Today the team was in many places: Barasa arranged for Katie to observe family court, Naima, Robin, Benita, and Kelli worked at Ray of Hope, and Craig and I went to the office of Other Sheep Kenya to lead a strategic planning workshop for the staff.
Other Sheep Kenya (OSK) is one of the few pro-glbti faith-based organizations in Kenya. At the start of the workshop, we asked the staff to give us a history of the glbti movement in Kenya. It was fascinating to learn how new it is (within the last decade) and how homosexuality is still considered a criminal activity and can result in a 14 year prison sentence. Religious conservatives add to a repressive political climate for glbti persons. OSK seeks to promote social change through educational seminars. Additionally, they have partnered with another organization to create a safe house for glbti persons.
Any start-up is difficult for an organization. Craig and I had a glimpse into how much more difficult it is in a place like Kenya, where poverty is rampant. We hope the work we did together will be helpful for OSK's future.
The Women's HIV Support Group came to Ray of Hope today and performed for us unbelievably joyful song and dance.
Once again...moved to tears.
After visiting some of the children's homes yesterday, the responses made me cry as I had a glimpse into their lives.
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