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Dear visitor, welcome to the website of our Embassy in Kenya!

Dr. Wilhelm von Trott zu SolzOur presence in Kenya is a living expression of the good diplomatic relations that exist between the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Republic of Kenya. The Order of Malta is engaged in constantly improving the livelihood of men, women and children. Our activities in all countries throughout the world are especially centred on the needs of the poor and handicapped people, regardless of race, religion or gender.

We welcome guests to our website and invite them to help us and our relief organisation to make this world a better place, for the benefit of the needy and the poor, the sick and the handicapped.

Stay together with us in this country of diversity, of wildlife heritage and of breathtaking landscapes and enjoy the warm welcome of its people.

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EXPERIENCES OF A VOLUNTEER IN LAMU

May 17, 2012

It was a balmy 90 degrees when my flight touched down at Lamu airport off the northern coast of Kenya, just sixty miles south of the Somali border on Valentines Day just after midday. This was to be my home for the next two and a half months. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do down here and if indeed there was going to be enough to keep me occupied; little did I know. My lovely friend Alice Murphy, whom I had been working with at a Mother Teresa home in Ethiopia and is the First Secretary to the Order Of Malta Embassy in Kenya, had introduced me to Dr. Nurein who is in charge and one of only two doctors who works in the huge and massively under-utilised King Fayd hospital on the island. Alice also gave me an introduction to a Spanish girl called Maria who runs Anidan, a local orphanage. I quickly found myself a job at the hospital working on a food supplement programme for HIV sufferers (or clients as there are referred to here).

This involves measuring their height and weight and then working out their Body Mass Index. Based on this information we work out if their weight is normal, in which case we do nothing, or if it is below weight, in which case we provide them with high energy and high calorific foods to get their weight up. They are never overweight. When you are being treated for HIV you are on a drug called an Antiretroviral (ARTs). For this to be effective you have to have a healthy body weight.

I also work as a scrub nurse in the operating theatre helping in such operations as caesarean delivery, tummy button to pubic bone cut, scrotal trauma, breast infections, torn arm ligaments and cataract removal. I feel very proud to be working with such first world machinery supplied by the Order of Malta, like theatre lights, air conditioning units, delivery tables, autoclaves etc.

When I finish work at the hospital, around 5pm each day, I walk to my house, which is about 100 metres from the hospital. It is owned by the Ministry of Housing, but is on loan to the Order of Malta who have completely refurbished in preparation for the arrival of volunteer medics to come and work at the hospital. I am lucky enough to be their first guest. Then I set off for the orphanage, which is about a 45-minute walk away. There I teach English to 11 to 18 year olds. My first class starts at 7.00pm and I finish at 9.15pm. Then a Maasai security guard walks me home across the mangroves. With the constant security threat from Somali pirates they take security very seriously here.

I get home around 10pm and am fast asleep by 10.15pm – exhausted, but fulfilled and I can honestly say I have never been happier.