I am writing this from Sweden, while I at the same time check flight tickets back to Kenya, which has become my Home. It was almost a month ago I left Kenya for the second time after working with Dandelion Africa , this time was so far the most difficult to leave, and I have no expectations that it will be easier next time.
There are a limitless number of reasons to love everyday life on the farm and with Dandelion Africa. I will venture to try and describe the time I had, and hopefully come close to justice. Actually, the word indescribable has never fit in better than here.
To begin with, the cordial welcome on the farm goes deep into the heart after a long flight. Screaming chickens, dogs wagging their tails, birds chirping and a serenity that embraces you. Surrounded by friendly people and good energy, I was shown to my room which is coated in the converted stables next to Wendo and Shaees’ house and had time to settle in before it was time to eat the food that I then had missed in nine months’ time while I was gone.
Monday came, and it was time to work. Before that, I assured myself eating my breakfast on the veranda in peace and quiet. It later became a tradition to sit all the volunteers together and enjoy the magical nature. The volunteers and Wendo went together to the office, we met Mary and Mercy to plan the program for the day.
As a volunteer with Dandelion Africa you are doing a lot of Table Banking in the villages with women groups, and nowadays in the newly opened center in Mogotio as well. We also made many visits to the schools; we handed out sanitary pads and provided opportunities for the girls to write down questions in a book that we were answering on our next visit. Those visits were always to look forward to, the girls filled our hearts with their curiosity and charm.
I have a lot of memories, but I want to tell you about a special day. We were shown around by three women, as the first proudly showed us her cow, the second welcomed us with joy into Her newly opened business shop, the third invited us to drink from her water tank that she recently bought. The things in common about these women were that they were able to invest due to their membership and savings with Dandelion Africa.
That experience was one of many that have burned into my memory forever; I was over filled with emotions many times, and sometimes did not really know what to do with all of it.
For those who want to be surrounded by inspiring people and experience the real Kenya, while having a network of contacts, those who want to do something meaningful and maybe a bit of a difference for others, while having an indescribably fun time that never will be forgotten, I would heartily recommend to go and work with Dandelion Africa.