Here we go.
This is a doll that one of the kids brought to Oasis yesterday. Jennifer said to Bre, "Mzunguu!" (white person!) Bre brought it in to show me because she knew I would think it's the creepiest doll I've ever seen. Seriously.After a super productive day in the Oasis offices (new interviews for children profiles, photos and some office organization for Geoffrey), we took a taxi over to visit Timothy: the first Oasis Vocational Training Student. He's an apprentice for a mechanic in town and was SO excited to show us around the garage.
They took apart the engine of the van (entirely) and it is sitting in the van...Timo said they are waiting for the man to bring a new body for the car and then they will re-connect it.Last night, we were invited for dinner at Geoffrey's house. I made the same joke a few times, but it is true: Olivia (Geoffrey's wife) makes food for 17 people even if there are only 5 people eating. She made three different kinds of chicken, beans, rice, green beans and about 6 plates of chapati...which disappeared quickly.
After dinner, we watched Wild Hogs (Matt and Chris' choice) while Olivia and I played with their daughter Charlotte (who calls herself Chaco).
Charlotte and Olivia
We arrived home and found Steve (and two friends). We listened to a few Steve stories while a bunch of the girls worked on a project for Oasis. (More on that soon)
This morning, we were a giant group at Oasis...so I wandered around in-between projects to take some action shots of each classroom.
Class 4: Jeremiah, P.I.G and Etao
Pat teaching Class 3
Brittany helping Njoki with her crafts in Class 1Kris spends each day in the sewing room at Oasis. The kids bring in torn or second-hand clothes and she mends them or re-sizes them to fit. Her work is beautiful and her servant's heart is amazing. The girls love her...and it's really cute to watch her tear-up as she talks about loving them!
Lucy was given a brand new dress from JP. After her bath today, she put it on and then walked around showing the picture of the two of them saying, "Jessica!"I have always wanted to make a file folder for each of the Oasis kids, but we never had a file cabinet. Then Steve gave his to Geoffrey! So yesterday, we went to town in search of folders. The bookshop had hanging folders, but not the others. Their suggestion: make your own! They sent us away with a giant stack of manila paper and we spent the evening tracing, cutting and folding 250 folders.
So, I spent this morning transferring the paperwork from accordion folders to the new file cabinet. Each kid has his/her own file with their interview (family history, background, street life information, etc)...and, eventually, each file will hold medical paperwork, birth certificates, or awards. These types of memories--or even histories--are uncommon for children who live on the streets or in the slums, so it is incredibly helpful for the staff and doctors of these kids.
Yesterday, Matt said to Alfayo, "You need a kinyozi" (a visit to the barber). Alfayo said, (in Swahili) , "Today? In a car? We'll go in to town?!" (Alfayo loves Matt...and Matt is crazy about Alfayo)
So, today, after a SUPER productive morning in the office, Matt, Bre, Manu and I took Alfayo in to town for the afternoon...
Matt and AlfayoIt's always fun to watch a child get excited about simple things like chips and a soda...but my very favorite moments are when the adults watch the child with excitement. Talking to Matt after the afternoon with Alfayo, it was very cute to listen to him explain (in few words, of course) how much he loved treating Alfayo to a special day.
I can't wait to see Alfie at Oasis tomorrow. I know he'll be strutting in his new shoes...a tangible sign of God's love for him, given through Matt's presence here.