On saturday, Bekka, Mama Pendo and I went to Usa River Academy School were we with the help of The Foundation For Tomorrow and our great sponsors among you we were able to send Ericki, Dianess and Steve last year. Many older Nkoaranga kids are also at the school, and everyone was very excited to see us and came running at Mama Pendo with big hugs.
We were able to visit all the different classes with Nkoaranga children in them and see their work and results. It was wonderful to see how all of the kids are doing really well and even have top spots in their classes - so proud! They were all very proud to show us their work and how well they could spell things and tell us what their favorite subjects were - everything from English, Swahili, math, geography to social studies!
Other than doing really well academically the kids also seemed to be very happy and enjoying going to school. We were shown around the school and it is located in a beautiful area with lots of green, luscious nature surrounding it and it is a great place for the kids to be staying.
At the orphanage all of the children are thriving as well! Filipo is now walking which is very exciting! Frankie still prefers to sit down or to be cuddled - however, I managed to get one step from him yesterday. Hopefully he will be walking on his own in no time! Kristina's beautiful home made dresses were handed over to the kids on Friday and they absolutely loved them! Great colors, adorable prints and pretty little girls to match them! The mamas very grateful as well and thought they were beautiful dresses! So for the past few days we have had colorful, happy girls running around the orphanage with these dresses on!
The orphanage also really appreciated all the shoes, thermometers, sheets, clothes, cups and plates that I brought for the kids that I have received from sponsors in Denmark.
All in all, the kids and the mamas seem to be doing really well. I am so happy to be here again and I can't wait give you more updates on our work and how the kids are doing. In the coming weeks we will be joined by many other volunteers and we will start working on several projects. The installment of solar energy at the orphanage and parts of the hospital will begin and we are right now looking into expanding the chicken coop at the orphanage as well as expanding the kitchen garden.
Furthermore, our micro grant pilot project will run this summer and it will be very interesting to follow this project. The mamas have shown their gratefulness for all of the work we have done at the orphanage and since it is very important to us, that we are working with the orphanage staff on what the orphanage really needs and how we can support them it is great to get such feed back. As an example of this, one of our current projects is providing all of the mamas with English lessons and they are enjoying this so much that they have requested to continue attending class for another few months!
My internet time is up - more updates should be coming soon from our current ground members!