I'm extremely excited and humbled by the beautiful article in the current issue of Quintessential New Trier magazine. Please visit the Kenya 2011 page to join the January 2011 trip to Kenya or to contribute to the cause and feel free to send any questions about the trip my way. To see more photographs of [...]
Last night I was able to cross my first item off of my 30 before 30 list! Since returning from my first trip to Kenya in 2007 (and then again in 2009), I've wanted to put together some sort of presentation about my experience, but the task always seemed daunting. So many stories, so many [...]
I couldn't help but share this story I found about the legalization of cheap Kenyan moonshine, changaa. Oh, changaa. Back when I was young and foolish, I drank a hot cup of you out of a barrel brewing in Kibera. You were strong and comforting, like whiskey.
October 14th was our last day at Jamii School in Kibera and Tami and I decided to celebrate by breaking out the last of the face paint. As I mentioned in a previous post, face paint is always a good idea! It was a fun day in Kibera - the recent outbreak of chicken pox [...]
Today at Jamii was so fun! Tami and I came prepared with two art projects for the kids - colorful dinosaurs for the Nursery and Pre-Unit classes and google eyes to use in drawings for the Baby Class. These little kids sit in their desks all day (um, in Kindergarten I played on the playground [...]
To celebrate Heather's time at Jamii we decided to break out the face paint for her last day! This last little guy is named Ochieng and I first bonded with him on Friday. The kids at Jamii get out early on Friday and within minutes the school was empty except for Ochieng. Apparently his sister [...]
Those two words were uttered countless times in the two weeks that Nikki was with us in Kenya, but now that she's actually left, they are truly felt. It was so much fun to have Nikki join our Yes We Kenya group in the final hour and there is one little girl who will never, [...]
It started with a pre-unit (Kindergarten) lesson in Kiswahili... ...then came the books... ...then the balloons... ...then the kids... ...and finally, the chaos!