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Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
11Trip End Jan 06, 2010
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Where I stayed
Alex's house in London, Nakuru
We were met in Nairobi by Alex, who founded the school that we were to be working at. We have been staying at his home all week with his family of four and another volunteer, Catherine, from Australia, who has been great showing us how to get around, plus lots of other people who seem to come and go.
The school we have been volunteering at has about 170 children from the slum area around Nakuru, some living in self-made huts on the edge of the waste dump. The school provides meals for the kids (a runny porridge for breakfast, and for lunch, cabbage and ugali (looks like mashed potato made from Maize flour and water)
Sarah's been busy this week helping prepare food and painting the new toilet blocks as well as helping the teacher in class. I volunteered to help in class, but then found out the teacher had to go back to her village for the week so was promoted to lone teacher. Apparantly the other teachers could hear me 'asking' the kids to be quiet from the other end of the school. It's been fun though and we've got by - even took a science class and managed to do an experiment to separate soil from water (could have gone horribly wrong).
The area where we are staying in called London, but it's a far from London, England in sight and sound as you can get. It's very buzzy with people and animals wandering the dusty streets. The kids are very sweet; as soon as they see you they will shout 'How are you?' repeatedly as that is the only English they know. They will run up and hold your hand for as long as they can and even fight over who gets to hold on. I don't think I've ever been anywhere so friendly before.
Thank god teacher is back on Monday - looking forward to assisting again. Sarah's going to finish her painting. So, having an amazing experience and looking forward to the next stop in Mombassa; we've got a ticket booked for the overnight train on Friday.