My name is Margaret. This is my home, where I live with my parents and brother. My family are bee keepers, but we also have goats and chickens on our farm. We grow corn in the shamba next to our home. We are lucky because my father is also a woodcarver. We are so happy that he was asked to design the name plaque for Saint Patrick‘s Primary School. My family was so proud when the plaque was unveiled at the Opening Ceremony and everyone was clapping and cheering. My class sang a song at the ceremony also to say Asante Sana to our friends from Ireland. The words were “Our dear, dear visitors, from so far away, we will never forget you”. It was lovely.
I like being in Standard Two Class in my new school. I listen to my teacher Veronica who teaches me to read and write. My home is 6km from the school. I leave for school at 6:00 am, carrying my lunch of maize and beans and walk to school crossing a river along the way. Sometimes it is difficult to cross this river especially during the rainy season as there is no bridge.
The highway near our school is so dangerous. Large trucks travelling from Nairobi to Mombasa speed along the roadway carrying goods from the Indian Ocean to Tanzania and Uganda. We used to find it difficult to cross over the highway and get to our old school in Kalimbini which was fifteen kilometres away. But that is in the past as our new school is so much nearer our homes. We all feel much safer now.
We say a little prayer in school every day for our friend Kyoto, a little boy from our locality, who was killed crossing the highway on his way to the old school. We are so sad that he is no longer here. He was lovely, so young, funny and happy, and we all miss him.
I am so happy with the new classrooms at my school. I like going to school everyday. More and more children come to our school and it is growing all the time. We have 3 lovely new classrooms and my class, Standard 4 is very lucky to be in one of the new rooms.
Each girl and boy gets a bowl of porridge to eat everyday at our school because some of our classmates come to school very weak. They are thankful not to be hungry during our lessons. When it is lunchtime we sit on the red step outside under the shade of the verandah.
We had a special meal at the official opening of our new rooms. We had roasted goat and beans. My favourite food is Ugali (Maize) with honey and the chicken that mother Christine cooks for me on the fire. My brother Robert is a truck driver and I really look forward to seeing him when he comes home from Emali at the weekends!
Our names are Victor and Joseph and we are in Standard Three Class and Standard Five in Saint Patrick’s Primary School Kawese. There are ten children in our family and we live here with our parents on this farm beside the railway track. We grow maize and keep goats, chickens and cows. We like to drink the milk from our goats and we cook our meals on an open fire outside the house. We do not own the land where our house is built. We live on Masai common grazing land beside the track but we are worried as the railway is being developed and we will lose our home and farm. We have nowhere to go and our mother is very worried.
Our mother helped to lift the rocks for the foundations of the new school. She works very hard but she is happy that we can go to a school near our home. She helped her friend the dressmaker to make the new uniforms for the school. We wore the new uniforms for the first time at the official opening. The red jumpers and shorts for the boys and the blue dresses and bright red jumpers for the girls look very smart.
Some visitors came to our school from Ireland. They gave our teachers new copies, pencils and books. We sang songs with them and they read us stories about children in Ireland. They gave us some toys and a picture book with a drawing of an elephant in it. We hope they will not forget us and come back to visit us soon.