Posted 13 years ago

Firstly, to those who happen to read my ramblings, I apologise for being quiet for the last week or so.  We've had a pretty crazy week including an extremely infected wound on a 4 year old child which, if it had been left any longer, would have probably resulted in him loosing his foot or leg!!  I took a picture of it because I'm not sure I've ever seen anything like it before!! I know that to most of you that will seem pretty gross and odd but, you know, I'm a nurse and I find minging things interesting!! If anyone wants to see the pic let me know :P

I've taken over the first aid and looking after the sick kids so I spend a lot of time either at the clinic or with rubber gloves on cleaning cuts etc


We had a lodger this week for a few days- one of the girls from school.  Her dad has been very very sick for the last few months.  We went to visit him at their house in the depths of Kibera.  Was very eye opening.  I just don't understand how people live like they do in a place like that.  The dad had had diarrhoea for 2 months and had such bad oral thrush that he hadn't eaten for pretty much the same amount of time.  He looked like a skeleton.  We took him to clinic where he tested positive for HIV.  He stayed at clinic for 2 days and today went to work apparently!! The staff at the clinic were amazing.  They knew Marie and I were paying for his treatment and that we pay for the kids so they waived the cost of some of the drugs they gave him.


It was a pleasure to have a young visitor around.  It made me a little sad that we had to show here how a shower worked, stop her washing her body with a pumice stone etc.  She had a good break from Kibera though and something to take her mind of her dad (who would probably be dead by now if we hadn't have helped him).


Got a little in trouble with the co-ordinator of the school who said that we shouldn't be helping parents, that the children are our priority so we should put all our efforts into them.  I'm just happy that the little girl still has her dad, who is the only family she has.  In the words of The Doors "I do not regret the things I have done; only the things I did not do".  Or something like that!


The last 2 days (Friday was a public holiday so no school), we've been painting 2 rooms of the clinic to say thank you for everything they do for our children and for the time they spent doing health checks.  Both rooms look amazing! I didn't know I could decorate!


Both me and Marie have been feeling ill this week and are shattered today so I also apologise if this post doesn't make a lot of sense!

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Saturday June 2nd, 5:38pm GMT
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Comment by Mum and Dad, posted at June 2nd 2007, 6:40 pm:
Hello our daughter, We didn't know you could decorate either! How about the hall, stairs and landing when you come home?!!! Not sure we want a rainbow though. Could you email some pictures so they can be shown at church and to Hilary's class please? Sounds amazing - we don't know how you are going to settle again in the UK when you can be making such a difference over there! We are both very proud of you! lots of love and loads of hugs The Rents. xxxxxxx
Comment by Sorrel, posted at June 3rd 2007, 9:41 pm:
Hey gorgeous Love hearing all your news, even the sad bits. You are very inspiring. Keep leaning on our awesome God of hope, even when you're so far out the comfort zone you can't even see it anymore. Love u lots xxxxxxxxxxxxx

i do like to be beside the seaside

Posted 13 years ago

Had a friend of Marie’s visiting this week, Katherine, so we had a little trip to the coast this weekend.  We had a day’s safari and a day and a half on the beach! WOO!! I LOVE THE SEA!!


It was definitely worth the travel sickness and the sunburn (I did have factor 25 on but apparently that wasn’t enough!).


Shimba Hills (where we went on safari) looks a lot like Wales with African animals randomly placed (so Katherine says- she is welsh!!)  It’s very green!!

It was slightly concerning when we got out for a 2km walk in the middle of the reserve with a ranger who had a big gun. This was just in case an elephant charged us!!  The gun had real bullets, and not tranquilisers, as they wouldn’t work quickly enough if an elephant attacks us!  We were all more worried about the elephants than for us!


The 2km walk from the bus and back consisting of Katherine jumping at insects, me getting bitten by every insect possible and Marie needing her asthma inhaler more than humanly possible was well worth the destination- a beautiful waterfall, in the shade (which I was loving!).


