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These are the experiences of our volunteers in Kenya.


KENYA: Humbled by beauty

Posted in Kenya on May 13, 2009

May 13, 2009

4am and we are awoken by the sound of roosters. It feels so surreal, but the symphony of animal noises throughout the night confirm that we are in fact in Kenya.

It was an 18-hour plane ride (including a 3-hour stopover in Amsterdam), but we all got up feeling excited about the day.

At the moment, we are at the Village Market in Nairobi, which has all the amenities of a mall back home, only that it's outdoors. The 30-minute car ride from the hotel to the mall was overwhelming. Everything is green and lush and hibiscus trees dot the sides of the roads. We met Mindy Stallings and Nathan Dillon, the directors of Comfort the Children, our host partner here. After lunch, we'll drive to the village of Maai-Mahiu, where we'll be for the next five weeks -- bricklaying, mixing cement and painting. The project is to build two elementary school classrooms.

The journey hasn't even began and I can't wait for what's ahead.

Jessica Lam
Team Leader

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