"Yes, she was here, but why did you not come? We waited for you" he said.
"You never called me. You said you would call when she got there. I thought she never showed up."
"Oh. I forgot. I got busy reading storybooks."
"I feel bad I kept her waiting."
This morning was a "reading baraza" for young kids living in the area. A group gathered and did fun educational activities together all morning. Kitabu told me that as a result of the library promotional activities we'd held, one student from Mwithumwiru, five from Kaaga, and three from Karima had become library patrons. Also, seven kids had signed up for the Reading Stars program!
In the afternoon I went to Makena. Usually all of the women aren't at the shop on the same day, but I'd told them that I wanted them all together on the same day so I could take a group photo of them for the website. When I showed up with their new volunteer to introduce him, they were noticeably more dressed up than usual. I brought the volunteer back to town and returned to Makena to wrap up a few last-minute things. When I arrived the women were setting up for a farewell party. They served tea and bread with Blue Band and had me sit at the head of the table as they all introduced themselves. Afterward, I showed them images of the website, logo, brochures, and business cards because most of the women hadn't seen them yet. They were really excited! Then they presented me with a carpet they'd made as a thank you present. The event ended with a spontaneous dance party!
I then showed the computer class how to use the internet and Gmail. They were thrilled to be able to send their first email to Fridah. It was a perfect last day at Makena!