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Blog: Kenya Schools Project 2017

Oakham students are returning to Africa for the seventh time to support primary schools in rural Kenya. This year they will be visiting North Karati and Nyondia schools. The group will be helping to improve classroom conditions, and they will also be supporting the staff by teaching some lessons.

Below are updates of the trip:

 

 

Wednesday 15 February 2017
Groups 1 and 2

Jambo!
We started this morning with a lovely 4am start. After loading the bus with our bags and eating breakfast we made our way to Lake Nakuru for our Safari. We saw giraffes, impala, baboons, zebra, rhino, warthogs, waterbuck, pelicans, hyrax, and a secretary bird. Emmi was our personal safari guide and taught us lots of great facts! After leaving the lake we made our way to our much awaited pizza lunch, which definitely lived up to our expectations. We then started to drive back to Nairobi, stopping on the way at a Masai Market where we did a lot of haggling, some of us acquiring better bargains than others..! We arrived back at the Wildebeest camp, having a much needed shower before getting ready for our supper at Carnivores, which is set to be an amazing last night in Kenya.
Kwaheri 
Emmi & Tessa Group 1
Sophie K and Immie Group 2

Tuesday 14 February 2017
Group 1

Jambo!
Today was our teaching day and proved to be quite challenging as most of our classes consisted of around 50 pupils. We each took turns to rotate around the classes in order to teach them in our chosen subject for around 35 minutes, which was very rewarding despite invoking chaos. This was followed by a traditional Kenyan lunch of arrowroot, yams, cabbage and beans. Later on in the afternoon we were fortunate enough to experience several songs performed by the children during the farewell ceremony - with us volunteering to sing our rendition of 'Shine, Jesus, Shine' and 'The Cup Song'.
After thanking them for our lovely week and expressing how much we would miss them, we returned back to our lodge for dinner and are now packing in preparation for our early start at 4:45!
Kwaheri!
Libby and Lexie

Group 2
Jambo!
Today was very emotional to say the least...After arriving at our school, we quickly split into our groups keen to teach our lessons. Although anxious, we were extremely enthusiastic to teach year 8 the lessons of our choice, such as Science, Drama and French. We then proceeded to attend the delicious dinner prepared by the hard working teachers at the school. It was lovely to get to know the staff and the headmaster whilst having lunch with them. Regardless of the chaos we finally reached the field ready for an afternoon of a diverse range of sports and activities. These included British classics such as duck goose duck, splat and, of course, stuck in the mud. We then headed over to the main school for the closing ceremony. This was filled with entertainment from North Karati school and a rendition of the lion sleeps tonight (with solos from Sophie T and Charlotte, and wimbewes from the boys) from Oakham. The final speech from the headmaster and the president of North Karati school rounded off the celebrations perfectly. We said our goodbyes and left fighting back the tears! A good day all round.
Charlotte and Jules (leaders of the day)

 Monday 13 February 2017

Group 1
Jambo!
The picture below is of the Nyondia equivalent of the Barraclough (Oakham school's kitchen/dining hall)!
We started the day with a late wake up at 8.15. Then we headed to the school - we only had a few jobs to do; finishing puttying the new windows in and doing a bit of painting. During the school break, we got to play with the kids, with many of us being dragged into year 2 classrooms and not being able to get out until we convinced everyone to clap above their heads and let go of our arms. In the afternoon we only went to the school for an hour in order to finish putting the new teacher's desk together. We headed back to the lodge and spent a few hours in the sun near the pool. Some were brave enough to get in the cold water, others listened to music at the poolside. We ended the day by planning for the big teaching and sports day tomorrow. 
Thomas and Ed 

Group 2
Jambo!
This is the third and final day to finish the construction of the school. We finished plastering the wall of the new classroom, painted the doors and windows, which look amazing now. Alex finished his map of Kenya - looks great. I (Tommy) carried the water for plastering the walls using the wheel barrow, which was quite challenging and tiring but it was an extra gym session to keep me fit during this half term. After lunch, we went to a local market to buy some mangoes for the group, but my selection was not great, maybe I will learn and improve how to choose better ones next time! Our team then met students in senior school and after minutes of warming up, the conversation began to flow. We discussed our different cultures. Tobias gave some of his opinions of the school for example he noticed that the boys are able to pick out places where they can have fun sometimes. Will practised his football skills and competed against a student. Everyone was laughing and smiling and we were all happy. It was like a party.
Alex and Tommy (group leaders of the day) 

