Our Founder in Kenya – 2022

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Madaraka Day is a national holiday that is celebrated every 1st of June in every year in the Kenya. It commemorates the day in 1963 that Kenya attained internal self rule after being a British colony since 1920. Kenya only attain partial independence on this day in 1963.

Most of the children of West End Academy still attended the school, but had a dress down day, so they were not in their normal red school uniform. Instead of lessons they were playing games and singing Kenyan and English songs. We took football, frisbees and skipping ropes into school from a previous day, so they had lots to do. I’ve recorded a magical moment of children using the skipping rope handles as microphones and performing songs for us.

Now that the foundations are finished for the double storey classroom, the bricks that have been cut to size by hand, using a machete, are started to be placed and the classroom is starting to look like a proper building.

We have now finished placing the corrugated metal sheets that protects the kitchen and have now constructed a wooden kitchen side, when the cook can cut food and prepare the meals for the children.

We had an amazing evening. As per my previous blog on Monday, over the previous six trips, we have worked at St.Trizah School, Mama Kerry and now West End Academy and have seen many children grow up in front of our eyes. We had a surprise visit from Joseph, Alice, Diane and Lilah, who we all originally met at St.Trizah. All four are no longer children, they are young adults, the three young women now have children of their own. It was beautiful to see them, to reconnect, and to reminisce. When we have been apart for so long, especially over the covid pandemic, you always worry about how they are and that they are safe. Seeing them this evening puts our mind at rest.