In July 2016, 20 international volunteers along with 8 local campus student volunteers served a rural community in Makindu, and children at Kenyatta National Hospital Cancer Ward and Pediatric units.
In Makindu, the volunteers participated in making bricks and constructing 3 houses for 3 needy families with orphaned and vulnerable children. The families were identified by the community who participated in the process and cooked food for the volunteers. The volunteers also constructed a goat shed and a bed, and planted kale, spinach and tomatoes in sacks that should provide a year’s supply of vegetables for the families.
At the Kenyatta National Hospital the volunteers cleaned storage lockers, seats, sinks, windows and walls and spent time with the children. The children enjoyed play time, singing, drawing, and painting, among other activities with the volunteers. The volunteers donated play items to the children, and some health supplies to the hospital.
“We are very grateful for all your help. The children experience a lot of pain and whenever they see us in uniform they associate our attire with injections which inflict pain, so we are happy when other people come over. It means the world to them,” said Eliza the senior nurse.
To the volunteers who sacrifice and save to come to Kenya to walk beside us – we thank you and we salute you.