Today is my last day of frantic organising, packing, making sure I donít forget something vitally important, etc etc so why am I sat at a computer writing this??
As some of you may know we have had issues with packing my stuff. It seems that people have been so generous that I could probably fill my baggage allowance with donated stuff and none of mine!! I would be willing to wear the same clothes (unwashed) everyday if it meant I could take everything but Iím sure the people who have to be around me for the next 10 weeks would have something to say about that!! Today will therefore be a day of magical packing (Iím hoping my bags will turn into one a bit like Mary Poppinsís bag), or having to decide what stuff can wait until someone else goes to Kibera.
Just a bit about the school Iím going toÖÖ Itís called Spurgeonís Academy and filled with over 300 gorgeous, amazing, very smiley children from the age of 3 (I think) to 16ish. All the children have lost AT LEAST one parent to HIV/AIDS. Many of them live with relatives who very kindly take them in, and a few of the children have no-one to take care of them at all. My little boy Eliud (heís not really little, heís 13) who I sponsor lives with his mum and siblings in Kibera. His dad dies of AIDS related illnesses and his mum is very very sick. Most of the kids live in situations like this and still manage to enjoy life, love playing football, love school, have fun, do normal kid things and be very smiley. Iím sure they know something about life that we donít.
While Iím there Iíll be doing a health audit of all the students, checking out what health and sex education they have in school and some other stuff but Iíll write about that as I do it!!
So tomorrow (the 4th of may, you get it??) is my last day in beautiful
so, I was at work the other day when one of my collegues asked me how long it is until I actually go to Kenya. My reply was something along the lines of "oh, er......dunno really.......a while yet", and then I counted and was quite shocked to find it was 12 DAYS!! Today I counted and got rather concerned that I didn't need my toes to count, just my hands. Hmmmmmm I should maybe start becoming a bit more organised (and yes mum, I know you've been saying that for a while but you also know I work better under pressure :P).
Decided that I might take this opportunity to tell you all a bit about Kibera. Kibera is the largest slum in Kenya just outside Nairobi. Over 3 million people live there and apparently approximately 700 people die there every day. I got slightly concerned when I found out the average life expectancy is 54 years old. If my family lived there I'd be an orphan. The housing is made of tin and mud and are owned by land lords who charge extortionate prices for a teeny tiny little room. There is no sewage or sanitation systems so you have to avoid walking in the river of human waste and general rubbish (last year I nearly fell in it several times, yummy!).
I think I'll leave you with that image. Don't wanna information overload you all :)