Kenyan Equator Crossings
The Cove Team has arrived Safely and with all their Luggage in Siaya, Kenya!
(Normally the team leader updates the blog but the internet connection has been quite limited and slow the past few days and so I, Tim, the HFL Kenya Project Manger, am putting together a brief update from Pete Sattler via a phone call)
"Fantastic" was the answer from Pete as to how the Cove team was doing in the rural country side of Siaya!
The team arrived and spent the weekend meeting with the communities of Siaya and Seje. On Sunday, after the church service in Siaya, the team and many others sat down and discussed the differences between Kenya and Canada. Much time was spent sharing and building relationships.
Monday morning found the team pushing one of the vehicles out of the muck on the road to Seje. Locals walking along pitched right in and helped push the car out. The day was spent working with the local contractor and they were able to lay 5 courses of bricks on the first day. (5 courses is the maximum amount of layers in order to let the bricks and mortar set in order to maintain the integrity of the building). Pete mentioned that the ladies on the team jumped right on in under the guidance of the contractor and were great at putting the mortar down for each layer!
Using a GPS system the team realized that the road from Siaya to Seje (which they travel to get to the project site from their accommodations) actually crosses the equator.
Pictures soon to follow! (hopefully)