Early Morning: To Doctor for change of dressing and to check swelling, bruises and fractured shoulder. Getting ready for a day’s work.
Mid Morning: To the farm where volunteers were weeding the maize fields and we were to distribute Food to Widows. We arrived to see 40 + ladies and a few babies seated in the shade. The weeding was all done, and they were awaiting our arrival to have chai (Kenyan tea/Mixed tea) and madness (Kenyan fried dough - a real treat). While the younger women (many widows) work in the fields the dani (grandmothers) take care of the baby in the shade. After eating we distributed food to 20 destitute widows (3 weren't there, but had delgates). Each lady received 4 kilos (9 lbs) of Maize, a hand of bananas (all from the farm) a small tub of cooking fat, and for the first 4 - a papaya (as they ripen we will pick them and distribute). Then, although the other women were volunteers, helping their older sisters, and don't expect anything, we gave each of them a small gift - 1 kilo of maize flour. They were very happy with that surprise.
Afternoon: Farm Worker meeting. Eric and Leonard met with John and Johnfred. Eric asked for an advanced loan from his salary for a mattress and a bed. He and Belinda sleep on the floor on a straw mat. Leonard asked for an increase in salary to help him pay school fees for his children. The most important need above food is education. They know their children will never escape their dire poverty without it.
Late Afternoon: Meeting with Tobias, fundi/pastor, who will build the equipment shed. A fundi is a man who builds, makes, puts together, things. Tobias is good at building houses (he built Marty's kitchen, and furniture. Keep in mind these things are well put together, but not the same standard as England or America.
Early Evening: After a long, hot day we headed back to Kisumu with Johnfred, who had a meeting. We ate out (yaw! Marty's exclamation) because we were very tired and just needed to sit and relax. THERE YOU HAVE IT! A TYPICAL DAY FOR US!
John & Marty Smith
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