It’s always a great sign of trip success when one of the trip leaders can duck out and get caught up on a few loose ends, which is exactly what I’m doing right now. The students and our co-leader Karina are down at Unity Village helping construct a hut that can be used for tourists and visitors who choose to have a night or two of a traditional Samburu experience, which will also help generate some income for them as well. THere’s a lot of evidence out there about the positive impact of investing in income-generating activities for women in the developing world. This small project will help those benefits come to fruition for the Unity women.
It’s heating up while we’re here. This part of the world goes from a short rainy season in Nov/Dec to a hot dry season through March or so, and we are experiencing that transition! Each day feels a little hotter than the previous. We’re taking the afternoons pretty light to keep ourselves protected from the heat.
Overall, things have been great. This is my 35th or so trip to this region — I’m an extraordinarily fortunate individual to have visited here that often — and our group is completely in the swing of things with our local partners. THere’s a lot of wonderful people and hopefulness amidst an environment that has a lot of challenges; it’s an experience of contrasts, for sure.
Your sons/daughters/loved ones/friends are doing great. A few things here and there that will inevitably creep up with 17 people, in terms of a few minor bouts with flu-like symptoms, etc, but it just seems to linger for a day or so. Traveling on planes in the midst of flu season and then arriving in a completely new environment that our bodies needs to adapt probably sets us up for a few of these things.
We’ve got a few students on deck to write a blog tonight which I will try to post right way, though early morning is a more promising internet-access time period. Rest assured all is well!