Just Back From A Trip To Nakuru, Kenya
by Cassandra Marie
(Fremont, CA, USA)
The Faces of Nakuru
I was on a trip to Kenya and got home about 3 weeks ago. It was great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones. The team I was with was made up of nine teachers from all generations. We set out to work at a local school setup for former street kids. Most the students have no family or only one parent. The students live on campus and really have taken to heart the importance of education.
This was my second trip and I have fallen even more in love with Kenya, the people, and the beauty that is Africa. The team and I had a great time and were able to do a lot of work with the students and staff. We also visited a Ngala school for the deaf in down town Nakuru. That is where I left my heart.
I am an Sign Language Interpreter here in the United States. There is something there that is calling me back. It could be the cutest most resilient kids I have ever met or the rhythm Africa moves to. I am making arraignments to go back next year and possibly work on community development with the deaf school.
If you plan to take a trip to Kenya and will stay in or pass through Nakuru you have to take some time and soak it all in. They have many good restaurants in town and a world famous game park. You will see many animals and tons of flamingos.
If you are looking for a hotel I would NOT recommend the Flamingo out side of Nakuru. My team and I stayed there and we left spending all the money we planed to leave with a school for a science lab. The owner tripled our nightly rate. Once we noticed the bill was higher then we had agreed upon we talked with him. He did not lower the rate to what we agreed to and we told him we would be leaving and staying at another hotel for our last two nights.
We packed our bags and were ready to leave when he agreed to give us the originally price for the last two nights. Because we had to pay a higher price for all the other nights we had no money left to leave with the school. So stay clear of the Flamingo. Enjoy other hotels in the area.
If you go you have to post where you stay and what you do! Kenya is a great place and I hope every one will get to see the beauty that is there someday. I know my heart is there forever and I will return as long as God allows. :)