Saturday, April 26 almost midnight and we are finally reunited after a 24 hour flight delay. It seems like forever after leaving Canada April 24th and reconnecting 2 days later. You will understand why no picture is attached! This delay has a big impact since we haven’t completed the most significant part of our journey which is the long trek from Nairobi to Kisumu to pick up our meds then on to Kakamega, our final destination. It can take 8 to 12 hours depending on the roads, the rain, and, as you know from previous years, the transportation. We are fortunate to have a large muttatu as now it is illegal to pile supplies on the top of muttatus. We have noticed changes like this since the first time we came. It seems Kenyans may becoming more aware of health and safety issues. We noticed frequent police stops along the way from the airport to our accommodation in Nairobi. Jerry explained there is still heightened security due to the Westgate attack last year. Since I was alone with our 2 Kenyan colleagues, a police officer questioned if I was okay, I assume ensuring I wasn’t being abducted by them. We hope these safety measures improve the health and welfare of the Kenyan people. On the other hand, many things appear the same with cars going every which way, through red lights but not green, blowing thick black smoke from the exhaust in the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. We will be on a tight timeline tomorrow as we have to leave promptly in the morning to get our meds from Kisumu before the pharmacy closes. We are fortunate to have a committed pharmacist, Bhavesh, who is flexible with these time issues. Having developed these relationships over the years benefits CNFA as it is challenging to organize and plan the mission from Canada. This year will be like the good old days where we arrive at the Sheywe Sunday night, prepare our supplies for the next morning, plop into bed for some sleep then up for our first clinic day on Monday. Wish us luck for tomorrow’s adventure!
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What great news that you are about to start clinics for the wonderful folks in and around Kakamega. I wish you all the best as you serve those folks of all ages who need your care.
What wonderful news that you are about to start clinics for the wonderful folks in and around Kakamega. I wish the team all the best as you serve those folks of all ages who need and will benefit from your care.