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Monday, 22 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Here we have four situations that will make you smile thanks to the Volunteer Holidays’ program with Afrikable:

1. The arrival and the greetings: The welcome to the tourists in Lamu is a mix between fun and surprise. The inhabitants of Lamu will take care of embracing the visitor with a sample of effusiveness. You will hear “karibu” from the autochthonous’ mouths: a word that will accompany you during a good part of the trip. You will also hear “jambo” or the familiar “mambo”, which will serve as a greeting at any moment. This gesture is still present in Lamu and it is appreciated. In addition, it makes you smile.

2. The laughter of the little ones: As soon as you arrive to the Afrikable’s school, you will notice the contagious laughs of the little ones. Kids in Lamu do not stop smiling. They will not only transmit their laughter but they will also teach us a lesson of humility and enjoyment of life facing the problems.

3. Donkeys have priority: As a famous Swahili proverb says, “A man without a donkey is a dumb”. So it will not take you a lot of time to realize that there are donkeys at every corner on the island of Lamu and that this animal is the common mode of transportation. One of the funniest situations is having to wait for donkeys to cross the narrow streets of the village… Everything else can wait.

4. The food, the beaches and the local people: On this small island you will realize that the little pleasures are a reason to smile. And you will do it as soon as you try the delicious local gastronomy (very inexpensive and affordable) with fish and fresh fruits, or when you have the opportunity to lay down at the beaches or to make a trip on a lateen sail boat, known as “dhow”. A trip to paradise that will make you consider life with utter happiness for a few days.


Author: Carmen García | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Sunday, 14 February 2016
Published in PROMOTION

Reason #1: The old town, heritage of humanity

According to UNESCO: Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

Getting lost in the narrow streets of the old town will be one of the funniest sensations of the trip. You will experience a maze of narrow streets full of donkeys, kids, cats and fast food stands where you can buy French fries for breakfast, for example. One never knows what the next corner will bring…

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Reason #2: the blending of cultures

In Lamu and, in particular, with Afrikable’s project, you will be able to know some of the most representative ethnic groups of Kenya and, in general, of the East African coast. From the exotic Masaai people to the Christian Kikuyu people or the Muslim Orma people.

Hospitality in Lamu Island is beyond all doubt. You will never be short on smiles on the face of who you have in front of you. And if you get to know some words in Swahili, you will delight your interlocutor.

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Reason #3: the incredible beaches of the archipelago

Manda, the endless beach of Shela, the golden beach of Kipungani, the idyllic beach of Manda Toto and the almost inaccessible beach of Kiwayu. All of them deserve to be visited and all of them have something different. And you will not have the problem of finding a place to put your towel. Or maybe?.

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Reason #4: Swahili food

At the end of the day, the Swahili people are a mix of 3 big migratory movements and each one left their influence. Their diet is based on fish, veggies, fruit, a lot of spices due to the Indian influence and rice as the basis for almost all of their meals. The enthusiast of fish will feel like in heaven… Eating a fish that was just scooped out of the sea and cooked on embers sitting on a dhow is priceless. It will make you want to lick your fingers! Well, that if you have eaten in the traditional way, that is to say, with your hands.

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Reason #5: The project of Afrikable

Taking part in the project of Afrikable will give you the opportunity to interact with women from different cultures and with their children. You will be able to help out at school, lend a hand with breakfast for the babies or throw yourself to the sand surrounded by children wanting to play with you. You will participate in the daily work of the women making sandals, handbags, bracelets, etc.

You will also be able to give a workshop with them in the afternoon. In addition, being in touch with the women from the project will allow you to see and hear from their mouth how the Fair Trade has changed their lives and those of their families.

And you will understand that, for getting to get on people that do not speak the same language as you do, it is only necessary to have the wish to do it.

Do you need any more reasons?

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Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Paula Aparicio



Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.


In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.


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