Archive | September, 2008

Great week :-)

19 Sep

This week was just wonderful. I had meaningful conversations with so many people, had really good discussions in my classes. We finally finished the proposal for the Beauty Contest. My Swahili is progressing. I made a budget plan for the primary school and a presentation to find volunteer teachers from the university. Lots of small things 🙂
After the crazy weekend I am basically relaxing a lot. Finally it stopped raining and the whole week has been pretty warm and relatively sunny.
Now I am really looking forward to the weekend. On Sunday we will go hiking in Ngong Hills.

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Work updates

15 Sep

Parents day

Yesterday we had the annual parents meeting, where the parents and guardians come to the primary school.
Things never turn out the way you expect. We had around 30 parent and 70 kids. The audience wished to speak Swahili only. So we three internationals decided to instead make a small session on HIV and AIDS with the kids. We had three kenyan facilitators, who led the group discussion and informed the adults. Condom presentation included.

We also provided lunch for our 100 visitors, asante sana to Adah and Evalyne for 110 chapatis, Ndengu and Cabbage!


Finally weekend… Sunday afternoon
I really enjoyed the rest of the day, just walking through South B, enjoying the sun and talking with Steve from my Form-2 and his friends. These guys are real art talents! In the evening I met some AIESECers for a long needed Mango juice. By the way: It is not allowed to sit on the gras in the university compound after 8pm…

Plans
For my last four weeks of working here I plan to

  • continue with the discussion classes in the secondary school in Form 1 and 2. Maybe expand to mondays for the Form-3s, we will see.
  • Finally start the fundraising for the Beauty Contest
  • update the website of the primary school
  • present both schools in Mukuru to the LC to maybe get AIESECers involved to teach or mentor there.
  • organize one more parents meeting on Saturday or Sunday. The topic is not defined yet. It could be another health issue or application to jobs.
  • Continue to have empowering conversations with students, friends and members of the association. Personal goals, help with computers etc.
  • Find a successor and continue with documentation of the projects.

Schlaaaaand… or what??

5 Sep

Tomorrow I am going to see the worldchampionship qualifying game Kenya vs. Namibia. Coool :-)))) We are sitting in the office and practising…. “Tunaye Manuela aaa Manuela, tunaye Manuela hamutamweza!!!!!”

Tonight german cooking night… Schweinegeschnetzeltes (mit Rind für die Muslime) und Reis. Dazu echten deutschen Obstsalat mit Melone, Ananas und Mangos…

Have a great weekend!

Get involved: Parents´ day

1 Sep

Hello again 🙂

Starting from today I will work alone, as the other two girls have left Kenya. Will have to get organized again, as the schools open again today and I will have to talk to the administration how I can actually work in the schools during the “regular” school term without having to teach maths or geography. I really like the discussions with the classes about health and world issues. So I hope I will be able to offer some of these classes on a regular basis even in the term.

I need your help and ideas. The primary school has invited all parents (150 people) to come to the school on the coming sunday to pick up the exam results. The headmaster said it would be a good opportunity to educate the parents about certain topics, such as HIV. The people will be around the whole day.

Now I have some challenges.

  • I need creative methods. A speech won´t work and a 150-people-session neither. We lack a public adress system (mikrofon). It will take place outside, without tables or chairs or possibility that the peole write something.
  • I think it should include giving out condomds, showing how to use them, presenting other info material. Probably in another language than English. In the afternoon I will design some posters about HIV with my girls during our meeting in Swahili. But for sure I need to do more than just pinning posters to a wall.
  • I am trying to find other people (from my girls forum, AIESECers, other interns) to come with me.
    But will splitting the group make sense? Groups of 30 standing outside and discussing about HIV?

The whole thing is really intersting 😉 I think it is a great forum and I want to use it. So any ideas and comments are appreciated to support my thinking proccess 😉