Before we begin…

Apologies in advance; this blog post is going to be pretty lengthy, even by my standards. I realise that I should perhaps upload more frequent, shorter blog posts, but I have been so busy I just couldn’t find the time to give it the effort and research it required.

But this blog post, which is actually being written in Kampala, is the story of my time in Naivasha which, by the time I left, had clocked up 147 days; as you will discover, a little longer that my initially anticipated “couple of weeks”.

So get yourself comfortable, put the kettle on or grab a beer or glass of wine. It’s time to get started…

Karibu Naivasha – Welcome to Naivasha :)

But first, let’s go back a few years and unearth some recent history…

Naivasha is a town approximately 90km North West of Nairobi. The journey from Nairobi is quite spectacular as you travel down an enormous escarpment, with views towards Mt Longonot and out onto the African plains. The route roughly follows the railway line and after about 1 hour in a Matatu (small mini-bus), you’ll soon see the huge lake in the distance with a multitude of flower farms dotted around it.

Unless it’s rainy season, Naivasha is a relatively dry and dusty town. It’s also slightly chaotic, especially on Kenyatta Avenue with hundreds of motorbikes, cyclists, donkeys and Matatu’s all edging for space. There are a few supermarkets and many, many smaller shops selling anything from meat to air fresheners.

But Naivasha has a darker history, which most recently flared up in 2007. Tribalism is still very strong in Kenya – you won’t be in Kenya long before you’re asked which Tribe you belong to. There are over 40 tribes in Kenya, but the main 5 are Kikuyu, Luo, Luhya, Kalenjin & Kamba. Other, more famous ones include the Maasai, but they only account for around 1-2% of the population of Kenya.

All was business as usual in Naivasha, until December 27, 2007. President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of the presidential election; but by many, particularly the supporters of the main opponent Raila Odinga, the election was declared manipulated – an act confirmed by International Observers.

Violence soon erupted in the slum areas and quickly spread around the country. Police reacted, but very badly – shooting dead protesters, including some shot dead in front of TV News Cameras. Tensions boiled, civilians burned to death in Churches and Kenya soon found itself on the brink of Civil War. It’s an event and stage in Kenya’s history known as “The Clashes”.

Helicopters flew overnight firing guns from the air, politicians branded each other as having committed genocide whilst people rallied – for most ordinary citizens, it was a frightening time, with every move watched and doors firmly sealed and bolted at night.

It wasn’t until a month after the election that former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan arrived, but thankfully and diplomatically, he brought the two sides to the negotiating table and over the next few months, a power sharing agreement was ratified and the country slowly returned to normality.

But it’s an event that remains vivid in the memories of most residents; many are worried about the presidential elections in 2012 and you don’t have to dig far to unearth and expose the tribal tensions that continue to exist.

Naivasha is peaceful now, and had it not been for what I learned and was told, I would not have been any the wiser. But it stuck with me, as whilst I enjoyed the supermarkets, Golf Course and being able to buy Cadbury’s Mint Crisp chocolate – before you feel too comfortable, you’re never far from realising everything isn’t quite as cosy or easy as it seems.

Everyone needs…Spaghetti Bolognese

So after saying goodbye to the wonderfully hospitable Liz & Ruli over on Lake Oleidon, I joyfully cycled the 30km along South Lake road towards Naivasha Sports Club. During my stay with Liz I had already met Peter, Minalyn and their two children – Sandy & Jesse, so I knew who they were and where they were based.

I rocked up at lunchtime and with the blink of an eye was sat at the dinner table eating Spaghetti Bolognese. It was a great start as I was pretty hungry after the cycle, but over the next few hours we started to discuss the various projects that Peter & Minalyn are involved in.

Introducing…Life Beads Kenya

Peter, born in Zanzibar, is a UK trained & qualified Doctor – running the onsite family GP clinic. Minalyn, born in the Philippines runs the main project based from their home – Life Beads Kenya. It is a wonderful project that helps Women, disabled persons and street children build a better life through craft work. Their work varies from beading through to clothes making and their workshop has a selection of highly utilised sewing machines, used to make anything from company uniforms to Kikoys (brightly coloured African cotton material).

All their products are sold through their onsite craft shop (based at the front of the guest house they have for volunteers). Locals know of the project, but it’s certainly not on the tourist map and their products are not advertised to a wider market.

