Deborah Welch, Secretary of Amesbury for Africa, was pleased to welcome Julius and Rebecca Owuor from Esabalu, Kenya to her home in Hampton for three weeks in August. Julius had been to Amesbury once before (20 years ago!). For Rebecca, it was a first visit. And neither one had ever tasted a peach or an apple! They got their chance on the third day of their visit went they were hosted by Glenn and Karen Cook at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury.
Both of the Owuor’s are primary school teachers. Since retirement, Julius has been very active in Esabalu’s community development. He is involved in the Amesbury Rotary’s library project at Ebussamba Primary School as well as Amesbury for Africa’s early reading project “Reading begins at Home” and its school uniform project. He is also on the Board of the Bailey/Whaley Health Clinic and an advisor to the Esabalu Widows’ Group.
Rebecca works at the Ebusakami Primary School. Her schoolroom can have up to 60 students in one class!
While in Amesbury, the Owuor’s enjoyed visiting their many friends and acquaintances in Amesbury. They visited Boston, Vermont and Maine. In Amesbury, they were welcomed by Mayor Ken Gray, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club. They toured Cider Hill Farm and the Amesbury Elementary School. Rebecca braved the waters of the Merrimack and Lake Attitash on boat rides (thanks to Paul Fougere and Jack & Lorraine Sanborn). While boating, Julius caught two fish and one eel!
Julius and Rebecca Owuor with Mayor of Amesbury, Ken Gray
The Owuor’s agree that exchange visits are fun, bring new experiences and build friendships. Julius wishes all of us “Karibu Kenya!” (Welcome to Kenya) and is looking forward to more visitors from Amesbury in 2016.