It was when we went to Nakuru to work with Play Kenya. I was told it would be incredible and we would be incredibly touched by the experience but nothing could really prepare me for actually being there. What has stayed with me over the past two years is a cliché but its true- was the smiles. The happiness of the children who have been through the most appalling experiences was incredibly humbling. Watching the children interact with the staff through the simple act of play was awesome- seeing their past implicated in their play was extremely interesting and thought-provoking.
What Play Kenya offers to their volunteers is an opportunity to help a child acknowledge their worth, to remind them that people do care and to help them see they could have a future full of love, support and respect. It’s been two years since I left Kenya, but I knew when I left that I would be back. I fully intend to continue supporting Play Kenya well into the future- experiencing what they do first hand however showed me that all a child needs is a cuddle and your time to know that they matter.