A week ago I arrived in Kenya on a mission...not sure of how everything would unfold but fully trusting that my inituition and the universe would lead the way.
When I arrived there was still the existing structure on the land we had donated to the Light & Hope Daycare for Disabled Children. As I stood in front of the rusty iron sheets- two thoughts dawned on me 1) that this truly is a massive undertaking and 2) City Chik is really doing this! It was terrifying and exhilirating all at the same time.
As we entered through the pretend gate, I took a deep breath and with an open heart met the beautiful people of the daycare.
I think I was still jetlagged as I was greeted but that didn't stop me from knowing that this is where I am meant to be. It was a lot to take in....the children, the conditions, the lack of structure, the overwhelming need, the lack of hygiene and so much more however, what far outwayed all of that..were the conversations I had with James (the Leader & pictured above) and all of the volunteers/teachers...there was heart and compassion and love....all in a massive abundance. It became apparent they simply needed help and guidance with the structure and getting more established....and that my friends is why City Chik on a Mission is here!
It was time to meet with Gideon- the Lead Construction Manager (pictured below left & Joseph right). In the first meeting I could tell that Gideon was the perfect person to lead the construction on this huge endeavor.
He is disciplined, has a vision and knows how to execute....even when I was harping on the "tight timeframe" he was confident and reassuring. Gideon explained we would be having 8 workers dedicated in the initial demolition and foundation building. Every day Gideon walked through his plan, what was happening and what would be next. Again- I simply could not believe all of this was happening.
I had a strong desire as were working through the construction that we introduce something for the children. Something they could enjoy at this moment...ahhh I had the perfect thing..
The enjoyment on their faces and the screams were beyond priceless when we put this tent up! I mean in this small tent they were all jumping in...it was a moment that just warmed my soul. Secretly, I was so excited for all of the other goodies that I had brought but I know to only bring things out slowly.
With us working on the playroom - not part of my orginal plan but something I felt strongly about it....we will transform the environment for these children. I will cover that in a separate update. It is going to be AWESOME!
As I reflect on the fact that it has only been ONE WEEK- I am filled with gratitude for ALL of the people that are making this possible both on the ground in Korogocho and those back home in USA. The small acts of many will make this whole project come to life. At City Chik - we believe in connecting, creating, changing the world one small project at a time.
Alone I can't. Together we can.
Sending oodles of love,
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!