Tags archives: Kenya

Drawing The Life They Want
  • Drawing The Life They Want

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya One of the other volunteers I was working with, Sunny Yang, asked a group of kids grades six through eight who are in Drawing Club to do two drawings for her over the course of an hour. One was draw what you want to be when y[...]
Changing Lives At Changing Times
  • Changing Lives At Changing Times

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya There is not a whole lot of unused space in Kibera. Changing times uses the small space they have about as best they can. This means doubling classrooms in the primary school as lunch rooms and break rooms.  The library doubl[...]
A School Of A Difference
  • A School Of A Difference

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya The last time I was in Kenya, I was at an orphanage/school that was located off a remote road in a neighboring town to Nairobi called Ngong. While my accommodations for the stay are nicer this trip (mostly due to the fact the[...]
Sewing a Future Pt 2
  • Sewing a Future Pt 2

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya I paid close attention to the teacher as she cut long lengths of fabric and laid it out for one of her students. That day I observed and learned the basics of sewing a quilt. The teacher estimated that if she was sewing, it w[...]
Sewing A Future
  • Sewing A Future

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya The Sewing Room looks like it could belong in a museum that is staging a display akin to the 40’s, almost pre typing school. The machines are old, many of which could be sold as antiques in the States. I am pretty sure I have[...]
Kibera Revisited
  • Kibera Revisited

  • Kibera - Nairobi - Kenya It is like the new suburbia in a way. A very distant way for sure. You have dwelling after dwelling  one right next to another, close enough you could touch your neighbor through a window (if you had one). All of them look the same,[...]
Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite
  • Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

  • "It is easy to be brave when the spider is in someone else's bed." During the "Lion Project" we were on a campsite. We slept in tents and had buckets for showers. And I was the only person on the project (save the guides), who had ever experienced anything [...]
The Ghost And The Darkness
  • The Ghost And The Darkness

  • "It won't work. Nothing works here. Tsavo is the worst place in the world." Tsavo means "The Land of Slaughter.” I can assure you that had I known that I probably would have chosen a different project to work on. The Lion Project (where we saw no lions),[...]
Annoying Tests And Ridiculous Tasks
  • Annoying Tests And Ridiculous Tasks

  • "All work and no play..." Makes Carolyn one frustrated girl. We had tests today, and have them tomorrow, and Friday. But, we had tests today. I was in charge of various classes to watch over and make sure, they do not cheat. I was not really told what I [...]
The Americans Must Be Crazy #2
  • The Americans Must Be Crazy #2

  • "How uncultured are we today when our kids do not know International Holidays like Talk Like A Pirate Day?" September 19 was officially International Talk Like A Pirate Day. This was something I definitely had to share with my eighth grade English class. It[...]
The Americans Must Be Crazy
  • The Americans Must Be Crazy

  • "If you are a pet and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." I have managed to convince my eighth grade class on two separate occasions that Americans are truly insane. The first time I was going over a practice test t[...]
Bring In The Clowns
  • Bring In The Clowns

  • "It's amazing what you can accomplish with an overwhelming confidence and little talent." I discovered an amazing thing the other day. I can make balloon animals. Dogs, swords, crowns, and flowers all of them, I can make out of balloons. The kids here are o[...]
 
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