As I entered the room of 20 second graders at Bondeni center, I was greeted with smiling children who then proceeded to clap and shout “Wow!” and gestured their hands towards me. This is a routine “welcome” for guests in the classrooms. They would stand and sing a song and recite Bible verses.
As a second grade teacher myself, I was so thrilled to observe and see what happens in the classroom on a regular basis in Bondeni. The room was extremely small, hot, and had a small square where light beamed through the metal roof. In the front, the teacher had a chalkboard, a small desk, and old curriculum books. The students sat close to each other on wooden benches.
The teacher proceeded to teach the students about harmful and helpful animals. As the kids answered, they stood up and answered in a very respectful way. If the teacher responded, “Good job!”, the students would clap a few times. The lesson was dialogue and a few main ideas written on the board.
I was very humbled by being a part of the classroom and seeing the daily hard work these teachers put in – 6 days week, 8-4 daily, and never had breaks. The teachers had very little material and visual aides to help them teach, but I could tell the students loved school and were learning every day. My favorite part, was when they stood and recited Bible verses with such joy!
Our team brought children’s books for the Pangani center and they will be placing them in their library to share among the schools. The lady who is the librarian was so excited! She said, “This is an answer to prayer.” Such little things I take advantage of…I have so many books in my classroom with easy access for my students all of the time.
I look forward to many more interactions with the teachers in Bondeni this week, model/share lessons, and work with the students. I’m excited to see how God will use me this week at the school. I also was very blessed to spend the afternoon in the slum, interacting with the people in the community with “Bringing the Light.”
I’m very grateful for everyone – as you have been such a wonderful encouragement to me and my team here in Kenya. I have loved reading encouraging notes given to me, knowing we are being prayed for, and your support in every way.