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    New Nanny Goat

    If I was asked what strikes me most here in rural Kenya, it is the real depth of poverty and pain. Watching children devouring a meal as if it may be their last or until whenever, certainly highlights for me that those in poverty really do live their lives “a day at a time”; a mantra that addicts the world over recognize, and indeed has proved to be the best way for me too! When lacking gratitude I reminded myself of heart wrenching sights at which I will never point my camera and hopefully never personally experience. Over the last few weeks it was made apparent to me that the…

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    New vocation as a Teacher

    I am no longer painter, there ended up being more paint on the floor, myself and the children! I have a new vocation, as a Teacher, and have been invited around the local schools to give motivational talks about the real benefits of education, and generally discuss modern life in UK and the developed world, which stimulated lots of questions. The Kenyan Government funds schooling (to a point). For example, the government supplies 8 teachers and parents chip in to fund the other 2 or 3 as necessary. By law, many schools supplement their income by creative means including have a dairy cow or two, growing crops (usually maize), charging…

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    Roger vs Cow

    In the orphanage there are plenty of chickens with chicks running around and two cows. The larger of the two cows is white and black with “horns”! Fortunately I am not frightened of cows so when the big one decided to have a closer look at me to the amazement of staff and kids I patted its head. What nobody bothered to tell me was this cow was aggressive and had a particular dislike of Mgenis’! It was approaching to attack, as it tried to headbutt me (technically -gore me) and having no cape I grabbed both horns for self protection and hung on really tightly. I proceeded to get…