Sep 30, 2015

Last Night in Ayikuma

I am headed back to Kissemah tomorrow after school. I finished all my administrative projects today. I have a few things to discuss with Kwame tomorrow. I need to update Jasmin on a few items and then pack. I've been managing my stay out of my suitcase, I'm a Girl Scout at heart.

I shared a Ted Talk with the children tonight during their prep time. It is 7 minutes long, titled, MY INVENTION THAT MADE PEACE WITH THE LIONS. The boy who gives the talk is Richard Turere from Kenya. It is a simple story packed with life lessons. If you've not seen it, take 7 minutes and watch. Google TED TALK, Richard Turere. The video had been viewed over 1.5 million times, hopefully in schools all over the world.

I am looking forward to seeing Ceci tomorrow and Teacher Lawrenda and all the young young children in KIssemah. Friday they have worship, it will be great to hear them all sing - they get so excited when they sing. I will make copies of some of the school documents for Kwame to bring back to Aiykuma and at some point I will pack. Saturday my flight leaves at 9am so I have to be at the airport at 6am. I am prepared for my sleeping routine on the 11 hour fight. I am also packing instant oatmeal to eat during the long flight over to JFK. Delta food does not agree with me.

Every time I am here I learn and learn and learn:
1_ The resilience of children never ceases to amaze me.
2_ The power of a kind gesture, even tiny gestures, is something I lose sight of and here I see the power, the influence, the ripple effect, everyday.
3_ I know I have to be more patient and I take that lesson back home with me every time.

A few practical lessons:
1_ You can never pack enough hand sanitizer
2_ And always bring a extra bar of Trader Joe's Peppermint soap

If I don't post any updates from Kissemah, probably due to LIGHTS OUT.






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