We have just arrived back in Eldoret and we’re fairly exhausted but wanted to give you all a quick update. We have had a quite remarkable outcome to our problem and a bit of a story to tell too….
We’ll start with the outcome: our application for a work permit is back in live play!
The story of how this happened actually began back in March. We were being driven back to our house after church when we had a car accident. We were not hurt but a little shaken up and sore. A passing car stopped to help and we were amusingly ushered into the back seat of the vehicle which was already full with a family returning from their church service. We were taken to the home of the brother-in-law of the driver of the car. We were given food and drink and eventually left the house with a new Kenyan friend. He just happened to be involved with an NGO doing peace work too and that chance meeting led to our most recent work in the borderlands which was done in partnership with his organisation.
When he heard of our predicament with our work permits he contacted a friend of his high up in the Immigration office in Nairobi.
This lovely man met us on arrival this morning, asked us to stay in the entrance hall, took our chitty and went off to see what he could do. As we waited we continued to rehearse our persuasive discourse much to the amusement of Maritim Rirei who had come with us from Eldoret for moral support.
The man returned twenty minutes later to say that our application was now alive and well and was continuing to be processed: no need for us to be interviewed!
We are not completely out of the woods yet as our work permits have still not actually been granted but we are fairly astonished by the chain of events that eventually led to this positive outcome.
Many thanks for all your support.