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Friday, November 12, 2010

A day trip to remember!

Following on from last week’s blog about recent developments in Msambweni, this week a group of our internship volunteers were lucky enough to take a day trip up to visit the turtle conservation group. We hoped to lend a hand for the afternoon and learn a little more about the progress and future aims of the group.

-- Volunteers help build the walls for the craft boutique --

We were able to get involved in a number of the developments initiated and managed by Carolyn, who is currently placed working here. We split into groups and got to work – some assisted Zittoh in building a traditional wall with sticks, mud and coral bricks, some helped landscape, paint and dig the outdoor area and we even had a go at creating labels for the locally made craft products.
-- The boys get stuck in digging the garden! --
While we were there, women from the group were making woven bags and other crafts, and a man was selling necklaces made from recycled paper – these along with other products such as coconut jewellery and kanga bags are going to be on sale at the boutique.
-- A messy afternoon when making traditional mud walls --

It was generally a pretty messy afternoon, with mud and limewash everywhere and very hands on – but everyone had a lot of fun! It was an amazing day, with everyone feeling they had made a contribution and as the sun started to set over the beach, we reluctantly said goodbye to grateful and tired group members. What’s certain is that we will be visiting again soon!