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14 Apr

This is a follow up of a previous post.

Sunday afternoon I met my friend again and she was clearly veeeery pregnant. Nevertheless we took a walk (“This is Africa, Manu. Women work until the last hour”) and she told me that the calculated delivery day is the 14th.

She also explains me the a voucher that entitles women from underpriviledged background to go for consultancy during pregnancy, the actual delivery and three post-natal examinations. All that for 2 Euros, sponsored by PwC and the German government.

On Tuesday her sister sends me a text in the early morning to come to the hospital and see her.

So I left our seminar week and bought some fruits. When I arrived at the hospital I was told that she is already in the process of leaving. And yes, I found Adah sitting in the yard of the hospital, with a white bundle in her arms and a handbag next to her. Immediately she saw me, she gave me the baby and we started talking. She was very lively and didnt seem like she gave birth just 10 hours before. We talked about her last 24 hours and exchanged our (probably very unknowledgeable) thoughts on how to stop the babys hick-up.

After filling out some forms for the birth certificate and the above mentioned voucher organiation, the nurse explained her to come again four days later and we left.

One of her frineds brought her new clothes and we walked home. I carried the baby from the hospital to her place, obviously everybody staring at us curiously. Remember? In the slums, there is no privacy!

On 13th April 2010, a very adorable baby is born, Mark!

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…

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.