Hello all! I am here and Nairobi is incredible. I want to firstly apologize for my lack of posting but it is due to having extremely little access to wifi. I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t have enough time to type this post up and post before I don’t have wifi anymore. Regardless I will do my best to post when I can but it may be sporadic.
Friends Nico from Chile and Liv from Australia walking through Nairobi.
So I am currently in Nairobi inside the NVS (network for volunteer services) offices awaiting to be brought to my volunteer placement in a city called Ndeiya outside of Nairobi. It will be a more rural destination and I’m thrilled to get there and see what the situation is like.
As to recap, the traveling to Kenya was brutal. I made it here okay, and was thankfully picked up by a member of the NVS who brought me to the main volunteer house. I had a weird nights sleep, mentally and physically and woke up the next day to meet a few new and current volunteers. Everyone I have met so far has been absolutely incredible and I am super happy about the people who are here. I had quite an action packed day Sunday when I thought all I would do was rest. I ended up walking through Nairobi with a few of the friends I made to a Junction mall where we had some coffee at a restaurant and then went into the mall to buy a few things. I bought a cheap brick phone with a Kenyan number and all to be able to keep in touch with the other volunteers as most everyone does this. We ended up going to a current volunteers soccer match, or the kids he teaches had a soccer match and we went to go watch them. It was very cool watching the children play soccer and everything. After that we had lunch then went on a very unique tour of an incredibly unique place.
Part of the Kibera slum on the left.
Kibera slums is where we went. It is the second largest slum in the world with over 1 million people living in it and its absolutely mind boggling. I can’t even explain the sheer size of this place, nor the intricacy of the houses and the poor quality of living. No sanitation. We walked through this place and it was an unbelievable experience. We were being guided by a man who lives in the slums named James but works at one of the volunteer schools. He showed us inside his and his families houses and it was an incredible experience to have especially on your first day in Africa. There is no way to truly explain to you guys what this slum was like as pictures can’t do it justice and I tried not to take pictures at all. You would understand why if you were walking through these peoples homes in these conditions.
Our group standing on the road talking about the slum we just walked through.
I am excited to see what else Africa has in store and can assure you I will have some great experiences here. I am sorry I will be late and sporadic with posting but I can’t wait to share more in the future. Goodbye!
An adorable girl from the slums who loved to have her picture taken. All the kids shout “How are you?!”