New mattresses? 490,000 Shillings, soda/beer to thank the volunteers for washing 14 beds? 45,000, bug spray 62,000 . . . having the good Lord hear our prayer that we got ALL of the BED BUGS . . . priceless . . . oh, my . . .
Unknowingly, we moved our beautifully constructed bunk beds into our beautiful, new volunteer house last fall. Unfortunately with that move we carried the bed bugs along with the beds. Over the Christmas holiday they were "discovered" (a rather lame word for the obvious)and we began the tedious work of ridding ourselves of them.
We prayed that none had been "left behind" at Tumaini House where our children sleep but we didn't pray hard enough . . . today, while changing sheets, one of our Mamas discovered our little friends. Katy and Mathilde, who are now experienced in eradicating the darlings, and with help from "suddenly itchy" volunteers Anna, Dallas, Jon, Stine and with Lohai and Jeremiah, we dissambled seven sets of bunks, removed 14 mosquito nets for washing and treating, "packaged" about 250 lbs. of children's clothing and blankets, to be insulated in plastic and "cooked" in the sun until any chance of survival has passed, laundered 30 pairs of pyjamas in boiling water (and remember we're still trucking our water in daily), as well as every towel in the house. I know, I know, bed bugs are everywhere, but couldn't they just be everywhere . . . else?
|"Cooking" the children's clothing in plastic ensures nothing survives there.|
|"Where do we sleep Mama?" Liadi and his new hat . . .|
|Connie and afternoon snack, carrots and cucumbers . . . and a ball!|
|Pendo and her "lipstick" with Kaka Francis looking on . . .|
|Three little "big" girls . . . Martha, Neema and Glory!!|
|Mary is off to the Dream Clinic for her monthly check up and CD4 Count!|
|Kaka Lohai . . . bad barber . . . BAAAADD!(Yes this is Jenny after the power went off . . . mid cut!)|
|Mwanhamisi- Ten years old and never able to attend school . . .|
|until now! With love and thanks to Mama Lisbeth and friends from Norway! You made this possible! She is off to Haradali!!|
|And a smiling Esther just wants to say, "Hi"!|