Kizito Child Care Facility
Amri Best Care
We woke up this morning like every other morning, with a wake up knock from Wes and his heartwarming voice saying, “It’s a great day in Africa!” The excitement in his voice is always enough to get us motivated and ready for the day. We knew this day was going to be amazing, not only because we were going to be hanging out with little kids, but also because the girls last year had mentioned that this was one of their favorites. After today, it was completely obvious why this day held such a special place in their hearts. Our van pulled up to the Kizito Child Care Facility and one would not be kidding by saying that the kids were hanging on the fence and peaking through every crack in excitement for all of us to come. The smiles on their faces were contagious and showed no evidence of the conditions they came from. The second we entered the gate, pretty much every person had three kids hanging on them ready to receive the affection that we were ready to give them. The teachers were just as excited and thankful to have us there and made it feel like home the moment we arrived. They had tea, bread and fruit waiting and had no hesitation in serving us. It was obvious that they had been preparing for us to come and spend time with them because each class had a song/dance ready to perform. We had the opportunity to see the children at work in their various classrooms. We spread out into different groups and watched these young’s minds at work. The kids truly valued the time they had in the classroom and embraced the chance to learn. We had the opportunity to get close to our kids, which made saying goodbye a very heartbreaking task. The only thing that made this task bearable was in knowing that our next stop was going to be their sister orphanage, Amri Best Care. We were the first people to enter the gates of Amri Best and immediately felt like the most popular celebrities in the world. The kids had a pathway made for all of us to enter (red carpet style), however when they saw us “mizungu’s,” (white person) the pathway dissipated and they came running to us like a swarm of bees. Although we were not able to stay at Amri for as long as were were at Kizito, the worship songs, dancing and reciting of bible verses made this short trip a meaningful experience for all of us. It is amazing to see God’s work at hand in these volunteer staff members, from the pastor to the teachers, and the ongoing ministry we are building with these two orphanages. It was a humbling and learning experience for us to see kids so content with their lives despite the fact that they have close to nothing. We felt as though we learned and were touched more from these kids than we taught them. We learned what it means to be truly happy and content with your situation no matter the circumstances. God’s work is so apparent in these kids through their laughter, smiles and glowing eyes and they will forever be etched into our hearts!
We want to thank everyone for their continued thoughts, prayers, and following of the blog. God is doing great things here in Kenya! This is definitely a life changing and unforgettable experience that will never be forgotten!
<3 Allie and Rachel