November 6, 2018
On their final day, the group took the opportunity to visit Namrata Shah for themselves
Foundations for a new building, still awaiting funding
Namrata Shah have their own farm …
… and grow whatever they need
A final view of the children’s home
And to finish, a few faces … and more food!
James, son of Revd Tim’s host, Archdeacon David
The Archdeacon’s girls, Deborah and Royal
James, Deborah and Royal
Jay, Pam and Beth stayed with Francis and his family (on the left) seen here with his vicar
A typical meal, with chapati, vegetables and stew
A final farewell from the choir at St Michael’s, Ruiru
November 5, 2018
On their final night, the group were invited by Bishop Julius to a meal … everyone was quite tired by then, but it was a spectacle not to be missed!
All dressed up for a party!
Revd Tim staying awake – just
The food was worth the wait
The setting was quite unexpected!
There was singing …
… and the group were expected to respond in kind!
At the end of the evening, Esther, Bishop Julius’ wife, gave gifts to each of the group
November 3, 2018
Due to lack of resources, Ruiru parish is working closely with their neighbouring parish of Karoa. So later on Saturday, Revd Tim, Jay, Pam and Beth went to visit Karoa …
Emmanuel Church, Karoa
Everywhere they went, there was food! Often watermelon, boiled eggs and arrowroot. This is the unfinished Sunday School building.
Jay and Johnny
Some of the folk from Kaora … they made our people very welcome 🙂
An interior view of Emmanuel, Karoa
November 2, 2018
Finally, on Saturday, the members of the group were able to visit their link parishes and to meet some of the people who live there
St Michael & All Angels, Ruiru
Foundation stone. Thika Diocese was founded only 20 years ago and already has 30,000+ worshipping members of over 40 parishes.
Archdeacon Joseph and People’s Warden Johnny. AD Joseph is caretaking Ruiru parish and its neighbouring parish of Karoa while they wait to appoint a new minister.
Service times are about to change which might require some repainting!
The foundation stone of the old church
The Vicarage (currently unoccupied)
The Sunday School
Interior of St Michael’s, Ruiru
No escape! Tithes and offerings are received each Sunday with great ceremony.
Inside the old church
The church leadership team
Roads in Ruiru are typical of Kenya!
All roads lead to …. Nairobi
November 1, 2018
The group visited an elephant sanctuary and a wildlife park, Stedpak Gardens … their visit somewhat curtailed by the presence of FLOTUS, Melania Trump on her first overseas solo trip, and the bus breaking down on their way into Nairobi!
At the elephant orphanage
At Stedpak Gardens
African Grey Parrot
Beth enjoying the company of a Cockateil
Pam and the tortoise
Nile Monitor Lizards
Jay pointing out the obvious!
A glimpse, on the way home, of slum dwellers scraping a living from the rubbish heaps …
October 31, 2018
Next day, the group met at Thika Memorial Church, before travelling up into the mountains to see a variety of agricultural projects
The old church
The new church
Work continues on the new church
First stop – a tea plantation – Pam tries picking tea
Hillside crops – Macadamia nuts, passion fruit and arrowroot
More terraced fields
The view from the coffee processing plant across to the chicken farm
The intensive nature of this farm meant that hens were debeaked to avoid damage during the inevitable fighting
A typical day’s egg production … around 350,000 hens/eggs across four sites
By contrast … a small holding … and a photogenic goat enjoying the attention!
The contrast in animal welfare was quite striking … these hens have their beaks and rather more space to move
A visit to Kairi church … yet to begin the CCMP project
October 30, 2018
Next day, the group attended a regular teaching day at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Thika, and visited a local school to deliver some books sent by Bampton Junior School
Kenyatta Road School
Archdeacon David with some of the children, receiving the gift of books
October 29, 2018
Technically, it’s a hill, and the group were told merely that they were going for a walk … but Revd Tim, Jay, Pam & Beth insist it’s a mountain!
It doesn’t matter how high, someone can make use of the land
Keep on going …
Looking back to where we began
The view was worth it! Looking out over the Tana river, the longest in Kenya
Together at the top
What goes up … (On the descent, Beth fell and hurt her ankle)
October 27, 2018
On their first full day in Thika, Revd Tim, Jay, Pam and Beth joined the diocesan group in a visit to Swani parish. They soon learned that roads are rarely anything other than a dirt track, that no-one bothers about ‘the rules of the road’ and that dust gets everywhere!
A first look at CCMP – Church and Community Mobilisation Project
Often, CCMP focuses on creating a water supply … here allowing the owner to grow crops on this ground for the first time and allowing her to extend her buildings to provide housing with running water for five families.
Tomato crop – irrigated with water from the river via a pump provided by CCMP
Typical conditions for a backyard flock of domestic chickens
Weaver bird nests
A local couple standing on a water tank provided by CCMP, and filled with rainwater from the nearby roofs.
Walking though Swani Parish
Viewing various crops in Swani Parish, part of CCMP
Mixed, multi-level crops
By contrast to the local indigenous farmers, this is a mono-culture of pineapple fields owned by Del Monte.
Swani School – all education is in the national languages of KiSwahili and English, rather than the local language of Kikuyu
School children at the school
October 26, 2018
Some sights soon became familiar …
Archdeacon David’s home on Kenyatta Road, where Revd Tim was staying
Archdeacon David’s garden!
ACK Thika diocesan offices
ACK Thika Cathedral
Bananas growing in a domestic garden
A typical street scene – this is in Swani parish