Yesterday, we embarked on another one of our exciting expeditions to a small community in Karen. The day started on a high note, as always. The shopping list was on point, the packing this time was even accompanied with a packing list and the weather? Just perfect!!!
I won’t complain about the journey to this particular joyous hub in Karen since a member of our team commutes to Kabiria daily (if you know where Kabiria is, you probably have an idea of what I am talking about). So this hub is called Brothers of the Sacred Heart Scholasticate (what a mouthful of a name) and is near a slum Kwinda-still in Karen!
Now, before I get started on how we conducted our ‘screaming science session’, let me give you a little insight on this 12 year old Scholasticate. Having started in 2002, this committed group of non-Kenyan brothers has been conducting Sunday activities for the kids of Kwinda slum. They do fun art with them, play computer games with them, enjoy play time with them…..I mean, the experience is awesome for these little twaps!!!!
Okay. Back to the story of the day. Now these kids are not your regularly cup of tea. They are so energized, getting them to focus on our experiment was quite something. I won’t say everyone was quite in the mood for science, but I am confident we managed to capture their imagination. (We’ll be sure to remember never to start a learning session with our famous Straw Vuvuzela experiment; lesson learnt).
It was awesome seeing the kids come with other small kids. Some were 14 years age, others even as young as 2 years, but one thing was for sure. They all wanted straws and balloons.
The experience we had this Sunday was special. Even though these kids don’t have an easy environment to live in, it was humbling to see them streaming into this wonderful home and spending at least one day of the week doing fun stuff. And as the Funke science team, we were glad to be part of that!!!!
Many thanks to Tae who initiated the visit and Suzanne who helped control these little inquisitive scientists.