Tuesday, May 13, 2008

FUNDRAISING with PHOTOS!!!

Hope all are doing well. Just wanted to let everyone know that for the months of May and June all of the proceeds from all of the prints that I sell will go to Nyumbani and  Heshima Kenya. For more information on the organizations just google them. For information on prints just email me at mhcj40@gmail.com or call at 533-3324. Any of my photos from this blog as well as my travel websight michaeljonesphotography.com will be available. SPREAD THE WORD. THANKS.
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Last Couple of Days.

Monday was project African Dance. This is for all of you Sunday Funday kids. I spent the afternoon at Bomas of Kenya where I saw over 10 dances from many different tribes. I have video of it all for our weekly classes.
That night we went out with Lynsey, Anne, and three of the volunteers, John, Jen, and Juanita who were getting a week long break from the from the village. We ended up going to Cedars again. This time we got the big Mezze with 24 different dishes. It was goooooood. Although no one ate the chicken liver.
So I thought of our friend and Kibera who had been sick. If you remember, her favorite food was liver. You should have seen her face when I showed her what I had brought her. Although she has not gained much noticeable weight back, she did feel and act much stronger.


On Tuesday, we went to Nyumbani to play with the kids. Fun as always.




We then went to memorial service for Father D'Agastino who passed away one year ago.

It was a celebration of his life.
A good ending to a trip spent with so many things that he created. He was quite the individual.


The sun sets on an amazing trip of eye opening experiences.
Can't wait to talk about it with all of you.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Paridise.

On Thursday, we departed for the beautiful and unique Lamu. Although we started then returned to Nairobi after 30 min on our first departure. There was a oil temp problem and we returned and after an hour delay departed for Lamu.
One of the many channels the whined around these islands.
The arrived to the grass thatched roof termimal and went to the taxi station to take to boat down to Shella which is about a 40 min walk south of Lamu. It is just beside the 12 km long Shella beach.
We met some new friends along the way. Two Elizabeth and Julia were from Germany and there was also Steve who was from England. They were all interning at teachers as the German school in Nairobi and then traveling afterward.
We went from Manda Island where the planes land over to Lamu Island.

The old Dow boats are everywhere.

Our activity cordinator from the Banana House who that evening had his our bomb box that he walked around with.







DONKEYS ARE EVERYWHERE
Our view into the courtyard.
Our breakfast.
More than 50% of the land is Shella is owned by foreigners. Nice Italian boat.
A slight squall came for a while.
We went up to Lamu in the morning to get a tour of the World Heritage City which is almost all Muslim.



Cars don't fit down these street.
A lamb which will be part of the celebration for the end of this building's completion.

A stone where they used to sharpen their swords.



A little more rain.


The Market.
The fish market.

The meat market

One of the over 20 Mosques all over the city.



Our guide.
Ali Hipi who invited us over to his house for the next evening.
An old chair made with ebony and ivory. Both are not legal any more.





We went on a snorkel and bbq trip with our German friends.



Steve and Julia with Marco our guide.
Fishing, Steering, and Doing the motor at the same time.


We found some big shells.


















There was boat race that afternoon.










This is at Ali Hipi's house. He has been inviting people over to his house for 35 years. Lets just say it was very interesting to say the least. It was some good food. We were there with 3 girls from Britain who were Volunteering in Mombasa for a couple of months.

After we ate everyone came out and sang music for US.


Went and hung out at the beach for the last morning . It was nice to say the least. Had some more fun with my buds that I hung out with for the whole time.



There are so many reasons why I will be back here. This place is amazing. More than anything I hope is keeps its character. Things to come back for getting a bottle of Coconut Wine, going to swim with Dolphins, hanging with more of the people, learning more about the history, and many more. By the way they need more teachers and teachers to teach teachers. If there are any takers let me know.