Trip journal 2017 RSS



School shopping

Before we came on this trip, we looked into what the greatest needs were for children. Books and school supplies we were told. My girls are avid readers and so decided this is what they would fundraise towards. We decided to collect financial donations instead of bringing items so we could purchase in Africa ensuring we bought exactly what was needed and were supporting African businesses. People were so generous with their donations. From a child's baggie of coins to large donations each one was amazing to receive. Each night at dinner I'd update the girls on what had come in and any goals we had were soon surpassed. On the day we set aside to shop for the books and...

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Be bold for change

Today is international women's day. And even though I have so much I want to share about our day, I'm feeling a little emotional about being here in Africa with my sister and my two daughters on this day. I think first I want to… need to!.... write about this day. I'm going to tell you an honest truth. People see photos of my girls all the time and feel they know them. But what doesn't show in photos is the fact my girls are shy. They are awkward. They don't love big groups and don't always know what to say or do in new situations or with new people. And so I bring them across the globe to some...

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Community visits

I started to write about day two in Kenya yesterday but was too tired to finish it all. Now it's early morning here. Cars are on the roads outside our guesthouse honking and the crazy boda bodas (motorcycles) I can hear whipping by. The roosters are announcing its morning. But what is keeping me awake this early is that while I sleep under my mosquito net - there's one mosquito in here too. One mosquito buzzing around taunting me. So I'm awake fully now as he laughs at me swatting at him - no where near him though. So let's go back to yesterday while I do my best to ignore this pesky mosquito and pray my malaria pills work....

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Welcome to Kenya

It's hard to believe we are already done two days in Kenya. It has been such a great visit and we (myself and my family) will try to share just a taste of what we have seen and done. We landed in Kenya Monday around 2:45pm but by the time we got through customs (took over an hour and a half), luggage, found a taxi and fought the Nairobi traffic to our guest house it was nearly 6pm. We did not want to get to kibera slums in the dark but didn't want to wait one more minute to see our friends. We decided to go for it - we dropped our luggage and went! Wearing the same clothes we had...

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JustOne trip 2017

Each year we visit our artisan partners in Kenya and Uganda. This is a time of visiting, discussing needs and concerns, designing, dreaming, encouraging and being encouraged and reconnecting. This year is extra special as my family - my husband and two daughters (ages 12 and 14) - are joining me for the first time! We will arrive in Kenya on march 6 and will be sharing our trip experiences here.

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