Reflections From Under The Mango Tree
Greetings from Kenya! I’m currently sitting under a mango tree reflecting on my experiences over the last few days.
Mzungu Michael, under the Mango Tree
The countryside is beautiful with different varieties of palm trees and fields of sugar cane. The people here are very kind, humble and appreciative of every little thing. There is no sense of danger in this culture except riding on the roads. There are trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, tuk-tuks (three wheeled motor carts) cows, goats, chickens and pedestrians crowding the roads. They tend to drive on the left side of the road most the time. However, avoiding potholes and other traffic they drive wherever there’s space available. There’s this cultural rhythm on the road where nobody gets upset. They are courteous to each other. In our country it would be massive road rage. I call it functional chaos. I took a piki-piki (motorcycle) to the store today to pick up a fan for our office. The driver, an African friend and myself all on one piki-piki. It must’ve been quite a sight to see a Mzungu riding through town holding onto a fan. I can see why Pamela loves this culture.
“Functional Chaos”…driving in Kenya
Literally anything can be carried on a Piki-Piki!
Cows resting on a median island
We visit villages and the slums helping people that have very little to eat, are sick and many times very hopeless. HIV/AIDS has a devastating affect on these communities. It is estimated about 80% of the people in the slums are HIV positive. We provide the ones we can with food, ARV’s(Anti-retro viral medication) and medical treatment as needed. Some are so sick we put them in the hospital. There’s a stigma associated with their HIV status and they tend to refuse treatment until they are very sick. Then opportunistic infections set in and they suffer greatly.
A patient’s home in a village where we work.
Life in the Slums
A typical village home