I can’t really believe that I have been here a month already. Being on time might not be a priority for the Kenyans but it certainly passes quickly here. One major achievement in the last 2 weeks has been passing my driving test enabling us to have use of the GSK sponsored 4×4 at weekends. Kenyan exploration here we come! It’s quite a beast as the picture shows but it’s just what is needed out here. Sometimes it’s like threading a tank through a hoard of tuc tucs, motor bikes, push bikes and people all determined to try and end their lives early! The others say they feel very safe with me though, so that’s a plus. I haven’t ventured out a night much yet though, using headlights seem to be thing of choice amongst other road users and the dry red dust makes it like driving in fog.
My adolescent sexual health project is progressing well, having already met with several youth groups so that they are able to have a voice in the type of Youth Friendly Services that would encourage them to attend the clinics. Unsurprisingly they are no different to adolescent s world over, they want privacy, confidentiality, unbiased non judgemental advice and times to attend that are convenient to them. A given in the UK maybe but as yet not the norm here. Hopefully, in what I am only too aware is a very short length of time, I can make some small changes that will make a long lasting impact.
I have also visited an OGRA supported school called “Oasis Of Hope”. Primary education is free & compulsory in Kenya but secondary education is not and must be paid for. This school was established for orphans who want to continue learning and make better lives for themselves. All the teachers are products of the school having gone on to graduate at universities and returned, to give back to their own community. If ever there was a place to give you belief that anything is possible, this is it! We attended on their “competition” day. A bit like an Eisteddfod for us Welshies! The standard was remarkable, and the confidence with which they performed a joy to watch considering their lives outside of school. This day gave them the opportunity to have such a great time in what is otherwise a very tough life – Oasis Of Hope couldn’t be a more appropriate name. The desire of the teachers and the students to succeed has led to the school being placed 13th out of 42 schools in the region….truly inspiring!