We had a party at Rapha Community Center yesterday. I always try to give the children a special meal while I’m here, but when we have visitors, we throw a party! This year, the team at Rapha went full out, and it was a true celebration. Our children definitely had fun and it was a chance for us to appreciate all that we’ve accomplished as a community. Our teachers and day students joined us, as well as some neighbors, who also helped to cook the meal. We had a very big tent, a DJ, a HUGE meal, cakes and lollipops-always a favorite treat for the children.
Preparations began on Saturday. Peas were shelled, potatoes peeled and the meat was prepared. Kenyans LOVE meat, so we couldn’t have a vegetarian party. We purchased 2 sheep, 1 goat and 10 chickens. Yes, we slaughtered these animals. Sorry if this offends anyone, but it’s a reality in this country. Boys learn the proper way to slaughter at a very young age. I won’t go into great detail, but let’s just say our volunteers had a very authentic cultural experience.
My favorite part of the day was reuniting with some of our high school graduates. I’ve know these girls for 5 years now, and it’s amazing to see how they’ve grown into such beautiful, accomplished young women. They want to continue with their education. Some have applied and been accepted to schools, others are in the process of applying. I asked them to join us for the party so they could be a part of the celebrations, and also so Tabitha and I could discuss their plans for the future. Eunice is already sponsored, but we need to find sponsors for the other girls. Hopefully, we’ll have a college fund one day!
It was a great day, and I know everyone appreciated the opportunity to celebrate! I’m trying to upload pictures to Facebook, but of course the internet isn’t cooperating. Here’s some until then!