Nakuru Hope

Kenya Day 15 – Final day in Nakuru

It’s my final day here in Nakuru and I will leave with mixed emotions. I came with no expectations and little knowledge about Kenya. I experienced a massive sense of culture shock when I first arrived but leave with an understanding of why some say Kenya is so dangerous for travellers. Don’t let that conjure […]

Kenya Day 13 – A day at the farm

A cool breeze blows through the hairs on my arms and legs. Starlings twitter in the trees above me as they wait for the tractor to plough up more insects. The sound of voices drifts on the air and I hear Dad and Julius laughing at me.  Apparently Kenyans don’t expect a mzungu to sleep […]

Day 11 – Nakuru Hope Project, Kaptembwa Slums

We’re back in Nakuru after our weekend trip to the Masai Mara. This means we’re back to work as volunteers at Gabriel’s School, which is part of the Nakuru Hope Project. It’s hard work and we’ve been busy at the project from about 9am – 5pm every day. But seeing what the project is achieving […]

Kenya Day 7 – Fun on the pikky pikky (motorbike taxi)

What a fun morning! I spent a good couple of hours on the back of a pikky pikky (motorbike) traveling around Nakuru, the slums and surrounding farmland. There was a purpose to the riding. Some readers might remember that last year my family raised money to buy some farm land so that the Nakuru Hope […]

Kenya Day 6 – More from Gabriel’s School, Kaptembwa slums

It’s almost impossible to describe the Kaptembwa slums. The unpaved streets are rutted and worn. Dust clouds follow each vehicle that rattles along them. In some places, vehicles can only really pass through a narrow strip of the road due to the holes and wash outs. Most of the homes lack electricity and running water […]

Kenya Day 4 – First day at Gabriel’s School, Kaptembwo slums

Children’s laughter rings through the school grounds. You wouldn’t believe that we’re in the middle of the Kaptembwo slums where many people live on little more than hope. I look out of Christopher’s office window. The children across the road at the Kaptembwo Baptist Nursery are running around, kicking a small ball and playing with […]

Two weeks until Kenya

It’s only two weeks tomorrow until I go to Kenya. It still seems really surreal and I can’t quite believe I’m actually going to Africa. It’s going to be an amazing experience. I expect some things about the trip will be challenging, such as seeing real poverty. But I’m a glass is half full kinda […]