A few weeks ago, we shared some favorite memories from past Nyumbani volunteers. It was so amazing to receive such heartfelt anecdotes from friends of Nyumbani across the world; we had to share some more!
“It was the summer of 2012, one year after my son, daughter and I volunteered at Nyumbani Children’s Home, Lea Toto, and Village. I returned the next summer with my 15 year old daughter and her friend to take five children from Nyumbani on an adventure. These children had no place to go for their summer vacation. We decided on Mombasa, a great historic and beach destination. The bus ride was very long but worth it. The kids were thrilled to see the sea and sandy beach for the first time. Soon after their arrival, all kids changed into their bathing suits, ran to the pool, and jumped in excitedly. Luckily the three of us were there to greet them….and to
rescue them. None knew how to swim! After the panic wore off, we all couldn’t stop laughing at the
silliness of the situation. The children spent the week learning to swim, building sand castles, riding on camels at the beach, and touring the historical city of Mombasa. That was a week which all of us will remember for the rest of our lives.”
“I, a Scottish secondary teacher, have visited the village numerous times. I take senior pupils with me.We do some of the manual work that is always going on in the village. Aside from the sheer joy on the Kenyan children’s faces my abiding memories are of the differences it makes to my Scottish pupils. They are all in the 16-18 year bracket and mainly girls that go with me. Any apprehension I may have before I go about how these young ladies are going to cope without make up, hair straighteners and the like, as well as home comforts are very quickly put to rest. They are soon elbow deep in muck while planting tree seedlings, or getting their hands dirty milking the cows. Making ‘mud pies’ to build the fire guards was a huge learning curve for them as well. They face painted some of the younger kids, played football with the older kids in their free time and had an experience they will never forget. Taking classes in Lawson high school brought great hilarity as they shared and compared customs from both countries. I’m going back in a couple of months with more teenagers and I can’t wait to see how they blossom and develop.We go out to make a little difference to their lives- we come back and the difference to our lives is enormous.”
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