The interior of Kenya is as ugly as the beauty of its exterior. One of the profound examples would be the obstacles faced by those from the west devoted to humanitarian/ charitable activities. The culture of ‘receiving’ is embedded so deep into the roots that it is almost impossible to get rid of it. Local authorities and government officials surprisingly speak the language of ‘chai’ (bribery) which can put people in a dilemma. So, you wonder, we are here to help your people, your community and you want us to fill your pockets so we can proceed with our projects? It’s a sensitive matter indeed!
Moreover, the plight of certain groups of people and disparity of those who live in the slums and rural areas moulds them into thinking that they deserve to be given from the westerners. Can you really blame them? Well, personally I believe that it is yet another hotly contested issue so I will move onto highlighting the other side of Kenya which people outside are unaware of.
I had no idea that one day I will meet a community who are willing to offer a helping hand. Getting to know such people has changed my overall perception of Kenya as it overrides the culture of receiving entirely. One of the admirable characteristics of this community is that they help and support without expecting anything in return including acknowledgment. However, they deserve to be known since their genuine enthusiasm and nature of giving is inspirational. They approach you instead of you chasing them!
In conclusion, where there is bad, there is good… and a lot of it! Our Home Nakuru would not have come this far if we hadn’t met such people. They are the strong pillars of our organisation. We are appreciative and are grateful for the continuous support which is helping OHN prosper.