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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR:

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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Volunteer Experiences

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Oct 20, 2012

Hal writes: ‘This summer I travelled to Kenya for nine weeks; six of them spent with the Order of Malta and Malteser International. My only previous experience of Africa had been Morocco and Egypt. I got a really good feel for East Africa whilst volunteering for the Order of Malta in various projects for them across Kenya. From the Malteser International TB and HIV clinics in the slums of Nairobi to the Lamu Hospital, I got a taste of just about everything.

What I most enjoyed was my work with Malteser International in Soweto Kayole and Kangemi, which are two slum areas of Nairobi. The staff in both health clinics were great and whilst working alongside them you got a real sense of the community helping each other. One of the Community Health Workers, Stephen Shikoli, was with us wherever we went in the Kangemi slum and he seemed to know everyone who lived there and so we were instantly accepted into the community just by being with him. We had a great time with him.

It very much felt like you were part of the team; whether you were canvassing for TB awareness in Kangemi or checking for child malnutrition in Soweto Kayole and it was a pretty inspiring team to be a part of.

All in all the experience of working in such a diverse group of projects around Kenya and especially in Nairobi was, in my eyes, the best possible way to experience the real Kenya whilst simultaneously helping the community. It may seem like a small thing to you at the time, but even playing with the kids for a few hours a day you get the feeling that a little counts for a lot in Kenya.’

Jack writes: ‘My time working with Malteser International was hugely rewarding and every single person we worked with was warm and welcoming which made the experience of working in Nairobi all the more enjoyable. The sense of community in the areas that we were working in was huge with the health centres vital to the area that they were providing care for.

We participated in a wide range of activities including administering medication to patients and checking for malnutrition in children within the health centres themselves. We also visited TB outpatients in their homes delivering medication and support, raising awareness about diseases such as TB and HIV, both on the street and in schools and helped in the HIV testing of people on the street.

One particular moment will stay with me for the rest of my life was when a small malnourished child was tested for HIV and the sheer elation and relief when she was found negative from her grandmother and everyone that was there. So not having a medical background did not detract from the fact we were working in a medical environment.

Also, as the health centres are so intertwined with the communities we were also given the opportunity to teach in one of the local schools, which was another new experience for me. All in all it was a great summer where I learnt a lot and got a invaluable taste of Kenyan life.’