CCP Staff retreat to Watamu
CCP staff were treated to a fun outing at watamu on the first weekend of September 2021. We left the office on 2nd September at 5:30am for the train station in Syokimau. Upon arrival, we took pictures at the station before boarding the train at 8am. The 6- hour train ride was quite an experience. We talked, laughed and even admired the environment as we traveled. We arrived at the Mombasa station at 2pm and boarded a bus to Watamu. The bus ride was another chance to sight-see. We saw famous landmarks like the Nyali bridge, Arabuko sokoke forest, the reclaimed Bamburi forest, the famous vipingo sisal farm, among many other landmarks. We stopped at a gas station at Vipingo before continuing with our 4-hour bus ride. Our first tour site was the legendary Gede ruins. We learnt the history of the ruins, the myth about how the ruins are infested with spirits of the dead. We had a fun time learning about the ancient Swahili culture. We were amazed especially by the wedding rituals and the how organized the society was. After the history class, we went to our residence at Turtle bay villas. We had our dinner then did some housekeeping before everyone went to sleep. The next day, we took a boat to wakawaka island; also called katapila island. During the boat ride, we were able to see beautiful fish in the ocean and even had a swim before continuing with the ride. We had lunch at Wakawaka Island and joined in a traditional dance before going back. We got back and swam for a while before returning to the villa. That night, we had a dinner at temple point hotel which was also a staff appreciation time. CCP's Managing Director Stella Mwangi appreciated the staff for the work they do in CCP and reminded them that their work is important. She then awarded Geoffrey, Peter Atisa, Irene Kerubo and Trizah (in absentia) for their efforts to help in the fundraising for the construction. Saturday we had a staff information session to break down the staff handbook as well as explain CCP policies to the new staff and welcome them on board. We went to Aquarius beach resort and had lunch by the ocean. We then swam for some time before some of us went for shopping while the rest went to the residence. In the evening we had performances from the staff; dances, skits and poems of what we had learnt from the trip. We left for Nairobi on Sunday at 3:30am and arrived at 4pm.
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