Daily Archives: 26/05/2016

Day 7 of UK Team Trip to Kenya, March 2016

Before we knew it we’d come to the end of our week in Kenya. We’d said our goodbyes the day before so after another hearty breakfast we prepared ourselves for the six hour car journey up the infamous highway back to Nairobi. We expected an eventful journey and weren’t mistaken …

A battered lorry and cattle on the road

Following the new railway

Steve getting breathalised

Trying to avoid more cattle …

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… and another accident

Despite all the excitement of the highway, 6 hours later we all arrived safe and sound at the airport in Nairobi, and so our amazing journey had come to an end. I’ll leave you with the following note from Jos:

After years of supporting Kileva Eastfield from thousands of miles away it was fantastic to finally visit and see for myself. No matter how good all the photographs I’ve seen and the accounts from other visitors, there’s nothing like experiencing something for oneself.

What a warm welcome from everyone – teachers, parents and pupils. The school is obviously thriving. The children looked happy and healthy. It was great to see the zonal games taking place there on 24th March and to witness how well the school can play host to such a gathering. It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t been established for years and years.

I was also able to use my visit to gather information and make contacts very useful to my plan to send some students from my Dental School to do their undergraduate elective projects either in the school or the community. I am very grateful to everyone who gave their time to help me understand how the health care system works and where my students might be able to be useful while furthering their education.

So finally, what did I love most? The sun, the music, the dancing, the food, the smiles, the elephants.

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What experience would I like to avoid next time? The drive from Nairobi (and back). Seeing huge trucks heading straight towards us on the wrong side of the road and only just getting back in before collision was truly the most terrifying experience I’ve had in years. I’m hoping that the new railway will be complete before I visit again.

I send you all my very best wishes

Jocelyn

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