Advent Calendar – December 24, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 24, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 24, 2019

December 24, 2019
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This was my first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa (and whatever trips I’ve made to northern Africa were 40+ years ago; water under the bridge!) and even though I wouldn’t claim to be extremely well-traveled, I’ve been to plenty a European country, to Thailand and Malaysia, to India quite a few times while working on a project a decade ago, and to North America.

There’s a feeling to each country I’ve visited. Sometimes open. Warm. Smiling and welcoming. Informal. Sometimes distancing. Reserved. Formal. The warmth and openness of the Kenyan people struck me;  no time during the trip had I any sense that I should keep my distance, avoid looking into eyes, laugh or touch. Not at all. Quite the opposite.

Walking down a narrow trail in the Seven Forks area to visit Simon Mulli, partner farmer of Better Globe, me and Lena came upon two women with babies. We stopped. Communicated wordlessly; gestures, smiles, winks. We asked May we take your picture? without actually voicing the question, and got a positive reply in return. I brought my Nikon to my eye, looked through the viewfinder, and was mesmerized by the piercing gaze that met me there.

Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

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  1. Malin Lundskog January 7, 2020 14:32

    Vackert! Vacker bild och vacker historia.

    Fasen vad mycket vi kan åstadkomma utan ord …

  2. Charlotte January 9, 2020 11:31

    Det är så mycket närvaro i bilden och eftersom jag åker till Sydafrika om några dagar så väcks något i mig. Vi har fått så mycket varningar om våld… och risk för våld…

    • Helena Roth January 9, 2020 11:52

      Kraftfullt redskap!
      Önskar er en riktigt fin resa!


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