Nakuru Hope

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It was a tiny article in the travel section of the newspaper that led me to decide to
volunteer for 3 weeks in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya. I spent a few hours with Susan asking questions about the project. Inspired by Susan’s passion and dedication and that the project is funded totally by fundraising and donations I made the decision to go to Kenya.

I travelled to Nakuru with Susan and 5 other volunteers from Australia. It was an experience unlike anything I have known; on one level I was providing practical help such as helping in the pre-primary classroom, taking food parcels to families in the slums, washing and mending school clothes, sorting lentils for the children’s lunches, teaching women to sew, purchasing clothes in the markets, visiting families in the slums, cleaning a young woman’s home. I was confronted on a daily basis with meeting families who were destitute, hungry and illiterate … and some who had lost the will to live. Children happily come to school to learn and patiently wait for their lunch of ugali and lentils. I learned that for most, this is the only meal they will eat. Mothers thank us for taking them a parcel of food. I learned that they had not eaten for 2-3 days. Families gratefully accept the gift of a foam mattress. For they only have a cement floor and newspaper to sleep on. I experienced emotions ranging from rage, despair and sadness … to optimism, humility and gratitude. The three weeks in spent in Nakuru was rewarding beyond expectation. Do yourself a favour and go.

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Posted: August 28, 2012
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By: valgan
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55

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.

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Posted: August 18, 2012
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By: aloflin23
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I am so glad I volunteered with The Nakuru Kenya Family Project.
It was exactly the kind of volunteering project I was looking for.

I had previously been to Nakuru with another well known Volunteering organisation. I had given over a small fortune to that organisation and very few of these funds were given to the orphanage/home stay were I worked/stayed. So I had heard about a fabulous woman, Susan Saleeba, who had given all her time and energy into setting up a volunteering programme that didn't rip off volunteers and made a massive difference to the lives within the local community. And it certainly was everything I expected and more!

Being involved with The Gabriel Learning Centre was the most rewarding experience of my life! I met the most amazing people during my time in Nakuru. It was like a home away from home. The children, the people, the other volunteers and the experiences I will never forget. If you are considering volunteering in Kenya, all I will say is just do it. An amazing country and amazing people.

Often things you see on the internet can be intimidating: I wondered if what I was walking into would really reach my expectations, and it certainly did. The program is well run and the coordinators (aside from being amazing, inspiring and passionate individuals) know exactly what they are doing and tackle problems head-on.

Overall, this is a great project and I highly recommend it.

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Posted: August 14, 2012
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By: hackett77
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25

My first home visit I met a young lady who was HIV positive and she had been ill for some time. She lives in a house with 8 other people, one of these being a infant who was abandoned by her mother who the lady took in to care for. Her son didn't go to school that day because he felt too weak to leave the house as he hadn't eaten in two days. Gabriel's provided the family with a food parcel so that they can finally eat a meal and they will continue to cover the costs of this woman's medical treatment, as without it she would not be capable of taking care of her family.

I met a family of 9 who were 2 months behind in rent and sleeping on blankets on the floor. Because of Gabriel's Their rent will be paid and they will now have a much comfortable sleep on a mattress.

I met a boy, now 7, who at the age of 5 was found living on the streets sniffing glue with no future ahead of him. He was saved by Gabriel's and now attends school 5 days a week and has a brighter future ahead of him. He is such a bright, beautiful, happy kid it is hard t believe his future would be any different. 

This is just some of the work I have seen first hand done by the team at the Gabriel learning centre. Never before have i come across an organization so beautifully ran, where 100% of profits donated and raised go to the people of Nakuru. Every day i hear multiple stories of people living in the slums and it breaks my heart, but i also see how Gabriel's is making a difference in hundreds of people's lives everyday and this gives me hope that these people will be ok! EVERYONE should come and experience life in Africa first hand!

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Posted: August 13, 2012
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By: Lozcasta
Age:
21

I had always been looking for a reason to go to Africa and the opportunity to volunteer with the Nakuru Kenya Family Project made visiting Africa a life changing experience. I was able to work in the learning centre and I had the opportunity to work within the community by helping the children and their families who are looked after by the project.

Every cent of the money I donated to the project I could see being utilised in the community on a daily basis. The money went toward food, building supplies, medicine supplies, clothing, equipment for the school and more.

This project has a holistic and sustainable approach to offering education, food and shelter to the most in need in Kwatembwa (one of the largest slums in Nakuru).

Susan Saleeba, the amazing director of this project, is brilliantly passionate and has committed her life to this worthwhile cause. I look forward to being able to return to Nakuru and would happily volunteer for this project again.

When I volunteered in Nakuru I was 18 years old (the youngest to volunteer), however I would urge anyone of any age to volunteer as there is always something to be done. Volunteering with the Nakuru Kenya Family Project is a valuable life experience and you would be helping to better the lives of those who are in need.

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Posted: August 12, 2012
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