Sounds of celebration echoed through the village of Kano on Christmas Day. Over 1,000 people gathered at the Maisha compound to eat, drink Fanta and be merry.
Much like Christmas in America, the preparation began the night before on Christmas Eve with the slaughtering of the cow and chickens and cutting basketfuls of vegetables. The widows and Maisha volunteers worked around the clock to cook the Christmas Day feast, which has become a Maisha tradition. Community members of all ages waited in line to get a plate full of their favorite foods, including chicken, beef, chapati (a type of bread,) rice, stew, and much more. These are delicacies most may never otherwise get to have in their lifetime.
For the second year in a row, the Christmas Box Project allowed sponsors to ship Christmas Boxes from Oklahoma to Kenya. One thousand men, women and children received Christmas boxes packed specifically for them. Their eyes lit up as they opened boxes stuffed with clothes, shoes, school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, and letters.
In addition to food, fellowship and presents, music was a major part of Christmas Day. The community danced and sang together to celebrate their many blessings.
The Maisha Project would like to thank all sponsors and donors for their continued support at Christmas time and throughout the year. Thank you for making Christmas a special time for the people at Maisha.