Honestly, I had no idea so many people would actually come visit me. Friends tell you they’ll visit, but you don’t really believe they will spend a couple thousand dollars to see you. And, then they do!
It’s been a whirlwind, but I want each of them to know that they not only gave me an excuse to see some amazing places in East Africa, they also encouraged me and made me feel loved. So, from the bottom of my heart and with as much grace and gratitude I can convey, thank you. I love you all.
My first visitors were my parents, sister and brother-in-law. I called our trip the Allgood African Extravaganza. We went on two safaris in Kenya then visited Victoria Falls. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Karen and Sandy Baird, the Founders of New Hope Initiative have visited twice since I’ve been here and brought lots of guests with them. I am honored and thankful to work with such amazing people.
All friends from DC, theses beautiful and talented women came to support me through training the teachers of New Hope Academy. And, provided much comic relief.
Marcie and Amy are friends from DC. We enjoyed all things Nairobi and then went to Masai Mara for safari.
Emily is also a friend from DC. We visited the baby elephants, worked in Kibera and then relaxed on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar!
Julie is from Atlanta, but we have known each other for more than 15 years. Julie was a trouper spending most of her time in Kibera working with NHI. I rewarded her with a trip to the Mara!
Friends of mine from DC and now board members of NHI, the Jepsens worked in our Kibera school, tutored our class 8 students, and generally kept me laughing at all times.
By the end of Holly’s trip here, we laughed at how she got a tour of every slum in Nairobi. Holly, another friend from DC but currently living in Denver, went to work with me each day and helped tutor our Class 8 students. Of course, her time wasn’t only spent in the slums, we had an epic trip to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.
And lastly, my cousin, Michael, came to Kenya for work and spent a day in Kibera visiting all our projects.