I spent one month volunteering with The Nakuru Kenya Family Project. The entire experience exceeded my expectations!
The accommodations were lovely and very safe. Rosemary is a very helpful and welcoming host. The center is located right outside, Kaptembwa, the largest slum in Nakuru and only a 20 minute walk from your home stay or a quick 5 minute boda boda (bicycle) ride.
At the center, you can do a variety of tasks depending on your skill set and desire. I assisted the teacher with pre-primary and primary children, sorted lentils, served porridge and made several home visits. The children are incredibly eager for affection and knowledge.
It is shocking to witness the extreme deficit that the families of the slum face. It will forever change you. At the same time, you get to be a part of the solution to aiding these families in great need. The center provides such great hope to destitute families.
Christopher, the operations director of the center, constantly said an expression that will always stick with me,”challenge the challenge,” which is what he does day in and day out and inspires everyone who surrounds him to do the same.
I often think of the children, families, and people of Nakuru, and I can’t wait to return. In addition to the much work that needs to be done, I miss Nakuru daily life and Kenyan culture.
Asante sana, Susan Saleeba, for all the work you do and all the people you bring together to support the sweet, sweet families of Kaptembwa.