Part II
World Food Programme


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Facts and Figures
January 19, 2001

80% Average loss of cattle in Maasailand
57% Percent of Kajiado District fed by OCI
19% Malnutrition rate in children under the age of five in the Kajiado District*
31,934 Number of people David and Danny were in charge of feeding in Mashuru Division
191,604 Kilograms of maize David and Danny were in charge of distributing each month
$2.62 Price in US dollars of gas per gallon in Kenya as of March 12, 2001
*According to the survey we conducted in the fall of 2000.

Danny and I are now living part time in the small town of Kajiado, about a two hours drive from Nairobi. Kajiado is really just an oversized roundabout which houses the main offices for the
The Jeep. We liked to
sleep on top of this hill.
Kajiado District. OCI is in charge of distributing food to 270,000 people to fulfill a famine relief contract with World Food Programme. Danny and I are in charge of the Mashuru Division of the Kajiado District. Mr. Aho bought us a little Suzuki jeep so we can travel around our division. It's older than I am and has a striking resemblance to a mail jeep - it even has the steering wheel on the right side (the standard here in Kenya). The jeep is quite under powered with only an 800cc engine - slightly larger than a motorcycle engine.

Alphabet Soup
February 19, 2001

The Warehouse. All of the
maize bags were carried and
stacked by hand. Each bag
weighs about 110 lbs.
Danny and I got back last Friday from a four-day workshop for our World Food Programme work. It covered such fascinating topics as: PRA Techniques (Participatory Rural Appraisal), VIPP (Visualization In Participatory Programs), needs assessment, and, in general, learning how to Empower The Community. The workshop had to do with the work Danny and I are doing with World Food Programme. We are in charge of feeding Mashuru Division, which is about 30,000 people. (Map of Mashuru Division) We have eight food monitors working under us who see that the food is handed out at 56 distribution points.

Yesterday our jeep died on the way back from the workshop. It kept running worse and worse, until I had to help push it up a hill. That's when we gave up on it. Our little blue Suzuki is now at the mechanic getting its engine rebuilt. Oh well.

"We hit a bump and the engine died"
Approximately March 14, 2001

We continue to have fun camping in the bush, chasing ostriches, and collecting chameleons. So far we have driven about 2,000 miles for the World Food Programme project, mostly on primitive dirt roads and cow trails. On Monday Danny and I were driving to the World Food Programme office in Kajiado when we hit a bump and the engine died. We looked under the hood and noticed that a piece of our electrical system had fallen off. So I had to catch a ride back into town to get a new one. Bother. Bumps are a real problem for our Suzuki, especially since that's what the roads are made of here. The tires rub on the wheel wells, the back door falls open, the headlights die, or the engine dies.

Suzuki Ailments

Parts we fixed:
(Partial List)
Ignition switch, spark plug wires, windshield wipers, engine mounts, windows, horn, doors, roof-rack, tires, headlights, transmission, distributor, brakes, gas cap, engine (completely rebuilt).
Trouble-free parts: Carburetor, radiator.


I met a boy named Simon today. He speaks good English and said he wanted to be my friend, so he gave me a key chain. I asked him, "Do you go to school?" and he said, "No, my parents can't afford it." They used to have 57 cows. Now they have three. Even though the rains have come, the effects of the drought linger on.

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