Kamboo Village

Makindu Children’s Center also serves the needs of the outlying communities of Kamboo and Twaandu.

Wide dirt paths connect the sparse homesteads of Kamboo

Wide dirt paths connect the sparse homesteads of Kamboo

I was taken to visit Kamboovia a 30 minute ride on a motorcycle over dirt roads, then paths.Other than visitors, Kamboo has a few motorcycles.Those who are fortunate have bicycles.

Kamboo homestead

Kamboo homestead

Taking a break, Kamboo resident tells us about food shortages

Taking a break, Kamboo resident tells us about food shortages

There’s no electricity or piped water for miles.The village is a series of remotely separated homesteads, rather than a central community.It feels hundreds of years removed from present time.

Empty food storage hut on left - Frame waiting for mud walls on right

Empty food storage hut on left - Frame waiting for mud walls on right

Drought has diminished food stocks to practically nothing.The storage hut (on left) is typical of those I saw – empty. On the right is the frame for a new room to ease crowding.  Four children will share the space.

Guardian with child

Guardian with child

Men make up about twenty percent of the MCC guardians.  This man supports two orphans as well as his four biological children.

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All photographs copyright 2009,  Adam Bacher.  Absolutely no usage without prior autorization.

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4 thoughts on “Kamboo Village

  1. Elmo Oslow

    Hue:
    Beautiful shots! Makindu must be Winnie Barron’s non-orphanage. The absence of modern infrastructure, and overall absence of things, is especially sobering. They have tires (no vehicles on which to put them), bicycles (thank goodness), not enough bricks (has it been too dry for too long to make them?), and dirt roads (presumably leveled by some Kenyan gov’t entity?). Africa is the depopulated, now forgotten, barren continent. What is to be done: bicycle and brick drives across ‘Merica? What you’re doing is excellent. Might you send some of your work to the newly elected Kenyan-American president of the US?
    elmo

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  2. Sara

    Adam – I’m SOOOOOOOO jealous of your travels, weather is cold here in London & I’d so much rather be in Rwanda (or Kenya for that matter!) Say hi to everyone in RW for me. Looking forward to your posts!

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