Meat and Potatoes

Emma_dunwoody Posted by Emma Dunwoody on Sun, 10 Jul 2011 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

We’ve already spent three weeks in Kajiado. That thought is crazy because it means that in just three weeks time we will be flying back to Northern Ireland and leaving Kenya behind!

The experience of life in Kajiado is a completely different one from the first half of our time in Kenya. But it is probably also true that the life here is much closer to the real African experience than the city was.

It is very different staying in a guesthouse rather than in a home. There’s been groups of people coming and going the whole time so usually it’s either very noisy and busy or very very quiet.

Our diet has changed too. We get potatoes almost every day now and a lot of meat and vegetables. Sometimes we actually find oursleves missing ugali! But we’ve found that we only need to walk into the dining room and tea will be produced so we’re well looked after!

I’ve been very much enjoying my time spent in the clinic here. The busyness of it varies from day to day but there are usually a good number of patients, particularly in the mornings. Catherine has been so helpful to me in explaining what the patient’s problem is and the treatment she’s giving them (because her Swahili is so good she doesn’t usually speak to them in English.) A lot of ailments are very similar to what GPs would see at home, there’s quite a lot of coughs and colds with a few more tropical diseases like malaria around too. I’ve also been able to go into the lab to see how different tests are done. My experiences in the clinic definitely make me excited to start university in September. And the day I spent in the nursery with Kirsten makes me very sure that I don’t want to be a teacher!

One of the days I enjoyed most since I’ve been here was getting to go out with the mobile clinic. We travelled about 75km away to a primary school where they set up the clinic once a month. A lot of the afternoon was spent with Massai women and their babies. There’s an immunisation programme for the babies and they are weighed regularly too. After that the clinic is open to see anyone who comes along and it is usually kept very busy. Because of the nature of the clinic they can’t do any tests that would be available, for instance, at the lab in the ACK clinic and this can make diagnosis quite tricky. But the clinic is still a great help to anyone that goes there – without it medical treatment would be very very far away.

We’ve been enjoying going to church in the cathedral too. We’ve been to both the English and Swahili services. The Swahili service tends to be more lively so although I don’t understand everything it’s still very enjoyable! Last week we were also able to go out to St. Peter’s church which is a small church in the middle of the countryside with walls and roof made of tin. Despite there being, I think, less than 20 adults there the Massai singing and dancing was brilliant and I really enjoyed their service.

Last week the 36 Limavadyans descended upon us! For the few days before they arrived Kirsten and I had beeen by ourselves at the compound so it’s quite a change! But it was really good to see my Mum and Dad. My brother Ian came down from Nairobi on Sunday too so we quite a family reunion!

On Saturday it was the official opening of the ACK Girls’ Secondary School. I was so excited and pleased to be able to go to it as I can very clearly remember the first day arriving on site in 2008 and it being a big empty field. The school looks really good and it’s great to see how far it has come. It’s a very special experience to have been there for the very first dedication ceremony and now to see it being opened. The ceremony was long but very enjoyable.

I’m still loving my time here in Kenya. Thank you so much for the prayer support and please continue to pray dring the short time we have left here. God is teaching me a lot through this experience. I have thought a lot about how different things would have been for me if I’d gone to university last September as I had planned. I thank God that His plans are a lot greater than mine!

Bwana Asifiwe!


raymond&carole said Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:35PM
thanks Emma-lovely to get another update, glad we checked!

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