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Farewell for now...

Well it has been an amazing experience and journey for us all. We had an emotional farewell with our guide Hemed and our other drivers. We have made such strong connections with the people we have met here it has been hard to say goodbye. Now that we are done our first flight to Heathrow we are all looking forward to being back in Vancouver with family and friends to share many stories and even more pictures! Next stop home! :)

Last day at Kipevu

 Thursday was our final day at kipevu with the kids. We finished painting the grade 8 classrooms and started to paint the library. We also brought a few of the Aga Khan students with us. The school then had a closing ceremony for us where they performed dances and songs, and a few speeches from teachers. They also launched the new Afro pad project.

Paul's Blog post 2

These past few days have been very emotionally difficult because we had to both say goodbye to the kids at Kipevu that we have been seeing this past week, as well as we had the impossible task to decide what school we should focus our funding on most next. Our options were between Nuru, an orphanage/school and Port Reitz, a school for mainly mentally and physically disabled children. In order to do this we needed to decide what school is currently in more need than the other.

Khalid and Gavin blog post

Last day at Kipevu:

Privilege, appreciation & heat

Mambo vipi.

 

We we have just finished a whirlwind two days in Mombasa. Visited 4 different schools, played with hundreds of kids, gave out even more high fives and assessed potential future projects for Stratford Hall.

 

Thursday

Khalid's Entry

Our first day at Kipevu Primary was amazing. As we approached the school in our two buses, the students lined the streets and started chanting and cheering.
We first went to the head teachers office. He welcomed us and requested us signed the guest book. After each one of us finished signing the guest book, we went and met all the teachers and had a short introduction. During this time, the 800+ students of Kipevu were anxiously waiting in the courtyard to meet us.

Working With Kipevu

 On Monday the 16th, I went into the bus at Aga Khan and drove about 20 minutes away to an entirely different world. This was one of the many slums of Mombasa and in the centre of it was Kipevu Primary school. Entering into the schoo was amazing, around 800 students and teachers were awaiting our arrival and spilling out of the gates to greet us.It was really emotional for me to see so many people who knew my name and were excited to meet me.

Daniel's Entry

We have now been in Kenya for 6 days, and have visited Kipevu twice. It was amazing to finaly get to see the school. The first day was a welcoming celebration where we met all of the staff and the students danced and sang for us. It was really neat to talk to the students because they took us around individually to meet all their groups of friends. It was interesting to interact with some of the students because I got to ask them what they liked or didn't like about the school and our presence. Most of the students and staff were very nice, inviting and grateful for our help.

-Daniel

Kenya Day 6

Jambo! It's day 6 in Kenya and we're all having the best time. We've met so many students from both Aga Khan Academy and Kipevu, along with many teachers from each school. Today, we shadowed students at Aga Khan, and we were able to experience the IB program in a totally different way. Although there was no AC in the classrooms, we still had a very enjoyable time with all our new friends here at the Academy.

Paul's Entry

It is now day 5 in Mombasa. After landing in Mombasa Airport we were greeted by over 100 students from KIPEVU primary school. We were given a brief introduction by the head of school accompanied by welcoming songs and dances. Despite wanting to stay we were all exhausted and needed showers after over 24 hours spent travelling. We settled into out dorm rooms at Aga Khan Academy had dinner and a very short tour of the campus. Saturday we visited a school located in a village with no income half of the year called Jipe Moyo. A relatively new school from K-2 founded by several uneducated women who got together under a tree and decided that they needed to keep the children safe as well as teaching them to survive by themselves. Sunday was our break day we went to a resort on the waterfront where I burned to a crisp. Monday and Tuesday we visited KIPEVU a school in the slums of Mombasa were we had another opening ceremony and painted all morning on Teusday. Today, Wednesday, we shadowed students at the Aga Khan untill lunch time.

So far these 5 days have been some of the hottest and most humid days ever, yet also some of the most amazing days of my life. Seeing the lives of people living in such conditions and expected to succeed in such a harsh environment has been more than eye-opening.