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.