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…

Soldier – Actor – Pastor

The titles of soldier, actor, and pastor were given to us on Friday night here in Kenya, just after we celebrated Brian’s birthday in the traditional Kenyan manner: by pouring buckets of water over him. After he changed clothes and returned to the house, the Parit girls were waiting for him with a cake and…