Kenya – January 2010

Sorry it’s taken so long to post an update but I had no access to internet in Kenya.

 We arrived on Tuesday 5 January early morning and after packing (stuffing) the van with our donations we set off for Jikaze IDP camp, the first of 3 IDP camps that we visited.  We had 2 Kenyan women with us from GVN, which was a great help.

When we arrived at Jikaze we organised a line of boys and girls and handed out the undies.  The women were done after the kids. The second camp, Kikopey, was my favourite as when we arrived I was met by a “wee” gentleman – he came straight up to me and shook my hand.  All the kids were in a brick building being taught.  Have a look at the pictures of the “pre” and “post” pants – they all went mental!  Not sure if it was due to getting pants or getting a break from schooling.  The noise in the room was incredible and they were all smiling and laughing.

By the time we got to the last camp, Pipeline, it was raining quite heavily and getting dark. This was the biggest camp with an approx 7,000 people.  I’d like to say it was organised chaos but to be truthful it was just chaos.  We tried to deal with the boys first but there wasn’t a tent big enough so one of the men had an idea about everyone going over to a field and getting the kids to form a circle.  Great idea but kids were hyper and what we got didn’t remotely resemble a circle.  That said there was a really good atmosphere and at all 3 camps the people were just so grateful.  In total we handed out 4000 pairs of pants.

 A lot of people don’t really get a chance to make a difference in life.  It was thanks to all of you who got involved in donating and collecting that made it possible for me to stand at those camps giving out your donations.  Whilst I was really happy at being able to go, I was also a bit embarrassed / awkward that a pair of pants could make people so happy and bring a smile to people’s faces when they are living in such poverty.  I’ll never forget all the positive things about the trip but also can’t forget that many of the children I came in contact with had no shoes, were hungry and the most telling thing about the way they lives their lives was the fact that for some children there was no white in their eyes, only yellow.

I’m planning another trip back as I was only able to carry 1501 pairs with me, but one thing for sure I promise you that the approx 3500 pairs of pants in the “stockroom” (my garage) will find their way to people who need them.

2 Responses to “Kenya – January 2010”

  1. Ken Pullen Says:

    I coach young football teams and have done so for the past number of years.
    As a result of this, I have a number of football strips, (in some cases a full set) just sitting in my garage and wondered if they would be of any use to you.
    Please advise

    Regards
    Ken

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