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London Bridges

London Day 1: May 21, 2015 – crowds of folks spill out into the streets of Liverpool station, a red double decker bus beckons us to board.  Climbing to the top, we look down onto this curious city that has been buzzing well before our country was even born, our roots, our heritage, a familiarity, yet completely new to the senses.  We dash down into Borough Market, a bustling eatery and farmer’s market on the butt end of the London Bridge.  It has been bustling since 1014, a tastebud haven, sensuous, seductive for foodies…my favorite place so far….except there is also the Tower Bridge which is like a jeweled icon along the South Bank, the mark of Sir Albert Joseph Altman consisting of two bridge towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways….from above you can watch the ebb and flow of Thames through a glass bottomed floor, red bus, blue mini, taxi, a tourist crawl…

 

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Twala Cultural Center – New roads to Empower Kenyan Women

It has been quite a re-entry into the states after such an amazing trip to Kenya.  So many photos to sift through!  Here is another post  for those who want to see more about Empowering Kenyan Women and out project while at the Daraja Academy.  More posts to come!

One day,  we joined the Daraja transition students on a field trip to the  Twala Cultural Center and home of the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project.  This center is a community-support program for the women of the Massai villages to help support their pastoral way of life and to empower the women to create new income streams in the face of economic hardship.  It was so wonderful to see these women boosted by encouraging the production and sales of their exquisite beadwork & handicrafts, progressive sustainable agricultural practices and the development of ecotourism.  Julian  had an amazing time dancing with the women who came out en masse to greet us and welcome us into their village.

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This video (taken by another person) shows the Twala ladies preparing tea (chai) from the fruit of the cactus Opuntia, which is an invasive species that was an enormous problem for them – the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project helped them develop a way to turn the…

 

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The Girls of Daraja: Part 2

Wowza! We’re back from Africa and have so many stories to tell! Here are more portraits of the girls at The Daraja Academy of Kenya. Future leaders and change makers in training! The internet connection was challenging so I saved up a bunch of posts to share till we got back to the Bay. Here is the first of a series that shows more about the Empowering Kenyan Girls through the Art of Photography Project….

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