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Sunday, 10 June 2018
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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

Monday, 04 September 2017
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"A year ago today I set foot in Lamu for the first time…so many memories, and this second time in June has been just as amazing.

When people ask me why did I repeat the experience I can only say it was because I believe in them, and if they ask me: ‘will you come back?’ My answer is still I will, because I love them.

Seeing this year the progress, the improvement of their houses, women proudly inviting you to see how big their kitchen is, because they know they have achieved that; seeing their children grow up, running around and studying, seeing it all has been like living in a cloud.

I have experienced moments that will live in me forever: laughing while they brush my hair, learning how to cook with them, getting blisters on my hands from cutting leather by their side...

Getting excited to see Afrikable grow, the improvements in the workshop, the Maternity becoming more of a reality than a dream... each one of these feelings make me say, without hesitating or stuttering, ‘go and feel it for yourself!’ to everyone who asks me about the project. Fill your heart with their voices, their music, all of their doubts, their dreams; enjoy seeing them attend talks on politics, rights, health… enjoy dancing next to them to the beat of the drums and enjoy those chants that I will never understand but I hope I never stop hearing them...

For me Afrikable means fighting, dreams, future, joy; it means that the world can be a better place for everyone if we dare to get to know those who live far away from us, if we dare to admire them, if we dare to support them and make their fight our fight...

Asante sana to this year’s coordinators, Erika and Irene, for looking after us and after them! I love you!

To Lola and Merche... I hope to keep admiring your tireless work and to keep learning to love without trying to change what you love."

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Thursday, 24 August 2017
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"My experience in Lamu and in Afrikable will be one I will always remember. It has reminded me of what is important and what is not. It has taught me that things can be changed, even if it’s slowly. That it’s worth a shot and not to look the other way. I will not say that this experience will mark a before and after in my life, but I do come back home as a different person."

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Thursday, 24 August 2017
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"I’ve felt great, I have learned and I have been reminded that one can be happy with very little and the importance of pole-pole (no rush). For a month I forgot about everything, I have slept well and I hope I have done my bit to make the world a better place. I hope to come back again.

Thank you very much and good luck."

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Thursday, 24 August 2017
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"My stay in Afrikable has been wonderful. I’ve felt very loved, very happy… especially happy. I thought I would feel alone and I would miss my people more than I did, but gradually you find your space in Afrikable and they make you feel part of this great family.

The women are exceptional, natural fighters, heroines always dressed in colours and with a big smile on their face every time they enter Afrikable, ready to welcome you, to communicate, to teach you.

There are so many things we should learn from them... Never throwing in the towel, wanting to improve, to slowly progress in life. Because this is a long-distance race, but there they are working for their lives and dignity step by step.

For me this has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. I still have so many things to think about and to go over, but I have certainly been very happy. I can only say: Thanks."

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Thursday, 24 August 2017
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"I came to Afrikable to get away from my daily work and to see fist-hand a project that works to improve the situation of women in Africa. After two weeks, I leave completely renewed since Lamu is a special place where one feels welcome and integrated from the first moment.

I also leave with a very positive attitude after seeing how projects started in a humble way but with willingness and enthusiasm, are able to gradually change the situation of many women and children in this small corner of the world. Fantastic experience.

Asante sana!!"

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Thursday, 24 August 2017
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"Afrikable is going to be the experience that will mark my 2017. It has been a reality check that has turned into life lessons and positive energy. The people I shared this month with, the coordinators, women, children and the local people have been one of the greatest discoveries that together with Lamu make the experience a 10.

Thanks for existing, Afrikable! Thanks to Lola and Merche for creating something so beautiful. Thanks to Erika and Irene for always joining us and being our personal guardian angels.

I don’t want to leave!!!"

