Back to school

On 2 October 2013 by From elephants to kangaroos

IMG_2531Yesterday was a big day since we reopened the school! Normally, we would have to wait a few more days so that the school is really finished. Indeed, the concrete floor is not yet running, the windows yet asked, painting not made, no chairs or desks but hey, as I am here for that and that many children in need, it is gone!

We teach to children who can not go to public school. Here, the school is not free, you have to pay about 70 euros every three months per child for school. Add to that the costs for the uniform (mandatory in public schools), equipment and other, this represents a significant sum for families. Therefore, the Migosi Family offers in our school a free education for all children in the area who can not afford public school.

We need about 30-35min walk to get there. Once arrived around 8:30 am, we welcome children. Parents leave (often giving way to tears). Yesterday, we received about 45 children, but I was pretty lost, not knowing what to do and how to speak with them. In addition, some are frightened by me and the other volunteer Agnes because we are white (the mzungu) which complicates the task. Yet we succeeded in spite of it to go after our half day (classes finish at noon as the school is not finished and as we have so many other things to do in parallel). I need to thank all those who participated in the fund-raising of school supplies we started to serve us yesterday, it will be a very large help! Helen joins me in thanking you warmely.

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IMG_2532So today we changed our technique. About 60 children were at there, so we decided to separate more or less by age but also by level of English. Indeed, having never taken a course regular, very few speak English. I look after those who can understand English (more or less) with Agnes and the women of the family take care of the smallest. For the first day, it went well. We saw the alphabet, numbers, body parts and we sang. I think this should be fun, it will take me a few days to adapt and find exercises to make with them more precisely, while adapting myself to the language of each (the one sees the language barrier!) but at least I feel useful and happy when I see some left in the morning having learned to count!

Even two days this week to “run”, then the first Saturday “mass cleaning” takes place in a neighborhood of Kisumu and Sunday we will go perhaps to the Juvenile. In short, a lot of “little” things to do as you see!

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