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Trip Start Aug 31, 2009
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Trip End Jan 06, 2010


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Alex's house in London, Nakuru

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

After leaving Maasai Mara we had a very hot and bumpy flight back to Nairobi in a minibus with wings.  We had to swap minibuses after the world's shortest flight (7 minutes including take-off and landing), although Sarah insists this seemed like longest flight she has ever taken and it took her a good day to recover from the travel sickness.

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).  The school relies on donations and volunteers to fund this, so we are supporting them just by being here (school food is often the only food the kids would get apart from scraps they may find on the waste dump).

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.
 
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kennynkath
kennynkath on

Hi guys
Sounds like your having a fab time out there, not sure whats more scary the animals or a room full of school children???
I'm currently revising for exams, Sarah will be impressed to know that i'm finally having a go at my chartership, although god only knows why as i'm totally pooing my pants.
Wish i was out there fending off lions and tigers rather than preparing for exams and interview :-)
Kath xxx

robdise
robdise on

Africa - on holiday?
Thank you both for a great update, a bit of a worry to start with re the flights but all seems to be going well now. Fabulous photos, keep them coming. Judging Sarah's painting it's a good job she had all that practice back home, and as for your teaching skills how would you have managed soil & water separation without a Chemical Engineering Masters. We know there is sometimes a water shortage out there but getting a giraffe to wash your face is going a bit far. M&D W

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