September 2011 Newsletter
We now have 11 “residents” at the orphanage with one more coming this week. We will have 6 boys and 6 girls ranging in age from 7 to 10 years old. The new ones are adjusting and still somewhat shy. It won’t take long for them to feel at home. Our original four help explain the rules and expectations. Laura and Marco from Spain and Joe, our new volunteer from the U.S., are kept very busy. We have two house daughters (sisters they are called) who sleep in the dorm with the children in case they are needed during the night. It provides the children security.
We finished harvesting 2 acres of corn BY HAND a week ago. In one of the empty dorm rooms we have nine huge bags of shelled corn. That should provide us corn flour for making ugali, the staple food here, for almost a year. Now to keep the rats and bugs from eating it. My cat had kittens, so we will put the new babies to work guarding the corn. So far, we have not had a problem with the mice and rats.
Spring is coming and nights are a little warmer. The rains are not expected until November. We will start planting potatoes in a week. Again, we are late planting because we lack the needed help. Life here is hard. Recently, I met up with a farmer/teacher volunteer who came from Minnesota to work with the Agrodealers for a couple weeks. He was gracious enough to bring a suitcase of supplies for the orphans and spent time with me in Uhekule. I told him that I thought our farmers were a 100 years behind the U.S. in agriculture. He said it was more like 150 years.
The list of needs for the orphanage is now on my website thanks to Gail, the website administrator. So if you wish to help us out, please check the list.
As always, I appreciate your interest and support for Sunrise Childrens Home of Uhekule Village.
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