We had a successful skype session with our children in Nairobi this morning! I call them our children because that’s how they are really starting to feel to me. Our School Ties group met at at the school at 6:30 am in order to meet with the children in Kenya 8 hours and thousands of miles away. It was fun for the kids to realize that we were just starting school and they were about to go home.
We began with the normal questions, asking what they do to play and what they like to eat. Some of the foods and names we do not recognize so we will have to look them up. Nour, one of our students, showed the friendship bracelet that her family purchased and was made by Bravin Langatwa. Bravin was there and they were able to meet and see each other. This was a special moment as Bravin understood that something he had made was being enjoyed by another kid on the other side of the world.
We then asked the Nairobi children what they would like to do when they are older. They all answered either a teacher or a nurse. I thought this was a sweet indication of their experiences. Their teachers love them and they in turn want to be like them.
They showed us their flag and explained that the black is for the color of their skin, white is for peace, red is for their blood, and green is for the beauty of their country.
They asked us what kind of wild animals we have…ha! We don’t have tigers or elephants like they do, but we did show them a stuffed Armadillo! They thought it was so funny and wanted to take pictures of it!
Just before we ended the children sang a song for us. The chorus was “If you want to be happy, you have to make someone happy.” How come these beautiful, simple, humble children know so much?
Finally, to stick with tradition, we did the Hokey Pokey and all had a good laugh together.
These moments can not be duplicated in any other way. Allowing the children to meet each other and explain their hopes and cultures is priceless. Seeing the children of Nairobi, meeting in a simple school, gives me a true reality check. But when you see their smiles and how excited and eager they are to live a full life, my heart is stitched right back up with a little extra love inside to boot!