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.
Everyone was so happy to see our faces laughing back at them from the calendar that came all the way from Ireland. It was exciting to see the photos of ourselves and the boys from Hollypark in the calendar. Our mother Elizabeth is very proud of us.She has the calendar hanging on our wall. We like to look at the pictures of the boys and teachers from Dublin.It looks very different from our school in Kawese.
Our family is still lucky to be able to live beside the railway tracks. We have learned all about the new tracks built by the Chinese in our lessons in school. These tracks are the biggest project in all of Kenya since we got our Independence over 50 years ago.
The new tracks are called a standard gauge railway. They will join our capital city Nairobi with Mombasa on the coast. Maybe in the future they will link Kenya with Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
I hope that the new railway will make the highway near our home less busy and safer.We need to walk along there when we help our mother return the sewing and washing she does for the people in Sultan Hamud. She tries so hard to earn some money for our family and we are proud of her too.