Africa Reflection

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From the moment I heard of the outreach trip to Kenya, I knew in my soul it was something I needed to do. I felt drawn to learn more about Maasai culture and to connect with its people by serving them. It warmed my heart to help build a dormitory with for the Beloved Daughters. The rescue center provides an option for families that cannot afford to keep their daughters and have to marry them off starting at age 9 and also provides an education on female circumcision.

Everyday the Maasai women nurtured us by cooking a warm meal and serving tea. Our mornings were spent working on building the dorms and in the afternoons, we were joined by the girls. They entertained us by sharing circle games, chants and dances. We connected with them through the arts. Together we created 2 large murals, one of which we brought home to share and the other we left to decorate the shelter.

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At the end of our stay the whole village of over 200 from babies to elders came out to shower us with gifts and gratitude. They sang, danced and gave us hugs and colorful kanga wraps. It rained when we arrived and it rained when we departed which for the Massaii is one of their greatest blessings. We were truly blessed to have the chance to spend time with these beautiful people.

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