Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Volunteering in Kenya

Probably the most inspiring two weeks of my life so far....

I had always wanted to go on a charitable holiday and had spent most of my 3 years at uni regretting never having the chance to go on a 'gap yah'. So when the prospect of this trip to Kenya came by, I couldn't resist going. Luckily I had a host of generous family and friends who made it possible.

After nearly a year of fundraising and planning, its funny to think of how quickly my time in Kenya flew past. I spent most of the two weeks volunteering with KOP, the Kenyan Orphan Project, an organisation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya.

Looking over Lake Nakuru
Playing with some of the children at the feeding centre

Although this experience was for only a short period of time, it was definitely a trip to remember. It opened my eyes to the extent of poverty experienced in the world. One thing that was great to see was that even in the face of such adversity, the people I met out there were still smiling.

On the days when I wasn't painting a house or playing with kids for hours in 35 degree heat, I got some time to chill out and get to know some amazing people from the all over the UK who were also involved with this charity.


Standard flamingo pose on the banks of Lake Nakuru (a flamingo haven)

back breaking work in thirty-something degree heat!


Apologies for the simplicity in my outfits but at the end of the day, it was not that type of holiday.

Here are a few pictures from my trip - all taken with my brand new canon DSLR!!!
I initially narrowed the 900+ photos to 80 amazing images but unfortunately not all of the could make it on here.

Some pictures from the projects:


Bubbles at the feeding centre

Seeing colours.

Teaching some of the street boys at HOVIC

Technicolour parachute 

You can't go to Kenya without going on safari:








Beautiful views and inspiring landscapes:

Sunset over Lake Victoria

Kitmikayi Rock Formation


Kenya, like most other African countries, was brimming with so much culture:

Masai People


At the market


Whilst I was out there, most of what I wore consisted of shorts and a tank top. Not very interesting...But on two occasions I did were clothes that I would normally choose to wear:


Cheeky visit to the equator and the only university on the equator.
Top/Primark; Shorts/Vintage CK; Bag/Vintage


At the final KOP party hosted by the street boys at HOVIC.
Dress/George at ASDA; Sandals/Market in Ghana


It was the perfect two weeks!
Fikki
xx

Ps: apologies for the picture heavy post. I hope your bandwidth survives.





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17 comments

  1. what a wonderful experience.

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  2. Wooow
    Amazing post!

    Lovely <33

    xoxo*
    www.ivaniadiamond.com

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  3. so, so, so JEL...

    take me with you next time!

    I think you have a new talent unravelling itself, love these shots, especially the rainbow cloth reflected in that guys glasses and the last photo.

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  4. Omg I admire you for doing this... I wanna do this as well... what cool experience =)

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  5. Beautiful,beautiful,beautiful!!!

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  6. cool!!! love it!


    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  7. thanks ladies...it was definitely an epic experience. now im back to the hum drum times of living in england.

    fikki
    xx

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  8. ahaha the ostrich and giraffe be mean-mugging!!!
    awesome photos!

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  9. wow so amazing and so admirable! Great pictures :)

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  10. i think it's wonderful and amazing that you were able to volunteer in Kenya, Fikki. i'm sure it's something you will never forget. love this post! and your hair looks great. :)

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  11. this makes me so jealous. i would love to go to kenia. one day i will! the pictures are breath taking!

    and i want to thank you girls for the previous comments.

    X Xaviera

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  12. That looks like an AWESOME experience. What a wonderful opportunity to volunteer for folks who need your time and talents. Love the photos!

    www.fashionpad.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow!! Although I'm in Jamaica @ the mo, I'm still soo jealous that you got the chance to fly out there and give back to the community. Loved all the pics, must of been such an awarding and fun experience! Btw I'm your newest follower, wanna follow each other?? xx

    Urban art + street fashion addict:
    C.ULT FRIDAY.

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  14. Wow, inspiring post. Did you raise the money fully through donations? Makes me want to go back to Africa real soon.

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  15. @ Hiar of Heritage: I raised the money for the projects from donations but I payed for the flights and accomodation with my parents help and some of my money. x

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  16. Heiya!I am a Kenyan and I really appreciate your effort in helping the orphans...Kenya is a beautiful country,I love it...you should visit more often,I will be sure to show you around.I started my own fashion blog(www.sharzville.wordpress.com) do check it out.very few bloggers here but we trying...great work:)

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Thanks for all your lovely comments! - Fikki and Lola xx

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