1) Nairobi – Kenya
On our trip through the Korogocho slum in Kenya, we learned more about life in one day than I ever could have imagined. Raphael, a local man, showed us his neighborhood and everything it had to offer, both the positive and negative. We talked to men who were trying to install lighting in the sheds people lived in. The lighting comes from water filled soda bottle placed in a hole in the ceiling. The project is progressing slowly due to lack of funds to buy the necessary patty, around 50 ISK is needed for each home. They are more interested in getting the project off the ground than stealing electricity from the city. We met children who had been rescued from the scrap heaps and visited a family who owned as little as one can possibly imagine, but offered us food and drink. I have never been offered something so little but at the same time so much. Life is so relative. We also visited a kindergarten in the slum, for children with disability. In a community with no services and people without jobs are starving, it was nice to see the affection and the children’s joy gave us hope in a seemingly hopeless place. When we came into the play-area a group of kids came running to greet us, asking for hugs and cuddles. The smiles grew bigger when we started playing with them, blowing up balloons we brought and just sitting with them enjoying the moment. In midst of all this joy I noticed their eyes and all the emotion they carried. Grief was never far off. Troubles beyond my imagination were a daily occurrence for these children.