This is my attempt, for the few months I have left in Kenya, to connect you to what I’ve had the privilege of experiencing in this beautiful place. I’ve been through the spectrum from “I hate it here, I want to go home” to “I could stay here forever”, and I plan to share enough to cover that spread. I also hope to share beyond myself, venturing into Kenya’s past and current events, issues plaguing the community ASH is fighting to empower, and anything else interesting that comes along.
I’ll begin this new initiative with an effort to show what a typical day looks like for me, a glimpse at what I’ve been able to experience.
I wake up at the compound I’ve been living in for about a month. This is the Kenyan home for the mission teams coming out of Saddleback Church and for friends like me. (I live in the building on the left)
Currently living with me here are: the Biemeck Family (here til Dec.), Sammy (here til June), and the Rwandans [Hannah, Juliet, and Emanuel] (living here permanently). (btw, the Biemeck’s & Rwandans only dressed this way for a fun photo shoot)
I get ready for the day, eat breakfast, pick up Zach (ASH Wamuini community center managing director), and take care of any necessary business in town, like depositing/withdrawing money at the bank, purchasing more paint for renovations, or finding out answers/info about local micro-finance programs.
Then we head to the ASH Wamuini Community Center, about 10 minutes out of town.
Here you’ll find our Early Childhood Development class (similar to pre-school/kindergarten) in session, sewing/tailoring class also going on, a few patients being diagnosed and receiving treatment at our health center, and the rest of the community going about their business.
Zach and I will take care of finances, any issues arising that day, plan for upcoming projects or events, you know.. whatever comes up, with a tea & bread lunch break in between. Then towards the end of the day, we might head over to a nearby school to give a health talk. Finally, we close the community center doors at 5pm, head home, eat dinner and rest up for a new day tomorrow.
*Most photos courtesy of Michelle Chang, Danielle Lee, and Junhee Chung