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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in CHILD DEVELOPMENT

My name is Jumaa, but my friends call me Bocha. I am 6 years old. What I like about being at Afrikable is drinking milk every day. We can also play with toys, and I like this a lot!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Hello. My name is Lynea. Before I came to Afrikable, I stayed at home all day in case my mum sent me to do errands. Now I go to school and I really like to read the alphabet and numbers. I like rice and playing with my friends! When I get older, I want to have a farm.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

"I often remember the time my friend Juancar and I spent in Lamu. It was an incredibly enriching experience that I would recommend without hesitation to everyone I know. I just can't forget the women on the project, their children, their stories...I have so many memories! Khadija and Lizian learning to do sums in Excel, Amina going without food to practise using the sewing machine, Mahmoud gulping from his bottle...I remember with particular fondness one evening when Mwanaisha invited us for tea at her house. She told us how her life and the future of her children had changed since coming to Afrikable. When I left there, I think we all had tears in our eyes. Lola, Merche and all the Afrikable team are doing a great job! I'm sure they will continue to improve!"

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

“How many smiles...how many great moments..and how happy you can be, with only your basic needs covered. I take with me an unforgettable memory, a holiday that has greatly inspired me, and I go home with a very rewarding feeling. It has been a totally enriching experience which has allowed without doubt a bond with the place and its people and customs. A journey that is impossible to forget because of the place, but mostly because of the experience. I am very pleased and happy to have had the opportunity to participate in and see up close the Afrikable project. I take with me some great memories and the sense of having learned a lot, especially with the children from the tiny school in La Shama and all the tenderness which they gave. Thank you!”

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

"I had the opportunity to participate in the child development department, supporting the teacher at one of the schools. It was wonderful to meet these children who always smile, despite their harsh living conditions. It was very gratifying to see the huge progress they made with just a little attention, care and positive support...and of course, what I learned and what those children gave me was much greater than what I could teach them! One of the best experiences of my life! I took away the great love they all offered me and the dream of continuing to collaborate with Afrikable from Spain, to promote this wonderful project so that it can host many more women and children. There is still a lot to do, so whether you have already participated in other volunteering experiences or this is your first time, I encourage everyone to try Afrikable. I am sure you will not leave indifferent!"

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

“Afrikable trained her, and in Afrikable’s opinion, she is good, natural, happy and warm-hearted. Lola, Merche, Raquel, Cris, Mr Big, Khadija, Grace, Joyce, Dorkas and the kids (I remember especially Rahima, a cutie of a girl) are good, natural, joyful, simple, welcoming… Afrikable offers much for me to learn. Because it is not a large organisation, you can find out everything that goes on: the problems they experience, how they make decisions, the obstacles they encounter, etc. Having the opportunity to be near to the organisation headed by Merche and Lola has helped me to learn many things and I am very grateful to them for sharing their day-to-day life with us. People say that the world of business takes much more than it gives. In my case, this imbalance has been almost insulting. I have taken a lot from all of them. Thank you all!"

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

“The three weeks of volunteer holiday I spent with Afrikable on the island of Lamu were unforgettable.

The arrival by boat to the island with the dock full of expectant people; the games of football with the children from Afrikable’s school during playtime; the narrow, long streets in the old town of Lamu; the women of the shamba making baskets from plastic bags sitting in the shade of a canopy surrounded by sand and palm trees; the walks in the silence of the night or along the seafront; the happiness of the children swimming at the beach; the coconut juice and Osman's squid; the fishermen in their boats; the clay figures and the paper planes that the children from the school made; racing up the dunes of the deserted Shela beach; the dusk and the dawn in the island of Mandatoto; the talks with ‘papa’ before sleeping…

All these experiences have stayed engraved on my mind and made me go back to Lamu a year later. As things happen in threes, I know I will go back again”

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in VOLUNTEER HOLIDAYS

"I came with many unnecessary things: rush, prejudices and stereotypes encouraged by my society, which has given me so much but I now consider to be lacking in many other aspects. However, I left Africa with a backpack loaded with the basics, hardly noticeable.

In Lamu, you never know what experience awaits you just around the corner. Overwhelming experiences told in the first person by the main characters of each story force you to relativise Western problems, the strength of which is like a slap saying “wake up! There is a parallel universe to the one in which you live.

Thanks to all the members of Afrikable who made it possible for me to feel more alive than ever and to have the opportunity to offer the best of myself to some marvellous women and children."

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in FAIR TRADE

Rukija Bakari has been working on the Afrikable project for almost 2 years. She works as a seamstress in the textile group, Jimudu. Before, she earned her money going from house to house offering her services as a cleaner or cook. Sometimes she found work, sometimes she didn't She has 6 children, and when her husband abandoned her, she had to face educating and feeding all her children alone. She barely managed to send her oldest son to secondary school, but the two younger school-aged children were not in school. Now the two youngest are ready to go to into primary education next year, and the three oldest are already at secondary school.

“I love my work; knowing that I’ll have a salary every month helps me to plan my expenses. Now in the shops, they trust me. I can borrow money because they know that at the end of the month, I will pay them. In the future, I would like to start some sort of business to complement my salary. With such a large family, it is difficult to save. I have not yet succeeded.”

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Published in FAIR TRADE

Khadija Hassan has worked in Afrikable since the beginning. After several promotions, she is currently responsible for the fair trade shop in Lamu.

After her husband left her, she went with her daughter to live with her parents. As she was able to complete secondary education, she sometimes worked as a secretary writing letters and bills. She earned just €1.50 for an 11-hour day. “My life has improved a lot since I started working for Afrikable. I can now send money home regularly and my daughter is studying in the 3rd grade. I'm learning a lot, both in terms of business management and leading meetings. I am also learning information technology, something I really like!

At the beginning of my work for Afrikable, I slept on the floor of my aunt’s house. Now I have been able to build myself a traditional makuti house, where I have my own bed with mattress and mosquito net. But my dream would be to buy my own land and build a stone house. I still have a long way to go, but I have opened a bank account where I have started saving a little each month.”

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ABOUT AFRIKABLE

Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

WHERE ARE WE

  • Lamu, Kenia.
    Madrid, Spain
  • +34 605 722 162