Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Monday, 15 August 2016
By William Nazareth
Today's word of the day: superstars. What I found interesting was that so many of the kids were chasing me down during the day, during breaks, after the sessions, etc. There were very many kids who wanted to show off and perform in solos or small groups.
Two girls in particular, Gift and Alice, had appeared in their "Sunday best" outfits, and had a collection of songs and poems that they seemed to have prepared specifically to be recorded for video. While most of the songs and poems were in Swahili, I asked Faraha and Zawadi, our adult guides, what the poems were about. One poem that Gift recited was about welcoming visitors to the country of Kenya. One of the songs that Alice sang seemed to have the same theme.
One poem in particular, performed by Gift, seemed to address the typical gender roles that were a part of their tribe, as it talked about women washing dishes and taking care of family members. I will be getting the translation for the poem soon and am excited to hear exactly what it was about!
Other than that, the kids seemed to feel comfortable in front of the camera after several days with us. We filmed many of the songs and skits today, so tomorrow, we shall see what we have for our final day of footage!
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Friday, 12 August 2016
- Riara Education Center-Varkey GEMS Foundation, Kibera
- Adventist Rehabilitation and Education Center, Kajiado
- John E. Halgrim Orphanage (JEHO), Pipeline, Embakasi
- Port Busia Village, Lake Victoria
- Bofa Village, Kilifi
- Sud Academy (seeking partnership with UNHCR), Kawangware
- AMREF “Child in Need Project”, Dagoretti, Waithaka
- Secondary Girls School, Lamu Island
Once again the NA team is in Kenya...without me...
After putting things in place to return I received the devastating news from my doctors that it would be in my best interest to not make the trip just yet. You could all imagine my despair. As usual, Suzzi was ready to pick up the torch and carry on to Bofa Village, Kilifi with our two new volunteers. Jeff Quinto teaching music and William Nazareth offering his film making skills to document the experience.
This Reach the Unreachable project has taken on a whole new life of its own since I've been ill and I love how the volunteers are able to jump right in and continue the magic. This morning the team was surprised but very ready to meet almost 75 participants with an expectation of 75 more tomorrow. Jeff is an amazing music teacher at Dubai American Academy and I know he will rock their world in Bofa Village too!
The Peace themed workshop will run for four days. Under Jeff's vocal direction they will discover new and interesting ways to share their understanding of peace. I must admit that I am very excited to see the footage that William captures. On September 21 for Peace One Day, the world will observe the UN allocated day for peace in many ways. I am hoping for Necessary Arts to share a video documentary of our Kenyan voices expressing their Perceptions of Peace in Swahili and English. For now, I will sit back and wait for the magic to unfold!