First glimpse of the UDP

Kenya_2015b Posted by Kenya META 2015 on Fri, 17 Jul 2015 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

On Tuesday (14th), we joined the Provost and staff team of All Saint’s Cathedral for their breakfast meeting. We were warmly welcomed and learnt more about the various ministries there. We then set off for the informal settlement of Kayole, outside Nairobi. Driving into the area was difficult for the team as seeing pictures was very different from seeing firsthand the living conditions of some members of the community.

Soon we were being invited into Tujisaide Community School which is part of the UDP. On arrival, we were warmly welcomed into the school by the Headteacher, whole staff and 300 pupils (aged 3 to 15). After a short assembly we started our project of painting the grey plaster walls white to make the classrooms brighter.

Over the last three days we have been privileged to paint four classrooms (and along the way got a few splatters of paint on ourselves too!). One of the highlights has been painting alongside people from the community. We met community elders at their weekly meeting and they sang for us. We also had an opportunity to watch an interschool football match and athletics competition and join in with the cheering on the sidelines.

We have been very impressed with the politeness and impressive queueing skills of even the youngest children at the school. We have been well looked after with delicious food arranged by Mama Lucy and lots of chai. We are looking forward to taking part in school assembly and some lessons tomorrow.

Initial impressions of Kayole include the differences from home, the many challenges related to deprivation balanced with a great hope for a positive future, joy, laughter and the sense of a community working together and in partnership with All Saint’s Cathedral and CMSI.

In the evenings we have enjoyed the fellowship at the Cathedral when we joined a Bible Study and a prayer and healing service.

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Heather Grindle said Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00PM
Very interested to read in CMS prayer booklet about sewers being constructed - what a long way the community has come. The cathedral must be a wonderful place of prayer and fellowship. Love to all.

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