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6 July (Friday)

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6 July (Friday) Trip to the future high school site


Scroll to the bottom to see the aerial view of our trip and the site(s) we visited.


Today we went to the future site of the Anajali High School in the Ngong Hills, a part of the Masai land.  It took about an hour and a half to get there over mostly pretty good roads and through urban, suburban and then mostly country side.  African countryside is gorgeous!  There were the nine from the US and Livingstone, caretaker of the AS, Dixon, the Nabwoba's oldest child, Leonita and Wellingtone crammed into the school bus.  There was room for one more if we all sucked our breath in. ;-)


Ngong Hills, the location of the future Anajali High School. These hills are the setting of the 1985 Academy Award winning movie, Out of Africa, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.  The land is stunning! The school has 10 acres with the possibility of further expansion.  In the center of the 10 acres is a sacred tree (see photos below).  It will form the center of the courtyard with school class rooms, boy's and girl's dormitories, mess hall, etc. to the lower right (southeast) of it.  If you want to join in the effort to support the funding of this school, go to Anajali Ministries Facebook for more details.


After praying under the tree for God to bless the land and the students and teachers who will live and learn on it, we took a little tour.  There are many different kinds of flowers and I was able to take pictures of a few birds.   Many of the plants are very thorny.  To the upper left (northeast) of the site is a small Masai settlement that contains some very friendly children.  The adults were away tending the flocks of sheep, goats and cattle.


After the tour of the site we went to the Olepolis Country Club, which is nearby.  Now don't think American country club when you hear that term.  It is a nice area with some very appealing and solidly built buildings made from the local rocks, which are everywhere.  But there is no golf course and the facilities it does have are more like those in a camping park in America: restrooms with flush toilets, camp sites and cabins, central area for eating, and a playground for the children.  The sign said the pool was open, but we couldn't find it.


Wellingtone gave us an hour there to look around.  Chris and I photoed many kinds of birds.  I have them identified with pictures on my opportunistic birding site. After the hour break we had lunch that consisted of a freshly butchered goat and chicken, roast potatoes, ugali, and soda, including coca cola, the fanta pineapple that seems to be so popular here and bitter lemon.


After lunch, we drove back to Wellingtone's house and on the way bought some souvenirs from some local Masai women and children who appeared out of nowhere when we stopped at an overlook.


We were so tired and full when we returned, that tea was somewhat limited.  For supper we had  xxx.


Carl led the devotional.  He read an Anajali missions version of Romans 15:25-27 for the evening's inspiration (words in red are substituted in the original):


"Now, however, I am on my way to Anajali in the service of the saints there.  For Vermont, New Hampshire & Connecticut were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Anajali.  They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them.  For if the Americans have shared in the saints in Anajali's spiritual blessings, they owe it to the saints in Anajali to share with them their material blessings."


Here is where we went today.  The day's photos follow these aerial photos.


This is the route from Wellingtone's Home to the Anajali High School

This is an overview of the vicinity of the AHS

This is a zooming in on AHS.  Note the Masai compound above it to the right.

This is closeup of courtyard (to be) and sacred tree

This is a close up of the Olepolos Country Club



The sacred tree at the future site of the Anajali High School.
Thorns were everywhere.  The galls are home to ants that will sting you if you are crazy enough to brush up against them.  If the thorns don't get you, the ants will.
A Masai herder and his flocks on a nearby hillside.  They always wear red.
  An example of the construction at the Olepolos Country Club.  This is what the buildings at the high school will look like.
  Some of the colorful flowers at the countryclub.  The lavendar flowers are bougainvillea (native to South America).  The yellow is a member of the sunflower family and I'm not sure what the orange one is.
  This was one of the wild animals we saw there.  Well, not really.  It was a very life-like metal sculpture that was part of the children's playground.


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