Blogs from Nairobi Province, Kenya, Africa - page 3


Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province December 4th 2013

I am about to embark on a new adventure travelling to Africa to do some volunteer work. I will be travelling firstly to Kenya to live amongst the Maasia Mari engaging in work in aid of MACCOP KENYA ( Maasai Community Concern & Children Programme) I will be involved in projects like Educating Female Maasai girls, Provision of clean water projects and feeding programmes. I will be staying with a host family in their home. This will be a small Tin/Mud hut with no access to electricity or water. I will be here for 8 weeks from Dec 2013 to February 2014. Then in February 2014, I will spend up to 8 weeks helping to care for rescued primates at a rescue centre on the outskirts of Pretoria, South Africa. From here I will then travel ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi November 6th 2013

I've had a busy time since I arrive back in Nairobi. The work continues at the office to complete the accounting and get the company in order to be able to sell and so there has been little time to do anything else! However, on the weekend in the mornings Dad and I took a break and went to do some touristy things! We went to the Kenya Wildlife Services orphanage where animals that are rescued as babies are hand raised and then looked after for the rest of their lives. Although, it looks a lot like a zoo the men that look after the animals have a very personal relationship with each one of them. Each animal has a story associated with them and one was a baby Mangabee monkey from the Congo with a ... read more
Look Ma! No hands!
The Toddlers

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 22nd 2013

Hello Folks! I was sick this past weekend and did not get to updating the blog. I didn't do what I planned on doing, so I'll have to write about our domestic troubles and little day trips. One of the pressing matters that needed to be dealt with was the water situation. Here at the apartment we have water pumped in by the city into individual reservoirs for each of the apartments. I say reservoir, but it's really a frightening concrete hole in the ground with highly questionable sanitation... My father was informed by the general maintenance manager, Ken, that the water was disconnected for some reason and the men from the water company wanted 750 Kenyan schillings to reconnect the water. Whether it was a money making scheme or legitimate charge by the water company ... read more
Pit Reservoirs
Finally Fixed and Flowing!
Kapok Thorn Tree

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 17th 2013

Although I have now been here an entire week, time moves so slowly it feels like it's been much longer! I am heavily focused on the task I have of working for my father and have established a routine of getting up making (exceptional!) coffee, driving into the office and working steadily with the only break a nice lunch. Even when we drive home we often work into the evening. I work at a hangar belonging to a company that controls insects and birds populations that put food crops at risk. The hangar is dusty and busy at all times with the administration and maintenance of the plane fleets for multiple companies. It is fascinating to have a view of the runway and watch the helicopters and planes passing by and I learn more about aviation ... read more
The Hangar
Typical Roadworks
Kibera Produce Market

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 13th 2013

This will be my 5th day in Nairobi. I woke for an early morning meeting over breakfast just a minute or two from the West Gate mall where the tragedies occurred just a few weeks ago. Typical of the time of year it was a pleasant 16C/60F when I woke and will get to a high of about 32C/90F today. I have spent my days getting into the swing of life here, going to the office, shops, and restaurants. Learning about what work I will be doing and the practicalities of going about your daily ritual in a developing country. Not far from me is a shopping centre called The Junction that has all the things you might require like a grocery store called the Nakumat (actually its more than a grocery store as it sells ... read more
Lunch at the Club
Club Lounge
Carnivore Gift Shop


Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 11th 2013

After 24 hours of travel I arrived at the apartment in Riara where my Dad has made his home in Nairobi, Kenya. When I had made my way through the Visa and Customs lines at Jomo Kenyatta I was warmly greeted by my welcoming party of Captain R, Amina, and my father carrying a huge bouquet of flowers and some tears. Its been 9 months since I said goodbye to my father in Toronto, we are quite close despite having lived at a distance for most of my life and it was a relief to finally be with him again and see him in good health and spirits. I have spent 6 months planning this trip to come and work with him, but now the moment had come and I was disoriented and filled with emotion. ... read more
Crossing the Alps
First Glimpse of Nairobi
Reunited at Jomo Kenyatta

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi October 11th 2013

'It began in Africa' so the saying goes, however this trip began one summer’s evening in Balham after a superbly cooked Shepherd’s pie (if I say so myself) and a modest splash of wine a plan the idea of seeing the so called 'real Africa' was born. Fast forward a couple of months, a few injections, a lot of dollars and the tough decision whether to pack hair straighteners or not and it was time for myself and fellow African beginner, Sabrina, to board the plane to Nairobi. Having only travelled to the northern African counties before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Kenya and Tanzania and the sadly on the Saturday before we departed the terrible events at the Westgate mall in Nairobi took place so it didn’t seem the best time to ... read more
Karen (Open Prison) Camp
Local business
The ladies of the Kazuri bead shop

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province September 30th 2013

(Murray owes you a blog on his trips but I thought many of you probably want to hear from us at a time like this.) Many of you have been in contact with us about the Westgate Mall tragedy in Nairobi. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us and our family and friends. It has been a rough time, but we are “lucky” no one close to us was killed or injured. However, as Nairobi has a pretty small expat community, and we have been here nearly 6 years, we do have friends of friends killed and seriously injured. There are many people far better at writing and expressing themselves (they would have used a much fancier word than “better”), so excuse my writing as I try and document to you what it’s been like ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi September 18th 2013

My cup overflows….I wonder how many of us feel that way? With life and stress and busy schedules I know it is easy for “our cups” to feel almost empty. We get to a point where we just want to make it through the day without yelling at our child one more time, or getting another bill in the mail, or be overtaken by housework…or lack of it. Yet, when the child is asleep and the house is quiet with only the hum of my fabulous dishwasher (remember I lived overseas for many years where a dishwasher was a dream away…and for those who wash by hand…may God bless those hands), and soft music filling the air I realize my cup is overflowing. My stomach never goes hungry, I never sleep too cold or too hot, ... read more
SVA breakfast!
Into Abba's Arms kids
Water collection

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi August 17th 2013

Our last family update was in April, so much has happened. Murrays travel has been hectic, which we were expecting for the first 6 months of his new job, but we are now in the 9th. It’s been an adjustment; we are muddling through and are probably less settled in the new house because of it. Murray is currently in Ethiopia, and wasn’t in the airport at the time of the fire that burnt the arrivals/immigration section down. It has caused delays and over booked flights, which has effected Murray and a lot of our friends. Charlotte finished Year 1 in the British system in early July. She has flourished in her new school, although initially struggling with the big school and the noise that comes with it. She has made a friend at school finally, ... read more
Charlottes Year 1 teacher
Hayleys cultural dance - farewell to Kindy
Hayley farwelling her teacher

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