They had been working on a new website, but progress on that had stalled and they were trying to get the final bits finished.

So within the next few days I met my namesake, Ken, a website & computer engineer who used to be based in Naivasha but has since moved to Kisumu (he moved after “The Clashes”). He had put together a website which featured the products, but it lacked the ability to order online and needed a bit of furnishing.

I knew I could spare a few weeks, but given the amount of changes we needed to make, I instead offered to train Ken in using ASP.NET (the web development technology I prefer to use). Ken was keen, and we set straight to work on developing a Hello World (the name given to a very basic) website.

But sadly after that communication dwindled; Ken was very busy with other projects and simply not available that much, so instead I pressed ahead and developed the website on my own.

In typical style, I decided to make the website more complicated that it needed to be, but in the back of my mind I wanted to develop something that was easy to manage after I had left…plus something that I could perhaps use at other projects.

Google Picasa is a fantastic piece of photo management software that allows users to instantly tweak and improve their photos, before being able to upload them to the Internet.

I’ve used it throughout my travels and haven’t had a problem with it. So I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow integrate the photo management capabilities of Google Picasa so Minalyn and crew at Life Beads Kenya could easily and quickly post pictures of new products directly onto their website?

So I set to work. Design has never been my key strength, but I dabbled with Photoshop and floated a few ideas. Thankfully, Maria Nicklin, the daughter-in-law to Peter runs her own Marketing Business in California. She was very kindly on hand to help and provided much needed graphic inspiration (and direction!).

Despite never having met, over the next week or so we worked together on designs (Maria doing most of the work!) and came up with a framework that would integrate nicely.

Kajiji Cha Watoto (Village of Children)

But before I went any further on the website (don’t want to bore you with too much technical info at once!), I met Charles & Alice Tillett who are missionaries from Kentucky, USA. They kindly invited me up to their house up in Kinamba, which to anyone new in Naivasha is just at the top the hill.

In return for some computer maintenance and advice, they treated me to a nice meal and we talked about their various projects, not just here in Naivasha but wider afield.

They helped start a small, but wonderful project near Kenya Creameries – it’s named Kajiji Cha Watoto, which is Swahili for Village of Children.

It currently houses 6 children, most of who are orphans and has a small onsite bakery. Whilst the bakery is able to make cakes, they’d really like to bake bread – but that requires a Proofing Oven – the costs of which would be 30,000 KSh (about £220).

This charming project not only helps to feed the family and children, but the baked goods are sold cheaply to the local community – helping raise funds for the project. With such enthusiasm and clear evidence of a rewarding project, it was time to dig into Better Life Cycle funds and see what we could do.

A week or so later Charles drove us into Nakuru (just north of Naivasha) and we purchased the proofing oven, in addition to a bulk of baking ingredients so they could start baking. Over the next week they had their oven installed, re-arranged the bakery slightly and got to work on baking fabulous bread and cakes.

So with one project already in the pipeline, I decided to get back to the website – but didn’t get very far; I had received some exciting news.

A Walking Foot

Through communication I had already publicised for potential projects in Naivasha, someone whom I know very well (but whom shall remain anonymous), wanted to help the Life Beads Kenya project and, via Better Life Cycle, donate funding. A fantastic donation of £700 soon arrived and I excitedly broke the news to Minalyn, who was equally excited, if not a little shocked.

Minalyn and her team had recently been praying for a new sewing machine, a stronger one which could stitch leather materials. They had seen it in Nairobi, but were currently unable to afford it.

So with our exciting donation, Minalyn, Kuria and I headed off to Nairobi and visited the reseller, where we placed the order and purchased the Leather Sewing Machine.

This marvel of sewing engineering would make such a difference to the project. Sewing & stitching leather could now be done in-house to a professional standard. It opened up the possibilities for making shoes, handbags and a variety of other wonderful products.

The money we had been donated was not only enough for the sewing machine, but enough to also buy a sizeable stash of leather. So off to the tannery in Thika we trotted (by means of a Matatu) where we bought enough leather to keep the team very busy.

Minalyn and the team were (and of course still are) hugely thankful for the wonderful addition to their sewing arsenal – a brand new, “walking foot” leather sewing machine.

So with the smell of bread from one end of town and the sound of leather being sewn in the workshop, I dropped into Naivasha Sports Club for an evening beer, where I met Debbie Case.

