We will never be the same.

We will never be the same

Trying to explain my love for Kenya now is like trying to explain why there are stars in the sky. It’s near impossible to explain my sheer love for the country that I was not born in…though there are many days I wish I was. I love the people, the culture, and it is just so beautiful. If you ever get the chance, you should go. Read more

Swahili Greetings You Should Know

Swahili Greetings You Should Know

The Basics of Saying Hello in Swahili
Besides the standard habari or jambo, I will teach you how to say even ‘good morning’ in Swahili (or good afternoon/evening) plus some other cool stuff that you can use while interacting with fun-loving youthful peers.

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small child impacted by the clean water crisis

What is Your “YES” Today?

“Sometimes something touches your heart so deeply that “doing nothing” isn’t an option anymore. You become determined to make a change rather than coming up with excuses of why you can’t. Not because the fear stops lurking, but because the desire to do something is now greater.” Bethany Haley Williams, Ph.D. Read more

Asembo Church Water Filter Distribution

Empowering Local Leaders with Access to Clean Water

Packing up 200 five-gallon buckets, 100 water filters, and our US and Kenyan teams, we departed for the small, rural village of Asembo, located in Siaya County.  An excited crowd, 150 strong, anxiously awaited our arrival.  Read more

Simple Charity

Thank you Simple Charity!

THANK YOU Simple Charity and so many others! Here’s a quick update from the field (at Hope Beyond in Kimana, Kenya) on what your incredible, generous, continued partnership has made possible! Read more

Duke Engage Students in Kenya at Lenkai Christian School

We may live simply, but we love everyone

Our first day in Kenya, we pulled into camp with Paul, and met Madam Dorcus. She was waiting for us outside of her house, ready to greet us with a smile and welcoming arms. We introduced ourselves, and immediately she made us feel at home. Read more

Masai woman drinking clean water from a Just One Africa filter in Amboseli

Water Filters – Seeing in full color

On Tuesday, June 7th, I started my fieldwork.  The American NGO, Just One Africa has distributed hundreds of water filters in Kimana, where I am living, and in Loitokitok, a town 20 minutes down the road.  Just One employs two Kenyans named Edward and Mike to follow up on the filters. Read more

Lenkai School Garden

Bravo Just One Africa!

This update from our partner, Dorcus:

“The vegetable kitchen garden is amazing; full of spinach, kales, Irish potatoes, carrots, and beet root. It has reduced the budget of the green vegetables that we used to buy from the market and in addition we are selling the greens to the community which in return we can buy other foods. Read more

Our first trip to Kenya in 2012. This was an amazing team!

Four years ago our lives changed forever…

Four years ago today (on 3/29/12) our lives changed forever as we know it. We flew across the ocean to Kenya for the first time and had the opportunity to love and serve others in some meaningful ways. In the process we found a part of our hearts come alive and knew that it wouldn’t be the last time we would step on Kenyan soil. Read more

Just One Africa meeting with the Governor of Siaya County in Western Kenya.

Lifting communities out of a cycle of sickness and poverty

Today was full of new opportunities. The day started with our vehicles all packed up with buckets and filters heading to Siaya County for multiple water filter distributions. But first, we had a meeting with the governor to discuss the UZima Filters and our work in his community. Read more