Than had a little trip to an elephant sanctuary run by the local community- I love all these little community projects!!  The locals use the dung of the elephants to make paper which is a novel way of recycling!  Maybe someone will invent dog poo paper and clean the streets of Manchester!!  An interesting fact about elephants- Male elephants have 7 noises for vocalisation and females have 22 and are therefore much better at communication, much like their human counterparts!


Another interesting animal fact- Male weaver birds spend a lot of time and a lot of effort building a nest, if a female weaver bird doesn’t like it she destroys it! That amused me!


The beach where we stayed was heaven, full of insects loving my blood, but definitely heaven.  The starfish were every colour imaginable!  Snorkled for the first time and after swimming too deep and choking on sea water the once I soon got the hang of it!  It was another world amongst the coral and the colourful fish.  Fell in love even more with the sea!! 


Back at school tomorrow but it’s nice know the whole of Kenya isn’t like Kibera (although out taxi driver did get bribed by the extremely corrupt police!)

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Comment by Mum, posted at May 21st 2007, 9:03 pm:
Hi Kellie, could you downsize your photo so we can see it properly? It's about 3 screens big! Not sure I like the look of those starfish - bit scary to me! Mumxx
Comment by kel, posted at May 22nd 2007, 4:26 pm:
you know I don't know how to do that!!!!!!! Why ask??!!
Comment by Angela, posted at May 22nd 2007, 6:48 pm:
Fully appreciating the elephant facts! Can't believe how beautiful your snorkelling trip sounds! xxx
Comment by kel, posted at May 24th 2007, 9:36 am:
Well I do like my random facts :P won't have anything interesting to blog for couple of days yet since I've been laid up ill but hopefully gonna have a few exciting things goin on soon........Marie started youth alpha before I came and I've got involved with that so we're hoping we can organise a mass baptism for all the kids who've become Christos! WOO
Comment by Chris, posted at May 25th 2007, 8:27 pm:
Or maybe these female elephants require 22 sounds because they aren't able to condense it, much like their human counterparts. A speech where only a grunt is required is the female way, apparantly across the natural world

a very big retard

Posted 13 years ago

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Comment by Mags, posted at May 19th 2007, 3:50 pm:
Lovely pics Kellie - I can't BELIEVE you've found a giraffe with your name!! Keep blogging - it's gr8 to read them. Those childern are so very special. Loads of love, hugs and prayers. Mags xxxx

forgot my attachments. I am a computer retard

Posted 13 years ago

As someone recently told me.....I know about as much about computers as a small cabbage :P
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Comment by Sorrel, posted at May 18th 2007, 12:04 pm:
It sounds amazing, keep joyful Kel, miss u x x

the kellie giraffe and health checks

Posted 13 years ago

Grrrr…………I have just written this post, it started chucking it down and the internet went crazy so I lost it.  This will therefore be only a shadow of what was previously written!!!!


We have had a very busy week.  One thing that was fun was going to the giraffe centre on Sunday afternoon (I would say.. “and yes I did go to church, but I didn’t because I slept in!!).  It was very exciting as I met my namesake….a giraffe called Kellie!!! I will include a picture so you can spot the difference between the two of us!!


At school we’ve been very busy this week doing health checks on all 11 classes!! We managed to persuade a nurse and a doctor from the local health clinic to come and help which was fantastic (the clinic is now practically home after numerous visits this week with a child with malaria and a child with typhoid!!). We’ve found infections of various kinds, ringworm and other fungal things, septic wounds, vision problems, hearing problems, umbilical hernias and dental problems among others!!  Finished today and now have the job of dishing all the medications out which is interesting.  Trying to find the child you want and explain to them what to do with the medicines is quite a feat when you only speak a couple of words of Swahili!!


Had my first cry today after having a chat with the girl my parents sponsor, Emmaculate.  Her mother has HIV and none of her friends know coz she is scared of the discrimination associated with it.  Sometimes her only meal is the one school provide and life is very hard for her.  Her father now lives with another woman and doesn’t speak to Emmaculate and her brothers as he says he doesn’t love them.  She still finds something, anything, to be thankful for and is an amazingly beautiful girl. 


This is the story of 450 other children that I see everyday.


I cried.

Thursday May 17th, 1:08pm GMT
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