“Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking.” - Idi Amin Dada
after a very long journey, anna and I have landed on the dark continent. i miss the United States but I have to admit that Africa is nothing less than refreshing. it is a pleasure to be temporarily displaced with the One Acre Fund staff and the people of Bungoma.
cooking, drinking, and bathing in cold, donkey-bussed water can be unpredictable but in some ways it is more cleansing than a warm, bubble-bath. living near extreme poverty washes out your worldview quite a bit.
although colonialism has left africa in a critical state, it’s encouraging to see black people in charge here. the people of kenya are proud, hard-working individuals yet, they are never in a rush and live one day at a time. this may seem contradicting but somehow, moving slowly makes you appreciate the small things and to never take life for granted. despite having a long way to go, africa has so much potential. a famous Christmas carol illustrates the hope that lives here, albeit underground.
lo’ how a rose ‘ere blooming from tender earth has sprung
of jesse’s lineage coming as saints of old has sung
it came a flower yet bright amid the cold of winter
when half spent was the night
i’ll leave you with a video I took today from the back of a boda-boda. this is our daily trek through town from the OAF compound to our new home off the main road in bungoma. baadaye.