Roars from a town called Thika in Kenya!
We have been very overwhelmed by the welcome we got when we arrived in Thika. His worship, the mayor of Thika, was there to welcome us
And some of the members of the Kenyan Cycling Team (they were much quicker at cycling than we were).
And some scouts paraded past in their smart uniform! Wow!
Today was very exciting because we went back to school! Not a school in England though!
We went to school in Kenya! We visited Karibaribi Primary School in Thika, Kenya.
We met the lovely head teacher and the deputy head teacher showed us around the school.
There were six classrooms. The six classrooms did not have as much furniture as English schools. The children all worked very hard at their desks.
This school teaches the children from the families that work to pick coffee beans off the coffee plants that grow in the fields around Thika.
These families are not paid much for doing this work. The coffee pickers earn 150 Kenyan shillings for a days work. This is the same as £1 a day! Often it costs 150 shillings to buy food for the family and then there is no money to buy clothes or wood etc.
This is not much money so often the parents keep the children off school to help pick coffee beans so the family can earn more money. That way the family can earn enough money to feed the children. It made Dino sad to think that children don’t go to school because they have no food.
When we arrived, a charity called AFCiC (Action For Children in Conflict) were at school running a ‘lunchtime club’. It is a bit like a breakfast club. AFCiC cook a tasty lunch for the children to eat. The children bring 2 shillings a day to pay for the firewood for the cooker and then they get a free meal. This encourages the children to stay at school to get lunch rather than work on the coffee plantation.
The children loved the tasty lunch of rice and beans.
It was cooked on this cooker. The cooker doesn’t use electricity or gas. You have to burn firewood to make the heat!
A teacher told Lion “A child can’t learn on an empty stomach!”
Dino thought that was very true. Dino always finds it difficult to concentrate on learning when he hasn’t eaten. It makes him grouchy and the stomach grumbling distracts him from the lessons. He liked how AFCiC helped these children get a tasty lunch. It is a bit like England where some children get ‘Free School Meals’ if their parents cannot afford to buy a school dinner.
The children all loved eating their dinner. Dino went off and shared their lunch. He loves ugali and beans! Yum!
While Dino was eating, Lion was busy in class.
He was taught in swahili in some lessons and English for some lessons.
Lion loves maths so was excited to learn his times tables and he had fun colouring in fractions of shapes.
The children are all very excited to be at school. They want to learn and the school motto encouraged the children to “Better your best!”
They were all working so hard when we left them…to learn as much as they could..to become the new leaders, doctors, teachers, taxi drivers, bakers, coffee pickers and car mechanics of their community.
The children were so excited to see us and were sad to see us leave. They cheered and said goodbye to us.
We were sad to leave school… Roar to you all. Work hard at school and always “Better your best!”
Lots of roars
Dino and Lion
We are visiting lots of schools on our journey. If your school in England wants to link with a school in Africa, then send us an email and we can try and link your school.
To learn more about the valuable work AFCiC are doing to help children in Thika and at their other projects visit their website
Or email them direct at Kenya@actionchildren.org
We would like to send a big roar to John, Seth, Grace and the rest of the amazing AFCiC team who made us feel so welcome! Big roars guys
Also…visit our blog at http://Dinoandlion.wordpress.com to find out more about ‘water in Africa’ as well as other stories from our journey!