Thank you for Christmas donations!

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to VICDA’s Christmas drive! I’m happy to report that nearly $7,000 was raised to assist families at Lemolo A and B and other IDP’s in need. A note from Irene is below, outlining how the funds were used. We bought 157 pairs of  school shoes, 650 families received Christmas dinner, we paid bill for treatment of 4 … Continue reading Thank you for Christmas donations!

‘Tis the season to give

Christmas is a magical time of year. Where I come from, it’s a time of fairy lights twinkling in the brisk night, of snow falling quietly on the bustling city, of singing along to familiar carols, of glowing fires and laughter and general happiness. But it is also a time of giving, as is reflected in the red tins and ringing bells, toy drives and granting of … Continue reading ‘Tis the season to give

Laundry Day

On Sunday mornings, the house is mine.  The Waraos, my Kenyan family, are at church and I’m left with a jerry can of water, two plastic basins, a sack of Omo and an empty clothesline.  In a country where the notion of personal space is as foreign as my freckled nose, I welcome this solitary weekly ritual.  I squat, and prepare my laundry. The morning … Continue reading Laundry Day

#tbt Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

I’ve made numerous trips into the Rift Valley during my many months in Kenya but almost all of them are with VICDA, an NGO I’ve worked with since 2006. In October of 2009 my friend, Tami, and I worked in a day trip to Hell’s Gate National Park. Below are some of my notes and images. After spending the night at Naivasha Silver Hotel, Tami … Continue reading #tbt Hell’s Gate National Park, Kenya

#tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya was my first ever safari experience, back in November 2006. Weyn, a fellow volunteer, was planning a solo visit to Amboseli  before heading home and when I got a call over breakfast letting me know that the school where I was volunteering would be closed for the next three days he suggested I join him. I think I thought about … Continue reading #tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

A post about my favorite animal on World Elephant Day. Click any image to enlarge. A visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage is just as adorable as it sounds. For less than $10 per person visitors can spend an hour (11am-noon daily) watching these precious baby pachyderms parade around, play with soccer balls, wrestle one another and suckle at enormous bottles. The smallest babies … Continue reading The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

The Meaning of New Shoes

“Ah, Jenni,” Irene smiled as she picked up a small pair of the faux Converse All-Stars, “they are really going to remember this!” “Huh?”  I looked up from a long list of names and measurements in my little black notebook, “remember what?” “You know,” she continued, ignoring my question, “even me, I remember my first pair of shoes.  And they were not even new, they … Continue reading The Meaning of New Shoes

Lamu Island, Kenya

*In order to get A Lady Away populated with a few posts to start out I will be sharing a few stories and images I originally posted on my Jenn Winter blog. Original posts are coming soon but, in the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite archived travel stories! When I journeyed to Lamu with Karen, Emma and Tessa in October of 2006 I was … Continue reading Lamu Island, Kenya