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Kewa Hapo (“Be Here”)

Jambo Rafiki’s!
The OG East Africa Gender and Human Rights team spent the first four days of their trip in Nairobi! After the team got settled into the beautiful Mayatta Backpackers Hostel we all ventured out into the town. The first day of exploring we went to a local market where our TL’s Josh and Meg, handed us each 100 Kenyan Shillings with the challenge of bringing back a bargain. We all emerged with a new concept of personal space! The next day we ventured to the largest slum in Kenya, Kibera, where we met with the Maasai Mbili artists. We spent an afternoon with them learning about their work, their studio, their message of peace,and the importance of art for the younger generations. They took us around Kibera and brought us to their favourite lunch spot where we dined on our new favourite Pilau (rice and beef).

The team in our hostel in Nairobi

During our time in Nairobi we were fortunate enough to participate in Swahili classes daily with Josh’s local friend Emmanuel. We all love him dearly. After trying to follow an upside down map, we met with a gender and human rights group Jinsiangu (my gender) who focuses on working with transgender and inter-sex locals. We all learned A LOT about the struggles that face this community in their daily lives and all walked
away with a fresh perspective.

Our last day in Nairobi was filled with a photo scavenger hunt which led the whole team all through the city, proving how comfortable we had become in the city just after a few days. The people were friendly, and the smiles were plentiful. Off to Naivasha!!

Written by Emily and Nicole

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