Most of you who either know me personally or who have read this blog for a while know about my connection with Kenya. Seven years ago I left my marketing job, packed my bags and journeyed to Nairobi where I volunteered with VICDA for the better half of a year. Since that time I've stayed [...]
Winter. Winta. Wiiintaaa.
Tuesday night found me boarding a taxi at the tail end of a blizzard, shedding my winter coat, and double checking to see that I’d packed enough SPF 45. My destination, you wonder? No, not a beach somewhere exotic - not even a poolside in Florida. Two Turkish Airline flights later I found myself in a [...]
VICDA Voluntourism Trip!
As many of you know, I'm involved with VICDA, an organization in Kenya that I first volunteered with in 2006. Irene, VICDA's founder and executive directory, and I have worked together to plan a new volunteer opportunity - the Voluntourism Trip! This trip is designed for travelers who may not have a lot of time, [...]
28 Reasons I Loved 28!
My 28th year has come to and end, and what a year it was! It started in my second country, Kenya, with Irene, Faith and David visiting the members of Giwa IDP Camp, going on a mini-safari and giving out shoes to the Dust Babies of Kikopey. At 28 I became an Aunt and helped to [...]
The Perfect Holliday Gift
I'm happy to introduce the newest page on this little corner of the internet - Art Prints For Sale! I will be updating this page each month, giving you the opportunity to purchase professional quality prints from my travels, both near and far. But to kick it all off, and in the spirit of holiday [...]
Wangari Maathai, a true Kenyan hero, passed away last night in Nairobi after a battle with cancer. A Nobel laureate, Wangari was a tireless warrior for conservation, women's rights and inspired an entire country to take action. I had the pleasure of hearing Wangari speak in Chicago in 2009 and the honor of shaking her [...]
The Return of Faith
I met Faith in January in Kenya. I was there as a tour guide and she was there to scout out some of the different projects in order to return with daughter, Grace. Well, Faith and Grace returned to Kenya in July and have been very busy since their arrival. They are now back at [...]
Medical Center Ground Breaking!
Very exciting news recently arrived from Kenya... The long awaited Medical Center at Giwa Farm has finally broken ground! Please read Irene's account to learn more about the joyous day and to see a few photographs. Giwa Farm is home to about 3,500 IDP's (Internally Displaced People) near Rongai, Kenya who were resettled last year [...]