Naivasha Children Shelter

Debbie looks after and manages a local orphanage for boys, Naivasha Children Shelter. With over 60 boys, this wonderful project houses and educates these boys in a sanctuary away from their previous lives on the street.

She said they had a couple of computers that weren’t working; you know where this is going. The next day, admittedly not too early, I peddled up to the Shelter where I met Joseph Kinyanjui – the onsite Administrator.

He showed me to a room where I was greeted with a selection of old Apple iMac computers and half a dozen, very old PCs. I tried and tested, but most of these computers were beyond being useful – many still had 5 ¼” floppy disk drives. If I was to do anything here, it soon became clear that I couldn’t use this equipment – it was simply not worth the time. So I harvested all the parts, split the computers up and created a huge pile for disposal. I then focused on putting together a proposal which I sent to Debbie and she circulated it around her projects sponsors.

Whilst that was taking place, I was put in contact with Kibaro of Styles Computers, an IT distributor in Nairobi whom I had been told was reliable. In Kenya, getting a recommendation is well worth it.

He was able to offer ex UK/US computers at a very reasonable price and even donated two additional, lower specification computers for free! Perfect, huge thank you Kibaro.

I was also able to source the HP Printer/Scanner, UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) devices and networking supplies from him – and for a very small fee he even dropped it to Naivasha which I was very grateful for.

With the equipment sourced, I set to work with Simon Wanzia, who’s the IT engineer that supports Hobra, Debbie’s manufacturing business. Over the next few days we set to work, networked (connected) everything together and ensured all the computers had the relevant updates and software installed – including Admin/Student accounts and all the necessary things you need to do to ensure the computers stay reliable!

Simon was very helpful and did a fantastic job on the networking. With the majority in place, there was still something missing however; a reliable and permanent Internet solution. One proposal was to use an Orange (a Telecom Provider) Dongle – you pay 1000 KSh (about £7) and get Unlimited Internet for a week. But this would leave the Shelter with an on-going cost of nearly £30 per week; I had to come up with an alternative solution.

Completing another link…

So I retuned back to Life Beads Kenya and, conscious that time was ticking past, sat down to take a look at the website. But then I got some more good news; Erica Moss, a therapist and friend of Dan’s Aunt who had put me in contact with Liz Tsakiris, was visiting with Chris Milbank – a psychologist. Liz invited me up, so without hesitation I headed back around the lake to complete the link of these kind people who had introduced me to Naivasha. I had already met Dan’s Aunt, Cynthia, and of course Dan’s Mum – so now I had met Erica, who knew Liz – great! Hope you’re still following.

Erica who lives in Northern England and Chris who lives in the Canaries are keen practitioners of The Bowen Technique. This innovative technique isn’t focused on specific conditions – rather it can be used treat anything from back and neck pain through to stress, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and onto Asthma & epilepsy; quite remarkable. Erica & Chris kindly offered me a treatment – so not willing to turn anything down – I duly obliged and lay down on the treatment bed…an easy start.

The treatment was completely painless and more like a massage – with pressure exerted on specific points; I was pretty tired afterwards – but that’s not too dissimilar from “normal mode” so I was quite happy! Erica & Chris also noticed that I was slightly hunched (something Veronica & Eve had mentioned to me when we met at Christmas) and my thighs weren’t straight. So after a few head pulls and then having parts of my spine realigned up against the wall – they restructured my skeleton and I gained a few inches! Quite remarkable; I’m very grateful to Erica & Chris for spending an hour of so giving me an MOT :)

The next day we had arranged to visit The Sanchat Restart Centre in nearby Gilgil. Erica & Chris had kindly planned to host a tea party for the children at centre which caters and cares for street children & orphans. So along with Liz we set to work on making Jam sandwiches, setting of early the next morning.

We had a fantastic day with sports, music, acrobatics and many other things! I made a short video of the day which can be seen below – enjoy :)

In the evening after the party, Chris introduced me to a few of his gadgets used for reducing/eliminating pain and/or anxiety. Once of the devices is called a Scenar – its Russian designed and I was hugely sceptical of such thing. If there’s pain on the body – this device will stick to it. You rub it and the pain goes away. Come on…I thought to myself.

