Hope Beyond Transitional Center

This blog post is written to encourage you to open your heart to children that I call dear friends, and that I love greatly. They need to know that they are loved. They deserve to know that they are loved. Click this link to read about Hope Beyond Transitional Center, and DONATE! Thank you to…

Sidai, Very Sidai

I wanted to start by describing what Masai women look like: their colorful beads, their blankets, the elaborately pierced ears, the dignity they all walk with, their beauty.  But I don’t think words do them justice so here’s a few pictures: These pictures were taken by Kole Purdy, Just One Africa’s photographer during their previous…

A Blessing Realized

Our first day in Kenya, we pulled into camp with Paul, and met Madam Dorcus. She was waiting for us outside of her house, ready to greet us with a smile and welcoming arms. We introduced ourselves, and immediately she made us feel at home. We sat down inside to each lunch, and continued to…

Sidai Oleng

Roughly 7,000 acres in size, Sidai Oleng is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The various landscapes in this wildlife sanctuary allow for a wide variety of habitats, and each landscape has its own unique feel. The interior of the forest is lush with plant life, and a stream runs through…

Halfway

It’s July 1st and our fourth week here is coming to a close. Before we left for this trip I had a great big vision of what God was going to do here. I envisioned communities being revived after receiving new water filters, children being educated through our partnership with the staff at Lenkai Christian…

Four Weeks

Today marks the culmination of our first month in Kenya; after four weeks of new people, environments, and culture, we are thrilled to be here and could not be more thankful for this incredible opportunity to serve others and grow in faith. Though our previous blog posts have given small insights on our day to…

Reflections On Simple Things

Two weeks into our DukeEngage project, I am struggling to translate my experiences into words. Though I have desired to write almost every day, I often don’t know where to begin. I have noticed that the experiences which have impacted me the most thus far are not, at face value, necessarily the most unique or…

Water Filters

On Tuesday, June 7th, I started my fieldwork.  The American NGO Just One Africa has distributed hundreds of water filters in Kimana, where I am living, and Loitokitok, a town 20 minutes down the road.  Just One employs two Kenyans named Edward and Mike to follow up on the filters.  Mike was already at Lenkai…

Learning About Lenkai

As our first full week at Lenkai comes to a close, we are beginning to learn new realities about the students that are both amazing and shocking. One girl played the violin for the First Lady of Kenya last year, and others are preparing to take their National Exams in order to proceed from primary to…

Night-time in Kimana

I’m taking an online class on creative non-fiction this summer. Here is an excerpt from my first assignment. We were told to describe a place with sentences of seven words or less. I hope you enjoy it! I’m on a water tower.  I sit comfortably, back against the tank.  My left ankle lies under my…

Karibu!

Karibu! Karibu! Karibu! After twenty one hours of time in the air, I have finally arrived to Kenya alongside my partners, Brian and Matthew, and we can all agree that Kenya is the most welcoming place on God’s green earth. “Karibu” translates to “welcome” and I have heard this word one hundred and thirty one times (I’ve…

Who’s Here to Teach Who?

This past weekend has been filled with new experiences. Matthew, Sage, and I arrived in Kimana, Kenya last Thursday and have been given time from then to now to become oriented with our new home, work site, and way of living. This time was incredibly useful. Now we are well-rested and ready to work. During the…