Kenya Journals

Tales of a Travelling Englishman (Kenya)

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A September 2004 trip to Kenya by Shady Ady

Boda Boda in Ugunja Photo, Kenya, Africa More Photos
Quote: I lived in Ugunja, rural western Kenya for 8 months. This journal highlights my most interesting moments and thoughts during my time here.

The Silent Killer

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Ugunja Market, Siaya District Photo, Kenya, Africa
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I had the pleasure of living and working in Kenya for 8 months in a small rural town called Ugunja, in Siaya District, Nyanza Province, western Kenya. Ugunja is the second largest town in Siaya District (behind Siaya) with a population of 6,000. The town is located on the main tarmac road between Kisumu (75km away) and Busia (45km away) on the Ugandan border, and due to its position on the only tarmac road in the district, it’s one of the fastest growing urban areas of the region. This trip to Kenya was only my second time abroad (the first being a field trip with University 6 months earlier, again to Kenya), and it has changed my total outlook on life and has led to many career and life changes on re...Read More

A Preaching Experience!

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Boda Boda in Ugunja Photo, Kenya, Africa
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Many times while living in the rural western Kenyan town of Ugunja I would be invited by local inhabitants to their house for dinner. Some were keen on showing their gratitude for the work I was carrying out, while others were just keen to tell their friends that they had a white man come for dinner! Even though each person had their own personal reason, for inviting me to their house, there is one invitation that will always stay with me, bringing a smile to my face. Although at the time I wasn’t feeling like smiling!During my time living in Ugunja, I lived in very basic lodgings. After a few weeks of living there I started to become friendly with the members of staff, in particular th...Read More

A Rude Awakening - Part 1

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I had visited Kenya once before on a spoon-fed field trip with my university, but this prepared me very little for my arrival into Nairobi this time, all alone and feeling vulnerable and scared. Okay, so I was 21, but this was only my second journey abroad, having led a very sheltered life! This time, though, it was going to be an 8-month adventure, having decided on the wise idea of doing some good for the less advantaged of this world and work for a community-based organisation in the rural village of Ugunja in the Western Highlands of Kenya close to the border with Uganda. The first week was going to be tough enough, knowing I was going to be away from friends and family for the first tim...Read More

A Rude Awakening - Part 2

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The car used us to Ugunja from Nairobi for the beautiful 9 hour journey, would have been resting in a scrap yard if it was in any developed country, but here in Kenya, it was in prime condition. There were many cars in a worst state passing by us, but this didn’t really make me feel much better, as it really did seem that it was only the rust holding the car together. Add this to the condition of Kenya’s roads, which sadly through one corrupt minister after another, have been left to fall into a sad state of repair, and my nerves increased dramatically.As we left Kenya’s capital, for some strange reason, the driver took a turn off the main tarmac road and started heading through local streets ...Read More

A Rude Awakening - Part 3

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While volunteering in Ugunja, in Western Kenya, I spent all of my time living in the same local lodgings near the centre of town, the equivalent standard of a very basic hostel. After a couple of nights sleeping here, I did wonder if I had made the correct decision of moving from my previous mud hut accommodation.The accommodation itself was perfect; safe and secure, and guarded at night by security and a dog called Sumu, Swahili for poison. While many members of the public swore of the ferocity of this dog, the black Labrador was harmless, wanting nothing more in life than to be loved and given affection. I had plenty of interaction with the staff that worked here, increasing immensely my enj...Read More