Daylight board member, Brianna, reflects on her recent trip to Daylight:
Before going to Kenya, so many of the pieces of what we have been doing through Daylight have just been a vague outline in my mind: it’s always been about “the land,” “the kids,” or “the teachers” but it didn’t totally fit together in my head, because I hadn’t seen it. And, once I was there, it made a lot more sense; seeing the reality just made the vision that much clearer.
I know that this vision is something that I am willing to stand by. Not out of a sense of duty because of the gifts I have been given, though that is a part of it. But because these people (Michael, Angelina, the students, the teachers, the nomadic people, the people of Kapenguria) are a part of me too. They don’t need charity, they deserve partners in the vision that they have created, and that is what we are doing through Daylight.
Event Fundraiser for Daylight
This Sunday, The Northstar Bartenders’ Guild is hosting an event and donating a portion of the proceeds to Daylight! Will you be in town? Join us!
Sunday, December 2nd
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Icehouse Minneapolis, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
General Admission: $10
Purchase advance tickets.
From Daylight board member, Brianna:
Saturday was the final day for the construction project (the medical clinic wrapped up on Friday so we could be sure and get everything done). Desks and tables were varnished, see-saws for the kids were built, and clean up ensued. Everyone was in a hurry, because on Saturday afternoon we would have the large celebration/ceremony for the completion of the new dorm.
At 2:00, the celebration began with prayer and dedication of the new building, in the new building. Everyone shared their thankfulness for the project, and several songs were shared. We then moved out of the building (as the rain stopped) to join the larger group there to celebrate, who were gathered on the Daylight grounds. Every bench, chair, sofa, and available surface for sitting was utilized. I would guess there was around 300 people there.
To read more about the dormitory projects and latest adventures at Daylight, read Brianna’s blog!
I woke up at 6:00 yesterday morning as the sun started to rise. We are now in Kapenguria, and I have my own room at the guesthouse at Daylight. I was able to get up and look across the far hills through the mist to watch the sun continue to rise.
After getting ready for the day, I sat down to have breakfast of Kenyan tea (sort of like Chai) and bread. It was a little surreal to be sitting in a place with no running water or electricity, watching Michael’s kids play with the soccer ball I had just given them, and suddenly a loud noise jolts me.
Michael has turned on the car, and changed the radio station to the BBC so we can listen to the election results. It was unlike any other time I have waited for election results to come in during my life.
Things are going well here. Monday was a busy travel day to get here, and after eating dinner, we got settled in at Daylight. Tuesday was a bit of everything: I started out the morning running with Michael to pick up supplies for the crew (sodas, water, and bread for lunch). We then continued onto Kitale (about 30 minutes away) to pick up the lumber supplies that we needed for the construction project.
When we arrived at the lumber yard, we were told that we were in luck, fresh lumber (which is referred to as timber in Kenya) had arrived yesterday from Uganda. The cypress trees used as lumber are very different from what we are used to in the states, but get the job done.
Read more about the construction project on Brianna’s blog.