Earlier that week I had niggled my knee slightly from a short run – so I asked Chris to try out this magical wand. After a few treatments, it actually worked; I couldn’t believe it! It stuck to where the pain on my knee was and, unless I was conned by a complete placebo, the pain was reduced considerably.

Chris is also founder of RR (Reflective Re-patterning) therapy and a keen practitioner of TFT (Thought Field Therapy). When you have a thought, or fear, it creates a field (thought field) on your body – which then reacts by adjusting your nervous, hormonal, chemical and cognitive balances. This is the theory behind TFT and treatment involves quantifying the fear/phobia/anxiety on a scale of 1 to 10 and the patent then “taps” certain parts of the body (energy points) in a specific order.

I tried the treatment (so I could understand it), but Chris has also had fantastic results working with the children at various orphanages through Africa, including the Sanchat Restart Centre. Many orphaned or former street children have high levels of inner sadness, fear and depression. TFT & RR are effectively used to unclog the energy flows and re-harmonise the natural flow of energy across the body – aiding both your physical and mental state. A great use of alternative therapies and the kids are always so intrigued and supportive of such activities.

Fascinating stuff – if you’re keen on learning more, you can find out about more on Chris’s Website and also that of the British Thought Field Therapy Association. You can also find Chris on Twitter.

Website time…no really, it is…

So out of the fascinating world of psychology I departed, said goodbye to Chris, Erica, Liz & Ruli and cycled back to my new home at Life Beads Kenya, where I got stuck back into the Website work.

Now that I had a structured design to work from (thanks to Maria), I chopped up the design and padded out the website. After a week or so, the website was starting to take shape nicely. We took plenty of product photos and proceeded to split the products into groups – working out prices, looking at delivery possibilities and analysing all the size and colour permutations. It actually took quite a bit of time – but with a little perseverance and determination, we got there.

Soon it came to the development chunk related to online payments. If you’re based in the UK or USA, this is relatively straight forward. But for Kenya it’s a little bit more complicated and, in a nutshell, there isn’t really any online payment solution that works for Kenya. PayPal is perhaps the closest, and offers a good solution, but I wanted something a little better.

Google, the developers of Picasa also offer a Payment facility called Google Checkout. Whilst this only works for the UK & USA, I could very easily integrate it with a bank account in the UK under my name…and we could go from there. As and when orders are processed, we can transfer the money in chunks over to Kenya. Great.

So I worked on the integration and after a few further weeks, the site was ready. The content for the other pages was finalised, tweaked and on the 7th July, we released lifebeadskenya.org to the world. It was a big moment and, if I’m honest, a huge relief.

For a few months I had been living and working with Peter & Minalyn. Despite helping on many other projects both here and in the community, I felt slightly critical that the main item I had promised I hadn’t, yet, delivered.

So finally, from anywhere in the World – people can browse, look and purchase the fantastic products that the talented and committed trainees make here.

Over the next week or so, the website was updated with new products and I was also able to train Anne Murphy, an American Volunteer working in Naivasha, on how to use and administer and maintain the website. Great news, as I’d be a little bit slow assisting whilst I cycle up a hill somewhere in East Africa!

Storm in a D Cup

A month of so previous, Veronica and her online swimwear business Storm in a D Cup had generously offered to purchase 15 special, exclusively made doum palm beaded bags from Life Beads Kenya, to resell and advertise through her website. Just a week or so previously her new website had been launched, so within the space of a few weeks, a two pronged approach had unleashed the products of Life Beads Kenya to the world. Huge thanks to Veronica & Storm in a D Cup for helping to promote these fantastic bags.

Over the duration of developing the website, I had also bought a new Desktop & Laptop computer for Life Beads Kenya, alongside a Wireless Router. With a few magical tweaks they’re now able to share their Internet connection around the project. Great, useful tools for Minalyn and the team to not only manage the Website after I’ve left, but also for the trainees to learn a little IT too.

Time to get official…

So with the website finally launched, I was able to concentrate on another task I had committed myself to with Life Beads Kenya. Whilst working on a charitable basis in Kenya, Life Beads Kenya hadn’t yet officially been registered as a Charitable Organisation.

We looked at registering as an NGO, but after further research and advice from others, we decided to pursue the Charitable Organisation route – as this offers a slightly reduced work overhead for Minalyn and her team.

