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Little Things Make a Big Difference

Two weeks before we left for Kenya, we organized a civvies day for MYP and DP students and a movie night for students in grades 3-7. In order to participate, students were asked to donate school supplies or make a cash donation of $2-5, all of which would be brought to Kipevu.

Catalyst

We have now spent three days at Kipevu Primary School and every day we learn more about the impact that the wall has had, and will continue to have, on life at the school and the broader school community. Never having been here before the completion of the wall, I don't have a basis for comparison, but I have heard stories from teachers and community members who can all attest to the improvement in the life of the school that is already evident. What is also emerging is a vision for further improvements that are now possible because the wall is in place.

Three Days In

Well here's my first blog about Kipevu, what can one say? Obviously more than what I expected  and less. First I knew we would see the slum around Kipevu, but I did not know the extent of the emotional feeling attached to seeing it. The smell, pictures do not give you a scope of the smell, the heat and the dust. The heat I'm handling and others seem to be handling it as well. The dust is something else, it just is. It's around you all the time because the wind seems to blow through the grounds quite often; which is a blessing and a curse.

Kipevu, Day 3: the library

Today was our third day at Kipevu, and what a day it was. After arriving in the vans, we visited the school library, little though it is. The library appears very much in need of reorganization, as many of the books do not appear visible or easy for the students to access(there were very few books with their spines out, for the most part they were hidden). We did not tackle this issue today, however, as we had brought over several suitcases full of books and other supplies for the students and teachers.

Second Day at Kipevu

Today was our first 'real' day at Kipevu Primary School, as it was less ceremonial than yesterday. After arriving at the school this morning, we were put into  classrooms to observe how the teachers taught and interacted with the students. In reality, we were really teaching the students as well! Personally, I was asked to lead a Reading Lesson (which involved teaching students the key vocabulary words from the story) as well as correct math questions (division and multiplication) for Grade 3.

At Kipevu Primary School

Yesterday we visited Kipevu for the first time. Yet another fantastic warm welcome! We got to meet some of the kids, see the almost finished wall, and dance. After lunch, they had a huge ceremony planned for us (3-4 hours long). Representatives from the Bank were there, headmasters/headmistresses from other schools were there, and the parents of the kids. Every class had something to perform for us (poem, song, and dance). They got us up to dance 3 times! At the end of the third time I said to Jenna "Does this count for CAS?" ;) ha. ha. ha. ha. (Bad Joke).

First Day at Kipevu Primary

Yesterday was our first time to Kipevu, and it was really wonderful. The students were waiting for us as we came in, chanting 'welcome'. Neil stuck his hand out the window and they touched his hand (like a celebrity)! The students made us feel so welcome. After signing the vistor's book and having a quick meeting, we sat for tea. there were these rhombus shaped donut things that were covered in sugar and were really good...I wonder if they are the same donut things that the previous Kipevu team mentioned in their blogs?

First Day at Kipevu

Yesterday was a big day at Kipevu!

We arrived around 9 and were greeted with kids lining the streets leading up to the school. I stuck my hand out the window and must have gotton over 100 high-fives! There was then a song and dance performance before they went to their classes.

The whole day moved at a slow but comfortabvle pace. If we had to do things much faster we would have been too hot!

Ceremony at Kipevu

Today was our first whole day in Mumbasa, as well as our first time visiting Kipevu Primary School. As we neared the gates, children ran alongside the car, laughing and calling out in joy. When we arrived within the wall, we were greated by traditional dances and songs. Dances that consisted of bare feet stomping in the sand, and raising dust storms. Soon after, we had tea in the staff common area, and were fed homemade pasteries which the parents of the children had baked. It was heartworming, knowing that they had baked these with our intentions in mind.

Ceremony at Kipevu

Today was our first whole day in Mumbasa, as well as our first time visiting Kipevu Primary School. As we neared the gates, children ran alongside the car, laughing and calling out in joy. When we arrived within the wall, we were greated by traditional dances and songs. Dances that consisted of bare feet stomping in the sand, and raising dust storms. Soon after, we had tea in the staff common area, and were fed homemade pasteries which the parents of the children had baked. It was heartworming, knowing that they had baked these with our intentions in mind.