Saturday, 11 September 2010

another blog post

I just read Rachel's blog and it's so much better than mine. I was tempted to copy and paste the whole thing..but instead I'll paste the link and if you are REALLY interested it has a lot more detail on exactly what we've been doing...and we have been together 24/7 ..I'm guessing only mum will do this...

Yesterday was the last day at Alango school. I didn't really expect to feel that sad but the whole day was quite sad but uplifting. The teachers and kids had to do evaluation forms which was good to see what impact we'd had. There were many encouraging comments about our teaching and friendliness and also some bizarre ones about us always being punctual (we were late most days..not always due to me..) One boy complained about the way we walk and Glori's tongue piercing but in general the section on 'things I didn't like about the volunteers' was left blank. Mebo's form was was designed for teachers so had questions like 'did you plan lessons with the volunteers?' to which she replied 'yes, we planned to make chapatis and mandazis and lessons on washing our clothes. It was exciting'...hmm so much for confidentiality...she said she didn't care anyway. The kingdom kids boys were funny about it...Nice Peter got really stressed out and was like 'Atieno you write it for me! whatever you say, i agree!' and Clay got upset about the section on what he didn't like about us 'I LIKE YOU!!!'

Glori left at midday yesterday. We had a 'last supper' at the school which was nice of the teachers, of ugali and Rachel's favourite- omena! We said bye to all the teachers and kids..we gave certificates for their entries to the 'Writting Competition' for 'Inter-national Literacy Day"....Teacher Fail Rachel...we decided to correct the certificates and highlight our mistake..and certificates to the kids who took part in the Fun Day (this deserves its own entry....the inappropriately named 'fun' day was less fun when we found that Tenteleni had cut its budget entirely this was also organised very last minute..with a venue confirmed 3 days before, bread 2 days and unfortunately we had to fork out ourselves for the kids transport there as it was that or disappoint them. From Alango we had 5 boys do a drama on drug abuse and 2 girls reciting poems and the Kingdom Kids boys sang a Westlife song (lol) and danced...not to the westlife song.) When Florence left at midday (Florence is the most beautiful woman and lovely...although she does like to sit in her office doing dubious amounts of work all day) Rach and I had a bit of a cry. Its been pouring with rain at 3pm every day so we had to wait for the rain to stop then my favourite boda boda man Odema came to pick us up.

This week the boys have been crazy on attention craving...they have literally been dragging us around and its quite exhausting... I guess it's cos they know we're leaving soon...too soon... This weekend we (Rach and I) are going back this afternoon to spend the evening and tomorrow with them and then leaving on Monday morning. We'll meet debbie and go to Narok (6hours away) to visit Collins, one of the Kenyan volunteers who goes to uni there. rom there we'll go to Mombassa and whilst in Mombassa take a trip for a few days to Lamu, some random Island. Then to Nairobi and then home!! hmmm

in other news, I have increased.

Also, safari was amazing!! we saw sooooo many animals... and our guide was cool cos he let me sit on the top of the van even though it was against the rules :) we saw lions having sex!! elephants, giraffe, ostrich, LOTS of wilderbeast, more lions, zebra, baboons, hyenas and lots more... the highlight was when al the animals were gathering to cross the river for their migration and they were all too scared then one crazed wilderbeast crossed from the other side and swam directing into the path of an awaiting CROCODILE!!! The croc proceeded to bite and drown the wilderbeast who was thrashing about but eventually gave in and was dragged away by the croc to its croc friends down the was so epic!

enough for now. I'm going to the craft market to buy things. xxxxxxxxxxx

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