Ice Cream Day in Kitale

Today is a re-run from four years ago. I am busy baby sitting my two grand doggies while their family is at Big Bend in far West Texas having a little vacation. The dogs are sweet and they mind so it is fun. TJ wears a monitor on his collar that alerts them if he gets lost or runs off, it shows up on their cell phone and can pinpoint their location.  Abby doesn’t need a monitor because where ever he is, she is right with him.I got a call this afternoon from them that they had been alerted that TJ was out of his zone. No, he was right on the bed with me with his head in my lap, Abby was on my pillow. This makes three false alarms so far but the day isn’t over yet.

Now for the story about the visit to Kenya, this was the day all the orphans got to go shopping for clothes. It took a long time for them to each choose four outfits.

The strawberry ice cream was a treat, cold and delicious. They do have wonderful ice cream in Kenya.

When we were done, we went for ice cream at Transmatt. None of them had ever had ice cream before, they didn’t know cold and they didn’t know sweet, we had to show them how to eat it.

they are being careful with this new icy cold stuff, one taste and they liked it!

 One of the little girls dropped hers onto the floor first thing. I borrowed a spoonful from the others and piled her cone up again.

Now What! Sammie was the little one, we decided to put his ice cream in a cup, now he had a cone and cup of ice cream and not another hand to eat with. He figured it out.

This was a wonderful day. We got them back home without losing anybody. They will be remembering ice cream and maybe be able to enjoy it again sometime.

here are the kids waiting for the two vans to take them home, it was a long wait but they didn’t complain. I just wanted to sit down on the sidewalk and lean against a wall.

The next day, they were wearing their new clothes, topped it off with their new jackets with hoodies, even though it was warm and balmy outside.

Kitchen Shower for Naomi

Christmas was yesterday but I though it would be fun to tell about my Christmas 4 years ago in Kitale Kenya. It is one I like to remember most of all, making a nice kitchen for the Rescue Center Orphanage.

this is Naomi, the house mother holding Sharon, the youngest child at the orphanage. She was the care giver, cook and mother to all the kids. To know her was to love her.

A project for two of us going on the trip was to build a kitchen for the orphanage. Just simple shelving and Rubbermaid tubs with screw on lids to store the Ugali flour and sugar. Naomi was the house mother who took care of everything from cooking to watching and loving the twenty kids. The first day we were there, I looked at her ‘kitchen’ (a shed off to the side) and there was a big fire with two 4 gallon size pots, boiling something for dinner. Those two utensils and a large butcher knife (with no handle) was all I saw. The kids ate out of disposable plates which she washed and they used every day. I asked Charles Masinde, who ran the orphanage to make a list of things they needed for the kitchen. His wife wrote up a long list and the next day we went into Kitale to Transmat, something like Wal Mart Super Store but bigger. I told him we only wanted heavy duty pots and first quality things, the same things I would want in my own kitchen.

I only got one picture that day, there was another room filled with the other things. There is a big Transmat store in Katile that is larger than a Super Wal Mart. They had quality things and the prices were reasonable.

An hour later, we had baskets filled with stainless steel pots, mixing bowls, butcher knives, paring knives, a chief’s knife, cutting board, large serving spoons, ladles, cheese grater, huge tea kettle, then stainless steel spoons and forks, nice unbreakable cream colored dinner plates and matching rimmed soup bowls and mugs. We went to the plastic ware department and bought dish pans, tubs, laundry  baskets, and the buckets with screw on lids for the staples.

this is the dinning room and study room, the bedrooms are down each side. There is no heat since the temperature stays between 71 and 81 degrees year round. Naomi liked her new broom~

I had seen Naomi sweeping the area where the kids ate and studied, using a straw switch thing with no handle so I bought a broom. I was so happy with this purchase, no woman could manage without a real broom. The last thing I got were the sacks of Ugali flour, sugar and loaves of bread. I had told Charles I could only spend 20,000 shillings and the total bill came to just over that or $264. (the price of one kitchen appliance back home). This was one of those good days I will always remember. A real kitchen shower for Naomi. We never got the shelves built but that is something the men from the church can do later. Paul had another project in mind.

several men came and had everything put in after three days

here the man is connecting the wires in the box. They put florescent light fixtures in the dinning room/study area. It gets dark in Kenya at 7:00 every night year round~

He hired electricians in town to come and put electricity in the orphanage, he told them to put light in every room and in the dinning/study hall and when they were finished he wanted to just flip a switch and have it all light up. It happened! I like to remember this Christmas time from 4 years ago.

Pictures from Kenya

this was the Bible verse for the day, there was a new one each morning and the children read it out loud to start their Bible lessons~

These are just some pictures for you to look at today. I hope you enjoy them.

two beautiful children listening to the lesson

they were singing ‘I Have Decided to Follow Jesus’

Benton, Paul, Rita, Martin, Lisa, Abbie, and Charles

just another beautiful child, saved from the streets and having a future~

this is Sharon, she is the baby

this pretty child is Charles’ little daughter, she comes to the orphanage every day with him to be with all the kids


these two were posing for me

this is a three year old, he was precious and was just warming up to everyone

Everyone loved Abbie

Lucy was the 13 year old and helped lead the games and dancing, she was almost always holding one of the little ones~

they all loved to have their pictures taken~


Jacob’s Well

they are all standing in front of the well

wells sometimes have a bailing system where you pull the water up a bucket at a time with a pulley and a rope, this one has a hand pump that brings up a lot of water at once with no effort.

