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"I’ve been home for two days, and I still haven’t been able to take in what this month has meant to me. Quite a few months ago now, while I was looking for the best NGO to collaborate with in 2018, I found two magic words that would make my decision much more simple: empowerment and women. And so, five minutes later, I was already looking for all the information on the Afrikable website like crazy.

There will be people who, when they come back, say that they went there to help, which means that they have not understood a thing. My relationship with every person I met there could not have been more unequal: I tried to give them a piece of myself, but none of them have any idea of what they have given me, how much they have helped me and how grateful I am to them. I couldn’t feel luckier to have gotten the chance to be a little part of their world, lucky that they let me in and I got to learn so much from them. People who look down on them are so wrong! From now on when I think of the word sorority, it will be impossible not to remember all those incredible, full of life and brave women. Those women who carry a heavy burden but who always give you a smile. Those women, boys and girls, who made me feel at home, and who I will never be able to forget. I have had to travel thousands of miles from home to discover the meaning of many things: I have seen a place where class, religion, money and power do not matter; I have seen Christians and Muslims laughing together and supporting each other; I have seen them all working together for their families and themselves and I admire them deeply. I have seen people who may have little, but they always share with others what little they have, and, in short, I have seen a kind of humanity that is very hard to find around me.

Of course, there are many things that make us different from one another, and our circumstances are not the same, but deep down, if you care to go a little further, you find out that, overcoming prejudices and ignorance, we are not so different. We are people, women, in this case, with hopes and dreams, with desire to get to know people and let people get to know us, and we share many things that are universal. Love, friendship, solidarity or joy exist in all cultures and all religions. As much as they want to sell it to us, they are not unique to the Western world, they travel all over the world in many shapes and skin tones.

Neither will I ever forget the seven people I was lucky to meet on a small island in Kenya. Seven people very different from one another but who ended up becoming my Lamunian family. Seven people with whom I have shared mosquitoes, long conversations, the occasional mango and many many half-bananas. Canoe, percussion, dance and break partners, sharing lots of juices in Hapa Hapa. I love you all so much, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

And in case I hadn’t met enough wonderful people, two other Lamunians stole a little piece of my heart. Thank you Marta and Anita for supporting me when I needed it. I’ll see you again soon, I’m sure.

Asante sana Afrikable for this month I will never, ever forget. For everything I have learned, for opening the door for me to discover all I have left to learn. I would wish you the best, but there’s no need, I know you are going to achieve the best, because you deserve it.

Mimi nakupenda sana. We’ll meet again."

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

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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.

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