ICROSS Volunteers

Phil

(14 March 2006)

Phil

I had arrived in Nairobi to find the people of ICROSS so warm and inviting. They really did a lot to ease my transition. It was wonderful being in Nairobi and planning future projects, but my first trip out of the city was unforgettable. Eli, Nicky, Sarune and I set out in a 4 x 4 to visit a far flung clinic in Kajiado district. We drove off the highway onto dirt roads to get there. We met some Masaai, talked with them and entered their boma. We sat round a fire. I took some pictures with my friend’s digital camera and showed them the pictures on the camera’s screen. The kids just loved it. It was an unforgettable experience.

While out in the west, I stayed at ICROSS’s clinic in Bondo in Nyanza province. I helped develop and execute a survey-based study of factors influencing pain in terminally ill AIDS patients. The Luo at the clinic and in all of Bondo were so welcoming and friendly. I remember playing with kids from an orphanage next door. I tried to teach some of them cartwheels and somersaults. They were all pretty decent, but this one boy in a red long sleeve shirt was such a natural. Working in the field, I had a lot of great support. Kennedy was a local ICROSS staff member and he caught on so quickly in the investigative process that by the second week, he was doing interviews without any assistance. Without his wonderful help, I would have gotten half as much work done. The people and places of Kenya are truly memorable.

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