Happy valentine’s day everyone! Hope the storm has moved on and you are dug out. It continues to be hot and dry here. Your support would be appreciated by including the Kenya people in your prayers. They need rain badly.
Today we visited two schools Thuuri Primary and Secondary. and delivered 120 kits in total to the female students. One of the problems we are encountering is having the right number of kits for the students at the school. As previously mentioned two Mikinduri Hope staff visited the schools in early January and did the training program with the students. Between that visit and now the student population has changed. Unlike home where the numbers stay pretty consistent for the year with a few changes that don’t happen here. Today at the secondary school Form 3 and 4 (class 11 and 12) were missing but there were about 20 more students attending. As a team, we made a decision that we would only hand out kits for the girls who had been previously trained. The remaining kits have already been allocated to the schools we will visit the rest of the week so someone somewhere was going to do without and as hard as it was we felt this was the best option We told the students why we decided this and asked if they thought we were being fair and the response was yes!
Because our numbers were a bit smaller today it was easier to do a demonstration of snapping the shield on and placing the liners while wearing the panties- not my best photo but the girls were more relaxed after they saw they were not the only uncomfortable person!
The girls here tend to speak very low and some hang their heads or cover their faces when they are asked something and they are a bit embarrassed to answer. Today it was hard to get them to answer our review questions but Dorothy is persistent and wasn’t moving on till they answered.
For my Days for Girls volunteers, I want you to know every girl has heard the story of your commitment and dedication to the sewing group. Without you, there would be no kits. They always say a big thank you after I tell the story.so please know how much you are appreciated and how important you are to us.
The clay roads here are unimaginable. I grew up on a back road that was clay but never have I seen anything as bad as this. These roads would be closed in Canada due to safety. Your whole body shakes as the driver manoeuvres large rocks, bumps and holes. It takes forever to get somewhere. As we were walking with the headmaster to our car at the end of the session we received a call from Nelly who is about 2 weeks form delivery that she needed to go to Meru to the hospital. One of the staff needed to drive her there so needless to say he drove a bit faster coming back to Mikinduri. I was glad to get back to the compound and remove the layer of dust that settled on the way home
I will attach some pictures from today for your viewing so you can see the girls and the road!