Thank you Tally, for keeping things rolling whilst I was out in the hinterlands.  You were missed at the gathering of hundreds, Tally.  And you have a red konga outfit waiting for you too.  This was from yesterday at Zoissa.  Women from all the nearby villages came as well as some men, we counted over 400.  We listened to many tributes on receiving solar lights and how it has changed their lives.  As we walked about the villages in their remote atmosphere, the people told us how life changing it was to go from total darkness in the village at night to seeing the village all lit up with the few kits they installed.  Importantly, they spoke of the effect the lites have had on their children who can now study and read at night, safely.  Because of the toxic nature of the kerosene they use here (not the cozy kind we put in our hurricane lamps during storms) it caused damage to their lungs, eyes and entire respiratory systems.  Mothers told of how when their children would blow their noses, black mucus would come out.

The children are doing better in their school work, and in Zoissa, the women have started to learn to read and write in the evenings.

In the evening, we went to the Guest House in Kiteto (Manyara) where we had dinner with the Bishop Isaya, his wife and their dog!

It has been such a meaningful experience to have my Gand Nephew and Tim Sayer on this trip. As those of you from the PH, SP area know, Tim is a photographer there.  He has taken the most astonishingly beautiful photos, videos and videos of interviews with the people here.  When I can down load some of his photos, will put them in the blog.  Right now am trying to figure out how to download photos from my phone (which I have done) and them get those photos into the media file of the website.  So far the only ones are the ones I already sent to Tally. ????

Today was a bitter sweet day.  We traveled to the Makame (Maasai) area, a long drive, stopping at houses, schools where solar lights were installed.  The last stop was the bitter part.  We went into the clinic where a woman had just given birth to a baby that had encephalitis and whose head was badly deformed.  We tried to comfort the mother, Tim and Hugh – well what can I say – had certainly never experienced this kind of thing.  Ruth comforted the Mother and finally got hold of the “doctor”.  because of the sensitivity of this I won’t say any more,  But, it points out the extremes of life, not just in Africa, but in the world.

Our guest house doesn’t have running water, so, we use a bucket with clean hot water for our baths.  Everything else is pure comfort. The women cook wonderful meals and do things with bananas that are amazingly delicious.  I did not know there were so many different ways to COOK bananas.

Tomorrow, we travel to Gairo (you won’t be finding these places on Google or tourist maps) to visit more schools and houses.  Am going to try to figure out how to get more photos in the media file to send you.  Thanks go to all of you who have truly made this work possible.  Your gifts have changed lives so much.  Asante Sana, Jessie

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