A line of the cutest baby elephants elephants comes running towards me from out of the brush. With huge ears flapping, they race down the slope like a bunch of toddlers excited to see what Santa has brought. At the Nairobi nursery of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can enjoy getting up close to some adorable babies.
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.
Many tears were shed on departing Kenya once again. But I’m only leaving one home for another, and it’s not really ‘goodbye’. It’s ‘mpaka baadaye Kenya’.
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.
Need to know how to remove a snake from your home? Or handle a bite? Just two of the things I learned at the Nairobi Snake Park (which actually houses more than just snakes!)
My trip to the Nairobi National Museum was a real treat. From zoology to evolution and from art to military history, there’s something for everyone here.
Weary of the dust and polluted air of Kibera, I was thankful to find an oasis of tranquillity just minutes from the centre of Nairobi – Karura Forest. With no wifi and no distractions, I explored the tracks and glades and submerged myself in a peaceful, natural world with just the wildlife and the distant sound of the waterfall for company.
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?