Famous french paraglider gives a helping hand

africanlatitude wrote this at 10:32 :

Thierry, a world class paraglider, was at Loisiijo to give a hand. He stayed there for a couple of weeks supervising the works while Michel was away. He occasionally managed to escape the carpenters and enjoyed a different sport.

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Every chance to get out watching the widlife was also an added bonus.


Not just work

africanlatitude wrote this at 07:45 :

We worked hard during these three weeks, but we still managed to have a bit of fun. We had a spear throwing competition to decide who could throw the furthest.


Ole Mpia was a serious contender but at the end Nixon won the competition.

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You can see in this photo, Ole Mpia on the right is not happy at all. Not only he was defeated, but his spear was bent as well.

Repairs works thanks to a Swiss friend.

africanlatitude wrote this at 07:05 :

With funds generously donated by Mr Claude Marullaz, a Swiss restaurateur from Geneva, we were able to put the lodge back to its original state. Some insurance money was also obtained and the repairs managed courtesy of Community Camps Ltd.

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Alexis Peltier and Michel Laplace-Toulouse of Flying4Conservation.org did several presentations on Shompole Group Ranch in Oregon USA and US$860 were generously donated by supporters during a presentation at the South Store Café in Scholls.

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African Latitude also provided a 4X4 land cruiser pick up for three weeks.
Most workers were employed from the local Maasai community at Shompole, as well as a few tradesmen with specialised skills sourced from other parts of Kenya.

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Insurance assesor to Shompole

africanlatitude wrote this at 16:56 :

Paul, the assessor from the insurance company has come down to Loisiijo make his assessment of the flood damage. We hope he’s going to be kind to our community project!


The cleaning continues

africanlatitude wrote this at 15:55 :

The cleaning goes on, digging & washing, more digging & washing…. all done manually as there is no machinery in this part of Africa.

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At least the mud is drying, but it’s not easy to wash off, it takes several washes to get everything clean and when it’s try it turns to fine dust! I’m not sure what is worse..mud or powder dust!. The kitchen & dining area have been cleared of mud & now the staff have to tackle the rooms. And they are not a pretty sight, they have up to 2 feet of mud deposited in them. But with a lot of hard work we will get them cleaned up eventually.

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The river level has gone down considerably now & the Maasai are talking about crossing their cattle to the other side where there is better grazing, after all the good rains in the past month.
Back at Loisiijo the staff are still digging away the silt & mud but have made some good progress, well done guys.

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