Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quick Update

Claire is currently working with the nurses and has gone with them to take a young girl to the hospital. When she gets back this evening we will work together on an official update. We have now been in Kenya for over a week and are starting to find our place at Nyumbani. Claire continues to spend her mornings working with the nurses (mainly working on the distribution of medication) as well as working at the respite (sp?) center where sick children from the local slums are brought in by Nymbani's sister program Lea Toto. Lea Toto are medical centers established in the major slums around Niarobi where they are assisting families with medication for their chilcren with HIV as well as helping them ensure that they can create a stable and healthy environment for their child to grow up in. There are times that the family is not able to do this and when a child becomes too undernourished they are brought into Nyumbani for medical care and food. It is one of these children that Claire has gone with to admit into the hospital.
I have been spending my mournings working with the Shamba Man (gardener). Last night during the rains a large tree fell one of the guest houses (no serious damage, but the roof will have to be mended). Today the Shamba Man and I used Pangas (machettes) to cut the tree into smaller pieces so it could be removed from the roof and then delimbed.
Monday is a Holiday due to Easter so Claire and I will begin our Math teaching on Tuesday. We will be mostly working on multiplication with them, but are not sure yet how advanced the 6th and 7th graders will be. We will also most likely be doing addition with the 1st and 2nd graders.
The curriculum in Kenya is very difficult but I have beent told that the teaching methods are where the teachers says something and the children sit in their seats, listen, and then repeat. This method tends to leave slower learners behind.
Over that past week we have slowly started to meet and talk with the 100+ children that live at Nyumbani. Between them and the staff I have already learned so much about Kenya, the culture, and people.
Anyway, I will wrap this up so Claire and I will have a few things to talk about together when we update later this evening.

Ta Ta from Kenya,
Grant and Claire

1 comment:

  1. You guys sound like you are doing pretty well, and your living quarters do not seem that bad either! You are much missed here on Shaw. The miller family has 2 more additions, Mona's is Haneli, and Diana's is Corrin
    Love you both!