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

An ambitious scheduled for Thursday was planned. Visit Nuru Orphange, Port Reitz in quick succession before finishing our work at Kipevu  Primary school in the afternoon. Of course Mombasa traffic had different plans for us and the quick part of the day was almost immediately abandoned. The students will be writing posts about Nuru and Port Reitz later on today so I won't steal their thunder. We were joined by 10 Aga Khan students for our visits today.  This is the first time they have worked with us at Kipevu and they brought a new level of energy at a time when we were starting to flag a little bit. Each site offered it's own heartbreaks and inspirations. What impressed me the most about both the Stratford hall students and Aga Khan students was the independent conversations they had with each other discussing how privileged they feel.Both Nuru and Port Reitz are excellent candidates to work with and it will be a tough decision. 

Kipevu offered the students an opportunity to finish painting the grade 8 class rooms and the library. It was fun to see the Aga Khan and Stratford Hall students working side by side to complete this project. A final good bye ceremony with speeches by various dignitaries closed a long day. It also saw the launch of the Afropad microfinance program which will hopefully allow Kipevu to achieve a small level of income with which to purchase much need supplies.

Friday

today we visited KenCada, a small independent school founded by Michael McGuire, Greta Bartch, anke jenkins and Hemed Mukiu. This was in stark contrast to the previous, stepping into KenCada felt like returning to a classroom in Canada. Student's work decorated the walls,colourful posters made for a bright and vivid environment and strong educational practices were being demonstrated by the staff. After the heaviness of Thursday this was a much needed visit for the Stratford Hall students. It was nice for them to be exposed to the range of educational opportunities that are happening in Kenya and see that it is not all gloom and doom. The female SH students were the rock stars of the day as the boys were suffering a bit from sore bellies. It should be pointed out that Hayley is almost never seen with out carrying at least one child around on her hip and today was no exception. Although I am starting to worry that she might actually fulfill Her promise of trying to take one of these little kids home