Today we spent time with Tom Clinton of First Love International. We began by visiting the Raila Education Center in the Kibera Slum. First Love has a feeding program for the school there, and has also built a girls' home that currently houses 8 orphaned girls.
Visiting the Kibera slum was surreal. It was almost like visiting a movie set. The poverty was so immense it was impossible to get my head around. The slum stretches on and on, and there is a constant stream of people. The shacks and shanties are packed in tight.
Filth and waste are everywhere, and a train track runs right through the middle of it all.
After a quick tour of the slum, we went to the outskirts and I videotaped Tom giving an introduction to the new video First Love is creating for their new project: Operation Hope. He had taped an introduction in his office back in Rockford, IL, but he was excited to be able to do it on location, and give a real feel for the need.
Then it was off to Karen to tour and video the 5 acres of property where First Love is building facilities to house 160 orphans, school 400 children, give them vocational training.
We also brought many blankets, hats, scarves, mittens and more to donate to the orphans. These were all made by the Reach Out ministry.
It was a whirlwind day, and there is so much more to say, but I am tired and going to bed.
We continue to thank you for your prayers - they have upheld us all throughout the trip. And it is a blessing to me to know that you are praying!