Maji Ya Chai
Katie, Stephen, and I made it safely to Tanzania and have settled in nicely at Sunrise of Life. Stephen is busy back at the orphanage working on building a trench with some of the older boys today so that a new water line and pump can be installed to fill the water reservoirs around the orphanage. We have also been busy arranging the other projects which include building several movable chicken coops, residing the big boys dormitory, tiling the kitchen walls, and several other things. It is a little hard to get things moving here because everyone is on their own time schedule and if they say they will be somewhere at a certain time one day, they may just show up a couple of days later but everything is slowly getting ready for when the rest of the volunteers arrive.
From our house at Sunrise of Life on a clear day you can see both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru but so far last night was the first night that I was able to see either one of them. The temperature here is surprisingly cool and most days we have to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts, especially when the sun goes down.
All of the kids at the orphanage are amazing! Most of the older boys speak very good English and the more they get use to us the more they want to speak it to us. The little kids also speak English very well and love learning new words from us and the are giving Stephen and I Swahili lessons too. All of the kids love to play soccer and it seems like there is always a game going on somewhere. I have joined in a couple of times with them and am amazed at the skill level they all have.
Time is running out on the computer so more to come soon!
Hope all is well back in the USA.