Today’s guest post is by my friend Barbara who is currently on her first trip to Africa. She is traveling with her teenage son and fellow board members of Seattle based NGO One By One, working to end fistula.
Our group is made up of three board members, three staff and four family members. We arrived this morning in Eldoret, Kenya via a 30 minute flight from Nairobi. It’s hard to believe we’re in Africa so effortlessly.
My first impression is that are so many Americans working here – since our arrival two hours ago, we’ve already met a woman visiting her grandparents who run a clinic started 20 years ago by Indiana University, and a nurse practitioner (with her husband and adorable 10 month old) who is working at a clinic in rural Western Kenya to bring better healthcare to women, including early detection for cervical cancer.
The local paper I read on the plane had an article on the early rate of sexual activity in girls in the region. It is heartening to see this openly discussed, as it is seeing people here to work on bringing better healthcare to women.