Tuesday August 16 was a quiet day around Mwamba… because we were all out! Carol and Belinda had been planning this day for a few weeks, and wouldn’t tell us what was coming until the day arrived. So we were instructed to be ready to leave Mwamba at 7 (!) for the start of the activities. Once the morning arrived, we saw that our transportation for the day took the form of two matatus, a minibus that is the local form of transportation, that we had hired for the day.
Still yawning, we arrived at Mida Creek by 7:45 and were struck by the beauty of the place when it was so fresh and quiet. We went on a tour of the mangroves and boardwalk, led by other knowledgeable A Rocha Staff. Afterwards, we had a fantastic picnic breakfast! Before departing, we took time to pray for the work being done in the Mida Creek area and the staff who spend most of their time there.
From there, we were taken to the Gede Ruins National Monument, to tour the ruins and climb up to the ASSETS Tree Platform. Mwaboza, the current ASSETS graduate who is currently working there, told us about his work there and we took turns climbing. Afterwards, Colin led us on a tour of the ruins (and of course, the birds that live there!). Again, we prayed for the site and the work that A Rocha does in the area.
Next stop was Malindi. Before lunch, we walked out on a pier that overlooks the ocean. It was a beautiful view, and Belinda admitted that in almost 5 years on the coast she had never been out there! Similar sentiments had been expressed by other staff about some of the A Rocha facilities that we visited, so we knew that Belinda and Carol had planned well.
Afterwards, we had lunch at a wonderful cafe where nobody left hungry!
This was good, because we found out that the final activity of the day was a trip to Mambrui town, to have a hike out through the amazing sand dunes found along the ocean and then play some beach games!
After all this fun, it was time to head home. We stopped for sodas and snacks in an area overlooking Sabaki River, and shared the best parts of our days. It was great to get a chance to hang out with everyone outside of work, get to know each other better, and have a lot of fun together. The staff at A Rocha Kenya are a wonderful community to spend some time with, and I highly recommend visiting or volunteering if you get the chance!
-Hannah (A Rocha Kenya volunteer from Canada)