After our initial meeting with the camp residents we were unsure of the future of the project. I believe we crushed some of the hopes that the camp leaders had in mind. However, we put worries aside for our first day of physical work on the outhouse. As June18 was our first official visit with all the residents we were looking forward to meeting all of the members of Hope Camp. We didn't expect what they had planned…Continue
Last summer my colleague and I had our fair share of issues with renting cars in a town called Nakuru, located in the Rift Valley. Our summer blog (georgetowninnairobi.wordpress.com) was a part of our fellowship and had the requirements of remaining academic, thus many comedic and/or trying events were left out (This included a time of when I got tied up by a sheep, but that is a story for another day). Our experience renting cars in Nakuru last summer did not go well. One car…Continue
With the NWC members safely in Kenya, we could really get to work. One of our goals was to effectively and clearly communicate with the leadership of Hope Camp as well as the residents of the project’s goals, any future projects, the true needs of the camp, and what was expected of the residents themselves. Many meetings occupied our first visit to the camp. They took place in a small shed that functions as the office of the Camp’s chairman’s.…Continue
June 11 - 14, 2013: Logistics, trials, and tribulations. oh my.
I arrived in Kenya a few days before the NWC members to arrange for various bits of logistics. This included hotel arrangements, material delivery to the camp, rental car issues, and beginning work at the camp. It was these few days that I learned quite a bit about working in development.…