As my Maasai friend Thomas says, “Kasi kubwa” — we have “Big work” to do.
I met with Thomas, the project manager of the school project yesterday. He is a friend I met on my first visit, who at the time had just returned from studying in Boston. He was my first real Maasai friend, and introduced me to the family that I so love (the Mungayo family). If I wasn’t inspired before our meeting, I certainly am now. Everything I had envisioned for the school is possible, it seems.
He has big plans for the Maasai schools (there are 3) and the communities. My focus will be on the Oldonyo Sambu Primary School, which is where the Mungayo children attend (photo of Esu at the school from my last visit is attached). I want to be very specific about my goals and plans, so that I can truly show impact and progress, so the other schools, while very important also, will have to wait until another phase for my attention.
Later this week, I will be heading out to the school to get a firsthand perspective, but according to Thomas, the existing building needs a roof and desks. Then, we’re hoping to build another classroom later in the year. The first two tasks are possible immediately, I think…and the latter build will take a bit of doing — grant proposals, a bit more fundraising, finding appropriate partnerships, etc. Yes, I have kasi kubwa ahead of me! But I am truly, truly excited about it all!
After my visit to the school and headmaster, I’ll know more specifics, but for now, let’s just say, it’s good, it’s exciting, and I think it’s all doable.
Otherwise, life here is good. The weather is great. The fresh bananas and avocados are lovely. Had my first cuppa yesterday…finally. Made it just before the lights went out…which is a daily occurrence. A couple hours without electricity is kind of interesting. All the appliances (cooker, fridge, teapot) are electric, so whatever you are in the middle of, just stops for awhile. So far, it’s only happened at dinnertime twice. Otherwise, it was the middle of the night and mid-afternoon, which isn’t a big deal. I’ve just been taking my book to the fireplace and reading for a bit…or pulling my chair out to the front of the apt and having a glass of wine or (last night!) tea. It’s a very relaxing way of life…and so far I’m enjoying it.
All here is nzuri sana (very good)…hope it is with you as well.