Yesterday, our team made dinner for all the kids and staff at Naomi’s Village. Nachos with guacamole, mango salsa, homemade tortilla chips and brownies with M&Ms were a big hit!
Today, we had the great honor of co-teaching with some of the Cornerstone teachers here at Naomi’s Village! It was incredible to observe the engaging lessons all of the teachers, American & Kenyan, prepared over the weekend. The teachers from our team worked diligently to create eye-catching visuals to use for math instruction and modeled how to use many of the classroom manipulatives we’ve used in our training that were graciously donated by so many of you. Cornerstone teachers are thrilled to receive these tools for teaching, and continually talk about their excitement to get in their classrooms to use them. After a morning of co-teaching, we all sat down while taking chai to reflect on the morning of effective teaching methods. CPA staff has shared often how grateful they are for the ideas, strategies, and tools we’ve shared with them during our trainings. The LORD has provided in countless ways, and no doubt our trainings are a testimony to his generosity, giving us as His children what is BEST.
In the afternoon, a group of us went to visit Comfort the Children, a non-profit in Maai Mahiu that focuses on a holistic approach to community development. CTC initiatives focus on five areas, all interrelated: education, environment, economy, health and community.
We learned about initiatives such as adult literacy and computer classes, health education in local schools, soccer teams, free HIV screening, counseling and treatment, and community trash pick up. We met the women who sew L.I.F.E. line products which are available here. Many of the women involved in L.I.F.E. line are the moms of children with special needs who are educated at CTC. Our team brought mendozis and sodas to share with the children and teachers. We shared lots of hugs and really enjoyed learning about this great organization.
With only a few days left, we have Tuesday in Kijabe with the Mendonsa’s and visiting the missionary boarding school, Rift Valley Academy. Wednesday is a day we are all excited about …a day with the Cornerstone staff at Lake Naivasha.
Thank you all for your prayers! They mean the world to us here in Kenya.