Saturday morning we were picked up by Esther Gachokas. We were able to cram 15 pieces of luggage (each weighing close to 50 lbs.), 7 people, and our carry on luggage all into a van made for about 10 people! We looked like a clown car when we stopped to exchange our money! We drove to Naomi's Village in Maai Mahiu. The drive was a little scary! Not only are the roads quite bumpy, there are no street signs, no street lights, and from all accounts...no rules! We made it safely though and were excitedly greeted by 14 adorable children and an amazing staff. So many of the faces were familiar from the Naomi's Village website and from the facebook posts. Such heartbreaking stories, yet such joyful children!!
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." - John 14:18
|Joshua is always smiling! Click for his heartbreaking story.|
|Paul loved to have his picture taken and was always making silly faces!|
|Mary is quiet and sweet.|
|Kevin is a bundle of energy! I can still hear him calling "Auntie Kayla!" and lifting his hands for me to hold him.|
Saturday and Sunday were relaxing days to play with the kids and get to know the staff. We were pampered by sweet Doreen (one of the cooks) who insisted we take breaks for chai tea and cake. Doreen lives nearby at the IDP camp with her two kids. She is an amazing lady who loves to serve! Those children are so blessed to have her!
Monday we got started with the real work. They guys were busy designing and building toy boxes and a shelving unit for the playroom. They also designed and built a changing table for the baby room. Jane, the baby matron, was so excited! They were able to take wood that was very roughly cut and make some beautiful pieces of furniture!
The guys worked so hard to finish all the projects.
They did not want to stop to take breaks, but Doreen insisted and they were nice enough to comply!
|Not exactly what you find at Home Depot!|
|The finished changing table|
While Eliud put the finishing touches on the baby room I began my next project...organizing and taking inventory of all the donated supplies and toys! I forgot to take a picture of the finished closet FULL of school supplies, clothes, shoes, medical supplies, and tons of toys.
|This is only part of the donations that we brought!|
Thanks friends who donated!
Our last day at Naomi's Village was bitter sweet. We were all excited to get back to our families, but we were sad to leave the precious kids and the sweet staff. We decided to make an American meal for the kids on our last night, so we grilled hamburgers and Stephen (one of the cooks) made homemade fries. Yummy! This was the first hamburger for the kids and the staff. I think they enjoyed it!. We also served ice cream for dessert!
There are so many stories I could tell about my time at Naomi's Village. God is doing amazing things! He has a great plan for each of these children.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
I cannot say enough how this trip has impacted me and my family. We hope you will join us in supporting this amazing orphanage and helping these kids make an impact for Christ in Kenya and around the world. You can read more about Christian Relief Partners and how we are helping around the world.