Karibu Kenya!

Emma_dunwoody Posted by Emma Dunwoody on Tue, 10 May 2011 | 10 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Jambo from Kenya!

It’s hard to believe that it is almost two weeks ago since we left Northern Ireland! In some ways it feels like we’ve been here for much longer but the time here has just flown in.

Our first week was very much spent settling in, finding our way around Nairobi and All Saints Cathedral and getting to know the staff here. We’ve been so warmly welcomed by everyone that we’ve met and they seem very happy to have us here.

It took me a few days to get into the way of things. Not being much of a city girl, finding myself in a place as busy as Nairobi was a bit of a change of scene! Nairobi traffic in particular is very fast and quite chaotic most of the time. “The Jam”, as the bad traffic is known, was particularly bad last week when there were fuel shortages in Kenya, complete chaos surrouded every fuel station we passed! Thankfully now the problems seem to be easing. To get in and out of the Cathedral every day we use public transport in the form of matatus. Using them is an experience in itself! But in the past week we’ve gone from being slightly scared of them to being able to use them without Louise so we’re definitely making progress!

We are living with Louise, who has worked with the UDP for over twenty years, her husband and her two beautiful ten month old boys, Tim and Sam. It is fun to be part of a Kenyan family and to see how they live. Probably the biggest difference is the diet. We eat a lot of rice, vegetables and fruit as well as the traditional food of ugali, made from maize meal. Kirsten and I both “oooohed” in delgiht when roast potatoes appeared one day!

We hope to spend Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Kayole. We had our first day there yesterday and I really enjoyed seeing the place we’ve heard so much about and where the UDP does such a good work. I think the children seemed to enjoy seeing us too as choruses of “How are you?” followed us around all day! We saw around the primary school, the church and the secondary school and I really look forward to going back and getting to know the people there. As we were introduced to each of the high school classes the headmaster changed the facts as he went along and by the end I was a scientist and would be leading discussions in science and maths, as well as giving careers guidance to the Form 4!! Travelling to Kayole was a strong reminder that despite the comfort we’ve enjoyed so far, real need and poverty is not far away.

We are beginning to get to know our way around Nairobi city centre as well. On Saturday Kirsten and I were able to go into the town and spend the afternoon there and to buy the ingredients to cook dinner for the family that evening. We made spaghetti bolognaise and some fifteens which seemed to go down very well!

Thank you for your continued prayers at home, I really appreciate them! Please give God thanks for how well we have settled in and pray that He would continue to watch over us during our time in Kenya.

Emma.

Comments

raymond and carole blair said Wed, 11 May 2011 08:32PM
hello Emma good to read your blog - this is the first time we ever responded to one so hope it works! Glad to hear you are settling in and will be continuing you in prayer. Now wet and windy here so would say weather much warmer there. In the Lord, raymond and carole and girls
Mary Mc Collum said Wed, 11 May 2011 09:30PM
Hey cousin Emma!! Good to finally get a wee blog update from u!!Sounds like things are goin well, reading it just reminded me of the craziness of Kenya's roads, can't believe u go on public transport every day...will be good for your prayer life!! Not much new here, summer weather has arrived as Raymond said!Anyway getting late and us teachers need our sleep, looking forward to next post,am remembering you in my prayers, lots of love Mary xxo
taylor & poppy said Sun, 15 May 2011 10:06AM
Hello Emma, Glad to hear you have settled in well, everything seems so exciting there in Kenya. Good to get the news from your blog. Thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers. The Moores
Bantu said Mon, 16 May 2011 01:18PM
I promises I would read this. Here we go. I'm impressed you've liked everything. The one thing I thought you'd mention but you've left out is the sukuma wiki. hehehe! Anyway am happy too to know that everyone has welcomed you to Kenya. Great. Any you are doing well too. Great job at Kayole and All Saints'. God bles you. cya soon.
Emily said Wed, 18 May 2011 03:06PM
Hi Emma!! Glad you are doing well and adjusting over there. Picturing you ohhh-ing over roast potatoes made me laugh. Hope this week is going well. Love and prayers, Em PS. what are fifteens?
Karen Forsyth said Sun, 22 May 2011 09:19PM
Hi Emma! Sounds as if everything is going well. Thinking about you and sending lots of love from us all. Auntie K. xxxx
Sarah McCollum said Mon, 23 May 2011 07:33PM
Hey there wee Emma I can't believe you said you miss my food more than me!!!! Lol. Its strange you not being here and I am glad to hear you are enjoying yourself. Marcus and I as always are remembering you in our prayers keep us updated!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hannah Jack said Thu, 26 May 2011 11:40AM
Hey Emma! That all sounds fabulous :D I'm so pleased you are settling in well and having a great time. What you're doing is amazing!! Can't wait to read the next update! Lots of love and prayers <3 xxxxxxx
Mark,Rachel and Anna said Fri, 27 May 2011 08:25PM
Hi Emma!We've enjoyed reading your blog and are pleased to know you're getting on well.Two new additions to our family arrived the day before the Royal Wedding - black and white kittens, brother and sister. We had no option but to name them Wills and Kate! They will be big cat size by the time you come home!!Keeping you in our prayers every day.Mark says see you in Kajiado! xxx
P Ferguson said Sun, 29 May 2011 05:31PM
Hi Emma, Always glad to get your up-to-date news and to know that things are still going well for you. Not so sure about your "becoming African" .....think your mum and dad would have something to say about that. So you think you are becoming African Emma ..... well I hpoe you have told your mum and dad about that! We have enjoyed your blogs and the news so keep them coming. At least you are not missing the bad weather at home.....cold,wet and very windy.Travelling on a slow matatu! .... never heard of it. But you do sound brave venturing out on your own. Have you done some shopping at the Banana shop, check it out at banana@iconnect.co.ie Greet everyone at Kajiado for me and we look forward to seeing you on the 28th DV

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