Tags » Machakos

Is Machakos Drying Up?

Original post appeared on Henk Harmsen

In an agricultural society such as Kenya, much depends on the rain. Whether a rainfall pattern is “good” depends on total rainfall (sufficiency), the fact that it comes at a certain point in the year (reliability), and that the rainfall amount per month is more or less the same on a year-by-year basis (constancy). 786 more words

Data Analysis


Two weeks in and things are going wonderfully at Mulaani. I’m responsible for classes 4-7 English, and I’ve talked my way into class 5 social science, which the head teacher himself normally teaches and is therefore more protective of. 500 more words



Yesterday we went for a long hike up and across the ridge behind Jackson’s home. What appears from bellow to be an even ridge is actually cut by several perpendicular spines, making for a long ascent. 441 more words


Mulaani Livin'

Having finally slept through an entire night, I would say I’m finally settled in Mulaani. The adjustment to rural Kenyan life wasn’t as abrupt as my first time here; I knew what faced me in Mulaani, but I’d forgotten what it’s like to be an outsider in such a tightly knit community. 937 more words


Back Again

After months of anticipation and a long three days of travel I have arrived in Machakos County. Despite the long journey, landing in Nairobi felt considerably less foreign than it did two years ago (in part because we arrived in a proper terminal instead of walking out onto the tarmac). 344 more words



It rains, the waters hit the ground and decide to defy gravity and flow uphill. Or take this, you are driving along the roads of Machakos County and you stop to take a pee or relax, and stretch your legs (it happens). 471 more words


An Invention in the Midst!.

Ok, this seems to be basically up and running… As it is, I’m packing up my life, getting ready to leave. I’m heading out in just a couple days to Eldoret to start a week-long stint working with the Machakos County high school administrators. 238 more words