That’s a Wrap!

What an incredible ten days! We have all made it home safely and are busy recovering from jet lag. We are so grateful to all of the students on this trip and to all of the parents for giving the kids this opportunity. We as teachers and chaperones have loved seeing the students in this context- I know we have all learned and grown so much!

Below are a few final pictures from our last day on safari. Goodbye, Kenya- we will come and visit again soon!

Safari So Good!

Jambo (hello) from the Naboisho Concervancy in the Masai Mara! We made it safely to our camp and we have had an incredible few days so far. Upon arriving we were greeted with fresh juice and a cool towel and we settled into our luxurious tents. After an evening game drive, we enjoyed dinner and a bonfire and we were surprised when our guides did a traditional Masai song and dance. After a good night’s sleep, we work up for a sunrise game drive — so dar we have seen two female lions, a leopard with her two young cubs, hippos, a mother chetah with her two cubs, and lots of elephants, giraffes, antelopes, and zebra. The photos below can hardly capture what an incredible experience we are having!

  

Day 4—A morning of empowerment and an afternoon of fun

Day four in Kenya was a blast! In the morning we joined a group of CARE for AIDS clients for an economic empowerment seminar in a community called Githurai. We learned how to make paper bead jewelry, played with some kiddos of the clients, and shared a traditional Kenyan lunch.

  

 

After lunch we had one last surprise before dinner—a visit to the Giraffe Center! We got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some reticulated giraffes who live in the sanctuary. We fed (and kissed) Selma and Stacy, two of the friendliest and hungriest giraffes at the center.

For dinner we headed to the famous restaurant Carnivore, where we ate meat to our hearts’ content. We enjoyed some crocodile, rabbit, ostrich, ox, and many other unique meats. We celebrated Caroline and MC’s birthdays with cake, drums, and singing, and finally got home to pack for tomorrow’s early morning flight to the Mara for safari.

While we may not have very strong Internet while on safari, we will definitely post photos when we can- stay tuned!

Day 3: From elephant orphans to orphan prevention

It was an amazing day for us in Kenya! We started our morning visiting dozens of young elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We were able get up close and personal with these precious pachyderms and watch them eat and play. The girls did not even mind that they got splattered with mud as the baby elephants ran around.

After a quick lunch on the run we headed to the Ngando community. CARE for AIDS frequently makes visits to their clients’ homes and we were blessed enough to be invited along. The girls were very curious about the lives of the ladies we visited. They asked thoughtful, meaningful questions to learn more about their day to day lives and their triumphs over their HIV diagnoses. At the last home we visited we were able to join our host in preparing a delicious meal! We prepared meat and potato stew and the traditional accompaniment, chapati bread.

         

“I will miss this food when I get home” – MC and Caroline

It was such a unique experience and we all have gained so much from it.

Tonight we met around a big bowl of popcorn and shared our experiences of the day. More excitement to come tomorrow!

Day 2- Farm Fresh

After some well-deserved rest last night we woke up for an early morning drive up to Naivasha to visit a sustainable farm. The three-hour drive took us through a portion of the great-rift valley and we spotted zebra, giraffes, and baboons along the way. Once we arrived at the farm, the founder and farm owner, Jehosephat, gave us a tour and walked us through the rural community.

We learned about planting techniques that prevent erosion and enrich the soil—we even met the earthworms that help produce Jehosephat’s organic fertilizer. We picked fresh avocados and enjoyed a farm to table lunch with the farmers.

After our day at the farm we drove back to the house, enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, and played some games before heading to bed. Tomorrow we will visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and spend some time learning about Kenyan culture with CARE for AIDS staff and clients. Stay tuned for more!