23 December 2008

In Preparation For Christmas...

This morning I was thinking about yesterday's Christmas at Oasis...The more I thought about it, the more I began to think that it could not be contained in one post...So I'm going to break it up...for more photos, more stories...and more absorption of the wonderful day that it was.



Let me start with this: If I have to be away from home at Christmas, I would not pick any other place to be than in this centre with these kids...seriously...I can't imagine a room that could feel more like Christmas in 90-degree weather...


We arrived at 6:45...we were told that kids would be washed and ready to get dressed around 7:30...Here's what the place looked like before. These big white bags are filled with the new outfits. Joseph had made a list of each child's name, shoe size and waist size to make sure we had the correct number and assorted sizes.

The staff (well, the female staff) stayed up all night making 400 chapati for the day...
When we arrived, they were beginning the potatoes and meat for lunch. So Andrew and I jumped in to help peel the giant bag of potatoes. Andrew was called away for other tasks...but I continued to peel. I was always taught to cut away from myself, but, evidently, in Kenya, that is backward...So every single person (old woman, young boy) laughed at me for peeling "wrong". Finally, Dorcas told me to get up and go away. She took my knife and kept cutting.

Jokes on them, I was peeling safer and more quickly than any of them!
When I walked away from the peeling, I found the centre ready to go and a few kids already showing up. They hung balloons and a few signs. The room was separated by a red curtain. On the front half of the room, kids entered, were given shoes, jeans, socks, and a shirt (according to age and gender)...they would step to the backside of the room to change in to their new outfit and exit. I have to say, it was an excellent system.

It wasn't long before the place was packed with people...

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