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FC: Kenya

1: Dear Mom and Dad, I wanted to let you guys know about my time in Kenya! It is going great so far. There is a lot of poverty here but the peoples sense of welcoming is amazing. Here is a little information about Kenya: Kenya’s population is divided into at least 47 distinct ethnic groups. English and Swahili are the official languages Kenyans are very trusting. The way they tell whether they should trust someone is if they look then in the eye. Eye contact is very important in their culture. 75% of the work force is based in agriculture. Because Kenya lies on the east coast of Africa and is bisected by the equator it can get very hot here. I am mostly in shorts and a t-shirt. I have been to Mount Kenya, which is the second highest point in Africa. The elevation is at about 17,058 feet. Driving from one small Kenyan village to the other you see a wide variety of animals. I think a couple of my favorite things that I saw were leopards, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and giraffes. The majority of Kenyans that I have met are Christians. About 45% of Kenyans are Protestant, 33% are Roman Catholic, 10% are Muslim, and the other 10% of people follow nontraditional Christian beliefs. It is normal to see men wearing the shorts and t-shirts while the women wear homemade or second hand dresses but many young urban women wear pants. As I met a Kenyan family the women gave me a traditional kanga, which is a colorful rectangle piece of cotton fabric. They use these kangas to shield themselves from the harsh weather, carry their young babies, or as a skirt. In rural areas families live in these mud brick huts, either square or round, with thatched roofs. Running water is a privilege to these people; water is usually collected from a river or spring several miles away from where they live. Electricity on the other hand only reaches urban areas. There is a lot of poverty in Kenya but they amaze me with their hospitality and positive attitudes. Pray that I can find my niche and that I would be brave by myself. See you guys when I come home! Miss you all a lot! Libby

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9: "I want you to know the purpose of K.A.U. It is the biggest purpose the African has. It involves every African in Kenya and it is their mouthpiece which asks for freedom. K.A.U. is you and you are the K.A.U. If we unite now, each and every one of us, and each tribe to another, we will cause the implementation in this country of that which the European calls democracy. True democracy has no colour distinction. It does not choose between black and white. We are here in this tremendous gathering under the K.A.U. flag to find which road leads us from darkness into democracy. In order to find it we Africans must first achieve the right to elect our own representatives. That is surely the first principle of democracy. We are the only race in Kenya which does not elect its own representatives in the Legislature and we are going to set about to rectify this situation. We feel we are dominated by a handful of others who refuse to be just. God said this is our land. Land in which we are to flourish as a people. We are not worried that other races are here with us in our country, but we insist that we are the leaders here, and what we want we insist we get. We want our cattle to get fat on our land so that our children grow up in prosperity; we do not want that fat removed to feed others. He who has ears should now hear that K.A.U. claims this land as its own gift from God and I wish those who are black, white or brown at this meeting to know this. K.A.U. speaks in daylight. He who calls us the Mau Mau is not truthful. We do not know this thing Mau Mau. We want to prosper as a nation, and as a nation we demand equality, that is equal pay for equal work. Whether it is a chief, headman or labourer be needs in these days increased salary. He needs a salary that compares with a salary of a European who does equal work. We will never get our freedom unless we succeed in this issue. We do not want equal pay for equal work tomorrow—we want it right now. Those who profess to be just must realize that this is the foundation of justice. It has never been known in history that a country prospers without equality. We despise bribery and corruption, those two words that the European repeatedly refers to. Bribery and corruption is prevalent in this country, but I am not surprised. As long as a people are held down, corruption is sure to rise and the only answer to this is a policy of equality. If we work together as one, we must succeed. " | A speech from Jomo Kenyatta on the K.A.U. which is the Kenya Africa Union(1952)

10: Dear Mom and Dad, Mom! Dad! Everything is awesome over here! It gets really hot in the middle of the day but that is totally ok with me. I love the warmth! I have learned some interesting things about Kenya while being here: primary schools are free for students who are six to fourteen years old, secondary schooling last for up to four years, English is introduced in the first and second grades and is the language of instruction for all subjects after the third grade. As for getting around to different places, most rural roads are unpaved so it makes traveling by bus, train, or car very tricky. It’s crazy riding in buses or matatus (a large car with a cab on the back) run through the country but it is very scary driving with them because they drive VERY recklessly. Normally rural peoples don’t have cars so when they can’t walk somewhere they rely on the matatus. I brought my neighbor to the hospital the other week for a broken arm and found out that most of the hospitals are not very well equipped. Only about half of Kenyans have access to basic health care. In rural areas people usually try to avoid government hospitals because they have inadequate medical supplies. I went to a Kenyan church last week and got in touch with an health organization that goes around to the rural communities and brings the right kind of supplies and medicines to help them. I will keep you updated when more things happen to me! Love you all! Tell everyone I said “Hello” and that I miss them! Love, Libby

12: Dear Mom and Dad, I am so excited to be coming home in a few weeks but at the same time I am so sad to be leaving Kenya. Yesterday my host family took me to the park and we met some other families there. We played a game of soccer. It was awesome! They told me that soccer is the most popular sport in Kenya. There are many leagues throughout the nation, even in the poorest of areas. In terms of sports Kenya has produced world famous long distance runners and other athletes. Other sports the play include: field hockey, rugby, and cricket. I am having the best food over here. My host family is filling me to the brim with food. I am getting tons of food; the most common meats are goat, beef, lamb, chicken, and fish. There are some cultural foods which are ugali, which is a stiff dough made from cornmeal, millet, sorghum, or cassava. It’s so yummy! There are tons of different cultural meals. Let’s just say I am getting a wide range of education here in Kenya! They are so abundant in fruit; pineapples, mangos, oranges, bananas, plantains, and papaya. Other common foods are avocados, sweet potatoes, and cassava. I will see you guys in a few weeks! Love you all! Miss you guys so much! Love, Libby

13: Native babies wrapped in Kangas | Garden Tools they used for breaking the hard dirt. | ARTIFACTS | A demonstration of traditional music and dance

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  • Title: Peace Corps Project
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