The Adventure Begins

There is a world of difference between Mariakani and Nairobi. At first, going from the busy city to this small town was a bit of a surprise. After a few days, however, it became clear that Muthaa can do very valuable work here, which cannot be carried out in Nairobi. Due to the location of Mariakani on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, there is a high incidence of commercial sex, which is why the FC2 and sexual reproductive health programs are so important here to minimize the spread of HIV and unplanned pregnancy. Playing into that, Julia and I started our research project for university. We want to investigate whether nudging (Julia’s favorite topic) can influence Mariakani residents to use more condoms. So we made and installed condom dispensers, and will record how many condoms are picked up per day. First, the dispensers will be by themselves, but later, a poster will be put up alongside them to function as a nudge.

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My first impressions of MCDF - by Julia

In Kenya, in my experience so far, people are friendly and open. They are very curious about us, wazungu - greetings us constantly on the streets, asking information about where we come from, what we do, and, funnily, about our hair. They smile and laugh a lot and it seems like everyone is an excellent dancer - at least compared to European standards.

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First Impressions of Muthaa Community Development Foundation - by Annemieke

Of course, before arriving, Julia and I had researched MCDF and Nairobi. However, the difference between internet research and arriving and actually seeing the city and the offices in person is striking. Getting to the office was an adventure in itself. Taking a matatu from Umoja to the city center was a haranguing ride where our bags took up as much space as two people, we almost got in an accident and we were (for the first, but presumably not the last time). After taking a taxi for the last bit of the trip and being dropped off on a corner near the offices, we wandered around for a few minutes before finding the office. We must have been quite a sight with our gigantic backpacks while wearing office clothes.With the help of some people who pointed us in the right direction; we entered the offices for the first time.

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Nufaisha Girls Mentorship Program

You probably have heard this a million times that when we support the growth and empowerment of young girls and women we raise the quality everyone’s life. Well recently, a friend of mine and I were involved in a heated debate on the need to mentor boys as well, while I have no objection to that I am more inclined to say that we are likely to make a bigger impact by making sure that the mentorship and empowerment of young girls is at the forefront of every discussion in this nation.

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Bucket List

I am sure everyone has a bucket list...knowingly or unknowingly. I remember when i was in primary school, there was this common phrase i loved using when writing my compositions: "kicking the bucket" which meant dying. I always found it to be a more gentle way of presenting the matter. Probably because the idea of death was and still is something that i am trying to come to terms with.

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