After a very busy and exhausting 2016 with four trips, back to back, we decided to run a March scouting trip that was lean and mean with just a few of us. Just one jeep and warriors and a lot of 2×6 beams for garden boxes. We visited 7 families and built 7 boxes, so that we could try out different climates. However, we started the trip with a visit to the Zariel Days for Girls Enterprise in Kayole, where Christine runs her sewing center, and makes all of the Days for Girls kits we distribute in Kenya. We were able to visit Bondeni School, and to this day have continued to supply the reusable feminine hygiene kits to the Class 7 and 8 girls there.
Best Team Ever
We kicked of our June trip with 13 adults and 2 kids and about a million different demographics represented. It was awesome. We built 15 more garden boxes, built fences around the gardens to keep out the animals, visited Bondeni School to provide more Days for Girls kits, met with the architect for the Emparnat Cultural Centre, visited a new Maasai village and had a bonfire naming ceremony at night for the first time. We visited a new family, and it was very sad when that team came to an end. We worked hard and played hard. We mourned the loss our patriarch, Papa Masoi, and celebrated the first birthday of our Humanibaby – baby Heidi.
Team Dad Jokes
We headed into our Gratitude Trip for 2017 with four men, so we decided it was time to build water storage systems and expand the gardens. We also opened a new area and visited families in Nkareta. We also visited a rescue center for the first time, where we did our Days for Girls workshop, and donated hundreds of pairs of t-shirt underwear that had been made at our sew-a-thons. A few of us snuck away one afternoon and visited a couple of our families in Bomet, and made plans for 2018 trips, and we donated Kitchen Kits to all of the families we visited. We also had the blessing of having two of the students we sponsor join us for three days and help us with projects. Finally, we were able to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the temporary guard house, the first structure built for the Emparnat Cultural Centre.