We decided at the beginning to give every team a name. Some of them have been inside jokes, some have been serious, and some have been based around experiences that happen on the trip. Every expedition is very different, even if we go to some of the same communities to work. On our first trip, we began in The Mau Forest and ended up on The Maasai Mara. We built desks for schools, a kitchen, donated Days for Girls kits at a workshop for a rescue center, and visited a children’s home where we donated soccer balls and equipment. Since this was the first expedition that 100 Humanitarians International took to Kenya, there were a lot of learning experiences that showed us how important it was to really focus on working with families.
Our second group was very different, consisting of 6 moms and 7 kids. It was a peaceful group, and we went to a new area in Bomet where we visited 5 families. We spent a very sacred afternoon in a hut with a woman who was catatonic. We weren’t sure that she would live out the week. We also donated our first cow as an organization to a widow with five children. She had zero income, and was being supported with food by her mother-in-law and neighbors. The whole community gathered to greet us, and the women sang as we walked down the road with the cow. We identified five students that we could help sponsor with school fees from these families, and now three of them have graduated from Secondary School.
Team World Peace
We decided to try something unique in the Fall of 2016, and had a groundbreaking concert with Lemarti, Saning’o, Resh Balanga, Jeff Ole Kishau, Stephen Leken, and Ben Nkowua performing at the grounds of the future Emparnat Cultural Center. It was an amazing day, and we had hundreds of people join us for food and a cultural celebration. The performers stayed with us and went on safari. We then visited three rescue/children’s centers in Narok and spent time with the kids, playing and reading and visiting with them. The drought on this expedition was fierce and the dust was terrible. It made us start looking at options for water catchment and filtration systems. The Maasai Mara is an expensive location to drill wells, so we started planning for the future.
Our 4th team was quite the adventure. We started off at a nightclub outside of Nairobi to help launch Jeff Ole Kishau’s new CD, launched a new area where we visited a market and bought a goat, delivered a cow to a family, hosted a Days for Girls workshop in The Mau, helped break ground on the expansion of Pastor Ben’s church, added Muneria Pesi (John) to our team of warriors, as well as Jonathan Kaelo, who spent a lot of time in the back of the jeep catching up on sleep. We also started the business entity Emparnat Cultural Centre and Emparnat Safaris, so that we could begin the process of building. Oh yes, and we did a video promo!