It was a treat today to sleep in and not have breakfast until 8:00!! Imagine this Iowans: breakfast on an outdoor patio with fresh papaya, mangos and the best pineapple you can imagine! After devotions, it was off to the market for more shopping for the orphanage “New Paradise.” After doing this yesterday, Patti and I were feeling like experts . . . .even though we could not begin to do it without Laurence! Latham went along today and was a natural , if only had had turned some of his dollars into schillings! When you drive into the market there are young boys ready to show you to a parking space, for a few schillings of course! We made our way into the market to a rafiki (friend) vendor that is known and trusted by Laurence. After some bargaining, we bought 50 kg of rice, 50 kg of beans 50 kg of corn, 20 kg of maize flour, 20 liters of cooking oil, packages of tea, bar soap, matches . . and then on to the vegetable vendor. There we purchased potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. These are big HEAVY bags folks! But Kuna Matata (no worries) we are surrounded by young boys who are eager to carry our bags . .for a few schillings of course! For the cost of 560,000 schillings (about $350) we loaded the land cruiser with some great food for the orphanage.
With our loaded van, we headed out to the orphanage to deliver the food. We met up with the 2nd van holding Polly, Dana and the kids and were on our way. But, Vehicle #3 containing Steve, Tom and Dave and their driver didn’t know the way. Kuna Matata, we pulled over to the side of the road, Laurence hires a piki piki (motorbike ) and driver and heads back to show them the way. Our 2 vehicles pull over to the side of the road and wait . . . Patti decides to offer pepe (candy) out the window to the children along the roadside and we soon had MANY happy kids gathered around the van!
We were soon on our way and headed to New Paradise where we were warmly greeted by the staff and 20 beaming children. We had an opportunity to ask questions to the staff and then had a tour of the orphanage. There was a beautiful girl who is a 6th grade student who was our tour guide and spoke very good English. Her name is Naomi and she told us she would like to be an accountant someday, we pray that she will have the opportunity to attend secondary school.