I am headed to Kenya at the end of October to visit the school where I am on the board, Daylight. I’m excited for the opportunity to go visit, meet the kids, and see the land we purchased. Many of you have been a part of this journey, hearing me tell stories of what I’ve been learning through the process, as well as the ups and downs of helping to start something that I believe in so completely, while acknowledging the difficulties of working halfway across the globe in such a remote area.
I will be leaving on Monday, October 29th, and returning on Saturday, November 17th. I will be flying out, and returning with my friend (and US Director Of Daylight), Nathan Roberts. After several days there, a group from Rochester, MN will be joining us to help on a construction project that they fundraised for. This group is primarily doctors from the Mayo clinic, and they will also be conducting health clinics for the children and tribal peoples in need of care. After the group leaves, Nathan, Michael (the Kenyan director), and I will be traveling to visit the tribes out in the bush for several days before returning to Daylight, and eventually, back to Nairobi to fly home.
In addition to the chance to check on things and lead the Rochester group, I will be doing some asset-based community development teaching while I am there. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is the type of community development I do in my work, and is focused on active listening, and finding ways to help give voice to the disempowered so they can work together to help create the future they envision for themselves. In the nomadic tribal regions of Kenya where I will be traveling, this is particularly important. Kenya is becoming increasingly developed, which creates less and less space for the nomadic tribes to live with their current lifestyle. We hope that by doing some ABCD teaching, the various tribes will be able to unify their voices enough to work with the Kenyan government as the development of land continues, and negotiate a future that works for both sides, allowing the tribes to choose a future that will allow them to be successful and continue to acknowledge their roots.