I got an email while we were in Kenya from a friend asking if we would like to set up a table for the Culture Festival they were hosting on Family Day (Feb 8th). My first reaction was 'No' merely cause it was only one week after returning home and I knew that jet lag would be kicking our behinds. After explaining this to my friend, she then replied, "Well, it doesn't have to be specifically Kenya. You are welcome to promote your soccer organization." Ding ding ding!! We decided to suck it up and pull it together to put up a table.
I literally grabbed everything in my house that was somewhat Kenya (even packages of Ugali and Java House coffee), we set up the computer to play some footage of the tournaments, and I printed very amateur photos with a link to my blog on it to hand out. The festival itself was a fundraiser for refugees so we were unable to collect donations but we were able to talk to lots of people about the Rehma project.
I have to admit, it was a pretty awesome day. Castlegar is a VERY white (mainly Russian) community. Only recently have more cultures started to move it. We were surprised to meet a few other Africans (mostly from Nigeria here studying). There was food and singing and dancing and crafts from all over the world. Pretty neat for our little white community.
Kelvin was explaining all the artifacts and Kenya 'things' we had put on the table. Everyone thought our stuff was so cool and authenitc. I giggled when one lady asked what we use the big gourd for assuming it was some cool cultural tradition. I had to explain that it was actually just a decoration from our wedding. Ha!
What a cute kid and her popcorn!
Grandma is too excited to watch the cultural performances happening.
Here we are, jet lagged and all! Thanks everyone for checking out the Rehma project!