Stuck in Kiterere
Thursday evening at 1700 hrs, Leanne, Dickson, Jane and myself left to deliver some food, clothing and bedding to Sara, as well as medication to some elderly people.
Last year Leanne, Ange Knight and myself met Sara, an elderly woman living in the Kiterere village. Sara thought she was about 80 years old. Sara is the primary carer for her 12 year old grandson. They were very poor, they slept in the same bed in their own mud hut.
This year when we visited the Kiterere community, Sara came to see us to let us kow her hut had burnt down, and she and her grandson had now where to live.
Our team has decided to build a hut for Sara and her grandson under the guidance of the local community.
When we visited Sara to tell her this wonderful news, plus delivering her things from our container to help her, we discovered that we had a flat tyre. By this stage it was 6 at night, and we were in the outback of the community. It was dark. Jane and I needed to go to the loo. One of the local ladies took us to her to her place. We walked bare footed through pockets of squelching mud and the freshly dug muddy fields. We felt perfectly safe with these beautiful people. The woman took us to her house. She had no food, no water, she slept on her hard mud floor with no pillow, mattress, she did not even have a blanket. There were 2 sheep huddled up next to where there were a few ashes, the remnants of the previous night’s fire. What a priviledge and honour to really see how some of these people live. I found it difficult to sleep that night, because I was nestled under a warm blanket, lying on the most comfortable mattress, with my head being cradled by a beautiful soft pillow. I went to bed after a huge bowl of pasta cooked by Joe. The thoughts of this woman sleeping with absolutely no comforts, let alone the bare essentials of life haunted me so much.
That is why we all do this work. There are so many people living like this, and we do and can help.
My next blog will inform you about some of the things were are doing to combat this in the communities.
I would love some input from people that read this blog.
Love to all