It has been a pleasure as always working with the Karimu Foundation and we hope you have enjoyed reading their blogs.
Here's to next year!!!
Josh and Beth, Inspire Worldwide
Some final thoughts from Christine:
On the eve of our departure from this beautiful place my heart is full of gratitude.
I am grateful for the institute, for its loveliness and peace, for the almost two weeks it has been our home and supported us in our work. I am grateful for the beauty of its early morning light. I am grateful for the freshness of our morning walks to each days work, for comrades, the daily interaction with the kids along the way and the beauty of the vistas that moved my heart.
I am grateful to the institute staff, for their kindness and open hearted connection. I am grateful for Sarah and peter who reached out on Xing XIng's family day to understand what the day meant and helped to decorate the poster I was making, completing it with fresh flowers after I had pasted it to the door. I am grateful for their warm good wishes for our journey, expressions of friendships and offers of welcome for another year.
I am grateful for the fundis who greet us each day, the kitchen staff that tend to us and sing beautifully and joyfully often as they prepare our food.
I am grateful for this incredible group with its individuals and collective talents: smart, funny, generous, enthusiastic, energetic, determined with a sense of fun and generosity of heart and further many interests that have entertained us.
I am grateful for the great privilege of participating in this incredible intimate journey courtesy of marianne where 10 years of building relationships and responding to the needs of these communities has created a connection that embraces each volunteer
I am grateful to the Inspire leaders for their 24/7 care, whether fixing mosquitos nets, attending to the sick, or rallying the troops.
I am grateful for my beautiful and open hearted daughters who responded to the challenge with good humour and to their new connections with love.
Finally, and and above all, I am grateful to the people of the village who have invited us into their homes, their lives and their hearts, showering us with gifts of kindness, food, songs and dance, teaching us through their example a way of life that focusses on community and caring for each other, dedication, nurturing of spirit, joyful celebration, humanity and dignity. I am deeply grateful for their gifts and know they will nurture my heart for the rest of my life.
By Christine Hunt