To paraphrase John Lewis, “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up . . . You have to do something.” Today, we had the opportunity to see the effects of life being unfair and the results of what happens when others do something about it.
Our first stop of the morning was to Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage outside of Nairobi. This organization works with the national parks when a young elephant or rhino is found without their mother, and brings them back to this facility to rehabilitate them, eventually returning them to the wild. They have a 90% success rate in getting them back where they belong. The sad thing is that most of these mother’s deaths are not from natural causes, but from poachers or starvation due to drought from climate change.
You can see a few more pics in the Africa 2022 Photo Gallery.
That afternoon, we went to the Kazuri Bead Factory in Nairobi. Their founder started this company to provide employment to the large population of single mothers in Nairobi. Prior to the pandemic, they employed over 300 of these women. Their beautiful necklaces, bracelets and pottery are sold world wide, while helping those in need.