January 24

Today we went to Cham Gi Wadu for the first time. We didn’t get there on time at all; we were supposed to get there by 10 but the bus arrived around 12, so we stayed for lunch at 12:30 and left after.

We took the bus there and the the views in Rongo are amazing. It’s like everywhere you look is another amazing picture – I think I said that already in a blog but I don’t care, I’ll keep saying it because it is so true.

Once we got to the community, we set up cameras and audio recorders with the Rongo students to capture the social workers Pamela, Jayne, and Jane speaking about the community radio and its impacts. Hearing them discuss their issues was moving and it grounded me back to why we are here, why I’m here; to connect with these people and document their stories. The issues that they struggle with are things that I can’t even comprehend, and I am so deeply moved by their vulnerability and strength to stand up for people who don’t have a voice and make a change. It is so powerful that I get to be a part of it, even if just in a small way.

After they were done speaking, we packed up and headed back to the university for dinner, and then headed back to the hotel.

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