Another rainy start (though Ronnie will be pleased to hear that the rain cleared completely by mid morning, leaving sunny blue skies). Jess, Angelina, Nico, Abdul and I transported the sewing machines, table and other purchases from Casuarina House to the church. As Jess said, we should have used a matatu to transport them - they were very heavy and the distance seemed double to that which we walked unencumbered! However, we did it.
I explained to the women that I had not been able to help them all and why; I explained (again) that my purpose to buy equipment mainly. I told them that I had decided to buy some chickens and some charcoal, but that I did not have time to go and buy lots of different foods. Then I began distributing the items I already had.
The ladies who were given the sewing machines were delighted with them:
I also gave out the wonderful pans which Patrick found for me:
A lovely moment was seeing this lady carrying home her sewing machine in true African style:
I had an enjoyable time wandering round the school and taking photos, and talking to Moses about my project until Jess returned from lunch at Casuarina. Then we headed across to Mikorashoni school. This was very close to where I went with Juma on the previous day.
Here we met with Mr Joseph, the head teacher, and handed out lamps to his staff and pupils.
I met the deputy head, who was very welcoming. I explained to him about the solar lamps and asked the staff which of them had received a lamp when they were sent last year. None of them knew anything about any solar lamps. The head teacher (whose picture I have receiving the lamps last year) has since retired. I suspect the lamps may have lined her retirement fund. However, it was a delight to give out the lamps this year, to staff and to Standard 8 pupils. These pupils are about to take their final exams, so hopefully the lamps will be of real benefit to them as they revise.