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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi March 23rd 2014

Back to Nairobi again and this time I went out for a day seeing the local wildlife. The hotel organised a mini van for us, felt like we were off on a safari. We went first to a baby elephant orphanage which is called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts' Orphans Project. You pay a small donation on entry and can bring SMA milk. The elephants can only have this particular milk as they would not survive from having cows milk. From 10am til 11am is visiting hours and you can see the elephants being fed. The elephants literally come pounding down the hill from their sleeping pens and head straight to a milk bottle. They are massive and each elephant downs two bottles each. They are so playful, and will come over to where your standing ... read more
Monkey'n around
Elephant orphanage trust
The youngest baby elephants

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi March 14th 2014

A SOCIAL WORKERS PERSPECTIVE ON THE IMPACT OF SPRING VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH & SCHOOL IN THE COMMUNITY My names are Margaret Njeri Nderi and I am a social worker at Spring Valley Baptist Church & school. I’ve had the privilege of working for Spring Valley Baptist for the last two months and it has been a very rewarding experience. The vision and mission of Spring Valley is, “spreading the word and love of God through assisting the less fortunate children and youth by providing them with the basic needs, education, promoting integration, character development and empowering them with knowledge and skills.” For the two months that I have worked at Spring Valley I have witnessed firsthand this vision and mission being accomplished and achieved every day. The first assignment I had as a social worker at ... read more
Slum Life vs. Talitha Koum
Talitha Koum Rescue Center
Kids in the community

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi March 12th 2014

I am over half way through my time here with AMREF. It has gone so quickly. Since my last entry I have flown to South Africa, Abu Dhabi, twice to Mogadishu, Tanzania and a number of flights within Kenya. We took a patient who had been shot in the head from Mogadishu to Abu Dhabi. It was a humanitarian flight funded by Abu Dhabi. In a way it is a shame that they picked this particular patient, as he is not going to do well and is very unlikely to survive even with the best medial care let alone have any rehabilitation potential. In my opinion, maybe they could have chosen a different patient who would have benefited from the mission, and they would have still got the same publicity. Shame. It was so hot in ... read more
Mount Longonot
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa » Kenya March 11th 2014

Feb 16 The high light of our short morning game drive was watching 2 lionesses and cubs (3 born dec and 2 that were 3 to 4 months old) that were members of the Enoolera pride - I think that the one lioness that we saw clearly ( when she came out of hiding to try to get her cubs to play in the bushes instead of in front of the humans) was Nashipai???? The cubs were playing just like regular puppy kittens ( yes puppies cos they were playing with sticks and kittens cos that is what they were) Then it was off to the Masai village, about 15 minutes away off the conservancy. There was an added cost of $20.00 with all the money going to the village. Each group that is taken on ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 11th 2014

I am trying to keep up-to-date with this blog and couldn't find a way to continue the same blog entry, so here goes with a new entry. I was surprised and humbled in the process of exploring the website that I have up to forty readers. The hotel I had chosen turned out to suit us well. Booking was a complicated process as we had originally planned to take a half-day sarari on the 10th and Ben put me in touch with his friend Pastor Shadrack who does that sort of thing. I wanted to see lions with Shadrack (Remember the story of Daniel in the lions den?) but we had to cancel that because money was running low. Shadrack offered to renegotiate the hotel because Kenyans get special rates. That helped a bit but then ... read more

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Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 9th 2014

Keeping up with this blog writing is a challenge, but maybe no-one is reading it so in that case it matters only to me. I want to complete it for my own satisfaction. On the 5th Ben and I set out quite early from Bumala for Kisumu,the third city of Kenya. It took about two hours in a bus which was one, or maybe two, up from a matatu. Quicker, but also had accommodation for my very large suitcase in which my few remaining possessions rattle around. Ben had arranged for a friend from Ahero, who has a taxi, to meet us and he was waiting. Off we went to Ben and Lillian s house and I met that charming lady. As they arrived from school I met their daughter Janny, nephew Sam, and Lillian s ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 9th 2014

Yesterday, Saturday, it was time to move on for the final few days. Ben collected me from the Owitis home at 7a.m. Wiinnie was up to say goodbye and Peter and Meg from the staff had insisted on making me breakfast. The same taxi and Lillian and Janny inside. I had said that I wanted to take them all to Nairobi for the weekend. This would be our final time together since I have insisted that I am not going back to Kenya even though it and it's people are so wonderful. We caught the 8 o'clock bus on which we had booked. I was in the window seat on the same side as the driver. There was a great deal of road construction going on with many stretches of single lane with a shoulder. Gasoline ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 7th 2014

This is coming late because of my bronchial cough and problems with Internet access. Thank you for your prayers, which have sustained me well. On Sunday Ben and Lillian came for me to go to their church, which is the one Ben grew up in in Bumala. We arrived late and were given seats just inside the door where there was a breeze. I was welcomed by the pastor but my voice was very weak. Ben translated. My impression was that women outnumbered men. They were dressed in long brightly coloured dresses with head coverings. The children came in and led the congregation in singing, clapping and dancing with great energy for a long time. The senior pastor and Ben spoke. The style is to shout and have the P.A. system turned way up. Then the ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province March 7th 2014

This was the day I feel the Lord has been leading us toward. The visit to Yogo on Saturday set the stage for the visit today by the YFT team to asess the potential of Bumala to be a YFT project in the future. The meeting was set for 10 o'clock and the borrowed church near the project site was full when the team arrived in their van. They were given seats across the front facing the congregation. First Fred, the chairman of the project, spoke a welcome. Then the groups, first the women then the men, introduced themselves and spoke about their work. Ben spoke about the needs of the community in terms of education and opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Then the team responded in terms of what YFT can offer to ... read more

Africa » Kenya March 3rd 2014

Feb 13 The next destination was Encounter Mara Eco camp - about a 6 hour drive away so it was an early start at 730am. It was a back track to Lake Navaisha and then a right towards the Masai Mara. Along the way we had two toilet stops, conveniently attached to curio shops. At the second one, we were entertained by yellow village weaver birds building nests in an Acacia tree. The roadside viewing was interesting although there was an increasing amount of garbage on the roads. Lots of tiny stalls selling vegetables - and the locals certainly didn't appreciate having their photos taken. It was pretty easy to figure out what their hands gestures meant. Lots of wildlife viewing with the most spectacular being giraffes in the distance - looking like orange cranes moving ... read more
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