Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Event: Nyama Choma
Description: "On behalf of our Kenya partner VICDA, we arranged a special ‘Nyama Choma’ ESTC event in Nairobi. Nyama choma literally means roasted meat, a Kenyan favourite and rare treat, and we served this alongside other traditional Kenyan dishes including Mukimo, chapatti and various vegetable dishes.
Finding the ‘choma’ itself was an experience. It is somewhat discomforting to go into the Kenyan butchery and place such a large order. ‘So about half a goat?’ asked the delighted yet quizzical butcher. ‘Don’t forget the chicken also’ came the reply. Hauling back 10kg of raw meat in the back of a Kenyan bus is not an experience I wish to repeat.
I was on cooking duty along with Steve, our incredible cook at the volunteer house. Working a solid 14 hours, Steve ended up roasting the meat over a jiko (small cooking stove) in his bedroom as the rains fell. The event went really well, attended by Brits, Mexicans, Canadians, Koreans and of course Kenyans, which gave it a real international feel. One of our project directors also attended, and she was especially excited as her orphanage receives some of the funds raised from ESTC.
We held the dinner outside in the lovely surroundings of the volunteer house, after managing to see off some uninvited guests – the monkeys that parade our street! With candles, over-hanging trees and the soft sounds of the Kenyan under-growth, the night had a wonderful ambience about it. Starting sophisticated enough with the ESTC DVD presentation and introductions, the night soon descended into amateur furniture athletics outside, and amateur acting as the volunteers gave their impersonations of one another in a fit of the giggles!
We raised roughly $200, and VICDA would like to express their thanks to all those who attended; and rest assured, all left feeling well-fed!" - Simon Hart
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