Archive for January, 2011

Baby Class Pick-Up

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The preschool (divided into three levels: KG1, KG2, KG3, but is called the ‘baby class’ by the school staff) ends its day at 4 pm while the upper primary students break for games time. Parents start picking up their students at 4, but some don’t arrive until 5:30. While waiting for their parents, Claudia and […]

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Sunday Visits…and a few chores

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Visitors frequently stop by to relax and catch up with the students on Sunday afternoons. Danu, one of the youngest boarding students, is holding Mary Joy. Mary Joy was left in the care of the students relaxing at the school’s front gate, while her father visited some of the school staff. She’s the daughter of […]

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Day at Jomvu

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

To give the upcoming high school students a break from the Royal Kids School compound, I took them out to Jomvu for a day in a more relaxed, rural environment.  Jomvu is about a thirty-minute walk from the school and it lies next to a channel of the Indian ocean. Its marked by rolling hills, […]

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The Professor’s New Glasses

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Evance, fondly called the Professor, received brand new glasses today. Thanks to an e3 supporter, Royal Kids School was able to purchase new glasses to replace his cracked ones before he goes off to high school.  Evance comes from western Kenya and arrived at Royal Kids shortly after the election violence.  His health has greatly […]

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Sophia’s Paper Beads

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

These paper bead necklaces are hanging from the tower that holds the water tank at Sophia Kea’s home. Sophia, along with the teenage girls and boys she employs, make all the paper bead jewelry e3Kids sells. Each of her paper bead creations are uniquely made, and it provides stable work for the young girls who […]

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Veryans the Roommate

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This is Veryans, one of our upcoming high school students, and she’s been my roommate ever since I moved out of the school last week to join Grace and Ngao at their apartment. She’s sitting on a freshly made bed, draped in a mosquito net. She’s staying with them since she’s the only female boarding […]

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Student Campaigns

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It’s election season at Royal Kids. Students in class 8 are currently campaigning for the position of head girl and head boy. This afternoon, the student body gathered in these two classrooms, usually divided by sliding doors, to hear speeches from the candidates. All the students were excited and would vigorously cheer for the students […]

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The Bicycle Incident

Monday, January 24th, 2011

This morning Grace, the Royal Kids School founder, asked me to take this picture of her and Kheri since their green outfits matched. Kheri is the head teacher of the pre-school, as well as Grace’s son. The family dynamic at Royal Kids, amongst all the staff and students, has made it into a home for […]

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$10 at the Market

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

With the equivalent of $10, the school matron and I went to the main market in Mombasa today and purchased thirteen pineapples, thirty-five oranges, and forty-one bananas. And really, we bought all of that with $8, if you take out the money we spent on fare and buying sacks to carry the fruit.  Those pineapples […]

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Day at the Beach

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Spent the day at Mombasa Beach with the  five upcoming sponsored high school students staying at the school, along with some of their friends, and Teacher Jane. Today was a special treat for them, since its a bit of a trek from the school to a public beach.  In the above picture, Kamau (He is […]

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