After church we headed out to visit families in Western Kenya, teach gardening and hygiene, and see the countryside. Western Kenya is very green and slightly humid, and most of the roads required a bit of navigation (i.e. 4-wheeling in an 11 passenger van) and prayer.
A typical house in Kenya is made out of mud, with either a grass roof or a tin roof. This is actually a rather large house compared to most of the ones that we saw and visited.
This cute boy was herding sheep and we saw him almost every day. He seemed to know just where we would be!
This was one of the roads we drove on to visit families. So beautiful! It was warm and a little bit humid.
The beautiful children of Kenya lined the roads to wave to us and say, "Jambo!" They love having their picture taken and always want to look at the camera afterward.
Suchi is my friend who planned all of our projects in Western Kenya, and Godfrey is our driver. I spent most of the time in the front seat listening to Christian music and talking with Godfrey about his life and family.
If a family had chickens, it was likely they would be found wandering in and out of the houses (and our conversations!)
Wendy wanted to hug a cow, so Moses helped her accomplish her goal!
One of the families we visited had a tilapia farm! She was given a cow several years ago and has been able to educate her children, upgrade her living conditions, grow a garden, and purchase a tilapia farm.
Many crops grow in Western Kenya, including fruits and vegetables.
We were so honored to be invited into homes, not only to teach, but to be taught. Going to Kenya gave me the opportunity to open up my heart and see things differently. Their lives are much simpler, and they are happy people. They have big smiles and love to share their wisdom.
We were blessed to have two Maasai warriors with us the entire trip. They sang for us, told us stories, and kept us smiling and laughing.
William showed us his outdoor oven for cooking. Often there are other buildings that are used for cooking.
The cows in Kenya look a little different than the cows in the U.S. They are much skinnier, but produce a lot of milk.
In every home there are calendars hanging on the wall. The homes are small, but cozy, and every home we went in was very clean.
The smile says it all!
Children around the world love stickers, these boys included.
This family makes homemade bricks to sell as part of their business.
Yup, that is an iron!
Judith is a very quiet and sweet woman. I love the decorations on their house. God is everywhere in Kenya. He is in every conversation. Love just infuses the air, and I couldn't help feeling grateful to just be around such humble and beautiful people.
The sunsets are incredible!
I didn't see a Kenyan sweat, until Marilyn got Godfrey and Christine to do yoga! Then it was pouring off!