Christmas Dinner for families at Manjani Mingi

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 … Continue reading

Bucket List Publications

To all of my new readers who have found me by way of my post of Bucket List Publications – Welcome!  Thank you for liking my story enough to stop by and I hope that you will follow my blog and stop by again.  If you would like to learn more about VICDA, the NGO that I work with in Kenya, I encourage you to visit their website.  Irene serves not only as a character in many of my travel stories but she is also a dear friend who continues to inspire me with her work and devotion to her fellow Kenyans.

To all my old readers, I have exciting news!  One of my favorite stories from my trip back to Kenya last year was published on Bucket List Productions, an online travel magazine started by adventurist and traveler, Lesley Carter.  I’m flattered that Lesley liked my story about distributing shoes to the Dust Babies enough to publish and encouraged by the positive comments from her many readers.  I encourage you to check out Lesley’s site!

I leave you with a warm Dust Baby smile to warm your heart on this chilly Sunday.

(c) Jenn Winter, 2009

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 Giwa working with the IDP’s.  To read more about Faith and her time back in Kenya, please visit her blog.  She tries to update it when she makes it to Nakuru town which isn’t too often, but what she does have time to post is poignant, touching and beautifully phrased.

[8] Image of the Week

“Through the Gorge”

Tami and I ventured through the gorge at Hell’s Gate near Naivasha with our Maasai guide, Hampton.  Volcanic eruptions followed by centuries of flooding, hot springs and a number of other natural happenings have carved out haunting paths through the lower gorge.

What a week it was…

This week I journeyed back to the Rift Valley with Irene and Faith, a midwife from Austin, TX to spend the week working with IDP’s at Kikopey, Pipeline and Rongai.  It was exciting to see how the area has changed in the past 14 months.  More structures, less tents, more community projects and less hopelessness.  There’s still a long way to go for these people, but the progress since my last visit was encouraging and inspiring!  Over the next couple of days, I plan on recapping some moments of the week – complete with photos – so stay tuned!