After a night of supporting the local Economy of Kenya by buying a bottle or three of South African wine with sonja I awoke to breakfast featuring a cameo by the local monkeys. After breakfast we headed to the UN ( or as Sarah Boardmans would call it the NU) to start day one of our workshop, peter forgot all the of equipment so it was lucky I remembered to bring my camera with me. We arrived to conference room 9 where there were less then expected participants which threw a spanner in the works. Though luckily we solved the problem with haste, sonja was one of the stars today with one of the most motivational speeches I have ever heard almost reducing a grown man to tears. The CM4K gang split up into groups of 5 and each took 4 of the participants to teach them how to make videos to help them go into communities and pass on the skills to help those who are in less fortunate situations gain employability skills. One of the hardest situations of the day was the start of the group trying to get them all to get involved as some were more quiet than others. After a little while people started coming out of their shells and when we got to filming everyone was really interested in it. During the our talks with with our group; Dekker, Suji and Dave we learnt a lot about the kenyan tribes and their politics showing how community based learning worked with each other teaching them new things. The most difficult part of my day was the stomach bug forcing me to make three hasty trips to the UN toilets. After the first day of workshops we went to the Masai markets where I got to experience my first bout of bargaining resulting in a half price passport cover. Afterwards we were invited to one of Peters famous coffee dates. All in all a fab day.
the journey to Kenya was a rocky one. After 15 hours waiting for our connection flight from Zurich to Nairobi the charitable gestures started early after a woman fell down down the escalator and I jumped into action by pressing the stop button and helping her back up. I then also had some hardships on the plane as Taylor (who isn’t vegetarian) took the last vegetarian meal on the plane resulting with me having to just eat my second cheese and bread meal of the day. We finally arrived at the campsite where we relaxed for the rest of the evening at the pub on the site I also did my second heroic deed of the day by getting a gecko out of the bedroom. The second day of Kenya we got straight into work after breakfast, after a few hours we had managed to create a plan of what we were going to teach the students tomorrow at the United Nations building in Nairobi. When Peter came back from his coffee date in town we carried on with our plan, finalising what we wanted to do tomorrow we decided to leave the compound to explore the local supermarket, And here we are now deciding wether to have a communal nap or not.