Kakamega Care Centre, Kakamega, Western Province (a day’s drive north of Nairobi), Kenya
At the AIDS orphanage, the kids all get three square meals a day, staff who are committed to their work and a caring community. They are materially well off by the standards of most Kenyans. But they are lacking so many things we take for granted: hot water, several changes of clothes, even a towel. I woke up each morning to the sounds of kids singing and laughing as they cleaned up in the yard, using a bucket of water. Afterwards, they stood on the porch, shivering and drying off in the morning sunlight. Though the air felt subtropical to our northern blood, the kids’ hands were like ice.
|Clare at the football field|