"Life is like a book, and those who do not travel read only one page!"
( Jean Paul ,1763 -1825 )

 

... Kenya is always worth a visit! Our volunteers are offered unique and life-enriching experiences. Together with the local people they can achieve great accomplishments. We offer you a chance to visit our schools in Malindi and implement an individual project that we plan in advance together with you. Support is needed almost everywhere, so there are numerous ways to do good. You get to know the country, people and all that is part of its unique culture.

Got itchy feet? Then contact us for further information. We will be glad to assist you.

 
 

Daniel

My trip to Kenya was the first to Africa for me. I was excited before, of course. I was there for nearly four weeks and I was very impressed.

The visits to the schools and the joint projects with the children were incredibly impressive. I was shocked daily by the conditions under which the children are taught. Some schools do not have tables or benches for the students, the classes take place on the ground. Here Pendo Kenia still has a lot to do.

Many things that are taken for granted and which we would never think about at home, are an absolute luxury in Kenya. We have seen it many times, that the children came to school hungry, have no pen or paper, and all because there is not enough money at home. What has impressed me the most, was this incredible zest for life the people there have. This can be seen in the young children in the schools. When teachers ask a question to the students, almost all children want to give the answer.

The schools were generally taught in English, which gave us the opportunity to teach them ourselves. The teachers were very cooperative and offered support.

I can recommend this to other people. Do not make the typical "tourist trip". Much of what we did was truly spectacular and impressive, we would certainly never experience if we had booked a typical package holiday in a hotel complex.

One of my highlights was when we were invited by a man to his house. He lived in a tree. That was amazing and crazy.

Another personal highlight was a two-day safari! It's really something special when you drive through the savannah’s of Kenya and see the sunrise and the animals in the wild.

For me, the trip to Kenya and the volunteering was an incredibly rewarding experience. The things I have seen and the experiences have triggered many thoughts in me and have changed my view on many things in the world. I'm really glad that I did it!

 
 

Adreana

I have always wanted to run away from my familiar surroundings and get to know a world outside of Europe.

One hears and sees only in the news the state in developing and emerging countries and can hardly imagine how it really is like to live in such a country. I wanted to get an idea for myself and travelled to the coast of Kenya in February 2012. Given our european standards, the people of Kenya live completely differently. There is  for example running water and electricity just in lager cities and towns - for someone who grew up in Germany, it can be a shock. On the other hand, it was beautiful to see and was a life-changing experience for me.  Especially with regard to social aspects the western world can learn a lot of things from African countries.  There, people really talk to each other. Nevertheless, there is a massive amount of poverty and children from poor families or orphans.

For this reason there is Pendo Kenia, which supports the organization FOM locally and offers training facilities for the communities. I have visited some of the schools and was impressed by the vitality of the little ones. The Kenyan children are absolutely not comparable to western children. When I think of German kindergartens and schools, I think of screaming children who bicker constantly.  All the more surprising it was for me to see the children at the schools of the FOM. The kids were so attentive and eager to learn - and this curiosity will be satisfied. I was touched deeply. I would have happily spent the whole day with these children. To all those who yearn to look out over the well-kept even edge of the nest, I can only recommend a thousand times, to travel to Kenya and really mingle with the locals. For me it was a great experience and gave me back my childish joy.

I'll be right back!

 
 

Annka and Anja

We are two occupational therapy students and decided, as part of a project week, together with two other classmates, to carry out our project in the Hope School in Watamu. Joy, the founder of Pendo Kenia supported us in all our preparations and on site.

During the week we had the opportunity, to get to know the children and the teachers of the Hope School closely. It was a whole new experience to be taken in so warmly by them and to see how the children could appreciate the smallest things. We had planned, prior to our arrival, an occupational therapy project that we did with the children and teachers. It was really a lot of fun and it was great to see that the teachers were able to derive substantial profits for the future.

