After arriving in Africa and spending their first day at the Women’s Center and also the orphanage, our group headed to see the Giraffe Center. This was the next day, I believe. They were beginning to make their way away from Nairobi and toward the coast and Mombasa. They stopped along the way to see the country and get to know it some.
The workers at the Giraffe Center came around with lots of food so that the giraffe’s come close and eat from your hand….or your mouth! They showed everyone how to hold the food in between your teeth and they will gently come take it from your mouth.
One interesting fact about giraffes: They eat from the tall trees and cut their mouths on many thorns. They have a natural antiseptic in their mouths that helps them to heal. So they have very clean mouths!
Here are some interesting sights that are seen as you drive along the roads.
The women’s job is to carry water. Water there is a huge commodity. They go to public water stations and fill up their pots and haul them back home. People don’t bathe regularly here so the smell is something to get used to. However, the people dress beautifully, business-like and clean. They are not as casual as we are here in the states. Even the very very poor dress nicely.
Tom said the driving was a skill all it’s own. They had a driver the whole trip and were thankful to have him. Everyone drive’s on the “wrong” side of the road because it was established by the British. There are many round-a-bouts and close calls. Everyone honks all the time but not to warn you to get out of the way. It’s more a way of letting you know they are there.
Most African’s can speak English and speak it with a British accent. The other main language is Swahili which was a created language so that the 40 some different tribes and dialects could communicate. The missionary they were with, Sam, grew up in Kenya on the back of a native lady and learned to speak Swahili. His parents were both missionaries and he has decided to stay in Kenya even though he could have come back to the states.
More to come…please stay tuned.