The last couple of days in Nairobi have been pretty full...here's a quick run down:
Dinner out with Patrice, Liz and family at a Burger Bonanza (or something like that) place in Garden City. The burgers were two for one so who could refuse that! We used the new super highway to get there and apart from the exciting speed bump halfway along, it was a smooth, traffic snarl free ride.
The morning brought another amazing safari lodge style breakfast then we took a new road direct to the AIM (African Inland Mission) offices for a visit to find out what they are working on in Kenya and Tanzania. Mum is her church rep for AIM so it was interesting for her to meet a few people and see what it looks like through their eyes.
Then, thankfully Patrice suggested a trip to Amani Ya Juu and we were welcomed with an amazing hug from Maggie, one of the Amani Ya Juu ladies. If any of you have been looking on instagram you will have seen a post of drying fabric taken at Amani Ya Juu. This organisation is now 20 years old, starting out with the founder and 2 women working in one room in 1996 to now over 100 women working in the business consisting of a shop offering homewares, gifts, clothing, children's wear to cafe where people can come with their children and enjoy a garden setting. The site also houses all design, production and distribution of their products. They have a solid export market in America along with the shop in Nairobi, which is divine. We will return here before leaving Nairobi and I am having a meeting with Becky Chinchen, the founder, to find out if there are any possibilities in Australia...we shall see.
Then, probably the highlight of the day was our all too brief visit to Hope House for Babies. This is one of the most moving and humbling experiences...the babies are delightful little beings who are loved, fed, clothed and kept safe until they are adopted into families. Hope House works in conjunction with the Kenyan Child Adoption Service and accepts babies who are abandoned, most often it's not known by who or why, unless the mother can be located. It is very hard to describe the feeling of being with so many little angels being cared for by beautiful big angel mothers.
So this is not turning into a very quick run down as I haven't even started on our visit to the View Point at 2500 m above sea level and Helping Hands on Friday...I only hope you have been able to view some of the pics on instagram or facebook!
As always, Kenya brings so many lasting impressions. Until next time...