We are finally back in internet range after two weeks of, well, a better world! All of our expectations exceeded, real tangible togetherness between Germans, French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Senegalese, Malian, even Chinese young people with almost 9000 trees planted in 4 days and almost as many friendships made across age, cultural and religious barriers. I will be writing a few updates on this blog. for more pictures and stories go to our facebook page. August 13: Teams have arrived! Over 100 people from 18 nations! Our daughter Kindra is keeping us well fed African style. But because the kitchen consists of a 1 m2 of bare earth and one big iron pot, it takes about three hours for a team of 7 to prepare lunch!
We witnessed the first time two of our friends from Mali (Enoc and Adama from the village of Ennde) had ever touched an ocean. We cried with Hong Kong and Senegalese as they prayed for each other to achieve their destinies and we laughed our collective heads off listening to Patti describe how she once got a boatload of Chinese tourists to dance Sevillanas.
We had an “African Culture afternoon”, where Patti got her hair braided, and we all took a turn at African dances. I think you’ll notice in the video who really has rhythm and who doesn’t! It has been a wonderful time of mixing cultures, and beginning to understand just a small piece of the African reality. Tomorrow we leave for the north, looking forward to lots of dust and tribes whose language we will never learn. I remember one of our global KKI leaders saying “ I wish everyone could spend two weeks in Africa, it would change their lives.” We’re living it!