Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - 2012
Made it to Kakamega, where we are staying for a couple of days,
via a great flight on Kenyan airlines to Kisumu then picked up at
the airport by an old friend, Daniel, who is the driver for Send
a Cow in Kenya. Daniel drove me round the last time we were here
so it was good to see him again. We are staying in the Golf Hotel,
Kakamega, which for the record is reet grand, as we might say back
Spent the day around 60km away on a small farm with a
lady called Monica, who has a largish family on the 2 1/2 acre unit,
with children, daughter in laws and grandchildren around. They have
been members of a group since 2003 which has recently been taken
on by Send A Cow, who were invited to help out, and are just starting
out on the exciting program to help improve their lives via good
practical farming practices. Monica needs a lot of help as they struggle
to meet just basic needs such as food. The children want to go to
school, but they can't always go because they can't afford it......
And we moan when we have to pay a little bit of dinner money! They
make a bit of money by selling charcoal at the markets and also have
to cope with HIV too, so things aren't exactly rosy in the family,
but they remain upbeat and are looking forwards to the changes that
the Send A Cow program can make. We had lunch at their place, a vegetable
mush and wheat maize porridge. As far as eating out goes, it wasn't
exactly the Ritz, but we were made very welcome, and this was their
stable diet. It was an honour for us to be allowed to share with
The day started bright and sunny, getting fairly hot, probably
similar to a really good summers day back at home, with a very intense
sun, but as the afternoon progressed it clouded over and we had a
cracking storm on the way bay back... It certainly cleared the road,
which is generally packed with pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
How we never actually manage to hit anything is a mystery to me...our
driver certainly doesn't allow much spare room when passing, and
the rule of the road seems to be the bigger the vehicle the more
right of way you have!
Roadsides are packed with stalls and small
shops, many with, judging by the shop fronts, being optimistically
named, a couple caught my attention, including a little run down
road side shack with the notice outside offering "Brown teeth
made white" I'm not too keen on the dentists at the best of
times so I didnt insist we stop and check it out....but it did make
me wonder what exactly might be happening in there, and was there
much trade? But the best had to go to a coffin maker of all things.....
Namely the "Golden Dreams Coffinshop" which I thought quite
splendid! Apparently we were reliably informed there is a coffin
maker nearby with a shop at the gates of the local hospital where
you can "Pick your own on your way in" as it subtly proclaims.
Not sure how highly rated the local hospital is, but by the sounds
of it I hope I don't need to find out!
Apparently our hotel tomorrow
may not have WiFi so I might not manage to get a report out, but
I will do my very best. I do try my best for you!
out more about Send a Cow on their website