Well I have been here for just over a week and reality is starting to settle in. On Tuesday Mary, Greg and myself took our first trip to Kisumu alone. We found the Laughing Boodah, a popular restaurant for “mzyungos”. We realized if you order appetizers they do not come out first. The food is brought out in order it is made. However, we did not know this until we had already ate Greg’s lunch and asked where his was? Then we took a tuku tuku to the Impala Sanctuary. Along the way we got a little stuck, but not to worry our driver did an excellent job of maneuvering his way out. The Impala Sanctuary was unreal. We saw monkeys, zebras, lions, cheetahs, flamingos and rhinos, to list a few. Along the path we met a man who worked there and I asked if it was possible to see the lions feed. He said not only was that possible but for a small fee we could pet the cheetahs. That was an offer none of us could refuse! I was so scared in the cheetah’s cage, but it was a once in a lifetime experience. On our way back to Mbale we got stuck in the downpour of rain. Thank goodness for our bright coloured rain jackets!
The rest of this week we have spent meeting key community members for our summer projects. Every community members has warmly welcomed us into the community and is excited for our projects we wish to accomplish this summer. They have all said how grateful they are for the work SID has done in the previous years.
This summer will be a busy one for the health sector! We have a total of six major projects, wowzers! I will be working on the Jigger Campaign, Deworming Campaign and Public Health Camp. Mary and Greg each have their own research they are completing and many infrastructure projects at the four main dispensaries’ we work at here in Sabatia.
It’s now the weekend, time to have more fun. We enjoyed a relaxing Saturday of running, playing cards and possibly indulging in a little Tusker. Today we are off to Kisumu to visit the museum, the market and possibly bird sanctuary!