Nairobi traffic is frequently congested, making it difficult to get around. We had scheduled an important meeting with Eneza Education for Saturday morning at 11:00 am, with a brief visit en-route to the Seventh Day Adventist church. The Thika Highway seemed fine until we approached Uhuru Park, near the city centre. Suddenly three lanes of traffic were at a standstill with no sign of movement beyond a few metres at a time. As the minutes turned into a half hour, then an hour, we all began to feel the morning sun warm beyond comfort. Our hopes for making our appointments were in jeopardy. Then slowly we made it to the bottleneck point and through. Fortunately we had time for a very brief stop at the SDA church and then on to Eneza.
The following day, Sunday, we visited the incredibly informative Nairobi National Museum where the exhibits include the single most important collection of early human fossils in the world including Turkana Boy, a nearly complete skeleton (1.6 million years) of a 12 year old boy rivalling the famous ‘Lucy’ found in Ethiopia. The museum also has exhibits of mammals, birds, butterflies, cultural artifacts and an informative history of Kenya from pre-contact with Europeans through to the rebellion against the British rulers and eventual independence.
We lunched at Tamambo Restaurant (Karen Blixen Coffee House) and then did a bit of souvenir shopping at Utumaduni, where 16 different shops are housed in one building. Tomorrow we begin working with teachers and students at Agano Junior Academy in the Dandora Redevelopment area. We were at Agano last October and are looking forward to our return to this amazing place in the heart of one of Nairobi’s large slum areas. Students here are focused and intent on learning, perhaps knowing that education is the one best opportunity they will have to change the cycle of poverty that they know all too well.