KOUTS, Ind. – A student teaching project through Indiana University has turned into a quest to keep children in school in Africa. Eric Smith is a Portage High School graduate, attended IU Bloomington and now is a middle school English teacher in Kouts, but spends most of his free time working on a nonprofit group…
In the beginning of July, Chris posted pictures of one of our orphans, Joseph. The post highlighted the reality of living in poverty in Kenya. Joseph’s leg was severely infected and had not been receiving medical attention until Chris saw it. A doctor appointment was made the following day! A month later, Chris says Joseph is doing a lot better and is excited for the following school year! One of the hardships of living in harsh conditions is lacking access to healthcare. Chris and Joseph had to travel ten kilometers (6 miles) to seek treatment! Shortly after Joseph’s ordeal, Hollie Adejumo stepped in to sponsor him. We are extremely excited to be partnering with so many amazing individuals to continue making micro-movements and changing lives! We look forward to our future with our sponsors, followers, and communities!
June was an exciting month for Simiyu House!
Our Facebook page reached over 300 “likes”! We are so proud of this and know that this is a stepping stone to providing school through Simiyu to thirty children! Chris has been doing an amazing job keeping us updated on how our students are doing. He also introduced us to the newest students who are gearing up for the next school year, sharing their stories and helping our sponsors and advocates stay involved in the children’s lives. We are learning more about the orphans’ personalities and goals each day and are excited to continue our relationship with them!
Thank you for helping make a difference with Simiyu House, and we look forward to our future with you!
Written by Elizabeth Palmer
As we dive deeper into our mission at Simiyu House, we’re also getting to know the children we’re helping! The orphans at Simiyu love chapati, a traditional Kenyan dish. Chapati can be compared to tortillas or pita bread. It’s unleavened, flat, and delicious! It is commonly used as a utensil to eat other things, like vegetables or stew, but can be eaten numerous ways.
Here’s a recipe to try at home!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water
salt to taste
sugar to taste
oil (for frying)
Pour the flour into a bowl, mixing in salt and sugar to taste. Next, add your water. Mix until it forms a thick paste. Add more flour as needed to achieve a doughy consistency.
Cover the dough for 30 minutes, with tin foil.
After that, take pieces of your dough and roll them into balls, according to how much chapati you’d like to prepare. Roll the balls out with a rolling pin, adding flour when necessary, so they look like tortillas.
Heat the oil in a pan on the stove and fry each chapati individually. Both sides should be golden brown when they’re done.
That’s it! Enjoy your chapati!