Saturday, June 19, 2010
Day 8: Last day in Oloosiyoi
Let me back up.
First, Sammy was gifted to us by the community as a big thank you for donating money to build schools and a water well, and also for coming to build their last classroom. Ashley named him, brought him back to camp with Wilson, and visited him every chance she got.
It became a horrible running joke and we had to LIE to her about Sammy, telling her that he was going home with Wilson's family to be their pet, and that his dad was coming to get him in the morning (he was to be slaughtered on site). Flo felt so terrible about it she decided to get a new goat at the market and have Sammy live with her and the staff at Bogani.
We spent the day building but we were rained out most of the time. Each time the rain started to stop we'd start building again. We managed to get up to the bottom of the windows and set the stones for those, which was good enough progress but we were all disappointed we didn't have enough time there to completely finish the classroom.
To pass the time in the rain, we were each called into classrooms to speak with students. Robyn and I played our hangman game, having them guess the word (THUNDERSTORM). Instead of having a man in a noose, I drew a giant lion and parts of him were erased with every wrong letter guessed.
Then Wilson stood up and took a few swigs of blood, offering each of us the cup and smiling with blood stained teeth. If he had insisted I would have tasted it but I think he knew not to. He and the other Maasai (I've forgotten his name) quickly skinned and took apart the goat, to be marinated for dinner.
I turned to Jim and said, "Well I guess I'm still a carnivore." High five!
After lunch on our way back to the school to continue building, we walked past the kill site, hoping Ashley wouldn't notice from her ride in the car. "OH MY GOD." Bryan had spotted the mug hanging on a tree branch, still dripping with bright red blood, a symbol of our treachery. We all cracked up over that one.
Robyn Wiszowaty, Free the Children's Program Director, was with us for dinner along with two other team members. We were able to talk at depth with them about the situation in Kenya, future programs and also to ask our own questions. Sadly, no photos! She is a great speaker and told us a few stories from her life in the Mara (going on 10 years now).
After cake, we sat around the table and had an iPod battle, Finn & I against Bryan, Rudi and Jim. Diplomatically, the judges called a tie but it was a lot of fun razzing and laughing at each other (and Jim sang us some Miley Cyrus as well).
It was bittersweet because despite all the fun we were having, knowing it was our last night in Oloosiyoi was always at the back of my mind. I can say without question that we all would've stayed another week there if we could, to finish the school and spend time with the community.