba:

The VCVCK School is just a few minutes' walk from the house. This will be our mane project in building and expanding I believe. At the moment we have one big semi permanent classroom (mud walls with a small layer of sement on the outside), two small semi permanent huts, one for teaching the kids and one for tailoring class for the adults. Beside the tailoring hut we find the VCVCK African Shed for the dog and the house for cooking and keeping the cow and the goats at night (not in the same room of course). There is also a mud hut with two classrooms, but it's not finished yet.

Next week I'll also start visiting women and orphanage groups.

 On Friday we measured up where we want to have the first volunteer hut with toilets and a washing room. The hut will be 14'14 feet with a roof made of iron sheets. we have already putted up most of the construction, so I'll post photos soon. 

DAY 1:

The land behind the school area.             The plan :D This is how it's suppose to look in the end!

DAY 2:

Area behind school, after started building the firs volunteer hut! You can also see them digging the whole for the toilet.

DAY 3:

Iron sheets roof has been placed, and the house is almost ready for mudding!

 

This is how the firs volunteer house is now :D

You can see that almost all the mudding is done, and we can soon move in!

Arriwing Kenya!

At the moment I am sitting at the Wildebeest Camp, which is located just a few minute drive from Nairobi centre.
It's run by a british/ausralian couple who has the most beautiful little 2 year old boy!

So, on the plane down here, just landing in Istanbul, I met a small family, a father with his two children, about 1 and 3 years old. He was traveling alone with them and a whole lot of hand luggage and was really struggeling a bit.
He was also transferring to Nairobi, so I offerd to help them on their way... The kids wore so lovely! They wore originally from Nairobi, but had been living in Oslo for several years.
People wore probably loocking weard at us... Typical family, Kenyan guy, Norwegian girl with two adorable kids :D
so, I was trying to upload some pictures, but me and this rental computer is not wery good friends today so I'll put some in later....

So, tonight I'll stay at this camp, in a tent actually :D Loocking foreward....
Before I meet Amanda again tomorrow, I'll go and feed some giraffes nearby :D
Tuesday morning we are heading for the village :D

The Trip Has Started!

Yes, last night I started packing, and now I've left Trondheim and the trip to Africa has started :D





Yesterday a had a nice last day at home, with lunch with Jeanette and Marte, and then a dinner and a movie with my boyfriend <3


I have some beautiful friends that waved goodbye to me on the train station!

Thank you Monica, Alex, Elise, Guri, Mari and Dad :-*

 

At the moment I'm visiting Kenneth in Dombås, and tonight we'll just lie on the couch and relax before I tomorrow morning, jump on the train to Oslo.


 Hopefully I'll meet some friends for a coffee there before I visit my aunt and uncle where I'll spend my last night in Norway for a few months...... whooohooo!

Saturday at 12.05PM my plane leaves Gardemoen and arrives in Istanbul 16.50PM. I'll stay on Turkish land for over 2 hours, before I fly straight to Nairobi at 19.25PM.

At 03.05AM I finally land and Amanda will be there waiting for me :D

I don't think I'll realize all of this before I wake up in Kenya at Sunday!!!

 

SEE YOU IN A FEW MONTHS!!!!!!!!!

 

More Planning....


This weekend my lovely friend Nadia took the time come to Trondheim to "hang-with-tha-gang"!
We had a fabulous weekend with good friends and a lot of wine............


Nadia and me shopping...

It's Monday and it's only 12 days untill my plane leave. Some of the packing goes well, a friend of mine wore just in Ghana for a while, and yesterday she sendt me a usefull list, so that I might remember to pack all that i need ;)
My mother is coming to Trondheim tomorrow, so today I must write list of things i might need, so that we can trudge the streets tomorrow :D
I stilll cant deside whither to bring a sleeping bag, "sheet-bag", or just both.... Well, I have a few days more to think so....

My sister tipped me about a great internett page to get stuff for the journey... www.nomaden.no
And this is what I got in the mail now:



Not the book about Kenya or my passport, obviously, but the mosquito netting, the quick-dry towel and the first aid kit :D
hehe... Sensible shopping :)

Now I'll head to the kitchen and start making dinner, but later today I'll start loocking for tickets to Oslo, hoping to crash at Dombås for a few hours so I can have some quality time with my Kenneth :-*

Planning

WOW! It's only 16 days untill my plane leave from Oslo, Norway, to Nairobi, Kenya, so it is perhaps time to start with some planning :)

A lot of things that must be organized, and a worried mother to calm down ;) he he...
Well, at the time I'm just sitting at a café with my good friend Elise, we are both trying to study a bit. This semester I am taking African studies, called human and environment, and first paper has a deadline the same day that I leave.
But becouse I'm so excited about the trip I can't concentrate :)

A little unsure of what to pack with me, but I have taken all vaccines so some I have managed to fixed on the short time since I ordered the ticket :)

This was my first post, I'm no writer, but I'll try to add a lot of info :)



Me at the café, pretending to do some work ;)

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