Kenya, Sanaa Project: Arrival

We arrived in Nairobi on June 9, and were at the New Dawn Education Center in Huruma by early-afternoon. We met some of the students and teachers all of whom were enthusiastic in their mustard- yellow uniforms when we informed them about our project. We are staying with the school’s Director, Irene Tongoi, with whom we have been discussing the Sanaa Project in further detail.

Since being here, we have been exposed to many of the large problems that exist in the village. In particular, many of the villagers told stories of volunteer groups who come to Huruma with hopes of making a difference but fail to consider their projects’ sustainability. The villagers expressed feelings of frustration with outsiders’ lack of awareness and consideration for long-term improvement. We are doing everything in our power to make sure our project will be different.

 

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