Sunday 12 February 2017
Group 1

Jambo!
Obviously as Bernard and I (Alfie) were leaders of the day it was a high class operation. The main aims of the day were to varnish all the desks, fit the windows in 3 classrooms, whitewashing a classroom and general painting all over which was an odyssey. In 31 degree heat everyone worked really hard in what was an extremely productive day. The headmaster of Nyondia school kindly bought us some soft drinks as a refresher to finish off. In the evening some of us enjoyed a swim in the hotel pool and we are now sat around playing charades.
Kwaheri
Alfie

Group 2
Jambo!
We started off the day by dividing into groups of painting and plastering. We went to Naivasha and bought black board paint in all of the classrooms, blue paint for the doors and windows. Alex became increasingly ambitious in his mural of a map of Kenya with various geographic landmarks. Sophie T, Sophie K, Ella and Fern finished the welcome sign which included the school crest and motto. Jess plastered and chiselled like a professional and Tommy pulled extremely entertaining faces as he wheelbarrowed all day! Juliette and Imogen provided entertainment for the children who had come to visit us after church with some interesting dance moves whilst they painted the blackboards. Jess and Caitlin walked up to the local shop, accompanied by our new friends to haggle for mangoes and bananas. Sitting by the fire pit back at the hotel Miss McComb taught us how to peel a mango like a local. Dinner and bed!
Caitlin and Frankie (group leaders of the day)

Saturday 11 February 2017
Group 2
<br style="color: rgb(33, 33, 33); font-family: " segoe="" ui",="" "segoe="" wp",="" ui="" wpc",="" tahoma,="" arial,="" sans-serif;="" font-size:="" 13.3333px;"=""> Good morning sunshine! And a very happy 17th birthday to Sophie T! Also good morning to Mrs Titcombe's suitcase which finally arrived after an extended stay in Amsterdam! Today was our first day building at the school. Our leaders of the day, Fern and Ella talked to the builders to agree the work we were going to do. They then arranged different groups for the different jobs. Today we started plastering our main classroom - learning how to throw plaster proved entertaining and very messy! We varnished 20 desks for our new classroom and began repointing and chiselling steps. We started painting a welcome sign on the wall as you enter the school and also a map of Kenya. Lunch was really good - chicken and chips in the sunshine with a goat for company. All returned from the school exhausted! That evening Sophie had a surprise birthday gathering when the other group double surprised her by joining us for present opening and snacks! Pudding was a birthday cake which was very pink! Team talk around the fire pit before bed.
Fern and Ella

Group 1
Jambo! 
Today was our first working day at the school, we did a variety of jobs including plastering, painting, sanding and varnishing new desks as well as playing with the children! We played football as well as doing the hokey cokey with the children - we had a fab time!
In the evening we went to see the other group to surprise Sophie for her birthday with cake and balloons. We then returned to our camp and played some competitive games of dobble. We have just had dinner and now we are off to bed.
Kwaheri 
Tilly and Georgie (leaders of the day)

Friday 10 February 2017
Group 2
After a good - but short- night's sleep in very African style tents, we woke up to sunshine. We left Wildebeest Camp after breakfast (the pancakes went down very well!) and headed to Naivasha. The highlight of the journey was being stopped on the roadside to allow the President to drive past and stop to address the crowds in a rally for the elections. We were warmly welcomed at Peppercorn Lodge and shown to our rooms, which are very nice and modern - the showers even have hot water. After lunch we visited our school for a Welcome Ceremony - it was amazing with lots of singing, dancing and drama. Our rendition of Shine Jesus Shine and He's got the Whole World in His Hands did not quite live up to their performances! We then enjoyed an amazing water safari on Lake Naivasha where we saw hippos sleeping (sunbathing!) and giraffes hidden in the trees. During a fantastic bush walk we saw a family of giraffes and zebras up close. A final supermarket trip for water and snacks meant all ended the day very well! Dinner, camp fire and bed! All happy!

Friday 10 February 2017

Group 1
Jambo!
Today we arrived at our main accommodation. The rooms are great and the pool looks fab. We have been to Nyondia School for the opening ceremony, which was touching, yet fun. The children sang a lovely song for us. Following our time at the school we joined group 2 at Lake Naivasha and went on a boat trip. We then went on our walking safari and saw: hippos, waterbuck, zebra and giraffe. It's been a long day and we're all off to bed soon.
Kwhiri
Emilia and Hannah

Friday 10 February 2017
Good morning from Wildebeest Eco Camp. A peaceful introduction to Kenyan life!

Thursday 9 February 2017
We've finally arrived in Kenya and are all present and correct after being numbered off in Swahili!

Thursday 9 February 2017
Safely arrived in Schiphol - feels like we have been travelling for hours. Off to find some breakfast before the next leg. All good!

Wednesday 8 February 2017
Everyone met at BAFS Pavillion to complete packing of group items before departing to Birmingham airport at midnight to catch an early flight to Nairobi.

 

 

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