Welcome to Kasiki

Kasiki is a kiswahili word meaning "water jar". For many years Peter and Caryn have helped raise funds for Church World Service (CWS) through our local Foothills CROP Hunger Walk in Littleton, Colorado. Last February (2006) Peter and 11 other volunteers traveled to Kenya and Uganda to see how CWS uses the money to help people in East Africa through many different types of development programs. This February (2007) we are both going as volunteers. Peter will be using his expertise as a hydrologist to help CWS and local Christian partner agencies evaluate community water projects. Caryn will be assisting in the water efforts, and writing about the people we meet and communities we visit.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Ok, Ok, we haven't left yet. But in the interest of building excitement for our trip, we are going to use these few days to give you a little taste of Africa to get you ready, too.

But first, we want to thank everyone who has sent us off with prayers and will be praying for us on our trip. We are ready, thank you Lord!

Well, we are ready in the spiritual sense, anyway. Now, in the "are the bags packed and ready to go?" sense, we may have somewhat of a journey yet to travel. Maybe we should use this blog to make a list of things we have to take. Let's see, toothbrushes, check......sunblock, check......camera batteries, check.....Kiswahili-English Dictionary, check.

Oh wait! Caryn just found a phrase she says may come in handy if we get ourselves into a bit of a tight spot. She's practicing it now - sikujua yeye....sikujua yeye.....sikujua yeye..... Mmmm, what a curious phrase. It apparently translates "I don't know him".

Well, anyway, no time to figure that one out. We'll just have to keep on pack'n. We'll need to take some maps. Maps, you see, are an outward expression of what's called the Boddie gene (that, and short-sleeved plaid shirts) and are an essential part of any trip. So that you, our readers won't be left out, here is a map for you with a few of the places we'll be visiting marked on it.