Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Greetings from Kenya

Last night we arrived in Nairobi without any complications. Both of our checked bags arrived with us, and Sister Julie was waiting outside the gate with a sign ready to take us to Nymbani (about a 30 min. drive from the Airport).

The weather here is actually very pleasant. At night it cools off to a comfortable temperature making sleeping easy while during the day it is around 70 degrees with clouds moving in and out. No rain yet, but it did rain before be landed, and the clouds moving by look like they have rain in them.

Claire and I have a room together. It is in a complex called the Noel House named after a family that had it built. It is a two story building, similar to a motel with about 8-10 rooms. Out room is set up with a small fridge, sink, and gas stove in the front room, a bedroom with two twin beds that we have pushed together and a dresser, and a bathroom with a shower/sink/toilet. The water for drinking it taken from an underground river that they have checked constantly to ensure that it is safe for everyone to drink (we are have a pen to sterilize water, so we can make doubly sure that it is safe to drink). As long as it is sunny we will have hot water for showers as there are solar water heaters on the top of the buildings.

The children are in school for another week or more, so Claire and I will not start our teaching duties until that point. Once the program starts our duties will be to help the children with their math. Currently we are spending our mornings helping out around the village. I will the the Assistant to the Shamba Man (Gardner) and Claire is helping the nurses out with medications for the children. We have not had the opportunity to take the 10 minute walk into town to do any shopping, but we will be sure to write about that within the nest couple of days when we can do our shopping.

We have wireless Internet access in our rooms, we have been told that it can be less than reliable, but it seems to be working fine for now.

So far we have been very impressed with Nyumbani and the people who are a part of it. In the next few days I have to take some pictures so people can a a feel for where we are living.

Talk to you soon,
Grant and Claire


  1. Claire, aren't you glad you have that wonderful pen to sterilize the water. Sounds like something a "thinking man" would give as a special gift. Janice

  2. It sounds like you guys are doing great! My family and I just finished playing killer bunnies for the 2nd time, mom and dad are a little slow, but they are catching on! You are terribly missed here on Shaw, especially by us Masons and by me! Where you are dosn't seem half bad, it sounds very nice! Is it clean? How are you communicating?
    This weekend we have a medeval faire this weekend at school that we are all looking forward to! And in the store we are setting up displays for Easter and preparing for our annual Easter egg hunt!Also, John is back and we are all glad he is home!
    You are deeply missed!
    Can't wait to hear from you guys again, I will try to keep you updated on island life!
    Love you both more then all the miles between us!
    Chloe <3

  3. Finally I found your blog! Am anxious to hear more and more. Luna misses you as do all of us! Love, Carole