Sack races brought out a lot of laughter during the camps.
Each summer, Friends of Kakamega sponsors a cultural exchange trip to the Kakamega Care Centre for first timers, trippers from previous years, and Friends of Kakamega Board members. This year, trippers and the children and young adults in our programs experienced the same joy as is always reported. But there were also changes which enhanced the experience for everyone involved, such as having Kenyans take the lead in planning activities, less structure to camp activities, and home-based children spending one night at the Care Centre. With these changes and the regular activities, excitement, love, and comradery, the August camps proved to be an enriching and enjoyable experience for Americans and Kenyans alike.
Kenyans Organize More Relaxed
After she visited homes and learned first-hand how families fetch water, cook, study, and sleep, Friends of Kakamega board member Anne Daly was moved by the incredible determination and resilience of the people she visited. “The families are loving towards each other and their neighbors. When we …[left] the families’... [houses], they presented us with a chicken or duck to take back to the Care Center. From the little they had, they wanted to share.”
Care Centre farm guru Alfred, center, is proud to share the results of his hard work helping guardians grow more food.
Once again, all involved with the cultural exchange trip and the camps had fun, learned a great deal, and had life-changing experiences. The tried-and-true and new activities and approaches made this year special. If you would like to be a tripper and take part in all the fun and learning, we invite you to inquire about applying for next year’s trip. Details for joining a trip can be found by clicking here.
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