Picking myself up off the ground, brushing off as much of the dust as I could, my initial thoughts were those of embarrassment. Getting injured abroad is a worry, but this time I discovered my ability to carry on regardless, as well as the amazing services of the NHS back in the UK.
The grateful smiles, the offers of eternal friendship, and those overwhelming emotions are things that every volunteer comes to know. But, this time, I was blessed merely be being the courier of someone else’s goodwill, at the Tujiinue Youth Group car wash.
On 20th March, I celebrated the opening of new premises with the children of Future Stars. I bought soda for everyone and then we danced late into the night.
Back in January, we lost 50 children from Future Stars due to ‘overcrowding’. Now we have new rooms. There are plenty of plans for future expansion that I hope will be reality very soon.
The opportunity to spend time with some of the children of Future Stars whilst also teaching them a few simple crafts has been so much fun. My first ‘creative arts’ session involved the school children from class 1 to class 5. The second was for all the children who live at the centre.
I arrived in Kenya with more items from Chaffinch supporters. Donating to the vulnerable children may be altruistic but that doesn’t mean it’s only one-way. I always find this bit intensely emotional!
The Kibera slum of Nairobi should be ridiculously healthy, judging by the abundance of ‘medical care’. But how safe is it really? What is the care?
Time to tell some of the individual stories from the children of Future Stars. All of the children have amazing tales to tell. Whilst often tragic, there is also so much hope and so much faith. It is the stories of the children that have the power to make me cry and I refuse to be ashamed of that. Here are the stories of Mourine, Judis, and Khamis Abdi. Every child has a story to tell – why not become part of the next chapter?
The last night of my trip was fantastic – a party with the children of Future Stars. There were loom band lessons, donations of clothing from Chaffinch supporters, a farewell meal, and plenty of dancing. Come and join the celebrations!