A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. ~Antoine de Saint
For the past 6 years I have traveled across the globe and lived among children who have opened my eyes to a world I have never witnessed. In the heart of Kenya there is an immense amount of happiness, joy, love, laughter, and of course, poverty, disease, death, and children who face adversity that we wouldn’t wish among our enemies. Despite there adversity, they still shed joy, hope, grace, and love to all. Its beyond humbling.
This year, our eyes are about to open a little bit wider. . . much wider. This trip is different. The team we’ve assembled is filled with community health science students from the University of Nevada and a college professor. They want to assess and teach students about the taboo topics that nobody likes to talk about. . . AIDS, HIV, Hygiene, and Safe Sex. We’ve brought boxes of male and female condoms, pads, toothbrushes, and educational packets to distribute. The team is comprised of all females, except for myself and Gerold, the professor. Each lady has a unique level of expertise, a nurse, ER care professional, dental assistant, yoga, a mediation instructor, and a Cameroon native that lived a life much like some of the young girls we’re about to visit.
As I write this, we have just departed the Tumaini and Haruma children’s home. A place where Think Kindness has had a strong presence since 2009 and we are about to pull into the last police checkpoint within nearly 150 miles. Where we are about to go there are no police. Its tribal land, managed by the tribes, and our driver signs a slip on our behalf acknowledging that if anything were to happen. . . we are on our own.
Let the trip begin.