Kenya Day Two: Jesus, Giraffes and Kenyan Tea

Feeding my new African friend.

Greetings from Kenya! Yesterday our friends from Swahiba Youth Networks took us to church at the Nairobi Gospel Centre International where the upcoming presidential elections were mentioned during the sermon and prayers. You can’t miss the fact that a major election is coming up in Kenya –  campaign posters and flyers are plastered on every available surface in the city. After pizza for lunch (and my first ever Black Currant Fanta) we headed out of town to the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi, also known as the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. It’s not every day you get to feed a giraffe, right? I had no idea that giraffes have very, VERY long tongues. Let’s just say Gene Simmons would be impressed.

In search of food and there were tons of tourists lined up to feed him.

Some of the souvenirs for sale at the Giraffe Center of Nairobi.

You lookin’ at me?

Not only can you feed the giraffes small pellets of food, but you get to handle a preserved giraffe jaw bone and leg bone, femur to be exact, during a quick presentation that provides insight on this amazing species. The Centre was founded in 1979 by the late Jock Leslie Melvile, a Kenyan citizen of British descent, and his wife, the late Betty Leslie Melvile and was initially launched with a dedication to focusing on rescuing the endangered Rothschild giraffe. It’s definitely on my list of must do things to experience if you have the opportunity to travel Nairobi. There is also a manor on the property where we were told Richard Branson has stayed on visits to the country.

Kenyan tea…my new favorite treat.

Speaking of other must experience items, yesterday evening I sipped on my first cup of Kenyan tea in the courtyard at our hotel. It’s this delicious blend of spices, tea and milk and definitely one of my favorite Kenyan delicacies I have experienced thus far. Kenyan tea I will miss you! The weather here has also been amazing and we’ve been sleeping with our windows open. And yes we are sleeping under mosquito nets.

Today we had a very busy schedule focusing on mission work. Rene, founder of Every Girl Counts, and I will be shopping for groceries for two families living in the Kibera slum whose daughters are enrolled in the Swahiba Youth Networks Mentorship and Empowerment Program. We’ll also be visiting with boys who are enrolled in the Young Offendors Reception Center. I’ve only officially been here for two days but I feel like I’ve experienced so much more.

Sawa sawa! (Swahili for “It’s all good.”) Time for dinner here. I am still adjusting to being 9 hours ahead of Nashville time.


  1. Balisha says:

    Hi Jamie…Your pictures are great…and your story from giraffes to tea holds my interest. Soglad to see that you are having a wonderful trip
    Be safe…and hugs from home.

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