I really enjoy strolling through Mbita town on the shore of Lake Victoria. I have visited Mbita, Kenya about a dozen times in as many years. As you can see from the photos, I am the only muzungu for miles around. I get many greetings and stop to talk with vendors or pikipiki drivers. I feel very safe and welcomed. I love the vibrant color that surrounds me there. The town also has special signficance for me which I will note at the end of this post.
The photos can speak for themselves.
Below is one other reminder of my special connection to this town. In the middle of the local hospital grounds, now behind some trees, is a water tank bearing my name. It was the first infrastructure project that I tackled in Kenya in 2005 and the benefits it gave to this clinic led me to establish the CanAssist African Relief Trust in 2008. Since that time, CanAssist has provided more than a million dollars of infrastructure support to communities throughout East Africa. Little did I know, in 2005, what a profound effect that water tank in Mbita town would have on my life for the next several years.
Love all the colors!
Yes, i was aware of how coloirful everthing was as i walked along. Great for photos. Uplifiting and vibrant. Glad you got that feeling from the photos.
What a beautiful burst of colour on a dreary morning here in Kingston…thanks for sharing these!
Yes as I walked along I was so aware of the cookie I was absorbing. I more ways than one.
John, I still have the video you sent me of your walk along the main street in Mbita. I was so thrilled to do it in person with the CanAssist group in 2016. Memories flood back of this special time amongst the wonderful African people.
I never get tired of wandering in Mbita. I think this was my 12th trip there.