East Africa Mission Orphanage
Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
38Trip End Dec 10, 2011
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This was the first relaxed morning I have had yet. We left at 8 am and we got up at 6 or so. Soon after we started we passed a tea field with workers out in force and were allowed to take photos. It is never easy to know when this is welcome or not so it does help when Frederick gives us a "sanctioned" opportunity. Still we have to be aware that some people do not want their photos taken and respect their wishes. This is not always an easy thing for us tourists to deal with but our group seems to be very responsible in general. I know I can forget myself in the enthusiasm of finding a perfect subject!
It was a shorter drive today. We stopped in Nakuru and walked around the streets...went to the supermarket...and went to the Cafe Guava and had coffee and cake. The coffee was wonderful and so was the cake. (It turns out that Cafe Guava is owned by the daughter and son-in-law of the orphanage founders.) We passed through Obamaland and Frederick filled us in as to what had happened after the 2007 election and subsequent change to the constitution and trials of the leaders who had sanctioned the killing of over 1000 people
Afterward we arrived at the EAMO (East Africa Mission Orphanage) where we set up tents and washed our clothes. We then had a tour of the grounds with Sarah and she introduced us to the founders of the orphanage: Ralph and May. It was started 14 years ago here in a very small way when May fostered one child. They are currently expanding by adding tent platforms for visitors and a new better campsite for Geckos and other tour companies that regularly visit. They have had up to 5 groups per week in the high season.
We then got to meet and play with the kids. I got adopted by Beatrice and Brenda. Some people played soccer with the kids and camp volunteers. Then we had dinner - our food was different from what the kids had. We sat in on their worship service - the founders are Seventh Day Adventist- and then tucked in our respective kids. Beatrice is relatively new and just has a mattress on the floor. Beds are ordered in quantity and a new shipment is scheduled to arrive soon.