For this year's celebration (we hope now to make it an annual event), we hosted over 100 guests, including the orphan children and their guardian parents, village elders, volunteers, and government representatives.Read More
Via Cairo and Abu Dhabi on the upper deck of a beautiful Etihad A380, I reached JFK in the United States on 28 April. That gave me three solid months in Kenya, the majority of which I spent in the village working on the Umoja Centre. I'd like to take a look back at that experience, as well as a look forward at what's to come.Read More
After spending the better part of the last year and change in India, I reached Nairobi, Kenya late on 27 February, just in time for Chinese New Year and the start of a new lunar cycle—and with that, a new personal chapter of life.
About a month has past since then and now a little more than six weeks remains to continue preliminary work on the center.Read More
In late July, by way of proxy of my dear friend, project partner, and Kenyan citizen, Jared, I purchased a plot of land measuring approximately 100'x70' in a village called Rigoma, which is part of a larger area known as Kisii Land in the west of Kenya.
Since the land will be used for a non-commercial, service project (Umoja) and because so called non-citizens can't purchase freehold land in the country, it is being held in trust by Jared's registered Nairobi-based NGO, the Centre for Partnership and Civic Engagement Trust or CEPACET. However, our Land Purchase Agreement does afford me full decision-making power and discretion with regard to the land's usage.Read More