Lisa

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Lisa

I'm a 22 year old registered nurse who loves to travel and see the world, helping out others with what I can !



Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret July 26th 2009

Writing from the IDP camp in Eldoret. We spent the day here yesterday checking up on our projects and starting some new ones. I mostly kept the children occupied while the adults spoke with John. I played simple games such as Ring around the Rosy, Simon Says, Patti-Cake, and even told an extremely ghetto version of Snow White, with one of the kids who could speak english as my translator. It was fun to explain those games to the children using my broken Kiswahili and hand motions, but the kids had a good time. Even just sitting around letting them touch my skin or play with my hair, keeps their minds off of what has happened. Whenever I'm inside the camp, I really feel like I am changing someone's life and it's the greatest feeling I ... read more

Africa » Kenya July 23rd 2009

Hold your donkeys! Do I really have a week left? Has it only been two months? And yes, hold your donkeys is the African version of hold your horses. I'm writing this blog with extremely mixed feelings. On one hand, I am excited to return home and see everyone, but on the other hand I am so sad to leave Kenya and all of my friends. I've adjusted quite well here, I love the food, enjoy the relaxed lifestyle,madea lot of greatfriends, I can even travel on the roads with ease by myself! And more importantly, I'm happy. I love my job. I love working with the people at St. Mary's; Sister Kenda has begged meto stay and even John has offered to pay me to stay for a few more weeks. Its going to be ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi July 12th 2009

Writing today with brighter eyes than last. Visiting the IDP camp in Eldoret was another life changing experience. I titled this blog with a quote I read in the Daily Nation today. Justice delayed is justice denied and I couldn't agree more. Living in Kenya has opened my eyes up to news beyond celebrity lifestyles and sports. I hope that the ICC gives justice to the victims of the post election violence. They;ve suffered long enough and it needs to be finished with. After having interacted with the refugees, makes the news now seem real. Before I could never connect with such news stories, but having seen how they live, I can now put personal stories along with what I see or read in the news. We went to the camp with ideas and left with ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Eldoret July 8th 2009

Before I begin, I'd just like to say that I am safe and okay at the moment, but a lot has just happened and if I don't write this all down right now, I think my body will realize what happened and I will shut down and forget everything. So here goes. To start off the story, I came down with malaria a few days ago. Not a big deal here, it's as common as the flu, and I caught it early on, so one more day of medication and I'm cured. So I couldn't go to the clinic because I was sick so John, my director decided to take Kasey and I along on a little road trip to Eldoret to drop off Magda at her new project, a refugee camp. The day started off ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province July 5th 2009

This past week, I believe I experienced reality for the first time. It was the first time in my life, where I felt uncontrollably helpless. We had a mother and her child come into the clinic for some help. The mother had no money, tattered clothes and was pregnant. She was already a mother of five, and the child that she brought in was 15 months old and severely malnourished. The child could barely move, and was too weak to even blink a fly off of her face. She suffered from PEM, protein energy malnourishment. The mother came in begging for some help, any help. Sister Flora called Kasey and I into a room with the mother and child and asked to see what we could do. I was confused at first because Sister Flora said ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 25th 2009

Just another average day in Kenya; my roommate got malaria, my director got carjacked on the way to pick us up, on day number 2 of no electricity, our hot water shower broke again, our doctor’s friend was shot, getting harassed in the street, another cholera outbreak, nothing surprises me anymore. But I finally have some time to write so let me tell you about some of my experiences here. I’m all over the place but so much happens here and I never have the time to write it down so excuse my erratic writing. On my last day at Ushirika Clinic, I accompanied a staff member on a run to another clinic in Kibera. We walked to the other side of the slum, and little did I know that this walk would not only introduce ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 20th 2009

Sorry it's been a while. A lot has happened. I'm on african time which is very relaxed and makes me wonder how anything gets done. But it does. Someow. On Friday, I met another volunteer Kasey from Kansas. We hit it off immmediately and have been inseparable ever since. We spent our last weekend at the homestay and went to Carnivore Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in the world. It was delicious and quite an experience, trying exotic game meats such as ostrich meat balls and crocidile. We also met up with a Canadian and Australian who entertained us for the night. We hit a casino, bar, club and adventure all in one night. The next day Kasey and I moved to our new home, a volunteer house ( I would call it an estate ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province June 11th 2009

Well I'm not writing from London, but Kenya was a former British territory so I'm not too far off. alas let me tell my British adventure. As most of you know, I put on a British accent on frequent occasion. Well while in the UK I decided to try it out and see if it's as good as I think it it. Turns out, I'm awful. Just plain awful. So I have vowed to stop trying to pretend that I'm British from now on, but when I get back we'll see how long that lasts, as long as any real Brits aren't around. Anyways, I got on the first flight I tried for and arrived in England at about 6:00 a.m. I flew business class and I must say, once you flown upper class it's hard ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi June 9th 2009

Writing from a cybercafe about a block or so away from the clinic. Feels like I've been gone for much more than two weeks. Life in Kenya is very different than the United States, but I'm sure you assumed that. I don't even know where to begin, so much has happened here. I'll start with the family I'm staying with; the Akoths which include Irene and Abe and their children Sam, Leo and Jessica, their niece Natasha and their househelp Helen. The girls Jessi and Tasha follow me around everywhere, I feel like I have three shadows. No one here has ever seen someone with freckles, so I keep getting questions about them. One girl I work with thought it was an infection, and another girl thought they were allergies. It took a while to convince ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi May 31st 2009

Habari from Nairobi that means hey how are you, the only word i know for sure... Kenya is beautiful. I was nervous getting off of the plane because I did not have a good experience in Cairo on the way here, but I saw a huge sign that said smile, you're in kenya and i've been smiling ever since. i'm staying in jamhuri, a three min walk from kibera, which is where i will be working. i'm at orientation right now, just me and my supervisor cecilia. everyone has been very welcoming here. the family i am staying with is an upper class family, four kids sam, leo, jessica and natasha. the girls haven't stopped following me around and touching my hair. tomorrow is a holiday, the republic was born on this day, so i wont ... read more




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