 

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Friday, 23 December 2016
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"JUST ONE MONTH
It’s been almost 4 months, 4 months since I came back from the most amazing month of my life.
A month in which I experienced new cultures I never thought I would experience from within.
A month in which for once, day after day, I would get up feeling happy, even though I find it so hard to get up early!
A month in which I knew I would get hugs, genuine hugs, first thing in the morning.
A month in which I met a group of holidaymakers with the same enthusiasm as me, I met them and today we know this is long term.
A month seeing women with a smile on their face despite the weight they carry on their shoulders, which is a lot!!
A month that made me forget the absurd idea that I was going to feel sorry for them and start feeling sorry for us, who have everything we want but are certainly empty.
A month enjoying the people of Lamu, the way they feel music, their beaches, the boat trips, their “pole pole” and *HAKUNA MATATA*, Afrikable’s enthusiasm and, especially, the affection. Seeing the wonder Lola and Merche, Afrikable’s founders, have created and becoming a part of this big family thanks to Anita and Cris, my coordinators.
Many will think it was just one month, that’s nothing, what an exaggeration! That’s what I thought at first, but it was an intense month, with all kind of emotions. Experiencing things we had never experienced before.
A month that was enough to make me want to come back, well, enough to know that I’m coming back.
And yes, it was JUST ONE MONTH.”

Translator: Sonia Moscardó

Saturday, 10 December 2016
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"Two and a half months have passed since I returned from Lamu, and still had not be able to write a word and if someone asks me the reason I don't know what it is, I suppose it will be the same for which I couldn't make an album, or for which I still cannot explain much of what it feels...

This begins at the beginning, doesn't it? Well, the beginning is to get off the plane with a million of illusions, nerves and some fears. There, your coordinator is waiting for you, with a smile of those which invade, which blind, when I saw her, I wondered, where does she get it? And an hour later, when you get to the shamba, you understand...

Two months later I'm still waking up in the morning and recalling the sound of their laughter, the colours of their clothes, the joy of their gaze and their morning hugs full of energy, which invades and revitalizes you.

Thanks to Afrikable I discovered that dreams are reality that the hugs are for real, that greetings cheer up one day and that smiles can win a thousand battles.

Thanks to my coordinator Anita and Cristina for making everything easy, for getting closer to their family, because although of different race, beliefs, culture... they are their family.

I guess if I have to define my experience the word is THAK YOU, the adjective is INCREDIBLE, the verbs are SMILE, ADMIRATE, LEARN, REACT.

And, of course, thanks to the September holidaymakers for the nights of endless laughter, for the mornings full of sand, for the afternoons of talks and for your human quality.

And, as always, congratulations LOLA and MERCHE, I admire you and each of the women of AFRIKABLE, I take a little of each inside me."

Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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"And I have to say, I fell in love, I fell in love with the human quality that exists in Afrikable, Lamu. There are feelings that cannot be explained, but I will try to get you a little bit of how much I felt.

One of the best moments is when you arrive at the shamba and you feel at home, feel happiness and peace, feel energy to hang 5 or 6 children and go greeting woman by woman giving them good morning, see come from afar a child who comes with open arms, showing her smiling, letting you see his 3 teeth and taking awkward but determined steps towards you, that children shout your name from the other end of the shamba and you melt inwardly, that the women come to you and give you their most precious good, their babies, to be the one to take care of them. If you thought you had reached the top of a morning happiness, there will always come a woman who, with her hand, will touch your heart, who, with her eyes, will fill you with affection.

The island gives no choice to stress or European rhythm, to problems or bitterness, to the ballasts that you can bring, you return your feet to the ground with the "pole pole" and "hakuna matata" and they are saying "hey! Life has to be lived, there's no hurry, no problem to take away your smile."

If we talk about important things on the island we will talk about music, they carry it in heart and veins, in every part of Afrikable, in the orma town, in the dhow, in the houses, in Lamu, in every part wherever you are there will always be someone singing or making music with any improvised instrument. Silence is a precious commodity but it surpasses what you feel every time they sing.

The best experience of my life has been to go with Afrikable. There came my best version, three months in which every second is a life, in which to enjoy and let go will make you feel really full and happy.

I wrote this last year in December flying to Spain back, and it's exciting to keep feeling the same but even more intense, stronger, deeper, more beautiful."

 

Translator: Sheila Castro

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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
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