Friday, August 18, 2017

Foster Friday

We turned in our 4 black and white kittens on August 8th, and picked up three small babies with a mom.  The black and whites have all been adopted now!
This is Madeline, she is the smallest of the three.  She and her sister Zoe appear to be from the same litter.  In looking at their teeth, they should be 4 weeks old...but only weighed 8 and 9 ounces respectively...very underweight! 
This is Monte...he was with the group, but I'm thinking he isn't a biological brother.  He weighs 14 ounces. 
This is the mom Sadie.  She isn't their mom, but was dropped off and seemed to have been nursing so she was put with these kittens.  She has very little, if any, milk, so while the kittens were getting comfort and learning how to be cats, they were not receiving the nourishment they needed.

I worked from home on Thursday and Friday and syringe fed them every three hours to get them going...The small girls gained about an ounce a day.  They started playing more and looking less like pterodactyls and more like kittens!  Their back legs gained strength.

Monte looking proud on himself.  After a couple of days of syringing, the kittens would go to the food on their own and eat...definite progress! 

Zoe is plumping up nicely! 
Wednesday of this week, we got a call about some new kittens that had come in.  They are about the same age as our current crew, so we agreed to take them.  We traded them for Sadie, because if she isn't producing for the kittens, she should go and try to find a home.  She should be spayed today.  There is a large "Clear the Shelter" event going on this weekend at all the local shelters, so lots of people should be out looking! 
We got 5 new babies, which brings our total to 8 kittens.  This is Charlie.

Josie was so tired she was falling asleep while drinking! 
There are three orange and white babies named Regina, Caleb and Rusty.  They loved the heating pad in the cage.  Madeline was NOT happy about them taking over! 
They are all getting along better now.  Everyone enjoys a bowl of milk/food slurry. 
Seeing these new healthy babies really shows how underweight my original three are.   The new 5 are super sweet and social.  They were clearly raised in a home environment.  I hope their former home with spay the mom so more unwanted kittens are born.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Travels - Ark Children's Home

We spent the next two mornings and afternoons at the Ark Children's Home.  This home is run by Carol and she is the most wonderful woman you will meet.  She started with 4 girls and now there are 41 children at the home.  While we were there, two more were brought in by the police.  The children come from a variety of backgrounds, but receive food and love at the Ark.

Carol - or Mama Carol as she likes to be called!
Some of the kids welcoming us to their home.

I believe this was the dogs house... 
Their water tank...

They grow their own vegetables to provide food for the kids.  One of our projects was helping them fence in a plot of land to be able to move the garden and free up this land so the kids can play.

They have about 100 chickens now that they sell for money.  They also eat a lot of the eggs and sell some of them as well. 

There is a school right down the road from the home that is also run by the Ark.  Soccer is a must!

After playing with the kids for a while, it was time to get to work.  We walked to the new plot of land to help get a fence put up.  There were several men hired as day laborers there already digging the holes for the fence posts.  I believe they were getting $4 a hole.

I didn't mention that the plot of land was down a steep and long hill.  We get down to the bottom and were told we needed to go back to the top and carry down the fence posts!  Sheila and I walked slowly and managed to only have to carry one post!

Here I am with Lucy.  She came to where we were working and I was so happy to see her again.  I first met her in 2014 on my first trip!!

We carried water to the holes so the concrete could be added.

The next day, I was in the room with food poisoning, so I missed out on the activities.  Auntie and the group helped carry more water and started putting up the chain link fence.  Later, they went back to the Ark and put together boxes for each of the children to have when they returned from school.  The boxes contained tooth brushes and tooth paste, feminine products for the older girls, deodorant, and a handmade card and laminated scripture card for each child. I know these items were appreciated!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mancat Monday

The mancats have had a great week!  I took the week off from my second job, so was at home more in the evenings to play with them.
Everyone lined up waiting to play after dinner...l-r, Harrison, Flynn, Tanner and Oliver

Oliver had some Cat Scout events this week, as it was Summer Camp.  Here he is helping with one of his craft projects! 
Another project was making a Garrison Hat...Oliver was a good model for me and earned full points for his project! 
The panthers all helping me get ready for bed.  They rotate in and out during the night.

