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A Poverty Stricken Paradise.

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Introduction

A Poverty Stricken Paradise On arrival in a small village called Wamba in Northern Kenya, the first thought that struck me as I stepped out of the Land Rover was the intensity of the midday sun blazing down upon me. As I took in the sights around me, a huge crowd of inquisitive children appeared from their huts and flocked towards the vehicle. So many happy faces in such a deprived village. This image will stay in my mind forever. To experience what life was really like in this small, but highly populated village, I stayed in a basic hotel among the villagers. The hotel was not a five star, luxury hotel, but was simply a bed and an integrated shower and squat toilet. For the villagers this would have been luxurious, as they lived in mud huts using whatever discarded plastic materials they could find to act as a roof. ...read more.

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The best example that showed this was one small boy, around twelve years old, carrying a barrel of water in the scorching heat to his family. We gave him a lift to his hut, which we thought would only be around the corner, but it turned out to be a ten minute drive. I cannot imagine how the young boy carried that heavy barrel everyday across the bush land to his family, who live so far away from the waterhole. Again, he had a large smile on his face, which I was unable to explain, as I am sure that no twelve year old in England would be able or willing to do the job that the young boy's family depended on. The tribal people that occupy this village are so poor and have to make the most out of everything. The phrase "One man's waste is another man's treasure" is especially true here. I gave some old shirts to a good friend and he was electrified by this act of generosity. ...read more.

Conclusion

Somehow they had obtained an old electric keyboard, which because there was no electricity, had to be powered by a large battery pack. This keyboard was the highlight of the service and the pianist had obviously spent many hours practicing and certainly enjoyed every second of it. All too soon, it was time to leave this wonderful place. Although the village itself was the most basic place that I had ever experienced, it was enriched by its inhabitants. I was made so welcome and leaving was so hard, even though I could not wait to sleep in a proper bed again! The experiences that I had there with the locals will never leave me and they unquestionably changed me. It has made me realise how lucky we are and how we do not realise this and take it for granted. I will definitely return to this poverty stricken paradise when the chance arises and for those who have not been as fortunate, I would strongly advise you to take a journey to places of poverty, because as strange as it may seem, it will be the greatest experience of your life. ...read more.

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