Monthly Archives: July 2019

Kili Initiative 2019 – Kibera # 2

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya and perhaps, Africa. Authorities estimated the population of the ‘Forest’ to be 500,000 to a million residents, who live on less than $1 a day. Crime and disease ravage the vast shantytown lacking schools, electricity, running water, and medical care. On my second day in Africa the […]

Mosquitos Par Los Millions

I recall the summer of 1989 on the Yucatan. Dry and hot throughout May and June, then a touch of rain one night in Tulum. We were walking back to a beach palapa and heard an approaching whine. Los Mosquitos par los Millones. “Ejecuto.” and ran we did to the safety of our nets. Mosquito […]

KILI INITIATIVE 2019 # 5 – Loitokitok

Route C103 climbed out of the Tsavo plains towards Loitokitok. The two-laner was in better condition than most of the highways in New York City. Nathalia and the rest of the young people bonded with games and stories, as I peered out the bus window at the increasingly parched landscape. “It was not always like […]

Kili Initiative 2019 # 3 – Leaving Nairobi

Early Sunday morning I woke early to the rock-n-rock prayer meetings competing for souls on the YMCA grounds. In the near distance other Bible-thumpers preachedg ‘the Word’. Fast Steve knocked on my door. The twenty-nine year-old Kenyan was the group leader for the Kili Initiative team. “Time to get up. We eat breakfast and then […]

OUT OF TOUCH / OFF TO AFRICA – Kili Initiative 2019 # 1

In early February I met Natalia Rios, Larry Fishbourne, and Laityn Graham at JFK Airport for a flight to Nairobi, Kenya. The young New Yorkers were the members of the Kili Initiative’s 2019 team and I was their ‘chaperone’. The Initiative’s goal was to broaden their horizons by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in […]