Migrant Voices: "I think I am going to stay here, until I feel I have done my best. There is still so much more that I can do."

Migrant Voices Wed, 06/08/2016 - 13:25 Share

When I realized I was going to work in Kenya I saw it as a great opportunity. I had prior knowledge that Lodwar was a harsh area because I had friends who came to work here and resigned or went back home within one month. My first experience was tough. I did not know anyone here. I arrived during the rainy season and the house I got was flooded the first night. Not to mention the unbearable heat during the day.

It took me about a month to start settling in, getting out and socializing. Having worked in the humanitarian world, I started to look at Lodwar from a different angle. I wondered what I could do that could make a difference. I sought to understand what Lodwar was about and why the residents were the way they were. And within no time, I realized I was going to stay longer.

It has been three years now. I feel that there is more to do. If I had stayed on after the first night with the floods and the incessant heat the next day, surely, I could stay longer.

Feeling that I have contributed to improve a community or an individual‘s life makes me happy. I look at it from the perspective of making lemonade out of lemons. I have so much lemonade now and I do not know how to share it.

The people I meet in my work give me a lot of joy because I see radiance in their faces. I think I am going to stay here, until I feel I have done my best. There is still so much more that I can do.