More pictures from the Children’s Rescue Centre in Maili Saba. When Paul and Lisa were there for six weeks this summer, they saw things that were needed. He hired a man named Jacob to dig a water well and now there is clean water for the orphanage and they share their water with neighbors. They called it Jacob’s Well.

you can see the big flow of water, the bucket was full in a few seconds

I noticed there were gutters on the roof of the building and two huge tanks on each end where they could also collect rain water, the kids were washing their hands at the faucets all during the day. Another summer project was to buy chickens and have a chicken coop built. Then they needed a fence to keep the chickens out of the garden.

there were about 30 new chickens and this time they were vaccinated~

When we were there this time, some of the chickens had died so he replaced them and had them vaccinated so they would no longer get sick. Benton bought them garden tools since they had no hoes, shovels, rakes or picks. I bought the kitchen stuff, the churches around the Colman area paid for new mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and linens. One in the group had electricity put in the orphanage, now a light in every room. The rooms were all painted with fresh light colors. Then the best of all were the many Bibles we took. Now each child has a King James version in English and the ones in Swahili they gave them last time.  You can’t change the world but you can change a life~

Pictures from Kenya

I bought this interesting jug at Karibuni, it is one of the few things I bought on the trip. It was made from a hulled out gourd, has been stained and burned and trimmed with knotted leather and twine strips. It smells like Africa, I am so happy that I took the time to buy it and bring it home. I also bought a honey pot, a carved zebra and several pretty scarves.

This morning I am showing pictures from the trip~ places and things I liked but not enough for a full blown story. The jug is special to me, I have it sitting on my mantel, it smells like Africa, every store has this same smell, the people do too. It is a smoky, leathery, woody odor and every time I walk through my den I get a whiff of it. I like it because it reminds me of the time in that special place and my unbelievably wonderful trip there. 

this was the 30 minute walk to town every morning. It was a special time for us because we were heading for meaningful projects that would last all day. ”Truly life with real purpose”~

this was our Christmas Dinner, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There was no Santa or lights or gifts, just a day with a Bible lesson about Jesus’ miraculous birth. It was wonderful, clean and pure, not watered down by superficial distractions. I felt Jesus was with us~



when the kids opened their new mattresses they found a label inside and were hanging onto them. They later put them in the journals Benton and Lisa gave them, they wanted to keep them nice. I was impressed that something like a piece of paper could be so important to them.

we were worn out from several hours of shopping. All twenty kids went to the market and bought four items of clothing each. Afterwards we went for strawberry ice cream at Transmatt, they didn’t know cold and they didn’t know how to lick. They caught on fast though~Kenya has wonderful ice creams and cheeses~

every afternoon, Naomi gave out hands full of peanuts to the kids. After they finished, they went back through the line again. This was a special treat they loved!

the little girl with the pink cap was playing with the soccer ball and there was some music coming from the church next door. Every time it started up she couldn’t resist, she began to dance her heart out and it was quite a show! I couldn’t stop laughing. That tiny girl already had all the moves!

this was the morning walk to town along the rail road track. The lantana hedges grow all over Kenya, they get to be about 8 feet tall and are heavy and dense, people use them for fencing, nothing could walk through them. Beautiful~

all the yard games were either high energy dancing or hard full-speed running. There was something about chasing or being chased that was more exciting than the fear of dropping dead. (my folks would have been mad).

Elizabeth was in the church getting ready for a program and some kids stood outside the door watching her. She ran down the aisle and out the door and chased them until she caught one, and twirled him around and tickled him. Then there was a circle of them around her ready for their turn. The kids love her~


This little 7 month old baby girl was sitting beside the road in front of a little house and her mother was washing clothes in a wash pot by the porch. I enjoyed talking with  the mama,  she told me she had five other children and tried to point them out to me. People want large families in Kenya, there are lots of kids everywhere. This tiny girl was precious~

I will put together more pictures in a later blog. I hope you aren’t getting tired of all of this. One day I will run out of them and try to find something else to write about. I have had my blog  for just  a year now, starting Jan.13 of last year and done 353 stories. I am almost to the point where I will have to start making things up or tell about embarrassing moments~none of us wants that~





Chickens for the Children’s Rescue Centre

the original rooster from last summer, about half of them were lost to a virus but the new ones have been vaccinated and will be healthy.

