Traveling with Asante Africa Foundation
I’m a new Asante Africa board member, and when the opportunity arose to accompany Erna Grasz on a visit to Kenya and Tanzania, I figured it would be good to see our work firsthand. The month-long trip left me with many lasting impressions. But the most recurring theme that kept surfacing is how hard everything is in East Africa.
Traveling as foreigners, we had access to decent food, clean water, reliable transport, hotel rooms, and yes, western toilets. But even so, our trip was anything but easy. Very little of the country is paved, so the road trips from one remote area to another were long, hot, and bumpy as hell. Riding with the windows down meant having our faces, lungs and clothes coated with red dirt, while rolling up the windows left us suffocating from the sweltering heat.Upon arrival at a guesthouse, I would find either the toilet seat, hot water knob or water pressure missing. I thought I could reward myself at dinner one night when I saw roast chicken on the menu, but it was so tough, I couldn’t even bite into it. I’m no stranger to Third World travel, nor am I a prima donna. My point is that if our time in East Africa was rough, imagine how difficult life is for the locals who lack our resources. … Read More