Safari 2016 in Photos. Part 5. Kisii Stone

Anyone who has frequented the 10,000 villages stores is familiar with the wonderful soapstone carvings that come from Kisii Kenya, known as Kisii Stone.  We visited where these are made, saw the artisans who make all this stone and send it internationally and got a chance to purchase some for ourselves.  The  quarry has a unique stone that is now known all over the world. 

   

  

  
    

      
    

  
 

  

Safari 2016 in Photos –  4 Kericho Tea

The town of Kericho in the highlands of Kenya is famous for tea with tea plantations stretching in emerald green fields for as far as the eye can see.  We had a tour of the Kabiangs Tea Factory to follow production from the field to the finished product.  The tea is picked by hand and  air dried by fans for 16 hours. It is chopped finely through three phases. This causes some release of heat and the warmth (39 deg C) and more air caused a fermentation to take place over the next 90 minutes. The brown product is then heat dried again through three cycles and finally sifted to different sizes to remove fiber and provide three different products of different sizes.  It is tested for taste quality, bagged into large sacs and transported to Mombasa for sale on the international tea market.  4.5 Kilos of leaves make 1 kilo of tea. 

 

Fields of tea being hand picked

 
   

The bud and first two leaves are best for quality tea

After being finely chopped the tea becomes warm and naturally ferments.

Different grades of tea according to the final size.

Along the road near Kericho

Safari 2016 in photos.  Part 2 Ngong Hills

On our second day , some of the group went to a giraffe park and the Karen Blitzen museum while others went explored The Ngong Hills, including w Women’s Empowerment Centre CanAssist is constructing in association with Nancy Stevens, a hike along the ridge overlooking the Rift Valley and a visit to our longstanding friends, the extended Moiko family.

These women will benefit from the CanAssist/Kenya Help building that will house vocational training programmes to help them become more self sufficient.

 
 

No visit is complete without a trip to Baridi Corner and this tree in particular. One of my favourite places in the world.

 
 

Young people are similar all over the world. a Moiko boy selfie on our hike down the hill.

 
  
 

Happy to introduce my friends and family, including my brother, Bob, to the Moiko family and vice versa.

 

  

2016 East Africa Safari in photos.  Part 1. Nkuyan School.

I am presently on Safari in East Africa with a group of Canadian supporters of the CanAssist African Relief Trust. During our 18 days in Kenya and Uganda we will visit many communities and schools that have benefited from the funding of infrastructure projects through CanAssist and review plans for some that are upcoming in the next year.

One of our group, Nancy Grew, is also blogging as we go along.  If you would like to follow is as we travel her blogspot blog is at Grew’s News 3. You can access it here.

I will post some photos with brief captions as we move along. Karibuni.
Our first day out was a long one to the very rural Adam Nkuyan School.  This was one of our first CanAssist projects and the existence of the school where there was barren land before has bought life to the community and is providing a chance for education for the students who live there.  Next year they will graduate their first class 8 students.  A real achievement.

  
 

The long bumpy trip to Nkuyan School was made that much longer by a blowout!

  

Recent rains made some of the roads a challenge for the truck.

  
 

  

We receved the usual hospital welcome from the Nkuyan community.

  
   

My granddaughter, Maddy, was popular with the Maasai boys!