Awesome volunteer award!

We had a retired school teacher come to visit Karibu Centre from Portland, Oregon. 

This was Connie’s 5th trip to Kenya.  She’s becoming quite the pro….pretty able to handle the smells, and sights, and people.  But she still needs that Starbucks coffee fix in the morning!  Some things take awhile to take out of the American. 

Connie planned some wonderful professional growth activities for the Centre teachers and also did  a few sessions with the pregnant girls/new moms introducing the ideas of business and self-sustaining enterprises.  The teachers and girls all seemed to throughly enjoy their time with Connie.  It is interesting to note that several staff and many of the pregnant girls/new moms were struck by Connie’s testimony.  I wasn’t around to hear the testimony itself, but it was eye-opening to the girls and staff to hear that “white people/wazungu” have struggles in their lives as well.  From what so many of them see, they have this picture painted in their minds of Americans/white people having perfect lives, with perfect house, and perfect kids.  Goodness sakes, they even told me they were shocked to hear that I vomited… any ordinary Kenyan.  My how I wish I were immune to it as they imagine! 

Anne working on one of Connie's craft projects...a fabric doll representing her son Alex



Besides her work with the Centre staff and residents, we all got a chance to enjoy time talking to a fellow Portlander and the kids got to have some “gramma” like time. 


Connie was “lucky” enough for the kids to pick out a Skippy Jon Jones book.  She had never read this author before.  If you’ve ever read Skippy Jon, it takes a little getting used to!  We love him, I think the language and style gave Connie a headache.   I remember Grandpa having a bit of a difficult time getting the lingo of Skippy right too.  

All in all, we were so thankful for Connie’s trip to Karibu Centre and all she got accomplished in her week here.  We can’t wait to have her back again this spring!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Eve on February 10, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I’m glad you’re getting so many visitors. It seems wierd to hear you say that they will still come back again while you are there. When do we get to the part where it feels like the time until you come home is getting CLOSER?!?!?


  2. Posted by connie clemens on February 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    To all you potential volunteers- you could not possibly have a better trip than the one Ian, Anne, & Megan put together for me.They are fabulous hosts, the facility offers real hands-on time with the poorest of the poor, and you will see Africa “behind the scenes.” I can’t wait to go back to help 🙂


  3. Posted by AMERIKA on February 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Oh my gosh. Skippy Jon. My mom does not appreciate SJ either, “DUDE.” That is hilarious. 🙂


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