In 2014, I had the privilege of travelling with Cat Ross on a distribution trip with K.I.D.S Initiative. Before leaving, I only had a faint idea of what my experience in Kenya would be like and shortly after arriving, it was clear that it would be nowhere near what I had in mind; the entire trip was nothing short of life-changing.
Preparing myself for my trip to Kenya (2013) was much different then one of those nice "all inclusive" trips people take down south. I was very nervous and excited and I thought I knew what to expect but when I got there I was definitely struck with some culture shock.
I travelled to Kenya in July 2013 with a group of my students from Maples Collegiate, a colleague, and a parent of one of the students. The airplane journey to get there was long and arduous, but so worth it! I had an overwhelming sense of “belonging” as soon as I landed at the Nairobi airport. It’s a strange feeling to describe, other than I knew I needed to be in Kenya. The decision to travel across the globe with a group of eager students, who had been studying about Kenya for the previous four years, just seemed like the right thing to do. I was right.
KIDS is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization in Winnipeg founded in 2010 whose purpose is to relieve conditions associated with poverty, underdeveloped education programs, and deficient medical aid in Kenya.