PLEASURES OF SIMPLE THINGS
I AM currently sitting on a second-floor veranda overlooking lush green hills in the distance. I’m in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya. Below, children from the Nakuru Hope orphanage are pushing tyres around, going up and down a tin slide, which I'm sure is burning their little legs, and skipping with a frayed piece of old rope. It’s these small pleasures that put a smile on the children’s faces every day and the reasons I keep returning to Kenya with Nakuru Hope and its founder Susan Saleeba; five times in fact. The experience makes me appreciate the small pleasures in life. This year, I'm joined by firsttimer Gill Walsh, also from Perth. Yesterday she was reduced to tears as we were having lunch at the homestay after being in the classrooms all morning. Why? It was the holes she had noticed in the kids’ jumpers and rips in their shorts. Yet every single one of those kids had a smile on their face - and that was what brought Gill to tears. These children have so little but always find something to smile about. It's these memories that will linger for all of us when we return to our busy lives where education is a right, clean water flows freely and when our clothes rip we buy new ones. But most of all, memories of these smiles will put a smile on our faces even when our luck is down.
Denise S. Cahill Editor
Editor Denise S. Cahill with the children of Nakuru Hope.