The cost of registering the Charitable Organisation was 22,000 KSh (about £160). I put together all the legal documents; Organisational Constitution, Budgets, Minutes etc. and off we trotted to the Sheria House – the main centre for legal affairs in Kenya. Over the next week or so we pursued the registration, made the required adjustments before a welcomed phone call to say that we were registered. After a final visit to Nairobi – we had the paperwork and certificate we had been waiting for – Life Beads Kenya, officially registered under Section 10 of the Societies Act in the Republic of Kenya – Certificate Number 34484.

Just a week earlier, I had done a little website work for the Economic Housing Group (EHG) and earned 20,000 KSh in the process. I put this money towards Better Life Cycle, so the net cost to the charity was only 2,000 KSh (less than £20). Great news all round!

Introducing the Internet

Now that we had our charitable certificate on file, my focus returned to Naivasha Children Shelter and setting up a permanent Internet Connection. Hobra, Debbie’s manufacturing business (that she runs with her partner Steve), has a permanent internet connection based in central Naivasha. Wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow share the connection? But the distance was over 4 kilometres, so we needed to do some research.

I spoke to Kibaro, my friendly IT Supplier in Nairobi and he put me in contact with Hadlee Kegode, a specialist from Net-Edge computers in long range WAN links who works all over East Africa – from Somalia to Rwanda. He resells and uses equipment from a company called Ubiquity Networks, who manufacture radio devices for WAN links up to 50km.

With my mind suddenly opened up to this amazing technology, we researched prices and then purchased two NanoStation devices.

After Hadlee arrived in Naivasha a week later, we set to work on establishing the link.

Thankfully, Hobra is a metal manufacturing business, so they were able to skilfully build and install the two masts for us to transmit/receive the Internet signal – one at Hobra, the other at the Shelter.

With Hadlee climbing on tin roofs and hanging out of windows (I would have helped, but he seemed very confident; cough), we had done the necessaries at both ends. This being Africa, nothing is ever quite so easy; the original network cable we used was a classic “Made in China” fake (so much in Kenya is) – so we had to source something else – but we got there with very little fuss in all honesty.

With a mast and device established at each site and the Nanostations configured – it was time to turn them on and see if we could get internet. Did it work? You bet it did! It works amazingly well. The latency (which is technical speak for the amount of time it takes for a piece of data to go from point A to B and back again) was 1 millisecond – absolutely amazing and huge thanks to Hadlee for his assistance in setting it up; I was pretty lucky to get him.

Better Life Cycle funds had already been used to purchase some of the equipment from our initial IT order (the printer & network router), but most had been paid for by private sponsorship. However, Better Life Cycle funds were used to pay for the Wireless LAN link at a cost of 55,000 KSh (£400). This meant not only unlimited Internet for the Shelter, but also an established communications link between Hobra (where Debbie works) and the Shelter, so they can share files easily and quickly.

On my final day at the Shelter, I made a small video about the project (see above) when it was also the first time for the children to experience the new world of the Internet. Smiles were abounded, excitement filled the air and it was a wonderful moment. As a thank you, the children and staff had also painted my name onto the Shelter wall along with a map of Africa charting my route from Egypt to South Africa. What a wonderful gesture. Just before I left, the children sang a few African songs and I made my way.

PowerPoint Time

That week I had been invited to present to The East African Women’s League (EAWL) at their monthly meeting, which this time around was being held in Gilgil. EAWL have started and support many charitable and community based projects that help a variety of causes (including Naivasha Children Shelter) – so it was a pleasure to be asked to present. Anne Murphy kindly videoed most of it – so you can see it below – but it was a fun morning and as a thank you, they very kindly offered to donate the proceeds of their lunch money to Better Life Cycle – a fantastic gift of over £100. A huge thank you to the ladies of The East African Women’s League for such thoughtful gift.

Innovations with Water

So back with Minalyn & Peter at Life Beads Kenya, I set about organising the final gift I’d like to use Better Life Cycle funds for. The women and trainees, who work with Life Beads Kenya, do not have ready access to clean water outside of project working hours. Minalyn & Peter are also reliant on purchasing two to three huge bottles of purified water from the Supermarket at a cost of around 600 KSh (£5) per week.

