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

My Nairobi Sunday

Going to church has since recently become a necessity for my sanity, especially now with all the work I'm trying to put into my blog / website. And at school and work. Finance is a tough career!!! I don't think I could go a week without my Sunday morning Church Service at Mavuno Church, Mombasa Road here in sunny Nairobi, Kenya....more

The Healthy Voyager's Kenyan Adventure

The Healthy Voyager goes to the Massai Mara & Nairobi, Kenya! Join me as I find healthy, vegan, vegetarian, low fat, gluten free & other special diet friendly meals in this gorgeous country. Lots of great food to eat, healthy activities to partake in and beautiful people to meet! I visit the Sarova Mara resort, spend time with the Massai tribe, document the wonderful work of volunteers chosen by Virgin Atlantic to help build dorms and bring a water system to the Sekenani school children of the Massai Mara, and party with the Kenyan soccer team in Nairobi!...more

BlogHer Voice of the Week: Seeking Elevation

Last year I went to Africa for vacation, in the Zulu region of South Africa. When I returned I didn't really have much to say. I feared any word I uttered would sound patronizing or privileged or pandering, so words failed me. I published 300 pictures online and left it pretty much at that....more

And bless you for acknowleding her work Elisa yes there are other worlds outside the ...more