TEACHING-EMPOWERING-MENTORING-BUILDING OPPORTUNITY Mission: to partner with individuals and communities in Western Kenya to support entrepreneurial activities, education and health through training programmes, scholarships, water and sanitation projects

Friday, September 30, 2011

Safe in Kenya

We arrived in Nairobi last Monday and in Kakamega Thursday. Just had a bit of a glitch with the internet connection, but now set up with a small network. Means we can work anywhere in the house (great for Rod’s I Pad.)

Had a few meetings in Nairobi and caught up with old friends.

We did Nairobi-Kisumu in 5 1/2 hours. The road is great now with one small section near Kericho that is still under construction. Ben, our driver, was upset because his station wagon, which he meant to use (so much luggage) went for a fill up & they put in diesel instead of petrol. So the whole engine has to be dismantled & flushed out. We used his sedan which actually was fine with just the two of us.

The vehicle was waiting for us and is great. Air conditioning, working seat belts and very comfortable. We were in Kakamega by 3.30. Lots of people calling us and stopping us on the street. Had supper at the Sports Club with Richard & Bibiana and a quick tour around Nakumatt (supermarket) to set up groceries. We have water, the power is on, the fridge is working!

The apartment is fine (dusty of course) We were so busy before we left, that I didn’t really leave everything as tidy as I would like. Going to do some ruthless chucking out of old stuff and try to reorganise a bit.

Bibiana, who is a town councillor & volunteer children's officer, is a member of our Advisory Committee. She has some great things going with some women’s groups, so I’ll let Alex (our trainer) & Tanya (who will be here as an agent later) know there is something ready for them to work with.

The small apartment on the compound is finished. I’ll take a look today or tomorrow and take some pictures. They just need to tile the floors, so we can start thinking about furniture, curtains etc.

The next 2-3 days I want to keep clear for unpacking & organising. Then we will start planning with Richard etc.

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