Getting to know the kids...
05.07.2010 - 09.07.2010 15 °C
I wish writing on this thing didn't always feel so rushed...I suppose I should have brought the mini laptop but alas, I did not.
So, Monday we went to the Orphanage and met the kids and everyone else who works there. It was a bit unorganized in the sense that one person was telling us to do one thing and another, something else...but it all worked out and now we have a good routine...we wake up, have breakfast, walk to the place to catch the Dala Dala (a van that fits an unlimited amount of people, and I am not even kidding when I say unlimited ...they seem to have a "leave no person behind" philosophy") the ride on the Dala Dala is about 25 minutes (maybe less..I don't time it) and then we walk a bit more to the school. We water the plants/garden until the well runs out then we have tea with the teachers while the kids are on break...I have been teaching the kids both Science and English..it's kind of a toss up, you don't really know when you will teach or what subject, or even what grade...the school consists of baby class, middle class, then level 1, 2, 3. The kids make my day, every second of every day. Today one of the classes had to run two laps around the school and Jen and I were on a bench outside... it was the best. We also teach the teachers to use computers...mostly teaching them how to use excel and word, so they can have exams and such saved on the computer.
The second day (I think?) Jen and I were waiting for our water buckets to fill up when a truck pulled up across the street with "Meat Van" written on the side of it...a man jumped out from the side with a white coat that was covered in blood, I'm not sure I could even call it white anymore....and he opened the back and pulled out a cow...or what looked to be a cow. He gave it to the butcher, who then hung it up and proceeded to cut it into smaller pieces.. I looked to Jen and said "TIA?" ...TIA is something some people seems to say, it means This Is Africa...I'm still unsure if I'm allowed to say it or not ... or if it's only for locals? Either way...it made me laugh.
I'm learning a lot of Swahilli too... "Unaitwa Nani" means "What is your name" and "unaweza kukusaidia" means "Can I help you" (I may have spelled that wrong but I'm too lazy to find my rendition of coles notes...Swahili styles). When you walk around the you hear a lot of people saying "Mambo" which means "What's up" to which you reply, "Poa", meaning "cool" .... also you hear "Jambo" which means "Hi" or "Habari" to which you reply "Nzuri" meaning "How are you" and "Good", respectively. "Karibu" is welcome and "Karibuni" is "You're welcome". It's cool, everyone is so friendly on the streets I can't get over it ...and if you don't reply back someone usually says "they just said Mambo to you!!!".
Anyways, that's all I have for now..I could go on and on and what I have said here does not do this amazing place justice, but alas...I can't type for my whole stay here.
Until next time.