The bush terrain around Restart is alluring in it’s own way.
The children at Restart keep each other entertained with all sorts of hand games.
Mary Coulson, the “Lady of the Woods,” and one of the people who inspired my life.
Bougainvillea is a very popular plant in Kenya and lends it’s bright colors to almost any terrain.
An acacia tree with Lake Naivasha in the background.
My dad and Kim the Taxi jumpstart the broken down car that will take me to Gilgil.
There are so many beautiful flowers around the campus of Restart.
This picture (and others like it) were taken in the mirror above the sink in my Gilgil apartment. I often would look into this mirror, inquiring into the reflection I saw.
I actually took this photo in my room after returning from Restart. Here is the infamous red kikoi featured in “La Tzigane.”
A little girl asked me if she could use my camera and took this picture. I don’t think she had touched a camera before, but the result was amazing.
A corner of many curious little lines of shops that line many rural Kenyan roads.
Football (soccer) is a huge part of the lifestyle at Restart. Here are the boy’s cleats all lined up.
A lonely flower blooms on the fence of Restart.
Rolling, light-touched crests and falls of the Rift Valley.
The main building of Restart. Dances, fashion walks, and all sorts of shenanigans happen here.
The precipice of a road winding down the foothills of the Abedares into the Rift Valley.
Farmland on the drive from Limuru to Gilgil.
One goat, two goat, white goat, brown goat.
A motorbike speeding along in a grove of giant acacia trees.
We all reach for something, but what is it?
Who knew that empty water tanks could be so much fun?
The sink in my apartment.
The giant orange Restart bus, used for field trips.
A rainbow of thread.
Some of the jewelry that the women in Sanata make.
Some amaranth and raisins for breakfast!
The skies are grey over the rolling farmland of the Rift.
Many everyday objects spring to life as playmates.
The sun suddenly illuminated Nicole, giving her a halo. This was taken during one of our very bumpy rides in the back of the pickup truck.
Nicole aligns with the universe as colors come together in a whimsical moment of time.
A shoe made by Sanata. They even custom-made me a pair for my little pixie feet!
An acacia grove standing alongside the road.
The old Restart truck, also known as the “royal carriage of Langalanga.” From the back of this truck we always had scenic and interesting tours of the city, including the time a man on a motorbike threw a chicken at us.
A broken window, a twisted identity.
Mary’s dining room.
Birds on a line.
Madonna and child.
One of the gates on the way to Restart. Normally cows bask in the sun in the adjacent pasture.
Mary’s house, drenched and caressed by vines and indigenous flowers.
“Think not what you are… But what you can become.”
The clouds sweep over the Earth.
A yellow fever acacia tree.
Hanging laundry outside my apartment on the second floor.
The view from inside the Restart Bus.
Jacaranda trees are very common in Nairobi and across the Rift.
The campus of Restart is very well-thought out, providing lots of green space for children to play on.
A little boy stands before a volleyball game.
The Sanata women’s group designs all sorts of beautiful and eclectic pieces.
Elie and Sarah walk to Restart.
Listening, watching, wondering.
An early morning outside of Mary’s driveway.
On one of my last days at Restart, it rained so hard that even the second-story floors were flooded.
More arts and crafts by Sanata.
Maize growing next to the highway.
“I LOVE RESTART”
Restart Africa also features a medicinal plant project in which the knowledge of healing herbs is preserved.
A wrong dive.
Nicole, Elie, and Sarah laughing as some of the little ones tumble through the grass.
A petrol station at one of the little towns along the highway.
An acacia next to the road to Restart.
Christmas presents for the children at Restart!
Green dragon under moon.
Part of the quote on the wall in the main room of Restart, which echoes the founding philosophy.
A pop of color caught by the morning sun.
There are beautiful flowers in each and every corner of the world.