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by Amoris Walker April 04, 2017

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A Trip to Kenya to Help Children in Need

Buzz & Amo go to Kenya | CloudLine Apparel

Christine “Buzz” Busby and I met this January at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. We were both sitting at the tables by KEEN’s enormous booth and our mutual friend introduced us. Within minutes we were both divulging stories of our latest adventures and our future travel plans. Buzz struck me right away as a woman who gets things done. The kind of person who doesn’t sit around and hope the next project will roll into her lap, someone who is on the phone, blogging, emailing, photographing, and scanning flights on Kayak.com all the time. So when she told me that she had been working on this project in Kenya for almost a year and it was about to come full circle (digging a well in a Masai community that she helped raise the money for), her enthusiasm and optimism was palpable. Then she explained to me that on her most recent Kenyan excursion she carried all her photography gear, plus camping equipment, and cameras for 10 children on 4 flights, 3 buses, 2 motorcycles, and finally on foot to reach this community - alone. And she was planning on doing it again come Spring 2017 - this time with an additional 50 pairs of KEEN shoes for the kids in tow. Then she beamed a large smile at me and casually said, “It’s hard.”

Buzz & Amo go to Kenya | CloudLine Apparel

That was it for me. My next question was “have you filmed any of this project yet?” To which she responded, “No, but I want to.”

Buzz & Amo go to Kenya | CloudLine Apparel

Fast forward to early March when we began communicating again by phone and text, as she was in a place where plane tickets were being purchased and the trip was becoming a reality. I remembered how I felt when she told me her stories, and I’ve known I would return to Africa ever since my trip to film a documentary in Rwanda in 2006. About halfway through our 2 hours phone conversation, I said “I’m going to come with you, help carry the gear, and shoot the whole process. What do you think?”

“Yes!”

Buzz & Amo go to Kenya | CloudLine Apparel

That settled it, we were going to Kenya. Did I mention my nickname is Amo?

Future documentary title: Buzz and Amo go to Kenya to dig a well and help a few girls in a small village go to school. Or maybe we’ll come up with something shorter. But still, can’t help but love two adventure-loving ladies nicknamed Buzz and Amo traveling through TSA.

 

Support this Project on GoFund Me

To follow our progress, donate, get involved, or share our story, please visit our GoFundMe page where you can find more on Buzz’s non-profit and my international video production company: www.gofundme.com/Give35KenyaDocumentary

 

Buzz & Amo go to Kenya | CloudLine Apparel

Amoris Walker
Amoris Walker

Amoris grew up traveling around the USA in a family band called the EarthWalkers, promoting environmental action through music and comedy. The desire to travel, protect wild places and animals, and share those message has stayed with her ever since. Amoris now owns her own digital marketing business Hot Tea Media and enjoys working with like-minded people who love the world and want to make it a better place. Her motto is "I'd rather be camping"


8 Responses

Jenny Ulrich
Jenny Ulrich

April 04, 2017

Such an inspiring project led by two strong and generous women! Can’t wait to see the final product and learn about the girls who it has helped!

Becky Mendoza
Becky Mendoza

April 04, 2017

Beautiful work!!

Sparkles
Sparkles

April 04, 2017

Right on, Ladies!! The path you’ve chosen for your life is SO inspiring! Can’t wait to see this see the adventure unfold. ALL the luck to you!

Kethra
Kethra

April 04, 2017

I cannot wait to see the next project by the talented filmmaker Amoris Walker and her production company Hot Tea Media! I am proudly donating today.
Trina Latshaw
Trina Latshaw

April 04, 2017

So proud of you Amoris! I love your spirit and your huge heart. Never stopwandering the world and doing amazing things! Love you!

Anneliese Gast
Anneliese Gast

April 04, 2017

Wow, you two ladies sound like AMAZING people! What a worthwhile trip, this just sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to see the video!! Definitely donating!!

Cathy
Cathy

April 04, 2017

So excited for you! I’ve always known you were meant for bigger things. Good luck on your journey. Can’t wait to see the pictures and videos!

Matt Mikolas
Matt Mikolas

April 04, 2017

Way to team up with a great company to come together for an awesome cause! Everybody should support this documentary!

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