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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.



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.

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.


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.

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.