This morning in particular was hard for me. I had already seen the glue boys and men on the street just days ago with Bonafice and our team. We pulled up downtown right before 5am to see the street women that hear the words of Bonafice every week. The women were sleeping, and what was harder to see was all with very young babies. Bonafice preached while we sat with the women, and they nursed their children right their along the street. The women were speaking with us, and listening to every word Bonafice had to say. It was a different experience than I had, had with the glue boys. The women wanted to converse, but couldn’t understand all my english. It was hard to see that these women had slept right there with their children, but were taking in every word that Bonafice was telling them.
It was harder to process why these women were there, how they got there, how young they were, how they had little education, but they were still raising their children right there. These women were in such close age to me, and yet had to face fears I could never imagine while sleeping on the streets of downtown Nairobi. Some of the babies are born out of prostitution or rape, and the women didn’t have many things like blankets, even shoes. Three of our team girls gave away there shoes to women we were sitting with. I was sitting by two women that both had a very young child, and was not able to give shoes because I did not have enough for both of them, but I did pray for them before we had to leave and head back to the hotel.
After seeing the women on the street, we were thinking of ways to help the entire way to the hotel. We decided to buy blankets and diapers. When we arrived at the hotel, Bonafice ate breakfast with us at the hotel, and gave us more insight on the street women. After a long morning ministering to the street women, and speaking more with Bonafice at breakfast; we got ready to go speak with Sam Pogishio at his office downtown. He is a Kenyan politician, and the Minister of Information and Communication for Kenya. Mr. Pogishio shared insight of Kenya with our team, future plans for Kenya, and his goal for a new technological hub for Kenya. It gave me insight on why changes are being made in the country, and why it gave me hope after visiting so many large places like Kibera. Our team had a lot of large questions for him about Somalia, Kenya, Kenya security, and why there is so much heightened security and the safety of Kenya.
Our journey continued to the U.S. Embassy in Kenya. It was a feeling of stepping right into America in such a far away country. We were escorted and given tours through the embassy. We met a man from the embassy who gave us more information on the political aspect and U.S. roles since he worked in the political arena. It was interesting to learn more about Kenya’s roles as a country, and the roles of the U.S. to improve the democracy in the country. I enjoyed both of the political offices so much because it gave such a different view being in another country, and how they work together so well.
After leaving the U.S. embassy I felt like I learned so much. I feel like this was one of my favorite days, but in a different way; because I met such great people, and learned so many things that I never understood before. Then we headed to an American style pizza place, and ate a quick-lunch before heading to the New Life Home Trust Orphanage. I didn’t really know what to expect going to this child orphanage. When we pulled up, it was beautiful, had a huge green front yard, and was painted white. It was a huge home, and building attached. I had only seen it in pictures before. I didn’t really know what to expect when i got inside, but each age group had their own room. We washed our hands, put on aprons, and were able to help feed, play with the children, hold them, and just be there for the rest of the afternoon. I didn’t know if I would be good or bad at this type of situation, but this little girl named Solome came right to me. Bekah and I went to the same age group, and spent time with all the little ones. The hardest part was saying goodbye to them at the end of the day. I just had a hard time knowing that all of those babies didn’t have any parents, but I had a great time with my team at New Life Home Trust.