March 2011 update from our trip

A child was kneeling in the dust on the dirt floor of the school next to Adonai Children’s Home. With head bowed her gesture was saying “thank you” for the small gift from HARAMBEE she’d chosen. Every child did the same. I asked who taught them to do this. Our host Aloysious Luswata said “It’s a sign of respect.” OK. “It dates from colonial times.” Not OK. Clearly a symbol of subjection and subservience, it made me very uncomfortable. Anthropologically correct or not, I showed an alternative and we all happily switched to a “high five” ‘til day’s end.

Upendo Report 2010

The following report just came via email from Stephanina Kuria, who administers HARAMBEE projects at Upendo Village in Naivasha, Kenya.  These are sustainable, empowering works.  The report is lengthy, but gives a full accounting of YOUR work there.  Please read carefully... and scroll down to see all the photos, which are labelled above each shot.  Your goat may be named, along with its progress.  Blessings to you all for doing God's work on earth.

Plant A Seed, Grow A Doc

Lack of access to medical care is a serious problem in African countries, where large populations live in rural or bush areas. Some have never seen a medical caretaker; disability and death commonly occur from medical problems we consider minor or nonexistent.

A valentine

 Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.”
                                                      Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Who am I before the face of God? What am I known as? How will God define me as unique and yet as one with all? What is my significant feature in the mind of God?