by Virginia Sowers
ChildFund Community Manager
Jambo and greetings from Nairobi, as the ChildFund Study Tour continues in Kenya.
Since last checking in following our ChildFund project visits, our journey has taken us deep into the bush (and away from telephones, Internet access and even 24/7 electrical power).
We’ve been off the grid and immersed in an amazing educational experience.
We’ve traveled to Amboseli National Park, located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro; Lake Nakuru, a famous migratory stop for flamingos; and Masai Mara National Reserve, known for its lions and golden grassland plains.
Our last stop this morning before returning to Nairobi was a Maasai village, where the semi-nomadic tribe greeted us warmly and explained their unique culture preserved through generations and closely interwoven with nature.
In addition to brushing up on our Swahili (by the way, jambo means “how are you?”), we’ve learned that Maasai has two “a’s” when referring to the people, but one ‘a” when referring to the land.
And, of course, there have been animals — close-up encounters (from within the safety of our vehicles) with elephants, lions, giraffes, wildebeests, gazelles, flamingos, tawny eagles, hippos, rhinos, and many, many more species.
Sharing these experiences has brought our ChildFund group together in a companionable way.
As we returned to Nairobi today, our conversations began to center on child sponsorship day with ChildFund Kenya tomorrow. Many members of the tour will be meeting their sponsored children for the first time.
It promises to be another amazing day.