This is our final blog profiling our time spent in Kenya. We want to give a massive THANK YOU to the Standard Chartered graduates who fundraised for the majority of the trip, making it possible for us to go. It was fantastic spending time with this amazing group of people – so many special and life changing memories were made and will be treasured.
Here are some thoughts from Dan and Daine about their Kenya experience …
In the week spent at various projects in Nakuru and Nairobi, the amazing young men and women I was fortunate enough to meet taught me more about the world and the people who inhabit it than I ever could have imagined. The contrast between the environments these youngsters called home and their endless exuberance was staggering. They were selfless: children who were unfed were quick to offer to share their meal with a guest. They were caring: children who were weak carried their siblings who could not walk. They were resiliant: children who were growing up in extreme poverty were optimistic and joyful. More than anything though, they were kids. They wanted to laugh and be silly. They wanted to wrestle and play. They wanted to sing and dance. They wanted to listen and to be heard.
Dan, Standard Chartered volunteer 2017
Whilst at Sure24 in Nakuru I was overcome by the spirit of Ubuntu, for my non African friends the meaning of Ubuntu is succinctly summed up by the words of the Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours”. I felt it instantly in the way the Kenyan people both young and old make you feel welcome and at home. I was constantly reminded of it through their warm, hospitable nature. I was humbled by how easy it was for the kids at Sure24 to spark a connection with you. Its as if being friendly, caring and curious are traits that are hardcoded into their DNA.
Throughout the time we spent in Kenya 3 of the many takeaways that will stick with me are gratitude along with a positive attitude and an inspiring belief in a better future that each person has. Regardless of their circumstances gratitude was a ritual which was expressed daily. As easy as it would be to lament over the lack of resources at their disposal they chose to focus on their daily blessings, how far they have risen and their faith in the new exciting opportunities which the future holds for them. I believe we can all take a page out of our Kenyan friends book.
Daine, Standard Chartered volunteer 2017
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