Mivumoni – a trip home

A visit to Mivumoni, my Kenyan rural home, is a must. Sadly this was squeezed into a few days. We took some of Lucy’s belongings home in the truck.

img_20161122_130245

After lunch we delivered Maggy and her belongings to her shamba, and her Dad Boniface (and many grandchildren) took me on a walk round.

img_20161122_165726

We met Boniface’s brother Peter and walked to his home, where his daughter Lina (sister to Father Dominic) was cooking chapati (tasting was mandatory, after eating their tangerines and oranges).

img_20161122_172312

They were using a Jikokoa, a modern charcoal stove that is cleaner and uses less fuel than a traditional makaa jiko. Sadly, at 3500 shillings (about £30) they are rather expensive for the average family.

img_20161122_175824

We found Maggy tending her goats.

img_20161122_182438

And her nephew Caleb.

img_20161122_183217

Me and most of the kids

img_20161122_183415

Mivumoni Sunsets through the mivuma trees.

img_20161122_183642

John getting milk for breakfast

img_20161123_062021

Next day Athanasia and I made a long tour to visits clients of the epilepsy programme. I took lots of pictures of clients and their families which I will write up properly in due course.

dsc_0114

Making brooms (fagio) from palm leaves

dsc_0124

Fenesi – the craziest fruit, supper sickly sweet.

dsc_0131

The young man in this photo suffered brain damage from malaria which resulted in epilepsy.  He is violent and has to be kept securely in the little room here. It felt a bit like a caged wild animal, but I saw the risk as he turned on his grandfather.

dsc_0141

Mother and daughters of a client we were looking for.

dsc_0151

The client with the rest of her family

dsc_0156

Another client.

dsc_0162

One client had terrible sores on his leg. I wished I had some medical knowledge to suggest treatment. Like several we saw today who live a long way from Mivumoni the journey to the clinic is long and they don’t have strength for the walk so they lapse on their drugs.

dsc_0164

dsc_0169

A client

dsc_0189

Mat making

dsc_0192

Another client

dsc_0198

 

Back at Mivumoni Maggy and her sister Vero were cooking for my Kenyan birthday party and Maggy’s nieces and nephews had swelled the numbers at Lucy’s home.

dsc_0209

Ann helping with the cooking – eldest daughters have responsibilities.

dsc_0219

Mike and I had a sneaky beer (I needed one after a long dusty drive) and collected some drinks for the party.

img_20161123_164931

Vero in the kitchen tending the pilau.

img_20161123_184532

Thursday morning Mike took me for a walk to the Mivumoni Primary School

dsc_0226

dsc_0227

dsc_0229

Kindergarten class

dsc_0239

We moved next door to the polytechnic (technical training – dress making, carpentry, masonry, ICT, welding, mechanics etc). They have a smart new dormitory for female students, but no toilets so that can’t yet use it.

dsc_0245

Beds for the dormitory

dsc_0247

A lady sorting beans at the shopping centre

dsc_0264

The shopping centre

dsc_0266

Bananas on the move.

dsc_0272

Lucy preparing cabbage for lunch

dsc_0274

The neighbours children share our lunch

dsc_0278

Maggy’s nephews and niece wanted a lift to the posho mill (to rind maize into flour)

dsc_0281

Time for goodbyes

dsc_0287

Heading back to Mombasa we stooped to share tea with Lucy’s sister Ndunge.

img_20161124_180601

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: