BIKIDZAYA & MAORO – REPORT 6September 21, 2023
Hello friends and families,
This morning we walked from the Kamoti family’s home to a local “Dispensary” Medical Clinic to hand off some of the remaining medical supplies we brought over with your generous assistance. This dispensary services just under 8000 local villagers. Just since January however, they have already had 11,000 patients. This dispensary is relatively new with colorfully painted walls and amazingly clean facilities. The staff was kind enough to take time out of their day to let us know about their individual responsibilities. They then kindly walked us through the facilities and explained the function of each room. After this we again had a small Q&A asking about what current shortcomings is the staff facing, which currently is medication for children under 5, like children’s Tylenol. There was a special moment when Rhet explained that it is possible to crush a ibuprofen into powder, and use the powder as a child’s dose. The staff was surprised to hear this information. After our tour we gathered on the outside of the dispensary for a group photo. We also walked to nearby primary school where we handed out suckers and pencils to several hundred students before hiking back to the Kamoti home and boarding the van for the village of Buni.
The William Kamoti Secondary School was begun in the year of 2021. This school is situated from a paved road up a very steep and rough road approximately 1/4 mile from the road. We were privileged to be joined by Mama Kamoti, Nzole, Juma and Moti from the Kamoti family. As we rounded a corner on the paved road we could instantly see the young secondary students had come down the road to meet, and greet us. The students guided us by hand and song up the hill to the William Kamoti school. Doing my best to stay toward the front so I could get a good view of the team coming up the hill with Judah, and the team hand in hand with the students coming up the hill. Seeing the reverence, the students and school staff showed mama Kamoti was something special to see.
As we topped the hill we could see the student’s families, the students, the village elders, and even the local Chief had come out to greet us. We were brought to the chairs they had set out for us in-front of the classroom that GrantVictorCares.org collaborated with Koins for Kenya to be built in the honor of Judah and his Judah’s Granola Project (Check out his FB page if you haven’t). We were welcomed into the Buni village with dancing and singing. Then the children had a creative skit they had prepared for us in which they re-enacted a news broadcast covering the local village news. One of the breaking stories was the arrival of Judah Rawson, who had done so much for their village. (one interesting fact is that everyone had been expecting a full grown man, and were very surprised to find out Judah is a 10 year old young man.) We were delighted by all of the love and acceptance they gave us in our short time in the village. We love you Buni and we thank you for your open arms.
To our families and friends, we miss you, and are eager to see your smiling faces. We leave for the airport in 30 minutes and will be traveling for the next 30 hours. To our extended Kamoti family, we will miss you, we wish you the very best, and are eager to be with again.
Asante Sana, to each one of you that make these efforts possible. Without you none of this would be possible.
Authored by Christopher Rawson