I had the pleasure of undertaking comprehensive interpretation for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates is a global figure who has changed the world once and is busy doing it a second time together with his wife Melinda. Together, they are making a huge difference through their foundation. In the words of their 2011 annual report, ‘we’re now balancing more than two dozen initiatives in health, development, and U.S. education. The growth is important; it lets us accomplish more together with our partners.’
Nguruman was the location that was hosting a delegation from this foundation and I was right there with them, interpreting for them. Nguruman is a rustic Maasai town that is surrounded by a vast land that is dotted with traditional Maasai houses. Like Rome and Kigali, it is surrounded by hills. But unlike these two cities, it oozes freshness and chirping birds.
After Nguruman, we travelled to the coastal part of Kenya, where my interpretation work continued, amongst the coastal people. Swahili was born at the coast of Kenya, so am always thrilled to visit there. It gave me great joy to dramatically inform the foundation team during a lunch hour break that they were in the region that had given the world the amazing gift of Swahili.
We had a great five days together and I thoroughly enjoyed the interpretation work.