He's been having a few computer issues out there (which is ironic, seeing as he is one of our top IT brains) so until he figures a way to work the blog from Kenya, we'll be posting his blogs for him.
Here's his first update:
After a good flight over, I was met by Francis, one of Excellent Development Kenya's (EDK) drivers. He had a really relaxed manner which comes in handy when you are driving on the Mombassa Road to Kola. The Mombassa road is hard going and a 4x4 struggles with the ditches which are commonplace.
I found this surprising seeing as it is the major link from the coast into East Africa. Strangely though, as you get further away from the airport, it gets better and better. So by the time we hit Machakos, the main town in the area, we were properly motoring along.
Once we got to the EDK HQ in Kola, I was shown round my new home and got to meet some of the people who work for EDK. Doug is going to be my main contact whilst I am here. He's an accountant by trade but jacked it all in to work in the charitable sector in Kenya.
He took me down to see the nearest sand dam to the HQ, which was built by the local self help groups with the help of some volunteers from the Rosslyn School in Nairobi. Sand dams are what EDK specialise in. The dam enables a local community to have a store of clean water between rainy seasons. Since the last rainy season in December only lasted a couple of days, lots of areas in Kenya are in real danger of famine.
Later in the day, I went with the school group to visit the largest dam in the area which also doubles as a swimming pool. As soon as you pull up in your car, the local children arrive from nowhere, seemingly sprouting from the bushes. They are great, really small and really smiley. Some say hello then get shy when you talk back to them, but saying that my Kikamba isn't too hot.
Or maybe it was just my accent.
Definitely got to work more on my languages so I'll let you know how I'm getting on next time.
Auf wiedersehen for now.