hakuna stima kwa nyumba.

“There is no power at the house.”  It’s just been spotty, not too bad.  But the internet has not been working for me for the last couple of days too well so I apologize for many due emails and updates I’ve been missing lately.  Thanks for your patience.

The good news to all of this is that it has RAINED the last three days {hence spotty power/internet}.  I’ve never praised God so much for rain before!  It’s been SOOOO dry here and the drought up country is getting bad.  The result of drought is famine and death, so to hear the drops and smell the fresh air was AMAZING considering it’s not wet season yet.  Thank you Lord!

Happy {late} Valentine’s day to you all!  I wore black yesterday to celebrate ;)  Oops.  I completely forgot about the holiday until I saw one lady at work who wore every red thing she owned, including jewelry!  It was sweet… her husband had ironed her red clothes for her and laid them out on the bed for her to wear in the morning!  So yes, Kenya does celebrate and decorate and market the holiday here.  Some of the women in admin have even heard of our phrase “Hallmark holiday”.  Good work Hallmark marketing department.  You’ve reached the third world.  Did that sound pointed and cynical?  Yeah, well…

I want to tell you about this incredible place we went to last week called Heshima Children’s Center/ Dignity Designs.  What a beautiful project that believes every child with special needs has a special purpose in God’s Kingdom and deserves dignity.  In fact, heshima means dignity in Kiswahili and this outreach ministers to children with mental and physical disabilities and their mothers who are outcasts because of their children.  We’ve been told this is true from Kenyans, that the children are a burden and not wanted by the culture.  They are not valued.  They do not know how to give them the care they need.  That’s where Heshima comes in.  Heshima is a place where the children come for special education or therapy; including physical, occupational or speech.  And then they employ the mothers of these children to make jewelry.  The sales from this jewelry funds the center.  Brilliant!  Check out their website at www.heshima.org for more info if you’re intrigued.  They have some great pictures and stories to thank God for.

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2 Responses to hakuna stima kwa nyumba.

  1. Hannah says:

    Thank you for sharing this Ali! My sister has a big heart for helping children with disabilities, I can’t wait to share this with her!

  2. Shan says:

    Oooh, it’d be cool to join you in Kenya and volunteer there. In the meantime, I think you need to whip out some “puh-tuh-kuhs” with the kiddos :) Such cool experiences….so cool. Let’s continue to live vicariously through each other!

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