Saturday, July 25, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
As a follow up to the professional development training provided by Don & Joy Hepburn last November, we prepared a seminar in cooperative learning methodologies for our colleagues Zahra, Nelius, and the faculty of the primary school. It was a great time to get to know our the other teachers within the community centre and to encourage each other.
We were able to use some wonderful material compiled by Carla Nelson for the Pattern's of Promise Conference, that we attended earlier this year. Together with the teachers, we looked at our "teacher's tool box" and considered how we as teachers could improve our effectiveness as educators in Eastleigh. Beyond several simple tools that we introduced today, the teachers identified key areas of interest for future training: counselling, classroom management, and new teaching methodologies topped their list.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
On Monday morning the volunteers from Middleton, Nova Scotia, joined us for the first anniversary party of Iftin and out to Acacia Camp for debriefing and some fun seeing the beautiful Athi plains.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Looking back over the past week, it has been a full time in Eastleigh serving with the Middleton volunteers. We can't begin to capture all of the experiences that we've shared, but we wanted to at least show you a few more images from the week.
The participants "giving up some love"
for the Canadian presenters!
Pastor Danny and members of the
Refugee Children's Club
cheering on the other kids in a game
of musical chairs.
The Middleton team brought many gifts for the women and children of the community centre, but one of the most beloved was the soccer uniforms and balls they presented to the children of the newly formed Refugee Children's Club. Even the youth leaders, Tunis & Zahra Sharrif, and the children's teacher Gladys, proudly received jerseys.
The week flew by, but in this short time obvious bonds of love have formed. We are all looking forward to our final celebration time on Monday morning, even if it is with the sadness of a good-bye to come.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The week is moving along quickly in Eastleigh as the team pulls together in the renovation project and serves within several ministries of the centre. Here are a few snap shots from yesterday.
Geralyn's new style
Tamara and Emily teaching in the ESL class
Monday, July 6, 2009
Everyone did great
overcoming the language barrier
The dust was flying in the renovation project
(and yes... they wore dust masks)
Malcolm Card, Muriel Bent,
and Terry & Nate Smith
During this time while we are working with the Middleton Team in Eastleigh, many of our CBM colleagues are converging on the coast for a development conference being hosted by The Sharing Way. The distinguished missiologist Rene Padilla is coming from Argentina to speak on Integral Mission. While at the elephant orphanage we ran into some of our CBM family who had come for the conference.
Another great part of the day was visiting the Karen Giraffe Centre that butts up against Nairobi National Park. We all had fun feeding these gentle giants out of our hands (..and from our mouths)
Ava hanging out with Aisha, Ayan and Fardosa
After our time with the animals, we crossed the city and met up with our friends from the Eastleigh Jewelry Project who were taking part in their first sale in an exhibition within the Sarit Centre, Westlands.
The jewelry project did fantastic selling out most of their display