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Girls: 1, Snake: 0 - WWU partners with a Kenya school

To watch a video created by Kathryn Bachen of her trip to Kenya, click here.

Traditional Kochia dancers perform at a event attended by the President and Prime Minister of Kenya. Their headdresses are made of Ostrich feathers. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Julie Lynch compares hands with Jim, a boy that lived next door to the compound the group stayed at in Kochia. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

A group of Ombogo students show Julie Lynch and Heather Handerson the vegetable garden that they produce as part of their agriculture class. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Western professor Marie Eaton reads a book to Etaniel, the son of the director of Ombogo Girls' Academy. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Shearlean Duke, associate professor of journalism at WWU. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Marie Eaton, professor at WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Susan Oluoch, in her 80s, has very poor eyesight and struggles to walk. All four of her children have died along with her four grandchildren, leaving Oluoch dependent on the kindness of neighbors for food and water. In her hut she has a bed frame, but no mattress, only a woven grass mat. Says Kathryn Bachen: "When I visited Ms. Oluoch, she expressed (through an interpreter) that she was very happy for my visit as she was very lonely and not have many visitors. While holding my hand she told me that though she couldn't see me, she could tell I was a Muzungo. Ms. Oluoch was the third grandmother we visited but definitely the one who touched me the most, it was hard to watch her as we drove away move slowly back to her chair outside her hut back to her very isolated life." Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Two youths wash the floor in a room at the Maasai high school. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Timothy Costello, director of WWU's Center for Service-Learning. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

After a watchful guard killed a deadly puff adder snake that had slithered into the school yard of Ombogo Girls Academy in Kenya last summer, Kathryn Bachen (’09) chronicled what happened next. “The girls wanted to dissect it,” Bachen says. “Ask any of those girls, they’ll either say they want to be a doctor or a lawyer.” Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Alice and Kathryn Bachen on the bus ride from Kisumu airport to Ombogo, only half the road was paved so we had to wear dust masks. Dust was unavoidable (my camera sensor will testify) especially because they were currently in a drought. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Kwenia and another warrior walk across the bottom of a dried basin during a nature walk. Many of the Massai warriors wore shoes made from old car tires. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Doris Agutu, 79, came to care for five grandchildren, all under 6 years old, after her five children died. Agutu has a few fruit trees in her yard that provides a small income for her family. The family's house has two rooms, a living room where the grandchildren sleep, and a kitchen where there is a stove in one corner and Agutu's bed at the other side. Their chickens sleep beneath her bed. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Lorpopit, Kwenia and Moloki. They are wearing the traditional plaid wraps and beaded jewelry. For Maasai males, being a warrior is a stage of life from that starts at about 18 years old and lasts for at least eight years. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

People every where the group went were fascinated with Heather Handerson's tattoos. Here, some Maasai children check out Heather's forearm tattoo of her cat "George" dressed as a viking. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Mama Lorpopit, during a beading demonstration. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Maureen and Marie talk while they walk to the shore of Lake Victoria to watch the sunset. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Chemistry class, testing the reactions of acids and metals. Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen

Photo by Kathryn Bachen