Yay! I finally was able to sit down and put together a collection of images from my time in Kenya and Uganda this past February. In the midst of returning home, looking for a new apartment, catching up with family and friends, and adjusting back to work life, it has become a delayed project. Problem fixed though!
I almost feel overwhelmed thinking of all I have to say about this adventure. It tested me in ways I was expecting, and in many, many ways I did not know I would be throughout my two weeks away. The first few days of the trip were spent in Kenya. We traveled from Niarobi to Mochakos to see, Mary, a partner of Venture Corps. We had the pleasure of seeing Springs of Hope, a place Mary created for abandoned and neglected children in the community. I have to say, my favorite portions of this trip was anytime I was present with children. They flock to you without hesitation and crave so much affection. I adored each and everyone of them. We were able to throw them all a birthday party during out last day there, and watching them sing, dance, and eat cake was a memory I will cherish forever.
After spending time in Kenya, we all boared a 15 hour bus ride to Kampala, Uganda. I am not going to lie, this was the hardest part of the trip. I was nervous for this drive prior to leaving, but it was actually longer and more emotionally challenging than I could have expected. However, we all survived, and I feel I am stronger for doing so, too! Plus, there were many highlights to this ride! Waking up and seeing the sun rising in Uganda felt like I was living a dream. Hands down the most beautiful view I have ever witnessed. Then there was the funny moments that kept us all sane … like when one of the members on the trip had us dying of laughter when we discovered he was eating peanut butter with the handle of a tooth brush. Those were the moments I treasured most. Inside jokes with friends that you can never recreate or forget the echoing laughter.
After taking a day to settle into Uganda, we took a drive to Ronnie’s farm, another parter of Venture Corps. Man, was that van ride a hilarious adventure! At one point while off roading, which this van was never made to do, we hit a root on the dirt rode …. and guess what broke? The air conditioning. Again, those moments were hilarious to me. I loved that I was doing this crazy adventure with my friends, and we all made the best of the situation together! When we finally arrived to the farm, it felt that much sweeter to see the reward of what we had taken so long to drive to that hot afternoon. We had a short time to film Ronnie on the progress of his farm, and enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding his hard work.
On a different day, we went to the office of, Serve for Hope Uganda. Their mission is to focus on single mothers and helping them with income generating activities, so they can have opportunities to provide for their children. The passion this team has for their community feels almost tangible. I am so excited to see what is store for them and to see what they have accomplished in such a short period of time.
I am certain that Africa will be a place I will return to frequently in my life. It stole my heart, and I am perfectly happy it if never returns it back