Gitugu Junior Academy

On Wednesday, 9/7, we headed to the Gitugu Junior Academy in the outskirts of Meru.  The church sponsors this school in many ways, and our visit was a chance for us to see the school, meet the staff and children, and do a needs-assessment for moving forward with the new partnership.

We toured the classrooms, as well as met some of the teachers and students.  Each classroom introduction was the same, we interrupt class, the one of the higher-ups tells the students to clap for us and say that we are welcome in the school, we smile and nod, the teacher tells us a bit about the class and how grateful they are that we are here.  It was a bit strange, but it was interesting to see the classes.

Again, photo credit to Cindy.  I need to start taking my own photos.  She does have a knack for photography, though.

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After the tour and a few meetings, we, along with parents, are treated to a show.  Students from the school participate in reading poetry, singing songs, and doing dances.

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The adults eventually take the stage and convince us to dance along with us.  We are all presented gifts from the community.  The women receive “kanga”, and I was gifted three giraffes.

It was a very fun and eventful day.  Apart from the events described here, I got to eat arrowroot, was offered a baby, and we went shopping for school supplies.

The people here have been so genuine and appreciative.  I feel a little guilty as the other four on this trip have been preparing for months, and developing relationships for years.  I jumped on last minute, and I still get treated with the same respect.  Doesn’t seem fair.  If any of you four are reading this, you are rock stars!

Corruption-free zone

On our way out of Nairobi heading to Kenya, we saw a sign that read “You are now entering a corruption-free zone.”  It had smaller print that continued “accepting or offering bribes is a punishable offense.”

Much of Thursday was spent driving from Nairobi to Meru.  I was still tired from the two straight days of travelling, but excited to see the countryside along the way.

The landscape was mostly bright green, a remnant of the last rainy season.  I was bad at taking pictures, so all photo credit in this post belongs to my talented friend, Cindy.

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We also saw some monkeys on the way, once at a restaurant we ate at called the “Trout Tree,” and again on the side of the road.IMG_3212.JPG

 

We soon after arrived in Meru.

Meru

After we arrived in Meru, we made our way to our hotel and got settled.