A Day in Lokore Village
You cannot afford to leave out giving in your life plan. You cannot afford to leave it to chance occurrence. David Cameron
29th December 2011– I rarely shower with cold water, a bad habit I am trying to be rid of. 🙂 But in Kakuma, the sunrise wakes you up and heats your water just enough for you to enjoy the bath. But water is a great luxury and our hosts were kind enough to pay someone to ensure we had water everyday. 🙂
So after laughing at each other for looking so sleepy, we actually sat up and had devotion then got ready for the day. We visited a very very nice cafe for breakfast and all agreed it would be our food joint for as long as we were in Kakuma. There are very many wholesale shops in Kakuma, but as we were told, food costs less at the refugee camp. Although that was the case, the transport costs to and from the camp were too high and we decided to purchase flour, legumes and cooking fat in bulk from one of the wholesale shops with all the money we had gotten from family and friends (29, 500 shillings). We also got complimentary sweet packets from the wholesaler which we gladly shared among the children.
Lokore Village is about twenty five kilometers away from Kakuma. When we arrived, everyone was away at work- the men were out herding their flock while the women had gone for firewood in the woods. (yes, they have woods). They only fetch water early in the morning and late in the evening. Younger girls had been left in the village to care for their siblings and clean up. Some sat in shades plaiting each others hairs and the elderly were either working on making mats or just resting. For the record, if you ever need sister locks, take a trip to Kakuma, it will be worth all your effort 😉 One or two homesteads had a ‘shop’ of sorts set up selling avocados, match sticks and other basic things. We were asked to wait for an hour for the rest of the village to return since they had been notified of our coming a week before. We took the time to offload all the donations and to visit all the homes that had people just to get to know them, see how they live, etc.
At about one in the afternoon, we all gathered at their church. There was so much energy and excitement all over. Looking back, it is at this time that it hit us how blessed and elated we all felt to be there.
They danced really vigorously and we honestly had a hard time keeping up 🙂 but oh the joy! Afterwards, we had the opportunity to introduce ourselves (Swahili is a really important language to learn and converse in. Refresh your knowledge of it everyone 🙂 ). One of us shared the gospel and three people gave their lives to Christ! No greater joy! No greater delight! Luke 15:10
Since we had sorted clothes out, we were able to take children outside and leave the adults in the main church. Distribution of the donations was a very demanding but exhilarating process. It taught me one thing: girls everywhere are very picky and specific in their tastes. 🙂 In the end, we left a happy village and were a grateful team to have made it there. I am unable to express how endearing the process was, but i’m sure everyone knows it was life changing, for the villagers as much as it was for us 🙂
Thank you, you all made it possible in one way or the other.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver – Maya Angelou
To God be the glory!