Day 2

 Jambo, jambo. Day 2 was a huge suuccess for the kids. While the thought of traveling half way around the world to paint school classrooms with no AC in stiffling heat while covered in paint during your spring break may not appeal to most students, the 10 for Stratford Hall proved that fun can be had anywhere. Leading up to this day I was a bit worried that I would consistently have to nag the students to get to work and finish the job but this was not the case. 


Habari ya subuhi families! Today was our first day visiting Kipevu primary school and it was a very memorable experience. There is somethig magical about drivinng up to the entrance of Kipevu school and having all the students singing, waving, chanting and smiling as you drive in that brings a huge grin to your face. 

The welcomings at Kipevu have become a bit of a legend over the years and ths was no exception. Whereas in years past the ceremony was very formal, with long speeches, and guest speakers; we now have tours of all the different projects Stratford Hall has supported, guest book signings and then a massive dance party! I am sure the massive dane party was actually an impromptu event and came about by accident but it was fun none the less. Seeing the 10 Stratford Hall students dancing to the latest Kenyan pop hits while surrounded by 100 Kipevu students was a vey cool site. Paul recieved the loudest cheer of the day for some sideways hat wearinng, foot stomping moves that fired up the grade 8 classes.

Daniel McGuire and myself taught an unexpected english lessonn to a grade 7 class when the teacher anounced to the class tat we wold be taking over. Young Mr. McGuire quickly stepped up to the job and proved to be a great assistant in marking the students' work. 

Tomorrow the real work begins painting the grade 8 classrooms, of which there are three. On Thursday we willl be accompanied by a small group of Aga Khan students, which is very exciting. 




Arrival in Mombasa

After a long journey we have arrived in Mombasa! The internet access has been limited and we have been quite busy so it took a few days for my first post.

It was an emotional arrival as the students from Kipevu met our group at the airport singing songs and welcoming us. They are the most warm and lovely people. We were overwhelmed with their energy and kindness.

We spent our first day touring the school and it was incredibly hot! We got to see all the amazing facilities here and meet some of the students and teachers.

Departure 2015

 Well we are leaving tomorrow and are all excited for the 2015 adventure and experience. This year we will be working on the grade 8 classroom updates and supplies. The textbooks/workbooks we will be supplying are important for upcoming exams and we are anxoius to get them to the students when we arrive. We will update the blog when we can and share our travels and stories. Stay tuned for pictures and updates as we navigate through this amazing experiene.

Next update will be from Mombasa! 

Well drilling

Can you imagine a school of 900 students and a staff of over 40 that has no water!  In fact, Kipevu School has not had running water for over five years.  They have had to use a portion of thier education funds to purchase water for drinking and sanitation purposes since 2007.

Six Letters from Kipevu







Seven Stellar Students

We've been back in Vancouver for three days now. With the cold and the rain, Mombasa and Kipevu Primary School are feeling a bit like a distant memory. However, the return to Stratford Hall and the reflection prompted by everyone asking how the trip was, brings back all the memories. It has been so nice to tell all the stories and share all the greetings from the Kipevu community.

Last Day

Yesterday was our last day at Kipevu, and right now we are just minutes away from our departure at Aga Khan Academy. This will likely also be one of the last blogs this year, as our upcoming safari isn't exactly Kipevu related.

Sunday Snorkeling

These past few days after my previous blog entry have been spent mostly at Kipevu, although now it is our first and only weekend in Kenya.

A Few More Full Days

Well I can't remember where I left off there is so much that happens in a day. Highlights that I remember are:

The whole Class 1 to Class 4 group assembled in the area outside between the classes and we had a little concert. They wanted me to give a music lesson to them, which I did but the rest of the Stratford Students eventually joined me and we sang songs and played drums for all the kids. Neil helped to drum and others danced. It was a lot of fun.