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Leilani Johnson's letters from Kenya

Leilani Johnson's letters from Kenya

Leilani Johnson's letters from Kenya


Hi there =–

I'm here in Mombassa right now. The college that I'll be working at looks pretty great – my house is huge with three bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen, flush toilet, shower room and small garden. the house overlooks the bay area of Mombassa, although there is no bay access from our area. The actual port Reiz is kinda seedy – a bit more dirty as its closer to the city of Mombassa, but the grounds where I'll be staying look pretty nice. I think it's quite secure once I'm inside the compound area. no running water or electricity, so we'll see about that stuff... I was looking forward to showers, but I think I'll get used to the bucket baths – especially in the warmer weather.

Right now there's a nice PCV who's showing me around. He's about to end his service here in the next few months – but he'll be here for a month or so before I head out myself.

Looks like I'll be doing some computer work while I'm at the college there – they want me to install epi info and stuff like that – but they make their students and teachers pay to use the computer, which I think is a big deterrent – thus making the people not use the computer area that much.

My supervisor seems to be quite nice; I think he'll be a good person to work with. And the other professors and teachers there are really laid–back and fun to be around. I think I may even have more fun with them than my supervisor.

I'm actually living in the area that the professors and doctors stay, and there's another area for the workers of the hospital and "junior class" – not professionals.

Well, hope all is well – I'm having a really nice time. This past week has been really cushy as compared to the other volunteers (who were just told to get onto a bus and good luck) – they've really held my hand through finding my place and house and Muslim home stay while I'm here in Mombassa for the week/weekend. I'm even going to see two movies in two days with the people here. AND we stayed at this gorgeous resort on the beach for a public health sector meeting during my first two days here (I've heard that it was the nicest place that many of them had ever seen, much less stayed in).

Unfortunately the mosquitoes still love me lots here and my legs are FULL of bites. I mean... really bad. I'm taking antihistamines for it as my legs are continuously pussing. And I thought the mosquitoes in Hawaii liked me... It looks like I have the chicken pox all over again (on my legs).

Well, hope that all is well with you – let me know how things are – I'll be back at the Malaika center soon – in Naivasha – where the training is, and then come July 24th I'll be headed out here to Mombassa. They call us "Coasties" and have dubbed the term "Beach Corps". I think I'll be ok with that stereotype...

OK... Hope all is well – miss you lots and hope that you can come and visit sometime soon!

Lots of love and aloha,


When this story was posted in February 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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