I returned to Germany in the end of September but didn’t find the time to organize and upload my pictures and articles yet. However, I eventually managed to do so. That’s why I’m happy no announce a series of posts about my life in Kenya. I’ll just pretend to still be on the road since I actually wrote the texts while traveling but didn’t get a chance to upload them due to a lack of proper internet connections.
Sega is a little village in Western Kenya. It’s located about 100km away from the country’s third largest city Kisumu and 80 km away from the Uganda border. It’s also one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been to. The parish the six workcamp participants and me live in is located near a major route of this rural area yet you rarely ever hear a car passing by. Instead, the soundscape surrounding us offers gospel songs sung in church, playing children’s laughter, cocks, cows, pigs and heavy rains falling on our roof every evening between six and nine. If you walking down the road for a few minutes, you reach the market – the perfect place to buy everyday goods and jonnng the busy yet super relaxed and incredibly friendly Kenyans shopping, chatting and laughing together.
What do we do all day?
Most of our days start by waking up to cocks making a lot of noise and the sun shining through our windows, hitting our faces through the mosquito nets follow by having a rainwater shower by pouring the cold water over our heads and bodies using a little pot. Around eight, we have breakfast and afterwards split the group in two. One half, the four nurses in training among us, visits either the Health Center or the Mission Hospital to learn more about HIV- and malaria tests, voluntary male circumcision, family planning methods and the treatment of minor wounds and infections. The other three girls, including me and Betty from Nairobi, who decided to join our workcamp group, join the parish’s housemaids Vicky and Margaret in preparing lunch (I’ll tell you more about traditional Kenyan food in another post). After lunch at 1 p.m., we have a break, until those who worked at the hospital in the morning prepare our dinner and those who cooked lunch offer games and sportive activities to children from the near kindergarten or secondary school. Unfortunately, most teachers in Kenya have been on strike for higher wages throughout the past week, so that all but one schools in Sega were closed. Around 6 p.m. – that’s when the daily rainfalls usually start –our group meets back in our cozy house to play games and talk about the experiences we made that day. After having dinner together with Father Dan and Father Edwin, the two amazingly smart and funny priests of the parish hosting us, chattering with them and practicing our Luo (that’s the local dialect spoken in this area), we return to the guest hose to play games until we go to bed around 11 p.m.
Make sure to stop by again to learn more about
- What we eat in Sega
- Learning Swahili and Luo in Sega
- And many of our upcoming activities.
The workcamp I am conducting is organized by the German organization Kolping Jugendgemeinschaftsdienste. To learn more about their work and possibilities to participate in a workcamp in different countries all over the world, check out their website.