“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime”

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to see a lot of the beautiful Kenyan countryside whilst going to the different health facilities but this also presents its own challenges. Last week I was meeting with a youth group in beautiful weather under a tree.

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I also delivered a training session for the clinicians of the health centre. They are obviously very used to sitting in rows and being talked at. The “mzungu” asking them to get up and work together in groups was greeted with surprise but in fairness after a slightly faltering start they got quite into it and really enjoyed themselves, which is the name of the game!

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THEN –out of nowhere an incredible thunderstorm and rain like I have never seen before (and I grew up in Wales!!) We were up in the hills 2 hours from base camp in a landrover that we found out leaks like a sieve. We slipped and slithered down the mountain side –after a few visits into ditches and one 180 degree skid I was starting to feel a bit tense  and not 100% confident and comfortable with our ability to get down safely, but lesson learned – trust in your driver! Arriving at the road was quite a relief. I should have taken a picture on the way down the mountain but I was hanging on too hard!!

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Having spent a lot of time since my arrival with the youth in this region I have absolutely decided that I want to be able to achieve the sentiment of the title of this blog  for this often ignored group of this society….. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime” I’m thinking big and going to build a youth club!!!  More about my plans and pictures can be found by clicking on this link https://www.youcaring.com/other/even-the-smallest-donation-can-give-somebody-a-future-/85260  I really believe it is possible to build this and get it up and running by the end of December when I leave. When you think what this would cost in the Western World the task in such a short time would be insurmountable; but in Kenya it is a relatively small amount of money needed and having been given the land in a perfect location to build it on , it would be sacrilege not to put the effort in to try and make this lifelong change for this community.  I would be so grateful for any help that you can provide. Thank you

2 comments

  1. A great sentiment to convey what you are trying to achieve, and are going to achieve – I have no doubt! Power to your elbow! Need an extra umbrella?? Good luck with the fundraising – I couldnt think of a more worthy cause. Maddyx

  2. Hi Madeleine. Great post, I grew up in these areas and looking at that picture in the storm of a public van in a storm makes me feel so much at home. I was there before the PULSE assignment and thunderbolts at night were so brutal that I couldn’t sleep. The lightning flashes are just too scary you even wouldn’t dare sms when its raining. I am glad you are enjoying the scenery. Keep up the spirit and teaching them to ‘fish’.-John Tafao

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