It is our last week of project and we are amazed at how fast our time here has flown by! This past week we finished up our mental health lessons and did some positive self-esteem boosting with our favourite “rap”: “I’m somewhere, in the future, and I look much better than I look right now!”. We had lots of fun with the students singing along and dancing to this empowerment song and even had a little fun with a drum Liz bought from the craft market in Kisumu!
This week, we are reviewing the curriculum we taught with the students by playing a QHO version of the popular trivia game show Jeopardy! Testing students on their knowledge of Life Skills, Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS and Mental Health, we have had a final chance to debunk any myths and emphasize the important take-aways from our lessons.
We recently had Margaret and Sarah over for a Canadian/Kenyan fusion dinner that we prepared, consisting of spaghetti and meatsauce, curry and rice and for dessert, macaroons and chapatti apple tarts! We wanted to attempt to return the favour to COHESU for being so hospitable and welcoming to us during our stay.
This past weekend we had the opportunity to meet with Diana from COHESU in Kisumu to discuss plans for a final workshop at the end of the week. The workshop will consist of guest speakers and small discussion groups to tackle the issues of HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, income generation for community and school groups, and overall leadership and empowerment. We anticipate teachers, counsellors, students and community members to attend the workshop and our goal is to spark some interest in the various topics and encourage these leaders to act as role models in their communities. We think this will be a great way to end our time here in Chavakali and continue the momentum of our education program after we leave.
We’ll be sad to leave our home here in Kenya, but we are enjoying our last few days with the students and the community members we’ve met during our stay.
Cheers to the future!