Season 4, Episode 1: The Happi House Visits KenyaThe Happi House
Hujambo! (That’s “hello” in Swahili.) Please join The Happi House on a trip of a lifetime to the beautiful country of Kenya. First stop: Nairobi. There, host Happi Olson and crew visit The Giraffe Centre, which educates Kenyan school children and youth on their country’s wildlife and environment, and gives local and international visitors an opportunity to come into close contact with the world’s tallest species, the giraffe. Next, it’s off to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage, an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Africa’s wilderness, particularly its endangered species such as the elephant and Black Rhino. The last stop in Nairobi is where you’ll meet the Sikia beaders that make Sasa Jewelry. These artisans are a group of strong and proud deaf women. Long taught to be ashamed of their “disability,” they have now been crafting intricate jewelry for nearly six years, after repeatedly being turned away from other jobs. These women are incredible!
Then, Happi and the crew are headed to Mombasa. There, they visit with the amazing people associated with Wildlife Works. Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project that uses an emerging marketplace to protect threatened forests, wildlife and communities. You’ll meet Founder Mike Korchinsky, who established the Rukinga Sanctuary in 1997, as well as some of the Rangers, who walk twenty miles per day watching for poachers. Then, Happi gets to visit one of the women’s groups who make beautiful baskets by hand. And finally, it’s time to head into the garden to learn about the strides Wildlife Works has made while promoting conservation and employing locals. With partners like GreaterGood, innovative solutions like vertical farming are helping with reforestation efforts. Get ready to be inspired by all the people you will meet when The Happi House travels to beautiful Kenya!