It was a lazy weekend so the boys took full advantage...Here is Flynn resting




Flynn had a recheck this morning at the vet.  The lump is gone and his eyes look good.  He acted painful again when palpated and having his lower spine pressed, so he stays on the Dasuquin for a few more weeks.  The vet mentioned maybe doing laser therapy on him or acupunture before this becomes a chronic issue.  We will look into it.  He's only one year old, I hate to thing that he could have a painful condition his whole life!  He is a big goof and tears around the house like a wild wonder he has hurt himself!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Travels

 Day Three was Sunday, so we spent the day at church and helping with an outreach event.  My church is multi-site, so we are one church, many locations.  One of those locations is Thika, Kenya.  We are so excited for all this campus is doing.  Because of cultural differences, they don't normally watch the sermon messages from our campus like the others in the US do.  They preach it in a context that is relevant to their situations.
They start with an hour long prayer service and they pray for any and everything you can imagine.  When you live in a place where material wealth is not common, people tend to be much stronger and deeper in their faith.  It is truly inspiring to witness and take part in! 
Auntie made a friend! 
We were privileged to be able to announce the pastors for the new campus that will be starting in Kiganjo Kenya next year!! 
I met my friend Esther. I first met her in 2014 and have loved watching her grow.  She is getting ready for high school and studying hard.  I am so proud of her!!

After church, we had a lunch together and then headed over to the outreach event.  It was held at a local mall and was tons of fun!  The church team had brought in dancers and singers and other talented folks to entertain and get the message out about newhope.  As the "visitors" we were asked to take part in some games and had a great time! 
This is our friend Daniel.  He has family in a town next to ours and visits America at least once a year.  We were happy to see him again in Kenya.  He will be returning in November and wants to come to our house to cook some American food!  He is also curious about vacuuming!  LOL
After the outreach event, we went in the mall and had pizza.  It was really good and a nice break from traditional Kenyan food.

Today's words were sharing and caring!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Mancat Monday

Flynn will be heading back to the vet this afternoon.  He has a knot on his neck.  I believe it is a lymph node but still needs to be checked out.  His eyes have been weepy since his last vet visit.  I think having to stay all day and be sedated stressed him.
Thankfully the boy loves the carrier!  He jumps in it as soon as you open it.  I hope he keeps this up!!

He acts like he feels alright but is taking it easy.

The other mancats are doing well.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Thursday Travels - Day 2

After our time at Dandora Dump, we went to Anga Afrika Tented Camp for the evening.  This was a wonderfully relaxing place and the perfect place to unwind and think about what we had just seen.
The tents are permanent structures.  The front part is tent material with lots of fresh air, but there is a concrete bathroom attached to the back, with a full shower, two sinks and a toilet.  My kind of camping! 
We had a beautiful porch to hang out on and read.

The food at the camp was amazing.  We were not hungry after dinner!

The next morning we headed off to Nairobi National Park.  It is the only national park inside a city.  Seeing the skyline was a unique view. 
Our team..

I didn't get many good photos of the animals on my phone, so I'll have to post about them later.  This is an ivory burning site.  Nairobi NP, and the Kenya Wildlife Service, is working hard to stop the illegal ivory trade and the poaching of elephants and rhinos. 
After seeing the beauty at the national park, we headed to Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya

We went to the Compassion Project.  These children and teens all have sponsors somewhere in the world.  This sponsorship is changing their life!  These kids are given extra help with their school work, food, basic healthcare and other assistance that may be needed.

We were then able to visit the home of one of the children.  This home was large by slum standards.  I am not zooming we are really that close to everyone.  There is a bed behind the family, and one beside the girl in the red sweater.  I am sitting on a bench.  This home is where nine people live.  I have seen it, and still can't imagine how it is going to work. 

My home was unique in that there were two parents.  The father is a trained mechanic and sometimes he can find work.  The mother is a homemaker.  They are both loving and kind people and are trying their best to make a good home for their children.
Leaving our home, we headed down many paths to get back to the main road. 
It is like a maze and I think I would get lost!

Back at the project, we met some older kids who shared with us all that Compassion has done for them.  We can see the dreams for a better life are real and attainable thanks to the support they have received.  One of the things Compassion stresses to these children is that there is life outside of Kibera.  Kibera does not define you or limit you as a person.  Most residents in Kibera never leave the slum, nor do they realize that there is potential and opportunity for a better life maybe a mile away.

We started our day with a feeling of hopelessness but through Compassion we can see potential and possibility.  

I challenge each of you to consider sponsoring a child through Compassion.  We can make a difference one child at a time.