School’s out for Summer

I could easily tell on my way to Mattaw today that school has let out. Unlike in America, you can tell these¬†mid-school¬†and high-school teens are on break because they are gathering fire wood off the side of the street and riding their maize into town on the back of their bicycles. Being out of school isn’t always that much fun, but they do get to leave the boarding houses and spend time with their families.

13 Responses to School’s out for Summer

  1. Rebecca says:

    Everything looks so lush and green. Who owns all the land around there?

    • elizabeth says:

      Oh boy, that is a confusing question and many wars have been fought over that, so I don’t really know, but I do know that one acre sells for about 10-20,000 USD. It is amazing to think that a family, living in poverty, living in nothing but a mud hut, living without water or electricity, has a 20 acre maze field that would make their net worth more than the average American.

  2. Rebecca says:

    How is the little boy’s foot doing?

    • elizabeth says:

      Well, our little fellow decided to take the expensive, breathable, M3 Tegaderm, foam ulcer bandage off and walk across the play yard while his parents were in their staff meeting. So his foot has not healed, and he is having to learn a hard lesson. I’ve got him on antibiotics, took him to a doctor to have all the new dead tissue removed, and started with a new type of bandage that has antibiotics infused into it. Luckily the doctor really knew what she was doing and was able to show me how to use the new bandages…we will see whether it is still on there tomorrow.

  3. NeNe says:

    I love your pictures so much, they take me right back to Kitale. Although they show the more tropical scenery. I d love to visit in the rainy season sometime to see the lush green of it.

    • elizabeth says:

      Oh how I wish you all were here right now! It is so beautiful. Not only is it beautiful but melons and coconut are in season right now and pumpkin is on its way.

  4. Mike Peterson says:

    So many questions???

    Why don’t the lions come out of the forest and pounce on the puny humans. Is there a fence? Are there no lions around? I thought Kenya was all lion country?

    Why do they take the whole stalk to town? Why not just the ears? Are they selling the whole stalk for animal food?

    How is the little boy’s foot? Healing? It looked terrible. I certainly hope it is better now!

    • elizabeth says:

      The last time I heard of a lion (or a group of lions) was over a month ago. They were all dead within a few hours of being found. It is against the law to kill them, so the story made the news, but one farmer claimed self defense. People here do not like those things.

      On the second question, I have absolutely no clue, but I do know that Kenyans will use every part of every thing. They don’t throw stuff away, so I am sure he makes money off of the stock.

      Well the foot was improving, but then, our little guy got the idea in his head that he would take off the expensive bandage and walk around the play ground barefoot. So, the whole process started over again…infection…antibiotics…debriding…point being he has learned his lesson the hard way.

  5. Holly says:

    How long is summer break? Are the Mattaw kids on break?

    • elizabeth says:

      I believe they have had three weeks off from school. They are supposed to go back on the third, but there are roomers that the teachers plan to go on strike, so it may be another week or too. It is hard on the kids when the high school teachers go on strike because all Kenyan High Schools are boarding schools. If a child gets on a buss and travels 12 hours back to boarding school and the teachers don’t show up, they are stranded. Many of them spend all their money on transport and go hungry for the entire journey.

      My neighbors are high school teachers and all their student’s parents have been calling them and asking whether to put their kids on the bus or not.

      Yes, the kids at Mattaw have been out of school too, but we have our own private school at Mattaw so strikes wont effect us.

  6. Michelle says:

    How far are you from Oprah’s school? How do the people there feel about it? I’ve heard there are beautiful, breathe taking areas in Africa. Is any of that near where you are?

    • elizabeth says:

      That school is in South Africa (the country). Kenya is in North East Africa. It would probably take around 20 hours by plain to get there. You would have to cross the entire continent. People here wouldn’t even know who Oprah is.

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