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Wrapping things up

As my time in Kenya dwindles down, I’m starting to get a bit frenzied about last minute accomplishments and projects. I’ve been devoting quite a bit of time to our milk cows, milking in the mornings before school, and in the afternoons I try to find an hour to teach crocheting and bracelet making, as well as just spending time with the little ones. It’s hard, getting ready to say goodbye. I mean it’s never easy…. but I guess this one feels odd because I have known for so long that this was coming, but I always felt like I had so much time. Welp, guess what? I don’t! And like my mom pointed out, there’s never really a GOOD time to say goodbye, and there are always going to be things I wish I had just a little more time to accomplish… but overall, I would say I’m pretty content with what I’ve been able to accomplish and learn here. I stand by my earlier post claiming that Kenya has changed me more than I could ever dream to change it, and these people have shaped me into a different, new Kelsey. I know I’m leaving a print here, but little do they know how they are leaving a print on me. I’m really going to miss these people!

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Crocheting with Quinta
Crocheting with Quinta
Crocheting lesson
Crocheting lesson
With Quinta, after crocheting
With Quinta, after crocheting

So, if you want to get technical, I have 24 days remaining as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I officially complete my service on December 6, 2013. My friend is coming to meet me in Kenya on December 11, and we are leaving Kenya together on December 15. Before coming home, we are going to visit Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand – spending about a month amongst the three. My ETA in America is January 11.

What next? Don’t ask. Please… I beg you. That’s the one question that is sure to evoke panic in any near-RPCV (myself especially included). Your guess is as good as mine. I have cast my line in a few different ponds, so we’ll see what happens. The possibilities are endless. That’s the best part about this experience, possibly… ┬áthe doors it opens for the rest of your life. I’ve had experiences that just can’t be replicated, and can’t be explained or understood, and it changes things – especially perspective. I can’t wait to see what falls into my lap next.

Anyways, let me leave you with some recent pictures. Since the end is coming closer and closer, I’m getting more comfortable asking people to take a picture of ME. So here are a few, from a harambee (fundraising) I went to with Mr. Ambalo and Mr. Sirawa at a special school for mentally impaired children (maybe not politically correct? I didn’t choose those words.)

With Mr. Ambalo after lunch
With Mr. Ambalo after lunch
Ambalo, me, Sirawa, and some lady who totally photo bombed. Ugh. Annoying.
Ambalo, me, Sirawa, and some lady who totally photo bombed. Ugh. Annoying.
With the headteacher of a nearby school.
With the headteacher of a nearby school.
Kelsey Sandwich!
Kelsey Sandwich!
My clan - Ambalo, Sister (The headmistress of the host school), Headteacher from nearby special school, me, Sirawa
My clan – Ambalo, Sister (The headmistress of the host school), Headteacher from nearby special school, me, Sirawa

Money for Milk!

Exciting news everyone! As many of you know, I’ve been working on a grant through the Peace Corps to raise money for milk cows for my school – and today it was approved! The grant program has created a fund for donations towards my particular grant, which can be accessed here:

https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=615-208

It is my intent to purchase two milk cows for my school to reduce expenditures within the school. I am blessed to have a school that accepts all children, regardless of their ability to pay school fees. However, this creates a financial burden on the school because the government does not provide money for meals or bedding, and the kids are expected to come to school with hygiene items, blankets, mattresses, etc. Many of the kids who come to our boarding school bring only the clothes they are wearing.

After examining our expenditures and income, I realized that a significant amount of money was being spent on milk daily. Milk here is not expensive, by American standards, but compared to other food items we purchase, a large portion of our food budget is allocated to the purchase of milk. Utilizing our own milk would significantly reduce the amount of money being spent in our food budget, which would help cover expenses for basic needs for the kids, as well as help the school generate income during break when the school is closed.

No donation is too small, even $1 USD will help us reach our goal. We hope to raise just under $3,700 USD. This will cover the purchase of two milk cows and all materials/labour for maintenance and constructing their living quarters. Share this with your friends and feel free to let me know if you have any questions! Thank you so much!