Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pic of the Week

On safari on the Maasai Mara.

Friday, July 1, 2011

2011 Expedition: Updates

Hello all! I only have a moment at an actual computer with actual Internet access, but I want to let everyone know that the team is safe and doing well on the project here in Nairobi. I do apologize for the lack of updates, but that is just one of the hardships of working on site in a third-world country: electricity is a luxury to come across and Internet outside of downtown is an outright miracle :)

We have been working on three main projects at two schools and one orphanage. At the first school we built up a wall so they can attach a security gate, installed a new roof, and hooked up and installed working flush toilets (such a miracle made possible because the school is only ten meters from the city sewer line). At the second school we also installed working flush toilets, and plastered several classrooms. Plastering is not only important for preserving the integrity of the stone and cement structures, it allows the classrooms to be a lot brighter, which is very important in a school with no lights and small windows (for safety). The work we are doing at the orphanage is relatively small, but important: we are building a library for the children. It is amazing to see the smiles on their little faces when they see the pretty yellow painted walls and shelves and shelves of books: they are outright giddy! I cannot wait to tell you all much more about these projects!

Aside from working so hard on these projects, the team has spent two days on safari on the Masai Mara and two days on the coast in Lamu. These were both beautiful and fantastic experiences that I am sure the team will treasure forever.

As for the request for photos, it is very difficult to transfer here, so it will have to wait until we are back state-side.

Before I sign off and return to hauling cement I want to tell Jamie that Mary says hello and happy birthday! Thank you to everyone for the good wishes, and we will have many more details and photos when we return home.