I spoke with Anne & Jaklin, the two fantastic American volunteers I had met through Life Beads Kenya (they had been volunteering at Monica Memorial School) about purchasing an electronic Water Filter, to see if they’d like to contribute – which of course they were open armed about. I managed contact Qusay, a specialist in this field from Water Innovations – who very kindly agreed to resell us a Kent Grand+ Water Filter at a discounted price (because we were a charitable organisation).

This amazing device takes bore hole water and processes it through Sediment, Ultra Violet and Reverse Osmosis filters – that latter being very important in Naivasha as it helps to reduce the amount of fluoride (which leads to brown marks on the teeth).

The total cost, inclusive of installation came to 47,000 KSh (£335). Better Life Cycle funds were used to pay 27,000 KSh whilst Anne & Jaklin very kindly agreed to pay 20,000 KSh towards the project. So a collective effort resulted in fresh, clean water available on demand from a tap.

The women and trainees are now able to fill up their bottles throughout the day (to take home at night) and the Nicklin family no longer need to source water from the Supermarket. On top of that, Qusay also offered to put an A4 sized advert/promotion for Life Beads Kenya in his companies Moto Moto (Hot Hot!) magazine – so we got some much needed publicity too. Huge thanks to Qusay & Water Innovations, Nairobi.

The Last Supper

So all smiles, we sat down for what would be my last meal in Naivasha (I ate very well in Naivasha – thanks to Minalyn and the very lovely Beatrice). Joining us were Ed & Vicky, PhD researchers on the lake from the University of Leicester, whom I’d met and spent many a fun night with over the last few months.

Finally, after 147 days in Naivasha, it was time to leave. It was a very sad moment, but the time was right – it was time to get back on the bike and continue to seek the causes throughout Africa that make up the Better Life Cycle project.

I had had such a wonderful time in Naivasha; from Golf on the local Golf Course (often winning the pigaminky – the effective wooden spoon – a warm soda), to hot delicious pizza at Camp Carnelleys, to great fun after golf with the usual crew who were always there for a few beers and good conversation.

I also turned 30 in Naivasha and was very kindly treated to a Birthday Party by Liz, who by the time I left Naivasha had done so much for me (she also helped extend my Visa), I felt obliged to call her Aunty Liz!

Minalyn & Peter, who do such fantastic things in the local community, had been so wonderfully hospitable and open armed to me, were completely comfortable with my “go to bed late, get up late” lifestyle – it really was hard to leave; I’m so grateful to them.

There are many, many other people I need to thank – for help, assistance, friendship and good times. I had fixed many laptops, made numerous friends and met such wonderful projects; I really did feel like I was leaving a home from home. But after a little over “a couple of weeks”, having already split my shorts from all the weight I had put on, it really was time to leave.

I pledged to return to Naivasha – with so many exciting projects and wonderful people, it made sense. My plan is now to circle Lake Victoria, taking in projects in Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi, before heading south of Lake Victoria and over the top of the Maasai Mara back to Naivasha, before heading directly south towards Malawi.

So with that scheduled in my mind, early the next morning I rose, packed my life back into my panniers, and off I set; my destination Kampala, Uganda, where I hoped to meet the family of Susan Kabagambe, a great and hugely reliable friend from Kingston University.

Minalyn joined me for the first kilometre – but after that it was back to the solo cycling and vibrant hustle bustle of African traffic.

The Adventure continues…thanks for reading…until next time :)

With huge thanks to all these wonderful people:

[Minalyn Nicklin, Peter Nicklin (see blog bost post written by Peter for a Guys Hospital reunion), Sandy Nicklin, Jesse Nicklin, Maria Nicklin, the Trainees of Live Beads Kenya, Liz Tsakiris, Ruli Tsakiris, Anne Murphy, Jaklin Levine Pritzker, Ruth Vaughn, Judy-Anne Hartley, Shirley Poole, Debbie Case, Steve Thompson, Erica Moss, Chris Milbank, Pastor Michael Masetu & Agnes, Charles & Alice Tillett, Wacu Kihara, Sam Ondieki, Sheila “the Duck”, Brian, Richard McGonnell, Jayesh Sanghrajka, Christi Kurrle, Chuck Bengough, Chris & Lovat Carnelley, Ed & Vicky, Joseph Kinyanjui & the staff at Naivasha Children Shelter, Simon Wanzia, Kibaro, Hadlee Kegode, Qusay A. Hassanali and everyone at/from Helping Hands Church, Naivasha.]