Nov 2011 – Second Report by Katja Rieder

And again a whole month has whizzed by! There has been a lot going on in November! I made elderflower syrup with the kids and they drank the juice with relish! Homemade stuff always tastes twice as good. So the juice only lasted two evenings, but maybe I‘ll make another one with them.
In November, the school-leaving exams of the „Primary School“ started for four of the big ones. Of course, this led to a lot of nervousness and everyone went out of their way to make it easier for the four candidates. Apart from massages and lightening their workload, there were a lot of encouraging talks. In the end, everyone was relieved when it was over and they could go on holiday sooner than the rest oft he kids. Then, little by little, the senior pupils returned from the schools farther afield and, every time that a brother or a sister came back home at last, everyone was overjoyed. At the end of November, the youngest, too, were dismissed into their well-earned holidays. Since then, lots of things have been going on. That’s very exciting.
On top of that, we had a party in November: the birthday of Amos, Nyambura, Lucy and Wambui. Everyone got a little present and the meal was a real feast: lots of crisps, flips, popcorn, gummibears and, as a matter of course, a delicious birthday-cake. That evening everything was eaten, down to the smallest crumb.
Again we had any number of visitors, among others from Kenya Power, who brought along a lot of food! It’s always good to see that the people in the vicinity are also prepared to assume responsibility.
Before the holidays started, I still got the opportunity of visiting the school where most of the wajibu-kids are. It was an interesting experience to find out the difference between a German and a Kenyan school. I visited the kids in their various classes and answered any number of questions. For many of the kids it was hard to imagine that teachers in German schools aren’t allowed to beat their pupils and that primary school only takes 4 years!
At the beginning of the holidays we had an excursion with the whole wajibu wetu family. The UNEP group had invited us to Nairobi and we had a wonderful day. We baked cookies, went for a walk in the forest, ate the home-made cookies, and there was a group of acrobats. The acrobats spell-bound our kids absolutely: from human pyramids via jugglers to fire-eaters, they had the lot! After this beautiful but also exhausting day, all slept on the way home and were totally contented.
Meanwhile Christmas preparations are commencing. We’re making any amount of Christmas decoration and are already deliberating how many rabbits and chickens are to be slaughtered! The discussion about the animals isn’t finished yet, so I can’t tell you any results!
The preparations for our holiday in Mombasa are also in full swing. Since October, Mombasa has been our favourite topic, but since we were told when it is, at long last, going to start, there has been a kind of red alert. We’re already almost counting the minutes. We will be on the coast from 11 to 16 December and are sure to have a super holiday. You can read more about it in my next report. Katja Rieder

Oct 2011 – First Report by Katja Rieder

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for my first report – I really don’t feel that I’ve been here a whole month. I arrived here at the wajibu wetu children’s home at the beginning of October and I was given a cordial welcome by all. Without wasting any time talking, the children introduced me straightaway to all the daily activities, like cooking, washing the clothes, playing, singing, dancing and praying. That made the process of acclimatizing a lot easier. I can hardly describe the wonderful feeling of being there only a few days but already feeling like a member of the family. And I can assure you that this home is not just a home but a family. Every child here has his (or her) daily duties to perform and, over supper in the evening, he (or she) can announce the latest news to his siblings. Just like in any ordinary family, except that this family is a bit bigger.