It was the last day to go to St. Kizito Orphanage. It was hard to spend time with St. Kizito knowing it was our last time to be with them in Kenya. Our team was prepared and excited for the day. I had worked hard on my shoes project for St. Kizito, but it had turned into adult shoes on an accident. However, our team was able to pass the shoes out to men and women that we visited, and spoke to about leadership. We had just enough for both groups. We were reimbursed for funding for our project with St. Kizito, but were not able to afford enough shoes for each child, however I made the decision to get school supplies for the orphanage instead of shoes so each child was able to get something for the school year. I felt it was more important to furnish much needed school supplies after working with the teachers and children, and realizing that they were also in need of basic spiral notebook, pencils, pens, educating books and posters I didn’t realize they didn’t have much of.
I felt like what we came in supply of for one place, He tripled for men, women, and children. It was incredible to see by the end of the trip that when you try to do something good it always brings difficulty, but you have to keep working hard. After handing out the donated school supplies, we washed the children and teachers feet. I also spent quality time with the women that teach at St. Kizito. They were able to ask me questions about my family, how I was able to travel to Kenya, school, and we were able to get to know each other better. What was so intriguing was the old woman there known as a grandmother figure could not speak English, but the teachers would tell her our conversation, and she just smiled at me the whole time we all sat and talked while drinking Kenyan tea. It was one of my favorite afternoons while in Kenya.
I met incredible women that work with the children at St. Kizito everyday. They told me about their own children, families, and got to know me as more of a student and individual.
I loved filming the last day at St. Kizito, because I was able to speak with everyone their that I got to know while there. I also got to spend some more time with the children. It still surprises me that they knew my name, and memorized it by writing it on their little hands with pen. When I walked by, they would yell my name to get my attention like I couldn’t tell who said it.
Our team played Waka Waka by Shakira, danced, and said our goodbyes to everyone to end our last day at St. Kizito.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Before we left, my friend Rose said something so sweet when she saw all of us getting emotional about leaving St. Kizito. “Mountains will never meet, but people will meet again.”