So I finally get to do what my hearts been yearning to do, which is to be of service living and working abroad within a disadvantaged community. My visit to Kenya has been set up by a lovely friend - Naraya Urban-Winterfeldt (a fellow Journey Practitioner: http://www.narayajourney.com) who has devoted much of her time over the last 18 years to working on social improvement projects with local communities in Kenya. She oversees the Journey Outreach programme in Africa/ Kenya, and was instrumental in setting the necessary wheels in motion to make my visit possible; for which I am truly grateful!
My placement at Hill Breeze Orphan school in Oyugis is being co-ordinated by a lovely lady based in Nairobi (Fazilah Bazari), who founded Holistic Community Kenya http://www.holisticommunity.com/blog/ and the plan is to go and spend three weeks there.
These children have very little, and their lives have been touched by HIV either in parents or family. A wonderful man called Ken Ariri founded the school after he was guided to do this by a 'voice from God'. I will be using some Journey tools to help the children to open to their own highest potential, and maybe do Journey processes with the teachers and the local community too if the opportunity arises.
I am so looking forward to hanging out with the kids, playing games with them and maybe helping them with their English too!
My accomodation is being kindly provided at the school, and will be quite primitive: I will be given water for my shower, (no running water!) and electricity only at selected times. It will certainly help me to appreciate how it is possible to manage with very little, and the creature comforts I have back home!
Look out for the next installment!