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AMS camp Nairobi day 2

April 30, 2018

AMS camp Nairobi day 2

We’d lost power overnight so woke to no showers, no coffee, no lights etc. Off to a cafe on the way – can’t do camp without coffee!

3 Ubers cancelled on us before we eventually got a car.

Our cafe order took forever and I was sure we were going to be late. I hate late. Then we got a message from teacher Joseph to say that the bus hadn’t left Korogocho yet because the driver was sick and they had to ‘find another one’. Welcome to Kenya.

Our flat whites had more froth than any cappuccino we’ve ever seen and our cappuccino was a flat white. Never mind, we just swapped. But when it happened again on our second round, Bill googled the differences and gently showed our waiter who scribbled some notes and said ‘Ah- I think I need to show this to our barista!!’

By the time Tilly and I threw away our inedible take away tea we were getting the giggles about all our first world problems! We decided maybe it was just Opposite Day…

Happy to report that things improved and we ended up having the best day ever at camp!

50 gorgeous kids and our amazing staff got off the bus. It was forecast storms and the sky went black but it didn’t rain all day!

We swam, sang, swam some more, sang some more. The cup percussion really got going and the keyboard groups conquered all their material.

As always, the food was a big hit. Healthy lunch and snacks and then KFC before home time. We asked teacher Kevin about them taking it home (and if we should enforce anything) and he said ‘they have already eaten today. They want to take it home to share. We should let them.’ And then added – ‘Also, KFC is famous and they will be elevated in the community if people can see that they have had it.’

We FaceTimed Miss Lindi and Mr Jake at lunch – Oh the excitement!!

There was a round of Kenyan songs and games outside in the afternoon sun. We cannot believe how much hilarity can be had by students and teachers alike given an empty space and some sunshine!

These are the poorest of the poor and the most joyous people we’ve ever met.

Let’s just say that farewelling them all on the bus was really really hard. We want to bring everyone home with us.

We are so proud of our Nairobi staff. They are amazing. I’m also so glad we had Tilly helping – she was everywhere!

We’d skipped lunch so we were ready to eat. Went out for a lovely dinner, had a shower – and I was asleep by 8pm!

Day 1

April 28, 2018

Up early and ready to go! Sally kindly drove us to ‘Stepping Stones’ and as expected, 50 excited kids got off the bus ready for a big day!

Some we know from last year, some are new to us – we had left it up to our Kenyan teachers to select 50 from the 90 something they currently teach at St Johns Korogocho – and asked that they bring a mix of first and second timers.

Great to see the ones we know from last time! Our staff this year are Joseph, Eric, Kevin, Martha and Lewinsky! Lewinsky is new to us, the others were all on camp last year.

We had a wonderful day. Lots of singing, keyboards groups, cup games, playground and of course – swimming! Healthy lunch and snacks and then pizza before they went home.

They LOVE their new clothes – thanks everyone!

Looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow…

AMS camp in Nairobi 2018

April 28, 2018

AMS camp Nairobi 2018.

We did this last year and we loved it!

Take 50 kids in who’ve never seen anything but the slum they’ve always known and give them a weekend in paradise across town – with plenty of music thrown in!

We (Mr Bill, Miss Tilly & me) landed in Nairobi this afternoon. We’d come via a little stop in the UK so the time warp wasn’t quite as disgusting as what we’ve experienced before.

Our beautiful friend Sally (Angel Kindergarten) was meeting us at the airport. We were thrilled to emerge through customs unscathed to meet Sally and 2 of her kids Hannah & James! Yay so great to see everyone!

They chauffeured us to the bnb they’ve booked for us on the property they’re living on. It’s just lovely – Quite unlike all of our previous Nairobi lodgings! A little bit of French country in Karen. The red mud and the over the top sudden Down pours certainly make us feel like we’re back…

We showered and shopped for last minute things and organised everything ready for tomorrow. We’re excited!

Just found out they’re waiting to get on the bus- here we go!!

AMS Camp Nairobi 2018.

April 27, 2018

We did this last year and we loved it! Take 50 kids who’ve never seen anything but the slum they’ve always known and give them a weekend in paradise across town – with plenty of music thrown in!

We (Mr Bill, Miss Tilly & me) landed in Nairobi this afternoon. We’d come via a little stop in the UK so the time warp wasn’t quite as disgusting as what we’ve experienced before.

Our beautiful friend Sally (Angel Kindergarten) was meeting us at the airport. We were thrilled to emerge through customs unscathed to meet Sally and 2 of her kids Hannah & James! Yay so great to see everyone!

They chauffeured us to the bnb they’ve booked for us on the property they’re living on. It’s just lovely – Quite unlike all of our previous Nairobi lodgings! A little bit of French country in Karen. The red mud and the over the top sudden Down pours certainly make us feel like we’re back…

We showered and shopped for last minute things and organised everything ready for tomorrow. We’re excited!