by Thomas Bwire
Packed classroom of participants waiting for the session to begin
Antonie Murunga from the Rotary Club of Westlands addresses the group
The sessions also had room for questions to the invited speakers and many of the children did not shy away from asking all the questions they had. One of the participating boys, who mentioned that he peforms well when it comes to soccer, asked for advice about how he can improve in his school work which he performs poorly. He was encouraged to focus more on his education but maintain a balance between activities and always seek the assistance of his teachers whenever in doubt. Other speakers included Gloria, Mercy, Chris and Ondari from Rotaract Club of Westlands. Ondari's advice was to focus on three components that can always act as guide in life. These were making the right choices, thinking about future consequences, and being respectful to others.
A high school student participating in Uweza's after-school tutoring asks a question about choosing a career
As a motivation for attending the session, the participants enjoyed a snack of mandazi, biscuits (cookies) and soda. The guest speakers had a last chance to see how much was learned by asking questions regarding to the presentations. Winners with the correct answers received an extra soda and it was obvious that everyone had participated and learned a lot from the day's session. Finally, everyone headed back to the Uweza center where the guests donated clothes that were given to all the children present. The participating girls also received a donation of sanitary pads from Uweza. We are grateful to the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs for taking their time to volunteer with us and we look forward to continued partnership to provide mentoring and encouragement to the youth in our programs.
Uweza teachers Harriet and Isaiah sorting through the clothing donations!
The topic for February's Speak it Out session will be "Peace in Kibera" and we will look back on the 2007/2008 post-election violence and learn how to heal from trauma and maintain peace in the upcoming March 4 elections. We will be watching the documentary "Kenya: Until Hope is Found." Guest speakers will include the filmmaker Patrick Mureithi as well as some of the Kibera men and women featured in the film.