Monday, October 8, 2012

Kapsabet & Kipsenende

After a wonderful breakfast buffet at the Tea House, we pulled out around 8:00 heading to Benard Kibet's orphanages. Kapsabet is in the middle of a building project as they are adding a school on their property. It is progressing well in anticipation of beginning the new year in January.
Kipsenende is our newest orphanage. Last year we visited the feeding station on this location and were pleased to find the church had built a school there with two levels and two teachers. The church was also operating a tea plantation. Each day different members came to pick tea leaves for the day with the proceeds benefitting the orphans. I even tried my hand at plucking the tender shoots. Now a full orphanage with school and clinic is running smoothly. Our sweet young albino friend was not as shy as last year, but he was much too big for me carry around. We honored Florence with her gifts and passed out bubblegum from Andrews First Methodist youth group and shirts from ASB. Jonnie gave the children of Kipsenende Bible cards and stickers as she entertained them with songs. It was here that Frances Mbuve tried his first cup of mursik - a clabbered milk drink reserved for special celebrations.
The drive today was beautiful through varied rolling hills and farmlands.
Wilson and Hellen joined us for dinner tonight at the Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret. Hellen was most pleased with each of her gifts.

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