Sunday, August 31, 2008

Photos From Other Outings

As we have said before, the children at Havilah love any chance they get to take an outing... especially if it involves getting in a car! This group photo is from Easter. We were invited to go into Arusha and have lunch at Mama Rhoda's house. She had a TV AND served the kids soda, so it was a real treat!

We also took a trip to the nearby Snake Farm. Yep- snakes!
This particular snake is harmless, but even so Karen was the only child brave enough to hold it.

Here are Yasini and Enoch watching an Egyptian Cobra dancing, just like in the cartoons.

The girls taking an afternoon walk. This is something we try to do every day. This photo is from Frazier's visit back in February. We took the kids (via mini van) to a wildlife sanctuary where zebra, ostrich, water buffalo, and exotic birds are grazing just 30-50 yards away.

Monday, August 18, 2008


Everyone loves Sabato and the opportunity to put on their pretty dresses!

Here is Ned with his mapacha (twins), Vivi and Vicki

Friends holding hands on the way to church.

Karen recieved this beautiful 'gowni' when the student group from Tacoma Academy came to visit...and she loves it.

Of all the children, Vivi has the biggest heart for her brothers and sisters. Here she is giving a tired Enoch a lift home from church.

House 1 Gang: All the kids, Ned & Emily, and Mama Sarah

Friday, August 8, 2008


It has been a good 8 months or so since we first broke into all of the wonderful arts and crafts supplies in the 'Activity Room' here at Havilah Village. These photos are from the very early days.... when we had to learn how to put our fingers in the little holes AND keep our fingers bent in order to make the scissors cut anything. We learned what glue is, how to trace our own hands, and much more.

(Here are Dorcas, Vivi, and Abdul concentrating on cutting a straight line!)

At first they were so timid and would not try any of the crafts themselves, "I can't do it, I don't know ho," they would say. I finally decided to leave them in the activity room alone to be free with all of the supplies...even the glue. It worked well because they all became really excited about their own little creations. When they drug me back into the room to show me what the had done I discovered that they had indeed found their own creativity, and had literally glued it all over the walls!

(This is one of Jackie's most common mischievous little expressions.)

Abdul Rabi and Eric wearing their new pipe cleaner spectacles.

Karen sporting hers...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Cookie Monster

This in Enoch (Enochi). Global Vessels brought a mission group to Havilah to continue work on the next two children’s homes, and among them was Enoch’s sponsor from the U.S. She brought him the new sweatshirt he is sporting in this photo. He has no idea who or what a cookie monster is, but is very proud of his new clothes all the same!

Field Trip Anyone?

This is Dorcas…waiting by the front gate. The other day I came outside and found her dressed in her American pants (otherwise known as jeans) and school shoes; she was carrying in her bag a pair of pj’s, a toothbrush, and a hair brush (which is an essential item for a girl with a bald head).

“Dorcas, where are you going,” I asked.

“America. You are going to call Uncle (who is our cab driver), he is going to take me to town, and I am going to get on a big plane to go to America.”

I was pretty darn cute, but at the same time we felt for her because we know what it is like to really want to get up and go somewhere...anywhere;

So- we made a field trip to near by Lake Duluti!

Very First Boat Ride!

Dori, Erick, Victoria (Jackie & Enoch in back)

Karen, Ned, Yasini (Singing Row Row Row Your Boat)

View of Kilimanjaro from the water.

Abdul, Vero, Vivi

It was quite an ordeal to reach the lake, it involved two Dala Dala rides (the local bus) and a lot of walking. But it was well worth the trouble to see the children running toward the water screaming "ona, maji kubwa!" (Look at the big water!) The largest body of water they had seen was the mud puddle that formed in the road during the rainy season, which is not nearly as exciting... or clean.