Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 6

Today was probably the most challenging day of the whole trip, for part of our staff. We unfortunately did not have enough room in the schedule to fit in a full-day and full-team visit to the Rhema Trust facility, where we helped set up a library, so we decided to split the team up on …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 5

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 5

Today we had our second TGE visit to the Bahati Rehabilitation Center. This is an all-boys children’s home with the mission of getting street boys off the street and getting them clean and sober. Sadly, it is common for boys in Kenya to drop out of school and live on the streets, and many of …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 4

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 4

Day 4 was a much needed free day! Our team had three choices: The first group went to a wildlife reserve with the Morning Star kids. TGE rented a huge bus, and 19 children were able to go see wild animals on safari. The 19 kids were chosen based on who had improved their grades …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 3

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 3

On Day 3, the TGE team visited a children’s home called Ebenezer. Since it was located in the slums, the girls wore long skirts. I didn’t pack enough long skirts, so all the ladies shared while we adjusted. It’s taken 3 days to “get used” to the conditions here. All of the red dirt that …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 2

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 2

On Sunday morning, half of the team went to church with the Morning Stars children, while the other half worked on miscellaneous projects around the campus: chopping firewood, tidying the meeting area, preparing the week’s activities, sorting out supplies. I was part of the group that went to church. I am not religious, but God …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 1

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 2, Day 1

The whole second group is here, and there are 16 of us! We start our week with breakfast and a tour of Morning Stars Ministries– our home for the next week. Before making name badges and mingling for the first time, each person is asked to describe themselves and tell the group what brought them …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 6

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 6

Today was a down day for TGE. After a busy kick-off to the first team’s week in Kenya, it was time for a little excursion.Amy, Ming, Bett, John, Reanna, and Christopher went with Francis and Michael to the Giraffe Center in Nairobi. This center was developed as a conservation effort to educate and breed giraffes …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 5

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 5

Today was a brand-new venture for the Giving Exchange. After breakfast, we took off to visit the Bahati Boys Rehabilitation Center outside of Nairobi. This gov’t facility takes boys off the streets who have varied backgrounds from drug abuse to bad family living situations and provides them a haven to get back on their feet. …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 4

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 4

Just like the other days we began with our typical breakfast in the morning and introduction to the day ahead. At 8:30am we cleaned up and gathered all of our supplies for the day, loaded up vans, and set out for the local school, Gicoco Pry. The team decided to walk to the school which …

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 3

Kenya Trip 2017: Week 1, Day 3

Day 3 started off like the other days with a hearty energy filled breakfast at 8:00am. As a group we decided to attend service with the Morning Star Children. We boarded a matatu (Swahili for bus) with all of the children. Nine of the children went ahead of us as they were part of the …