Limavady Grammar School Kenyan reflections

Staff_team_2015 Posted by Rachel Brittain on Tue, 09 Aug 2016 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Roger Thompson writes…

On 1st July, a team of 24 students and 7 leaders from Limavady Grammar School (LGS) travelled to the Diocese of Kajiado, Kenya as part of an ongoing partnership between the school, the diocese and Oloosuyian Girls Secondary School (OGSS). The visit was facilitated by CMSI.

Throughout the visit, the students shared their personal thoughts and reflections on their daily Facebook blog. These really moved me, especially in the light of all that was happening globally at this time (Brexit, terrorist attacks, racially motivated violence in USA, civil unrest in Turkey and South Sudan, etc).

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Rachel and Sarah
This morning we met Bishop Gadiel Lenini, who welcomed us on behalf of the Diocese of Kajiado and explained how the partnership between LGS and Kajiado has developed over the years. Later we visited the OGSS and toured the classrooms and the worksite, as we were briefed on the tasks we will be completing during the next two weeks. The girls were super friendly. We got talking to Daisy, Elizabeth and Emaculate (Form 4 girls) who showed us around and told us a bit about themselves. So far, this has been a brilliant, eye-opening experience.

Christopher and Andrew
As we entered the classroom for the commissioning service it was filled with the sound of the very passionate voices of the girls singing, dancing and praising God. The L.G.S. choir was put into practice despite their nerves and bashful nature and the Kenyans seemed to enjoy our music. Following the service, we had the opportunity to meet the girls and share a few stories…It has been an amazing day and we cannot wait for the challenges and excitement ahead.

Victoria and Zara
After a good breakfast we set off in the pickup truck. When we got to the school we were put into different work groups and each was assigned a specific task for the day. My task (Victoria) included using a pick-axe to dig up a trench and then using a shovel to remove the rocks and soil. Our aim was to create a trench for a water pipe which will be used in the drip-irrigation system for the vegetable garden. It was quite hard work as the ground was very dry and solid, and the day kept getting hotter as the sun rose higher! However, we managed to finish the job well.

My group (Zara) had a different task. We had to saw wood to make fence posts. Once we cut them, we had to mark out the boundaries of the classrooms which are still to be built, placing the fence posts as the corner markers. Digging the holes for the posts was tricky as again the ground was very hard and we had to use crow bars to deepen them. We then mixed cement to hold the posts in place…..

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At the end of the visit each student posted their reflections on the whole experience – here are some excerpts…

Tamsin
The past two and half weeks have been a real eye opener for me, Kenya has been so different to anything I could ever have imagined. Being with the girls in OGSS really made a mark on me, working alongside them and getting to know them was by far the best part of this trip. The service we had on our first Sunday here was like I’d stepped into a whole new world. The singing, dancing and happiness of all the girls in the room brought a smile to everyone’s face…..

Chloe
The friendships we formed and fun we have had will be truly treasured….This experience has changed my priorities in life and living life at home will be different but for the greater good.

Jella
The girls all taught me so much; from properly using a pickaxe, to helping me appreciate the little things, how they place such value in their education, and their amazing ambition, are inspirational.

Taylor
The 19 days I spent in Kenya were some of the most experience-rich of my life. It was no holiday, it was better; fulfilling relationships, steep learning curves, and an entirely enjoyable time. I will miss Kenya, the people and the scenery, but we made friendships and ties which I hope will have implications that last far past our lifetime.

Callum
I feel that Kenya has made a big change in the way I see the world, and in how I look at happiness…..seeing how happy the people are, without necessarily having the things that we associate with happiness, changed the way I look at the subject.

Christopher
It is incredible how this partnership has grown and is not only helping our brothers and sisters in Kenya but has changed my outlook on life dramatically. This magnificent journey has been the largest learning curve for me and I cannot stress how much the girls of Oloosuyian, the Maasai and Ronnie and Maggie Briggs have motivated and inspired our small team….

Oliver
Being able to witness Kenyan culture first hand was interesting, and the fact that it is so different from our own made it even more so. While we focus on the individual and doing, Kenyans focus on community and people. Both have their advantages and disadvantages making me think about the way I live my life.….

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Jonathan
This trip has certainly changed how I will live my daily life – no more taking water, electricity and comfort for granted. I enjoyed participating in chemistry and physics lessons at OGSS – seeing the girls’ enthusiasm for learning was amazing. …

Brittany
Kenya definitely has become my home away from home! I have (through the help of the girls and some others) learned to accept myself for who I am, for who and what God has made me to be and to fully trust in my God. The people I have come across fully trust in God and hand everything over to Him, and as a result they are filled with unbelievable joy!

Emma
I have had the best time here in Kenya and I know that the impact of the things I have both done and seen will stay with me forever. I will always look back on my time here with very fond memories.

Arshdeep
The work at Oloosuyian Girls’ School was quite strenuous but extremely rewarding and after eight days of hard work the results were amazing, filling all of us with satisfaction. The highlight of my trip was the relationships which we built with the girls at Oloosuyian, we all got on so well. It was an emotional time saying goodbye to them but the relationships built are life-long….

Rachel
Learning about the traditional Maasai culture was a highlight for me as it opened my eyes to a completely new way of living… this trip has taught me that helping others is far more important than helping yourself, and offers much more self-fulfilment.

Continue to pray for the young people and leaders who have returned back to Limavady and their new relationships with partners in Kenya.

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