When I was in school I always thought of what I would do to repay The Giraffe not only for their kindness but also generosity.
After finishing Secondary School, I decided to volunteer in the Giraffe office which as a privilege and when the sponsorship coordinator Jackie and John said they were coming, three of my former classmates (Teddy, George and Doryne also decided to volunteer. It was a busy week, but we had lots of fun.
Tuesday 13th March 2018
We visited Tumaini primary school which is a school sponsored by the Giraffe Project. During the morning hours we took videos of the students which would later be send to their respective sponsors. The pupils were quite cheerful and taking their videos was really fun. Afterwards each student was given a beautiful pencil. I even wished that I could be in Tumaini! We then had our lunch which was very tasty, and we went to individual classes taking videos of their presentations such as songs and memory verses. Then the four of us got the chance to play some games with them – it was fun. Finally, they were given some Christmas gifts to eat and to take home. It was tiresome but really enjoyable.
Wednesday 14th March 2018
This morning the four of us headed to Giraffe Education Centre (GEC) which is a secondary school. We were to take videos of the Form Fours and Form Ones. We did that quite quickly and by noon we had finished.
We were to write an article about ‘a day in the life of a GEC student’ so we say down and put our ideas on paper. After organising our ideas one student did all the writing while the other three interviewed the school staff about the school. In about an hour, everything was done including the career talk that the Form Fours and Form Twos had received from a career guide person. Before leaving, one girl by the name of Winnie was surprised by the rest of the team as it was her birthday. She had no idea what was going on but was called into the staffroom only to find a big cake with the words Happy Birthday written on it. She was happy to the extent of crying and then cut the big cake and shared it with everyone including John and Jackie.
Thursday 15th March 2018
This day we had a new adventure visiting the Green Pastures school located in Kibora. It is a primary school and we took videos of the pupils as we had done at the other schools. Afterwards they were given some delicious sweets. The kids were so smart and bright so it was fun being with them. During lunch we had lots of delicious food including chicken. We really ate which I know is not the ‘Wazungu’* way. Afterwards we gave them Christmas presents and took lots of photos. It was a very enjoyable day and we didn’t want it to come to an end.
Saturday 17th March 2018
This da the GEC students had a party. There were ups and downs preparing for the day! In the tuition block some pupils were busy decorating the room while in the boarding section some students were busy preparing meals like chapati and meat stew. The football and volleyball tournaments were still taking place. The Form One boys won in the football and a Form Four girls team won in the volleyball. Afterwards food was brought in and then the surprise presents for the school were presented – a 49” television, deep freezer and a huge cake! The students were all very happy and the sponsorship coordinators helped in cutting the cake and sharing it with everyone.
It rained very heavily to an extent that the nearby river broke its banks and due to the no car could pass near the school because of the slippery mud. We had to walk all the way to the bus stop including the Wazungu with all the mud. So you can just imagine!
It was really fun doing the one week, touring different schools, interacting with different people and learning from them. Though it was tiresome, it was quite fun especially working with John and Jackie. We look forward to working with them next time.
Thank you and it was a privilege!
By Winnie – a former student at the Giraffe Children’s Charity
*Wazungu = visitors, fair-skinned people (literally, wanderers)