and he invited me to his house! And I am taking him up on it. I am going to Kenya in two and a half weeks. It's a plot twist in my life that I didn't see coming. How did little ol' me get the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to the other side of the globe and visit with Maasai and much more!? It's a great story that may one day be made into a major motion picture. (Hollywood, I am waiting by my cell phone.) In the meantime, I'll go ahead and tell you the condensed version in this post.
If you read my blog on the regular, or just know me well, you may be familiar with the back story: how my best friend, L., travelled to Africa in the 80's with a Bible translation organization; and how she became very sick while she was there and had to come home. And how, once she was back in the U.S., she heard about the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), and incorporated their dietary principles to a good end. What you may not know is that while L. was in Kenya, she met some Maasai and really connected with their culture, building some strong friendships. She became especially close with one Maasai warrior, Dickson.
Fast-forward 20 years. L. sends materials from WAPF to Kenya and to Dickson, in particular. In response, Dickson calls L. (yes, he has a cell phone!) and tells her that he would love for someone from WAPF to come and talk to his people about nutrition. The Maasai are becoming sick, as their diet has become increasingly westernized. The Maasai, a traditionally strong and robust people! Dickson found the WAPF materials fascinating and he believes the WAPF perspective--that ancient, sacred, real foods hold the key to health and vitality--may help his people get back to their traditional diet and regain their health.
Since I am the DC chapter leader for WAPF, I was able to connect with Sally Fallon Morrell, the head of WAPF, and the next thing I knew, she had selected me to go to Kenya! I was (and am) ecstatic! To add to my happiness, I am not going alone. I am traveling with two women: Mary, a nurse and WAPF member, who will also be speaking, and Deb, who lived in Kenya for years and can help us navigate the culture, language, and logistics. I feel prepared to speak with the Maasai, as well as other groups in Nairobi, thanks to training I've received from WAPF and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This doesn't mean I'm not nervous; it just means that I am ready as I can possibly be.
In the weeks to come, I hope to share snippets of the presentation I've prepared for Kenya in my blog posts. I will highlight principles that are applicable for us in the U.S., as well, of course! And when I come back, you can bet I'll have pictures of me and Dickson and his family and his village, as well as other aspects of my adventures in Kenya. I can't wait. And I hope you can't either!