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Day 7- David

My time in Kenya has given me a slew of emotions to ponder. Sympathy, sadness, disappointment, and frustration. Most of all though, I've  felt confusion. We spent our first days in Maasai Mara. These days were some of the best days I've ever spent with very good friends as well as my father.  It was joyous and pure happiness but after my visit to the slums to inquire about OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) I began to ponder If my trip to Maasai Mara was joyous or pure indulgence. I felt a very deep and dark sadness realizing that I spent my time taking pictures of animals, meanwhile the people of this country were scrounging for food.  It's ironic that one of the most beautiful countries in the world has some of the worst tragedies.  Africa is a world effected by colonization and HIV AIDS.  These tragedies are horrific and terrible and remind us of how lucky we are as Americans.   I will go home and will never allow myself to be unappreciative of anything.  As I watched the people of this country in the slums struggle I felt a pit in my stomach imagining myself in that position. The lack of faith I would feel. The lack of hope. The lack of courage. This experience discouraged me greatly, but at the same time I grew and developed. I gained a new perspective. Kenyans, especially the current generations and the ones to follow are a very determined people. My tour guide, Erastus, went to 8 years of primary education , 4 years of secondary school, 2 years of years of junior college, and 4 more years of University obtaining a degree in tourism to become part of the ever growing Kenyan middle class.  This is evidence that Kenyans are striving for a better life for themselves as well as their next generation of Kenyans. I have met other remarkable Kenyans who share the same goals.  Joshua at Neema House is a prime example of a Kenyan who strives to help others. He houses 39 Orphans at his house 29of them are HIV positive. The numbers for HIV positive people in Kenya are a staggering 2 million people.  Many people would see this as a small drop taken out of the HIV crisis and write it off. But the way I see it, This is 39 happy kids that are protected because every life is precious.  Kenya is not a tragedy. This country has shaped countless heroes and I will never forget that. Heroes are people who do what they can. Kenya is full of these people from Dr. Mamlin, to Joshua, to Erastus. They are all doing what they can to benefit the next generation of Kenyans. 

Posted by badams 11:50

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