More Trip Highlights

August 11, 2013 | Janie

The time that the team spent in Kivuruga was jam-packed with experiences that were moving, joyful, heart wrenching, and eye-opening—just to list a few of the adjectives that could describe the richness of each day. It is a trip like no other. I have decided to give you a condensed version of additional highlights, each one of could easily command a full post.

Oh, how I would have loved to experience this first one! Again, photos and captions are from Shannon.

A day in the life of a family of eight

Family of Eight

The kind family that allowed us to visit their home to experience a “day in the life.”

welcoming flowers Kivuruga

Flowers on the path welcomed us to their home.

Family of Eight weaving


These very patient women showed me how to weave.

chopping wood with family of eight in Kivuruga

Medical Clinic and Nutrition Center

First, a few words from Kent:

…we headed to the health and nutrition center. This was a project that our group, “Our Response” was a huge part of in terms of support so we were all very curious to see what progress had been made in the last couple of years…I was not competely prepared for what we saw…very primitive setting and yet a wonderful improvement from what it had been. I need to state the obvious: it is ridiculous how blessed we are in the U.S. and how much we take it for granted. I felt ashamed, not because we have such wonderful medical facilities, but rather because I have taken so much of that for granted. We saw pregnant moms and recently delivered babies; we saw AIDS victims and incredibly undernourished children. One 15-month-old weighed 11 pounds…they [the staff] were very concerned, but also felt they could help.

Two years ago our group leader had been at the same clinic and they had 30 children that were in a similar predicament. The people at the clinic informed us that they had all been helped and were now fully recovered. So, while it was incredibly heart-breaking, it was also incredibly encouraging. It was a strange dichotomy. Many of us broke down at different times and wept. It was an unbelievable experience and something I will never forget. We also had the opportunity to feed many of the children there which was incredibly humbling. I have never been in a situation quite like that and it is hard to describe.”

Medical center's maternity ward

The delivery room.

The kitchen of the Nutrition Center, where moms and their children under 5 years old can come once a week and eat a meal. The center also educates the women about proper nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation.

The kitchen of the Nutrition Center, where moms and their children under 5 years old can come once a week and eat a meal. The center also educates the women about proper nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation.

severely malnourished baby

A severely malnourished baby, mainly due to a lack of parental knowledge about what constitutes good nutrition, as well as severe poverty.

We were fortunate to be able to serve the meal to the women and children that day

We were fortunate to be able to serve the meal to the women and children that day.

On a lighter note

I am including some photos from the team’s visit to the Cultural Village.

Cultural Village in Kivuruga

King Shaun (Shaun is the lead singer for Tonic Sol-fa)

Shaun at the Cultural Village in Kivuruga

Steve and Shaun having fun

Steve presenting his problems to King Shaun in his hut.

Drummers at the Cultural Village

 Economic Development Center

how solar panels help

A man sharing how solar lighting has changed his family’s life, giving his son time to study when it is dark. Another project managed by WV.

micro-finance

We visited a small shop that WV helped to micro-finance for developing new industry in Kivuruga.

Micro-finance sewing

 

A basket/weaving cooperative established through World Vision's program to help people  begin their own industry.

A basket/weaving cooperative established through World Vision’s program to help people begin their own industry.

Girl carries basket that Shannon bought.

Sweet girl holding the basket I bought.

A couple photos from Kelli

Can you tell Kelli is just a little enthused about the trip? Take a listen.

“Amazing seems to be my favorite word…Today I met our two sponsored children, Eric and Diane. We had lunch with them and played and had little conversations. We then hiked quite the crazy hike up and down the hills of Kivuruga to Eric’s house, where we received a greeting like no other. We then trekked again to Michelle and Clint Lundeen’s sponsored child’s house. I have never had such a moving experience…I cannot possibly put the awesomeness of this trip into words! I am unbelievably blessed to be in this beautiful land with these beautiful people! I am truly in love! My heart belongs to Kivuruga!”

Family of Kelli's sponsored children

Kelli's sponsored children