Last summer, one of the projects for the Children’s Rescue Center in Maili Saba was to buy chickens. This meant also having a chicken coop built and fencing off an area to keep the chickens out of the garden. The plan was to eventually have enough chickens that each of the twenty children in the orphanage would have two eggs a day, one to eat and one to sell. When we went to Kitale over Christmas, many of the chickens had died from a virus so Paul again bought new ones to replace them.

they have a big chicken coop but are also let out to roam around the yard.~

these are a few of the new chickens, when you buy them you can specify hens and they are usually pretty accurate

When we were running races in the play yard, I heard the chickens squawking and wondered about them. Someone told me they were getting vaccinated, this will take care of the problem and keep them healthy.

this rooster liked the dinning room, he was determined and came back in every time he was asked to leave

The rooster at the orphanage was in the dinning room with a black hen all one afternoon. She was trying to find a good place to lay an egg and I tried to shoo her out of several rooms. Some of the little girls said she had been laying eggs in their room. They can raise some baby chicks, then keep the hens and use the young roosters for food. I like chickens, we have had them in our family for several years, only for pets and the eggs. They will die of old age, no one is ever going to have them for dinner. 

More Fun at the Orphanage

Every morning started early with Bible Study and a different Bible verse. Nearly all the kids could read, the little ones were just learning~

Today I want to show more pictures from Children’s Rescue Centre.

they were liking the teacher~

this is an eight year old, All of these children had lost both parents and some had been here for most of their lives. It is like one big family, all are brothers and sisters  to each other. They have a good life~

These faces are embedded in my mind and it does something to my heart to look at them. 


Benton, Abbie and Lisa brought bags of popcorn for everyone one afternoon, here is little Sammy enjoying his new treat. Like the ice cream, it might have been something they had never eaten before. They will remember this day!

Every child was special, they each had personalities different for the others, some were even little characters, they were funny and entertaining and loving.

these kids had interesting shoes, one with cowboy boots and the other with something completely different. They sometimes shed their shoes when they played in the yard. It was amazing but there were no stickers or grass burrs .

It was like going to a party every day where everyone was nice. The boys danced too, when they did the big circle dance, the one in the center did the kicks and threw the grass but they also rolled their eyes back in their heads until you could only see the whites of their eyes. It was hilarious! Everyone laughed, this was the best part.  

Elizabeth was dancing with Lucy, it is hard to explain the dance, it was like Zumba with a bustle tied on their behinds. Those girls could really move every joint in their bodies. They never got out of breath and never got tired.

holding Sammy felt so good,  he was a nice little chunk. He was the youngest boy and everyone loved him, we fell in love with ever single child, even the children from across the street who came to play. Jesus loves them, this I know~

Naomi was mama to all the kids, she had a big job. Here she is with some of her boys. They loved playing soccer~Lisa brought them a new soccer ball on the trip but it came with a hole in it. She was able to find another one in Kitale though. One rule, if you kicked it into the side of the chicken house you were on the bench.  (for a long time)

I will be wrapping up my Africa blog soon and hope you will enjoy seeing the rest of my pictures. Each one is special to me just as each child was special. I am hoping Charles Manside will take his laptop to the orphanage one day and let the kids see the pictures. They LOVE pictures.

This is the Rescue Centre’s Rat Catcher.  That thing  was nearly as big as he was.

Toothbrushes for Kenya Orphans

Here they are practicing before they opened  the toothpaste. They liked that cool tasting Crest~

One of the things I wanted to take to Kenya was a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste for each child at the Children’s Rescue Centre at MailiSaba. A trip to Wal Mart and that deed was done. I put them in a nice heavy plastic bag with a zipper that made a neat little cube. It weighed about five pounds, but that was OK, I was allowed to carry 50 lbs in my checked baggage. Then came the Bibles that each of the five of us were to carry, so I was up to 14 lbs now and there was still plenty of room for my clothes. I forgot to calculate the weight of the empty suitcase which was another 14 lbs. I found out that the Velveeta Cheese had to go in the checked baggage, Elizabeth had told me how much she would like to have that. Also pie tins since there were none in the stores in Kitale. Of course, she would be thrilled to have packages of fresh shelled  pecans from Meador’s Pecan Orchard, Big Red chewing gum, granola Bars, and a pair of new Sketcher Boots she had ordered and wanted me to bring. So I packed my clothes on top of everything and dragged the scales into the hallway to see how I was doing. Not so good, I was way over 50 lbs so I started taking out clothes.  I moved some of the Bibles over to my ‘carry on’ and then was told I had to be able to lift it over my head, there would be no one to help me with that. Every time I added something to that bag, I tried lifting it over my head, then started taking stuff out until I could do it. I was finally down the right weight for the checked bag, the ‘carry on’ that I could (barely) lift and my really heavy purse that would fit under the seat on the plane. The first day we were in Kenya we went to the orphanage, I took the tooth brushes and the kids were happy with them but not sure what they were for. They caught on fast. Crest tastes good!

they were getting the idea~

Lisa loading up  the good tasting stuff~

Lucy learned in a hurry and then helped some of the other kids.

here is Lucy helping Sammy

 Later everyone took their stuff and put it in the window in their rooms. One thing I noticed about Kenyans, they all have beautiful white teeth, the only sweets they eat is a little fruit or maybe a piece of sugar cane. This was another one of those good days~