7,238 Miles

   I had heard many stories, seen videos and pictures, and read several articles about Blair trips to Kenya in the past, but I never  actually imagined I would experience it for myself even though I had been dreaming about it since eighth grade. However, along with five other students and Mr. Clarke, Mrs. Evans, and Mr. Lunger, I had the opportunity to travel 7,238 miles from Blairstown, NJ, to Kisumu, Kenya.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the entire village and welcomed into the house we would be staying in for the following days. Our mornings consisted of helping run a four-day medical clinic, where we helped with everything from taking temperatures to documenting heights and weights, to working with a feminine hygiene organization called Days for Girls.

We also had the chance to visit some of the microfinance businesses in the village and check in on their progress and growth. Outside of our stay in Kisumu and our visit to the Blair-Serem School in Iten, our group enjoyed an African safari at the famous Masai Mara. We were only steps away from lions, giraffes, and elephants.

Some of the greatest memories came from the relationships we formed with the students at the schools. We played games with them, learned more about their lives and culture, and experienced some of their classes while reading and coloring with them.  For me, one of the best moments on the trip was meeting Dennis, the boy I sponsor, and having the opportunity to spend time with him.

If anybody is contemplating going on the this trip in the future, I cannot sufficiently put into words how extraordinary and inspiring it was. Not only did it give me a new perspective on life and make me realize how happy people could be in much situations that are very different from those that than I am used to in the United States, but it also allowed me to meet new people and make new friends in Kenya who I will never forget.

(Copyright 2017 Savannah Doelfel)