So I had hoped to be able to spend the day teaching and with the children of these wonderful programs-- either in Korogocho or at a Link Up program. Unfortunately that once again did not work out. There are multiple reasons why-- communication is quite challenging here, for whatever reason. There is not a clear vision of what the plan is during the day to day operations, and as a visitor it is quite challenging to insert myelf into something that runs so independently. On top of that, there are many events going on with some students in Poland, some returning late last night from Kisumu, and some who did not attend either trip.
However, the biggest challenge has really been not having Elizabeth here to help coordinate. She is truly the backbone of this program and fully responsible for the operation, and she is in Poland with the students who traveled there. It's wonderful that she does so much, but it has also really shown me the importance of running a program that can continue to operate at full capacity without you. I think as a teacher, I often times feel like I need to do everything-- this experience is showing me that even though it's important to be involved, that I don't necessarily need to do it all. Whether it's with the children (setting up, cleaning up, etc.) or the teachers (organizing and scheduling), it is important to let some of the responsiblities go to others.
Though the overall experience here in Kenya has been amazing, if I am being quite honest, there have been a handful of rather disappointing days like today in which I did not get to do what I came here for. Don't get me wrong-- we certainly made the best of it (see Giraffe Center photos below)-- but ultimately I came here to teach, and I am sad that did not get to happen today.
I believe I will be back at it tomorrow in Dandora. I am also hoping to make it to Koch one last time, but I am not certain that will happen. Fingers crossed for a wonderful last two days! For now, here are some Giraffe Center pictures!
I am honored to have been selected as a 2018 Fund for Teachers Fellowship Recipient. Through this grant I will travel to Nairobi, Kenya to work the the El Sistema based music program, Ghetto Classics. This blog will share information and stories about my first journey to Africa.