One Term down, Five Terms to Go!

The first term of this year is over….already?!?

It’s funny, I’m kind of sad in a way because time is just flying by so quickly.  I thought the first two months of training would NEVER end and then the first four months of being at my site just flew by.

On one hand I can’t wait to get back to the States and see family and friends but on the other hand it’s kind of scary how quickly my time here in Kenya is going by.

Does anyone know how to be in two different places at the same time?

I’m looking forward to the second term now that I have a better idea of how things operate at my school and what to expect from my students.  I have several ideas in the works as well.  Obviously due to limited resources, limited time, and cultural differences I won’t be able to do all of these at once…..but am hoping to at least attempt some of these ideas at some point within the next five terms.

–Cross-Cultural Exchange Club

–Arts, Crafts, and Music Club

–Reading Program

–Running Club

–Math & Science for Girls Program

–Sign Language Club for the nearby Primary School (hearing)

These are just a few of my ideas.  I think I’m going to work on two of them next term (haven’t decided which ones yet) and see how well received my ideas are.

I am also exploring the idea of fundraising money for a water bore at our school.  My deputy headmaster recently applied for a grant to help get a water bore.  If he doesn’t get the grant or more money is needed, I want to help make this happen.  Water is an issue at our school.  We are always either running low on water or we don’t have any water at all on the campus since we rely on the rain for our water.  The kids then have to leave classes or sports early to make the 15-20 minute uphill walk to a water pump and carry heavy pails back to the school.  Or sometimes the school pays for a vehicle to bring water and fill up one water tank (that has to be used for washing clothes, cooking, bathing, etc.).  This water is from a lake which means we have to be even more cautious about making sure we treat our drinking and bathing water well.

I am trying to figure out the best way to set up a way for people to donate money for this project.  I’m thinking maybe a website but I have no idea what kind of website would work well.

Today is a bit boring…..lazy Sunday….actually it’s Easter.  I keep forgetting when it’s the holidays around here.  It makes a difference when you don’t have commercials and advertisements thrown into your face every second for a whole month before holidays.

I have some things going on this week and then am hoping to update a bit more before the 2nd term begins.  I’m hoping to make some “How do I……” posts that will explain how I wash clothes, cook, get water, clean, use the toilet, etc.


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