Lia Ladas of California, a member of AFK's Library Team, blows bubbles with a Maasai woman Sunday afternoon. AFK team members visited the Maasai village to deliver toys and conduct a medical clinic.
( MARCEL DUFRESNE / August 17, 2009 )
During the AFK volunteer visit, the Hartford Courant ran an 8-day series of stories and photos by Marcel and Bethe Dufresne called “Continents Together”. It can be viewed at http://www.courant.com/news/kenya/ .
There is also a related web site for
Shining Hope for Communities, a grassroots organization founded by local resident Kennedy Odede in Kibera, just outside of Nairobi, Kenya. This organization along with AFK provided the funds and volunteers to found The Kibera School for Girls.
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Photos and story by Marcel Dufresne
Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Connecticut, Storrs
For the past six years, American Friends of Kenya (AFK) based in Norwich, Connecticut has taken volunteers of various ages, backgrounds and skills to Kenya to offer help and build partnerships. This year was their most ambitious trip yet.
Thirty-eight doctors, librarians, nurses, weavers, teachers, parents and students set to work in remote villages and Nairobi’s biggest slum.
No one was paid and everyone paid his or her own way.
They listened, they learned and they did. They gave medical care, influenced school curriculums, slapped mud on new school walls, helped open and modernize libraries, and even erected a model solar water purifier that makes enough clean water a day for two families.
At each stop, they worked side by side with Kenyans.
It is grassroots work and all, from both continents, seem better for it.
These photos attempt to tell a part of that story.
Selected photos courtesy of the Hartford Courant.
Curators: Dan Buttrey and Jane Recchio