Though one more team member is arriving tonight, all the rest of us are here safe and sound. The bump in the road at this point is the fact that 3 of our bags are missing. What's kind of wild is that about 30 bags total from that flight are missing, so there must have been a big stack or cart or container of them that got overlooked in Amersterdam. Hopefully our bags will be rejoining us soon!
Not much else to report today. The education team traveled to our elementary school location and is looking forward to beginning teacher training tomorrow. The rest of the team sorted and packed medications as well as all the school supplies and shoes and books that we have brought for various people.
Our last Portland meeting was on Saturday, where we shared a pizza lunch with team members and family members. There were still some more things to hand out - all of us on the group airline ticket are able to take three 50-pound bags and we pack to the max with supplies and clothes - and we learned about a few last minute details and changes.
Something we always learn on these journeys is how to be flexible. We've made lots of plans, but then we need to be ready switch gears if needed. For example, we just found out that we won't have as much training time with the Jamii teachers as we had originally scheduled, but the education team has already come up with a new plan.
In a little less than two weeks, the 2016 Kizimani Team will be heading to Kenya. We’re looking forward to working alongside our friends there, and learning from each other.
We depart on Friday, July 29 in the early afternoon. It’s about a 10 hour flight to Amsterdam and then 8 hours from there to Nairobi, where we’ll (hopefully!) arrive about 10pm. By the time we get to the guest house, it will be around midnight.
As much as possible, we’ll try to update this blog daily while we’re there, so stay tuned!