Saturday, November 23, 2013
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” ― Mother Teresa
Shaban spent a week in Nansio teaching the use and maintenance of the fifty biosand filters we made and delivered to the thirty schools there. The UK mission team that was there was very impressed with both the filters and with Shaban's teaching. We are very proud of him as he was on his own out there. We had enough shoes left over from giving them to each child in the preschool (Santa Caryn Pierce Academy) that we were able to put new shoes on each of the twelve third-graders in Karen's English school (Elihu Ni Uhuru--Education Is Freedom) and they were very, very happy. We also were able to give a pair to both of Neema's sons (she cooks for the orphans and is an aide in the school), Shaban's son, Hemedi, and our own Charlini (the orphan who has been with us for six years since her 15-year-ole mother died when Charlini was born). Of course, Karen had a very good experience out in Karikakari yesterday, but the really good news was that she was comfortable in our new car. She said it was the first trip out in the bush that didn't leave her back in bad pain. That alone makes buying the car worthwhile. We haven't been able to get to Karikakeri for about three years. Our next trip out there will be to the village of Muranda where the newly built Methodist church needs a roof which is being provided by my Texas cousin. We are starting a preschool there that will be named after my uncle, Charles Guerin, who died saving his wife from a drunk driver in Houston. My Texas cousin is named after him and so will the new school--St. Charles Academy in Muranda. This will be the sixth preschool we will have started in the last four years. We are proud of our work getting the schools started. We have helped start nine churches now and six schools. Not bad for a couple of old folks.