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