After one week of exploring and getting to know the area, the project officially started! After months of preparation for the project we were very excited to finally meet our family for the first time. On Tuesday, we went with everybody next to Sokomjinga (the stupid market) and had the first introduction with the family. Because everybody waited so long for this moment you could feel that the group was a little bit anxious. We had no clue on how the family would be and how u
Monday l Jackson is still not here. On this day the whole group had to figure out exactly how the GoPro and other equipment works. Tuesday l Today, we went to visit Cleophas, and met briefly with him. His wife was unwell. We talked briefly about his cattle, his property and also about his wife’s health. Cleophas informed us that he would be taking his wife to Kitale Hospital on Thursday. Cleophas then invited us to have some chai and mandazi at the local restaurant in front o
Past week was a very exciting week! Meeting the family, understanding the support tool (the support that guides us through the research part of the project), and preparing for daily meetings with the family. This week the phase of the research has started, during which we will investigate the culture, the environment, the community and the family within more of less one-month time. Meeting the family was an absolutely thrilling moment, since nobody really knew what to expect.
After arriving in Nairobi airport there were two drivers waiting to take us across the country to Mt. Elgon. Along the way we stopped for a traditional meal of Chai(tea) and mandazi to fill our empty stomachs, after that we went to a couple of sightseeing spots. These included the equator and the city of Kitale where we would get our sim cards and do our grocery shopping. In this city we had our first encounter with the poverty that burdens parts of this country. The reality
“Pro bono architect”, Michiel Smits wants to challenge the very model of modern-day Development Aid which he perceives as top-down and capitalistic. “We’re trying to penetrate this wall of ‘I’m the expert, I know what is right and although you can’t do this yourself, we’ll pay people from outside to do it for you’.” Much better to assess people’s existing knowledge and capacities, and then advise them how to improve, suggests Smits who is currently helping people in remote Af