Many of our friends wanted to know what it’s like where we live. When we say we live on an island overlooking the Indian Ocean with palm trees in our backyard, I suspect they get the wrong idea. I am GRATEFUL for the ocean and the palm trees are pretty. The ocean breeze is a lifesaver. However, I wanted to give a little “picture tour” of the roads up to our compound just to make it clear that we aren’t really just on vacation. There are people who are so lost, and living in such poverty right outside our compound walls. I will write more about that later.
Pic 1-This is the road that runs alongside the government hospital. The hospital and mortuary are to the left. The little stores along the right sell caskets, all sizes. The wooden pushcart in front is a guy selling mangos. We call this Mombasa fast food.
Pic 2-You turn towards (what used to be the main highway to the bridge) the road that goes in front of Lighthouse. It is usually congested with buses and trucks.
Pic 3-The new mosque is right behind the bus. It plays the prayers and “sermons” over loudspeaker beginning at 4 in the morning and ending at 8 at night. 5 times a day.
Pic 4-The Lighthouse Eye Hospital compound is to the left, with the white and red wall. Many Somali refugees live in our neighborhood.
Pic 5- This is the nice road that runs alongside Lighthouse (on the left). We have Arab Muslim neighbors in the houses on the right. Our house is at the very end of the road, on the compound.
Pic 6- This is our house, close up, behind the wall. Living on a compound provides us with an incredible amount of security for which we are very grateful. The ocean is behind our house.
Pic 7- Our house. It is made of coral block, concrete, with a red tile roof.
Stay tuned for pics of the inside of the house and our backyard view!