Country road, take me home…
Hello dear friends!
It has been nearly a month since I left the dusty roads of Karatu to live in the snowy concrete jungle that is New York City! Throughout my return journey, which included three cars, two planes, one bus, and one train (forget about the partridge in a pear tree) to arrive back home, the fact that I was returning to the US did not really hit me. That is, until I stepped off the plane at Heathrow to wait for a connecting flight and felt the chills of a snowstorm cover my body. Thankfully my flight was going to Newark, rather than JFK because JFK canceled all flights for December 19 due to a huge snowstorm in the northeast. Africa was in the 80’s when I left on that beautiful sunny day and Newark NJ was in the teens with a few feet of snow. Luckily, the sun was still shining.
As I’ve had some time to reflect on the past three months of my time at Shalom I cannot help be thankful! Yes, there were some pretty hectic and draining moments but every moment was quite an educational experience! Ellen is still at Shalom working hard so please check out her blog for updates within the next few months while I remain in the US earning money for my return trip. http://www.shalomorphanagekaratu.blogspot.com As many of you know, I hope tol be returning for ONE YEAR to continue working for Journeys Of Solutions in developing/expanding the Child Sponsorship Program at Shalom. *I will be giving an update on this within the next few days so please check back!
I have mentioned in previous blogs that the children really need multivitamins so this is just a friendly reminder! The ones I recommend are from Costco, the Kirkland brand. The bottles have 300 chewable tablets and don’t contain all the added sugar of most other childrens vitamin brands. A bottle of 300 last just about six days for our 51 children so please feel free to send a few!
For all donors based in/around Rochester, I will be in town January 15-21 speaking about my three months at Shalom Orphanage Centre as a volunteer for Journeys Of Solutions. Please feel free to email me at the above address if you would like to see any photos or hear any more stories. Likewise if you’d like to get together and chat over coffee. The next exciting event is our four JOS volunteers traveling to Shalom in February. Each of the four has raised $500 so they will not be going empty-handed!!
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to check back periodically as I will be giving updates on life at Shalom.