What is the common view of America in my community?
Firstly, America is highly respected as the superpower of the world. If we know someone from America, we feel privileged and are more respected in our community.
Secondly, we think Americans are “stinking rich.” President Obama arrived here in ‘the beast’ (the presidential limousine), so we think ALL Americans have expensive cars and wear expensive clothes. Television typically portrays wealthy instead of poor Americans, which also colors our view.
Finally, Kenya is at least 75% poor so when Americans come to Kenya, they seem to come with gifts for the poor and they frequently set up programs that will benefit the poor, like starting orphanages.
After hosting Sisters’ Karen, Meg, and Denetra, our preconceived ideas had to be adjusted. I invite you to post any question you might have for me. I’ll do my best to answer!!