More about ‘The Kabubbu Effect’ from Keren….
Monday afternoon we ventured into the classroom to begin our literacy sessions with Primary School Year 4, a particularly enthusiastic group eager to show their knowledge to us. The introduction of interactive games certainly provided an afternoon of educational fun for the children and gave their teacher a much-needed break. This vindicated all the planning we had done in advance and put me on a real high. Further exuberance in the form of fellow volunteers Jim and Dolly, really caught the imagination of village children.
Tuesday was probably the most memorable day for me: Chloe and I oversaw the distribution of the Christmas presents sent out from families from the UK to their sponsored children in the primary school and the secondary school. An exciting time for the fortunate #KabubbuKids – and hard work for Daddy Booker taking the photographs! Those non-sponsored children at the primary school didn’t miss out either.
That afternoon found me nervously waiting in the conference room to give my presentation to the group of farmers. Time-keeping is obviously not a strong point amongst villagers and an hour after it was scheduled I began, although I had very wrongly assumed it would be to a group of men. Lesson learnt – hard manual work is generally done by the women, also seen in the quarry. With the presence of Augustin throughout acting as translator, I shared a different way of life with those very responsive women, who were incredulous that I didn’t farm to live, that I grew flowers for pleasure and that I actually worked to be able to shop at a supermarket! Hopefully, I planted a few ideas in their heads that may help productivity and supply in the future. I was to cross paths with several of these women over the next week.
The purpose of my journey to East Africa was realised on Wednesday; I finally visited Rosemary. What a courageous lady – HIV positive, barely able to walk because she had hurt her back and extremely emotional as one of her young daughters had run away with a builder; Rosemary had heard nothing from her for a month. She still welcomed us into her home with pleasure and her face was a picture of delight when she had a little taste of the shortbread I had brought for her. We were able to share a few special moments together as mothers talking about our respective daughters – a very emotional experience for both of us. Her parting gift to us was one of her much-cherished paw-paw fruits, something she could ill-afford to give us, but insisted that we take. Her beautiful, but anguished face will stay with me forever.
To be continued next Wednesday….
You too could discover #The Kabubbu Effect
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Sunday, 13th May
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3 pm to 5.30pm
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