Kenya, I cry for you

The headline read “at least 147 dead”. A familiar anxiety took over. I felt like I had been here before.They were students. Massacred by an extremist militant group, Al-Shabab. Shot, ruthlessly.This wasn’t Peshawar, Pakistan on Dec 16th where 147 children were slain in their school. This was Garrissa, Kenya on April 3rd where college students were asked to come out of hiding in the name of mercy only to be shot in the head....more

Unbounded Gratitude

Unbounded Gratitude by Kristin A. Meekhof       Last month I went to Nairobi, Kenya with a small group of widows. We were connected with a charity organization that services widows and their children. We were given the opportunity to meet with the widows, and visit their homes. I had the absolute joy of meeting Peninnah, a mother of three young children. Peninnah is one of those women who you would expect to be depressed and pessimistic, and frankly who could blame her?...more

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

Cross-posted from UN Women Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. ...more

For Some Children, A "Bedroom" Is Quite Different

Have you ever thought of your bedroom as a haven? Would you consider your bedroom as a place of peace, besides a room to sleep in? Until I saw James Mollison's photo essay depicting the "bedrooms" of children from different countries, I never thought much of it. ...more

Poverty and Promise in Kibera

Today, we visited Kibera, a huge slum located in Nairobi, and the largest slum in Kenya. In preparation for this trip, I did considerable online research about Kibera, and much of the information that I found was contradictory: I heard that Kibera is the second-largest slum in Africa, and third-largest in the world, but I'm not sure if either of those statistics are true. I've read information that states the population of Kibera is 250,000, but I've also read that it tops 1,000,000 people, so who knows what the real number is. ...more
Just listened to the TED story told by Chimamanda Adichie. I have been enriched by both of you ...more

How Kenyan Women Are Decreasing Infant Mortality

After a first full day of learning about home healthcare visits and HIV testing, day 2 of our trip to Kisumu was dedicated to learning about maternal and newborn health in Kenya. ...more
I lived in Kenya for four months while we were evacuated from our work in Somaliland and ...more

Live From Kenya: Home Health Visits & Being a Life Changer

Karibu Kenya!After 24 hours of travel, we arrived in Nairobi late Sunday evening, and made a beeline for our beds to get some rest before hitting the ground running bright and early on Monday morning. We made our way back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7 a.m. to take an early domestic flight to Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city, on the shores of Lake Victoria.  Though I didn't know this before, Kisumu and its surrounding Nyanza province is Ground Zero when it comes to infectious diseases:  HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, among others, are endemic in the aria, and the highest prevalence in Kenya is found in this region.  It also happens to be one of the poorest regions in the country....more

Karen: Thank you for the inspiring post about a brave and wise family and a committed health ...more

An act of love for Kenya

Nick is amazing. Blah blah blah, you guys have heard it all, but I seriously cannot stress to you how wonderful he is. The amount of compassion in his heart is astounding; it multiplies when he goes to Kenya. Nick has visited Kenya for the past two summers as part of Baylor's Medical Missions team. I would love to tell you more about it, but he's the knowledgeable one so it would be easier to let him tell you himself. ...more

Killing A Chicken For My Mother-in-Law

I just had to do it. I always say I can approach any situation armed with nothing but my books and a prayer. Well, here in rural Central Province in Kenya all I had for books was my Nokia already on Google searching for "How To Kill A Chicken" Result 1: catch it, dunk it in hot water until its dead....Umm, I don't think so... Back to Google, "How To Kill A Chicken Humanely" Result 1: Slip it under your arm, snap it's neck with one fluid motion, wait for it to stop flapping its wings, drain bood, pluck its feathers" ...more

You're much better off if your m-i-l dislikes you than you are if you bend over backwards to ...more