Olmaroroi is one of the many Maasai villages close to Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Despite its proximity to the capital, the village is fairly isolated and under-developed. Families are crammed into small rooms in makeshift houses made of cardboard and covered by cattle dung, without running tap water or electricity. Most children need to take care of family cattle and household chores, so they take turns to go to school. There are only three teachers in the village school and the students are used to share a donated textbook since they cannot afford one.
Born in Beijing and spent her childhood and teen years in various places including Tibet, Szechuan and Yunnan, Xiao “Freya” Gu is a volunteer, traveler and photographer currently based in New York. Early experience of diverse cultures and exposure to different communities unleashed her fascination for human and nature. She is passionate about observing and connecting the world through travelling and volunteering. She has traveled to all 7 continents and has been a dedicated volunteer since she was 15. She takes her lenses to capture precious moments, when she sees true beauty and dignity in human as well as the wilderness in nature.