Saturday, 27 June 2009

we is da human beans

WOW WOW WOwee. Yesterday from dawn to this mornings sunrise was one long hot party day.  You know those days that start so early and alcohol consumption begins long before sunset, the hot sun beating down on you while one drink is as easily slurped as the next, and the next, going on well into the early morning hours. Well that was the kind of day we had. And it was more fun than driving backwards down a highway.

The launch went great. We had nothing to do with organizing it, which we were elated about. A massive crowd swarmed in as the area MP came to grace us with his honorable presence. Giving a long-winded twenty-minute speech. Old women danced and sang. Drunken people yelled about being hungry, it was your typical Kenyan ceremony in everyway. People gave us lots of love and it was nice.

Then we made our crew walk to our place where we cooked 25 kilos of beef for 60 people. It was so great to have the people over who we have spent so much time with in their crazy neighborhoods. We had people from all over Nairobi, and my bedroom was the grimiest, sweatiest, and smokiest of them all. At one point a 40-year-old haggard man was passed out on my bed. What was even better was for a while there was no electricity as well as no running water (we more often than not don’t have a drip of running water in the house). So we celebrated the launch of the business and our soon departure from this wonderful and insane city. 

This was the massive crowd who showed up with the MP. The video I took of it is one of the best things I have seen in Kenya.
Listening to many speeches in Swahili is always the most fun

Justin taking one for the team and thanking the community, I wasn't too into the Microphone

The area MP having a very Kenyan speech. Some how he managed to turn the direction of waste management into Politics. Its a constant campaign. 
The unveiling of the centre also came with a long list of equipment that was supplied by the CDF for the groups we were working with who are doing garbage collection. 
Here is a few of the people who we have been working with in the past 3 months. There is Mathare people and Makadara people here. 
We are demonstrating our amazing plastic shredding technique with the new machine we bought for the centre.
Not everything is business.

Thursday, 25 June 2009


bought the store out of KENYA KING and its going to be a big smash debaucherous evening with people from all over Nairobi and this PLANET CALLED "EARTH". Everyone Welcome! starts at around 4 pm. Right after the Recycling centre launch in Makadara, Mbotela. 

Here is a video that was shot deep in the jungle of Pookaroo by the famous Dutch explorer/Dr. Von Fartenhammer. The heinous Teeto tribe is one of the last tribes on earth who still likes to eat little children. It was passed on to us by a colleague. 

Monday, 22 June 2009

Nancy Drew! (What did she draw?)

 Today was not ordinary. We had a special clean up around the Recycling centre in Makadara before the big shebang launch we are having on friday. This mean't picking up all the garbage that was lying around, cutting the grass, etc. Today was the first day and hopefully the only day where I had to sort through the garbage and separate the plastics (bare hands).The plastics that have been festering in garbage for weeks and covered in odd colours and slimes. The smell was exactly how Justin described it "pure baby poo".  Here are some photos from today. The actual pictures are amazing, I scrunch them down so I can put them on here fast and easy and they look like garbage, but you get the idea. 

Yesterday we went to an international rugby competition. The sun was roasting. We drank so many beers and never peed. I laughed the entire 7 hours I was there. Drunken Kenyans are some of the funniest people you will ever meet. And bar none the best hecklers on this planet. Every white woman who passed infront of the bleachers was named "Nancy Drew" and everyone took the chance to scream it out as every white chicked walked by. I cried of laughing when one guy said "What did she draw?"  


Saturday, 20 June 2009

Final Days in Nairobi

Just wanted to add to the last post, That the last few weeks have come together even better than expected, as both Management/Operational structures are now complete for both Waste Management centre’s. Both networks have appointed board of representatives, have named chairs and secretaries and are on the verge of hiring the Manager, accountant and the laborers. We finished our involvement with both businesses this past Friday and are now both firmly in the hands of the youth within the networks. We plan to attend both their meetings at the beginning of this coming week to ensure that management is in place, laborers have been hired and everything is running smoothly, otherwise both businesses are set to go, and should begin bringing plastics to centre during the week. The one centre in Mathare is fully equipped with their plastics shredding machine in place and running, while Makadara should have there’s completed and hooked up by the end of the week.

We are having a launch for the project in Makadara on Friday at which point the machine should be in place and the equipment that the Local government has pledged to buy in support of the program should hopefully be ready to go. So as of Friday, conveniently our last day, we hope that both businesses are fully equipped with a building, a machine, the equipment, the training and the ability to fully run a waste management centre.

After the launch were having a BBQ at our place in the afternoon and have invited everyone we’ve worked with, in the past three months, plus all of our other friends, which should be a lot of fun.

I must add we're extremely pleased just how well everything turned out; it really couldn’t have gone any better than it has and just want to thank all of you who have supported this project, as it couldn’t have been possible without you.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

the yuts are great

The blogging activity has been low. But the Hope has been uping more and more everyday. We have two more weeks in Nairobi. We are working as hard as humanly possible to achieve everything we came to do. If someone told me before we came here that everything would go as smooth as it has, I would have laughed in their face, thinking "I should punch that person in the face for being so stupid". The past two and a half months have gone so well and everything is wrapping up to look like we accomplished what we came to do. I don't know if it's a product of our organizing or the help from others that has made this project go so well. 
We have tried to do everything with these youth groups so that when it's time for us to leave, they know everything they need to do to succesfully run a recycling centre. We have done everything we came here to do, now the success lies in the hands of these groups who will have to work very hard to make it all work. 

I have met some incredibly inspiring people in the time I have been here. People my age and older and even younger. I can't ever try to describe life in the slums, but the resiliance and strength of the people who inspire me from these neighborhoods are teaching me as much as we are teaching them.

On the 29th we fly to Bombay. This will be awesome. We have been trying to do some fun stuff when we aren't working here, we recently climbed a dormant volcano, which was a lot of fun. And I myself enjoy the nightlife of this town, maybe a little more than others but I try to go party every chance I get. To be honest, it's nice to go out and see stuff once and a while, but I don't have any vibe to go and see lions or anything like that in Kenya. I love working where I work and if we go away I miss it. 

Friday, 5 June 2009


The search for more sosa begins and ends in Nairobi. The video depicts our daily life while living in this sleepless Metropolis. Our lives consist of walking everywhere, taking buses during the most savage traffic jams you can ever Imagine. Meetings in obscure places like under a tree or outside a building that have the loudest drum circle ever playing. Spending a lot of time in the complicated neighborhoods where the streets turn to ankle high mud after a bout of rain. And where parties are banging till the early sun.