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Old 07-26-2013   #16 (permalink)
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Can't wait to hear more... about the Malaria-thing: so far I always had Malarone with me but just as 'stand by'. If I'll ever need them I'll take them but like you I am mostly in the malaria-regions when it is not rainy-season so the better thing is to use anti-mosquito-repellent. I always talk to my doc first but the side-effects are too heavy so I prefer not to take anything unless absolutely necessary.

This FTC is probably similar to Plan International, right? I support two girls in Thailand and Guinea-Bissau through them.
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Can't wait to hear more... about the Malaria-thing: so far I always had Malarone with me but just as 'stand by'. If I'll ever need them I'll take them but like you I am mostly in the malaria-regions when it is not rainy-season so the better thing is to use anti-mosquito-repellent. I always talk to my doc first but the side-effects are too heavy so I prefer not to take anything unless absolutely necessary.

This FTC is probably similar to Plan International, right? I support two girls in Thailand and Guinea-Bissau through them.
I had zero side effects from the Malarone, luckily. Not a one. And none of the others did either. It is very well-tolerated. And we were told to start taking them before we got there, as it prevents as well as treats malaria. I really didn't want to take any chances, as I know of someone with permanent brain damage from it. Not to be messed with!


I have never heard of Plan International but likely quite similar.

My weekend is here now, so I likely won't be back to add more until next week mid-week or so.
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This trip report is amazing!!!
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I'm loving your trip report, Maggie!!!
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Cool photos and report! A long trip down there is the first thing I will be doing after I retire.
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simply amazing mags! thanks for sharing
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AWESOME pics Maggie -this is a trip most of us only dream about. Can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.
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Excellent! What an amazing adventure.
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Thanks everyone!

We were at Bogani for 8 days. We mostly traveled to all of the ten communities that Free the Children are involved with in the mornings and afternoons....toured schools, the health clinic, and the farms which were the most recent addition and due to the contribution of our company.

They had a variety of fun activities planned for us. We beaded with the mamas one afternoon, had Maasai warrior weapons training, had campfire Maasai warrior stories one night, did a 'water walk' with the mamas to the river, did one full safari day in the Game Preserve, helped build a school dormitory, helped pick veggies on one of the farms, went to a local market, and were honoured guests at a few ceremonies...some involving dancing exhibitions...and a couple involving goats.

One night the Kenyan Boys Choir came and sang for us after dinner as a 'secret surprise', too. That was awesome! They sang for two full hours. Apparently they sang at Obama's inauguration? Very talented group.

photos of our days....

this was the market we toured on our last day there. We were asked to not bring our cameras there so we only got this one shot driving past.

It was a bit of a madhouse. It was a sustenance market, just food and household items. And a donkey auction.

We did a fun activity- we split into groups and were given five names of other participants and had to buy a personal gift for that person - we were only given 100 Kenyan shillings, about ten dollars. It was more than enough for five decent 'gifts' for each person- which tells you how cheap it was there!



We learned a bit about their construction methods when helping build the dorm. Very primitive. I mixed the sand/water/cement.








loved all the kids who would smile and wave by the side of the road. Average family size is seven children, it was not uncommon to see young girls carrying babies like this.




One day after visiting a school we had a soccer game.







One of my favourite photos from that afternoon...




and one of our Maasai warriors, Wilson, playing soccer




Wilson Meikuaya is an amazing guy. He is coming to the next 'We Day' in Saskatoon and Don and I are going to billet him. It will be his first trip out of Kenya and I imagine major culture shock.

He co-wrote a book. I got an autographed copy. It is really interesting so far....what an alien life to ours in North America.

http://www.amazon.ca/Last-Maasai-War.../dp/1927435005
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This is great!
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wow....I'm just at a loss for words. What an amazing trip and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful adventure.
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