|Our group, R to L Tiffany, Aisha, Pam, Linda, Rae, Olivia, me|
|Clearly very excited to be on board the plane|
|Lights of Alexandria, Egypt as we flew over the coast|
|Our group loaded into the van at the airport|
|Learning from our third lecturer, Dr. Ochilo|
The second day I met with a pastor from an evangelical church. I was primarily interested in how he balanced deeply embedded African traditions and beliefs with Christian demands that seemed in direct contradiction. I was somewhat shocked when he said that he didn't ascribe to the African traditions that his ancestors had and so the conflict was not an issue for him. Despite this initial statement, he referred to culturally traditional expectations several times and I wasn't convinced he had actually given up what he was sure he had. I also wondered how his conversion to a religion brought to Africa by Europeans and Americans was just one more way in which the African culture was slowly being removed and replaced.
The third day we met with Sakwa's dad. Those of you who followed last year's trip will remember Sakwa worked at St. Mary's as a social worker and we became good friends. He's no longer working at St. Mary's and has played an integral role in setting up our trip this year. He has been our eyes on the ground and there's no way we could have done this trip without all of his hard work. Our third day focused on politics and economics and Sakwa came through for us again when our field assistants were struggling to find someone within the government willing to meet with us on a Saturday. His dad is the Deputy Director for the Disaster Management Unit and a police officer. He's also worked for the UN and traveled all over the world. He sat with us for over two hours and I think what he shared was just as, if not more, informative for our field assistants than it was for us.
|Taking notes during our meeting with Sakwa's dad, Pius Masai|
|A little school's out, Saturday night fun!|
This week we'll be visiting several organizations that work to advance human rights in Kenya as it relates to our course material. Wednesday is Independence Day and Sakwa and his wife have invited us to their home for a celebration. Friday morning we depart for Nyeri.