On Saturday 12 July 2014, WYA Africa organised as one of its cultural events, an excursion to one of the counties in Kenya. We went to Machakos County on an excursion to the Machakos Peoples’ Park. This facility was recently set up and it proved a great escape away from busy Nairobi.
We had 89 young people present, mostly university students and young professionals. 26 new members were added to the WYA number.
The park boasts great and serene space to chat, walk around and relax in the middle of amazing green space. We were not able to play soccer, but definitely had frisbee, chess, scrabble and a few amusements.
All our interns, staff, some intern alumni and many members and their friends came along. It was a whole day event. We had students from other organisations and undertakings like Young Diplomats of Kenya, Nipe Sauti Africa (that fosters talent), Kenya Model United Nations, YALDA University of Nairobi. It was easy to see that young people always appreciate fun, which is always a great way to rest.
A discussion emerged on the Kenya Reproductive Health Care Bill. This Bill has inputs that are not in keeping with respect for the human person, and is in discussion in the Kenya Senate and soon in the National Assembly. We need more young people who are better formed with good ideas that are worthy of our nations. It was easy to deeply appreciate the gift of Track A, and seeing that unless we have good education, the enterprise of fostering a true and just society that respects the intrinsic dignity of each one from conception to natural death becomes ever more difficult. WYA has already submitted reservations to the Bill.
Of course, many simple friendships were formed, and hopefully they will continue through email, Facebook and Whats App! Excursions allow us to discover other places, meet more people, form ideas, and appreciate the gift of other lands and also ponder whatever mysteries lie in our world, stopping to think “How intelligent and creative the Creator is!” as we saw the countryside on our way to the park. They also help in having good fun with people. There is also vast unoccupied space away from Nairobi, so there is land for many more, let us invest in human capital.
We thank all of our members who came and had fun with us. Be sure to meet us at the Africa Emerging Leaders Conference this 9th and 10th October. Also, read intern Sadat Kalindi’s blogpost about the expeirence here. For more inquiries, get us through firstname.lastname@example.org.