For about two months, Steve and Geoffrey have been telling me about a site that they have been dreaming about. This property is just a short-walk from our house and could be the beginning of some huge things in Kitale.
Geoffrey and Steve took me, Daina, Dan, Jeff and Trent to see it this afternoon.
What was once a hospital and medical training site is now an abandoned building with huge potential.
There is talk of moving the Oasis drop-in centre here and adding a vocational training school. This would create a great next-step for some of the older street boys and other Kenyans who more than likely will not take the route of traditional education. Instead, they can train in wood-working or tailoring (this all sounds very Sally Struthers in my head).
As I walked around the site, I'll admit, I was a little afraid (I mean, abandoned, dirty, dark hallways...it felt like an old psycho-thriller set in an insane asylum).
The idea of cleaning it, painting, fixing it up and filling it with people...
I am so sad this purchase wasn't made months ago so I could be here to help with the beautification process...but it gives me one more reason to come back in August!
Here's the front of the building:
The sweet "elephant" in what was the children's ward of the hospital:
Just one of the many hallways filled with showers and toilets (can you imagine giving street kids a place--other than the river--to bathe!)
My favorite place: the crematorium. This is the bleeding table (Steve's explanation: place the body on, slit the throat and let it drain out...then toss the body in the fire in the next room...)
The dead rat next to the bleeding table
Another hallway...the place has such great lighting and ventilation
A few offices
A GIANT field out front...
A place for water-tanks...it also has full sanitation, and high-power electricity (which could mean vocational training in welding, etc)
And the cutest black chicken with her six babies: 3 black, 3 white.
I am unbelievably excited about this place! I can't wait to see it in working order!