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I am in Kenya

Saying farewell to Matija in Croatia,





To make necessary procedure, I had to go through immigration in Germany


Saying good bye to my kids at the airport of Munich , Germany …


Seeing my kids sad faces behind their attitude of trying to be strong


I told to myself ,


" I have to do my best ! ! "


But then,


Their flight was canceled, so when I went back into the transit area, I got to see them again ^^@


We had many incidents in this trip , but I am now in Kenya!







I only knew the face of animal kingdom


But the place I am going is the one of the biggest slum in the wirld


It was not a vast savanna to the horizon with blue sky








It was miuntains of trash







And modest houses


But I really liked their charming coloring







Yet, such casual thought blown away in this sever environment





In this trip , I am here for a different project as I usually come for LOLO SITOA's actuvity


It is a huge project partnered with my favorite people


People living this reality so strongly


That I am not so sure if I am good enough to be their partner


And they have such a passionate spirit


Which I would love to introduce about them in another occasion


Which put me into a thinking that "what am I able to do ? "


Not in a way of "what can I do " but in a l senae of "what is it that U can do !"


Then I noticed that I can be active in different places since they have little time to do so


If I can use my shop to manage production and sales ti make this project as bigger as possible


Then more people will be involved , and more awareness can be influenced



Simply , I thought that would be it





Through soccer , in this slum named Kibera , I am thinking


If we can make a project for the children in Japan and for the adults in Japan,


To convey a spirit


To convey something uplifting in their passion!




This is our team in Kibera for this project !!!!







I thought I would be terrified just by myself as a woman, and wanted someone who knows soccer


So I asked Santosh ( professional soccer player and Reale nepal coach ) to come from Nepal !


( Although he is a captain of the professional team, and they are playing fir a tournament today, he canceled his participation so he can come with me … !


I am so sorry , and soooo much thanks !! )




These are the members who created an active community in Kibera








They are also living in Kibera, but they are working every day to change the reality of children in Kibera !


Looking at their tough spirit , I really felt I still have so much to learn


I felt that I have to be much stronger




Then I equipped my camera and video camera


To glimpse into the lives of children playing for the Kibera Soccer League


I took off to the streets of slum city







Apparently, it would be very dangerous, so I hired two police officers


And also being told to bring 3 members from the foundation that lives in Kibera







Such a huge rifle and automatic guns …


The moment I saw them, I got so nervous



Yes, slum is very terrifying


But rather, I am so not used to being around with these guns following me …


My focus was so out of shotting photos







And the ground was always like this








Anywhere







I had to direct all my focus in the act of walking








Sometimes getting those zinc roots on my head




But children were full of smiles







And the kids from the team seemed so honorable







And most of all the adults who involved in this project,


The coordinator of Kibera Soccer team ,


And the coach member of the soccer team


They live in Kibera , and took me around the slum city


Had si much integrity inside !!!!


With such passion !!!


That they were proud to introduce me to their slum city







"We are tough!"


He said.


Although living in slum , although they do not have money,


They didn't show me any sadness or such feelings !


I don't kow how to describe this ….


But they have this special feeling


May be because they are headind to the future with full of hopes



Mothers of the children playing for the team







I was even surprised with myself feeling a sense of hope in this sever environment


Which you can see how I am not focused in shooting photos ….


Mothers are not even in the picture …


It was truly amazing how they managed to live in this city.


These are the people who came out to look for a job.


Every day is a survival for them








But what I am truly amazed is how different they appear by the spirits they have towards life !!


The people I met were so full of passion !



They were so bright


And they were carrying a dream in their life !!!



So what I want to say here ,


I am NOT going to talk about how difficult and sad this reality is here


Or


It's not about how the world is filled with unfair lives.


But when you see these peiple,


No matter what kind of environment they are in ,


When a person carries a passion and dream in his/ her heart



They can be so proud !


Can be so attractuve !!


They looked so much stronger and vibrant !


Than this women coming from Japan (me )




That is what I want to convey to everyone !



LIVING



In the life of human being , is so magnificent and can be so full of joy !




As they have conveyed this message to me,


I am very proud


To convey these amazing lives of people living in Kibera!



That is what I feel !



May this project will last for long long time,


And for my wish to initiate something in the heart of others as many as possible,


I will give in all my effort to do the best that I can possibly do !








Seeing these wonderful people in Kibera,


I thought I will wait for my visit to enjoy the animal kingdom for several years later







To be proud of myself as much as they are,



I am and will continue,


to LIVE !!!!!








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