A MISSION IN KENYA society of alberta
Founder, Save-A-Village, Kenya
In 2004 I visited Kenya, Africa on safari vacation. The visit changed my life. The contrast of the affluent tourist to the poverty stricken kenyan demanded my attention. I knew I had to respond…but how?
Over the past 10 years I have been drawn to take one step at a time in a direction unknown until it speaks to me. It has evolved, as this creative, holistic, grassroots project has become like a painting on an enormous canvas …. a village landscape. The beauty resulting is that this painting is positively helping to change the lives of thousands of poverty-stricken villagers.
I have returned 8 times to Kenya in the past 10 years, working directly with the locals, encouraging and guiding towards sustainability. Several non-governmental organizations and numerous individuals have assisted in various ways, and donors (including the Alberta government) have been generous in their financing. This has resulted in the completion of a 9 classroom school, a medical clinic, a community center, a rain water harvesting system, latrines & the introduction to biosand filters, adult literacy classes, and improvement of agricultural techniques serving 7 villages in Nyarut. We have now been invited to a second area, Nyangina, and the project continues and is expanding.
It started 10 years ago with a dream, a creative thought, a desire to help and a willingness to step into the darkness and discover what was ahead. No special skill was necessary to meet this challenge…..only a dream…a creative spirit,…..and anticipation of adventure . The reward that I have experienced in being a small part of the creation of this design has been rich and fulfilling. I challenge each of you to be creative, take a risk, step into the unknown, feel the rewards….and ‘make a difference’ in the lives of those less fortunate.