Sunday, December 21, 2008
I'm off everyone... I arrive into Kisumu on Monday evening and then head off to spend Christmas with my Kenyan brothers and sisters at Rang'i. I'll then return to Kisumu via Katolo to meet Kirstin, Georgia and Harriet - just in time for New Years on the 30th.
Have a lovely Christmas break everyone - stay tuned for reports on the progress of Stage 1 in early January.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Our friend Felicity has always been so creative, but this I think is especially beautiful. She has made these "snow flakes" for her front window. They sound so simple to make and look so pretty, only Fliss could come up with such a great idea. Read more about how she made them here.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Happy New Year
On behalf of the community of Katolo and the b+c team we would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone for making 2008 a fantastic year!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The amazing work of The Global Studio (read more about here) was on display also, well worth a look see to learn more about the latest expeditions.
Both are such amazing organisations that provide not only much needed research and infrastructure to deserved communities but also provide bricks + cartwheels with constant inspiration due to the tireless work they do!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The hampers were delivered to refugee families, some who have been here for 3 yrs to those who arrived a week ago. We delivered ours to the most divine Sudanese familes who were all so gracious when accepting the gifts. I was amazed that not one of the children ripped into the hampers but instead sat so patiently!
Today there are a staggering 21 million recognised refugees in the world – a number almost equivalent to the total population of Australia. Almost 9 million of these ‘refugees’ are actively seeking refugee status. Over 6 million are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), forced to flee their homes largely due to internal conflict in countries such as Sudan, Burma, Afghanistan, Columbia and Iraq. Currently more than 70% of the total refugee population seek refuge in the developing world.
Over 40% of the total refugees are from our own neigbourhood of Asia and around one quarter are from Africa. Australia takes in a tiny number – approximately 13000 in total, 6000 who are allocated under the humanitarian category.
There is more information on the above when you visit Refugee Council of Australia.
So although the delivering of hampers is just a small splash in the ocean it definitely is one of the most rewarding things you can do at christmas! I will be making it a yearly event for sure!
Monday, December 8, 2008
There were three wreath making teams and we all went for the natural look. All with a slightly different slant. I went for the pretty flowers, eucalyptus leaves, little white flowers and hydrangeas..... this is it in progress.
Mum had a wilder approach, her finished product......
Anna and Kristina were somewhere in between..... they used chilli's too.
This is my finished product ready to hang on my door.
A fun weekend project and we all made pretty beautiful wreaths.... success all round.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Steer him away from envy, if you can,
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick…
In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
Teach him if you can,
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight
Let him have the courage to be impatient…
This is a big order, but see what you can do…
~ Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Utzon entered the "international competition for a national opera house at Bennelong Point" expecting to come third. His design was initially flung into the reject pile, but picked out again by US architect Eero Saarinen. Seidler described it as a "piece of poetry" and American Louis Khan said that "light didn't know how beautiful it was, until it was reflected off this building".
Utzon received the prestigious Pritzker architecture prize in 2003 for his design. The jury singled it out as among the most iconic buildings of the 20th century, saying it "proves that the marvellous and seemingly impossible in architecture can be achieved".