2017 Herr Trip to Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda Sep 5 – 28

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Monday, September 18, 2017 – Opening of Jitengeni School

Today was a great day as we celebrated the opening of Jitengeni Primary School. The head teacher Madam Jane died of a heart attack during the construction. The school was dedicated in her honour and to celebrate Canada 150 acts of compassion. 10 Canadians were on hand for the opening and four from the USA.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Arriving in Mombo for project visits

Before we left Arusha to a remote town called Korogwe I saw Dr. Larry Herr enjoying tea with a book. He was fascinated by the trees around our lodge. While my team drove the 6 hours to get to Korogwe, I was fortunate to fly here in 50 minutes with Cathy Roozen and her team.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 – Leaving Kenya and heading for Tanzania

Today we said goodbye to Brian and the rest of us left for Tanzania. We enjoyed our stay at the Lion Hill in Lake Nakuru. We boarded the 11-seat Caravan to Tanzania. All of our luggage would not fit in so we had to get a driver to get it to our hotel in Tanzania

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Friday, September 15, 2017 – Tulwap Visit and Arriving in Nakuru

Today we left Kericho and arrived at the Tulwap School to see the progress. We were greeted with dancing and singing. We were all given ABW T-shirts. Inspecting construction. Shelter from the rains at Lake Nakuru. Here is our awesome group minus Julie who is taking the picture. Tomorrow we leave for Tanzania and Brian

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Visiting Ndanai

A rewarding day at Ndanai. Seeing the progress of the children, cleanliness of the premises, and engagement of the community was all a rewarding experience today. Denise and Larry Herr interacting in a classroom. Volunteers cooked and served a meal for the children with disabilities. Our evening meeting involved inspirational talks for Dr. Victor Oteki,

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Travel day to Kericho

Another long travel day today from the Masai Mara to Kericho, the tea capital of Kenya. Some rough roads today. A break at a gift shop. Mike and Denise figuring out what to pay… Roadside picnic next to a tea plantation. Uniforms to enter a tea factory. Any guess why Mike isn’t wearing one. Each

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – Visit to a Masai Village

Today was an off day. Everyone needed a rest before our long trip out of the Mara tomorrow. It was also a catch-up day for meetings and discussions on our work thus far. In the afternoon, a visit was organized to see a Masai village. Here are some pictures of the visit. Dr. Larry Herr,

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Monday, September 11, 2017 – 1st school with musical instruments and Mara Project visits

Another long day starting with the visit to Sekenani Primary School where Gord Bontje’s birthday gift is funding staff housing and ECD classrooms. ECD Classrooms under construction. Inspection. Staff housing completed and occupied. Heading to Irbaan was no easy task. ABW funded musical instruments and it was great to see the children using them and

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Sunday, September 10, 2017 – Day off to enjoy the Mara

Today was a day off from project work. We spent the whole day looking for animals. We saw elephants, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles to name a few. This group went on a balloon safari. They really enjoyed it. This group was waiting for zebras and giraffes to cross the road. We had a bush

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Saturday, September 9, 2017 – Visiting Naikarra Clinic and arriving in Mara

Today was a long travel day to Mara with a stop in Naikarra Clinic. Lunch stop. Visiting the clinic and inspecting completed projects. lots of progress and great community engagement. Leonard helps understand future needs and community challenges.

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Friday, September 8, 2017 – Gilgil Primary School visit with Canadian Team

We spent the entire day at the Gilgil Primary School today. Each team member was given an assignment to work on at the school. The Gilgil Primary School is one of the special projects of Gord Bontje for his 60th birthday. He provided a substantial amount to improve thousands of lives to honour the many

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Tuesday, September 5 – Thursday, September 6 – The first few days

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Our trip to Kenya and Tanzania has begun. Brian Corkum and I are traveling today and have arrived in Amsterdam. We will connect to Kenya in a few hours. The group departs tomorrow from Canada and USA. Wednesday, September 6, 2017 We spent most of the day in meetings with our

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