It was sad to see in what circumstances, most children live and how little they get by with.
We also had the opportunity to visit two more schools, in the rural area. There we were warmly received despite it being school holidays, by the children and communities.

Outside the "program" we looked around more closely, including of course, a safari and snorkelling - Tour.
It was wonderful to experience the vastness of the country and the great variety of animals. Ooohh what a feeling!

We warmly want to thank Pendo Kenia, you really do impressive work in Germany and in Kenya to provide the children in and around Watamu, Malindi.

The fact that we were able to make unforgettable experiences with Pendo Kenia, we can only recommend to anyone even once to pack your bags to experience the country and people.

 
 

Simone

Hello dear readers,

I've wanted to travel to an African country since I was a little child. I wanted to get to know the culture and people. In February 2012 the wait was finally over. Together with a friend, I flew to Kenya, Watamu.

The whole trip was organized by Pendo Kenia. We flew from Munich to Mombasa and were picked up there personally by Joy´s father Henry Ndurya. After about 3 hours of driving we reached the small village of Watamu, which overlooks the Indian Ocean. There, we stayed for a month in a multi-storey bungalow. It was very nice.

After a day of rest our real journey began. We made the trips to the different schools with Mr. Ndurya. We often had to travel long distances to go to the schools . But even on longer journeys we were never bored, because the people and the scenery are wonderful.

When you arrive at the schools, it is an incredibly beautiful and overwhelming feeling when cheerful children come running towards you from all corners. After a few seconds you have a few children hanging on each finger  and are immediately  infected by their happiness. At the end of our trip we went on a two day safari to discover the landscape and the animals of Kenya and went swimming with dolphins in the open sea.

I can recommend this trip to everyone, it was a great experience and a wonderful time.

 
 

Thomas

I, too, was part of the occupational therapy project at the Mthorini School. The preparation were very exciting because we were not sure how the children would respond and how they would engage with us. In Germany we discussed this and organised the trip with Joy.

After our arrival in Nairobi, it had been raining like cats and dogs and there were already small streams forming on the streets - "Welcome to Africa"

We visited Nairobi and even an elephant farm. Then we went by bus to Watamu, a 10 hour trip, where we had a few days until the start of the project on January 3. This was spent by the sea and on a safari.

Before beginning our actual project with Henry and Joy, we visited two schools to get several impressions. One was the Soyo Soyo School and the second the Chembe School. Very different impressions from both. The first school was the flagship school of the organization, with electricity, water pipes, toilets and tables and chairs for the children. The school is affiliated with a small farm, for self-sufficiency and the sale of cultivated vegetables and fruits in the market. A chicken coop was available and there was a goat pen.

The second school, Chembe, was very simple and had less than the Soyo Soyo. We were all warmly greeted with dancing by the students and mothers. The whole village was there. This has really touching for us. The children and even the adults have so much vitality.

We started our project on 3rd January 2013. The Mthorini School can not be compared to a german school. Everything is much simpler and temporary.

The first day was just about getting to know everyone. Luckily Joy and her father Henry were there and were able to translate for us, because not all the children spoke english. We all got along very well with each other. We taught the children origami figures. Together we finally got some very funny animals done.

Outdoors we made games with a parachute. One day we were in a butterfly farm and then we drew with the children from their experiences.

On the penultimate day we went on a trip to the sea. Since many of the children had never been to the sea, it was very exciting. Even the ride there in a minibus was exciting. They splashed a lot in the puddles and had a lot of fun.

On the last day we were warmly received by all FOM and the children, we were reluctant to leave the children. The time was far too short and we would have liked to stayed longer.

For me it was a very nice experience, and I would like to re-visit, but then for a long time period in order to learn even more about the country and the people. And I know that with Joy and her father Henry the trip back would be a great experience.

I wish the organisations the best of luck and a lot of donations, because they are necessary in order to keep providing for these children and to enable them to have a good education.

A big thank you especially to Joy and her father Henry, who completely supported us in the planning and on-site.