Hi! Habari! My name is Anne and this is my family. Welcome to our village in rural Kenya. We live in a nice house with two rooms. A typical day for me and my friends looks like this:
I wake up at 5:00am. After washing up outside, we eat a little breakfast, usually tea and dinner leftovers from the night before – either ugali (maize porridge) or githeri (boiled maize and beans). Then I get dressed for school! At 6:00am I start my walk to school. Many kids in my region walk a long time, sometimes over an hour, meeting friends along the way. School starts by 7:00am. We study many subjects like math, reading and writing. My favourite subjects are English and Kiswahili. Soon, it is lunch time. Some of us bring a packed lunch if there’s enough food at home. Staying awake or concentrating on my school work is difficult when I don’t have enough to eat and am hungry. Like during the time we had a drought. We had very little rain and all of our fields dried up. My parents could not grow anything to eat and sell, so we had no money and no food. They could not afford to pay my school fees. Many of my friends had to stop going to school. This made me very sad.
We could not believe it when we saw the truck arrive with food relief one day. It was organized by a church in our region, called the African Christian Church & Schools, and some of their international friends, CBM and Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We heard that churches from as far away as Canada helped us in our time of great need. We praise God so much for this blessing!
These churches and groups helped us start a new community development program. They are training my parents and other families on how to earn money through different ways of farming and to grow healthier food, helping us plant new crops and learning ways to protect the soil. We received seeds that grow strong without much water, and now we grow all kinds of crops, like maize, beans, big peas, and cassava.
School is over at 5:00pm and we head back home, where we have chores to do. I start to cook if my parents are still working in the fields. Some of my friends fetch firewood. Some go to the nearest well or water tank for water. During the drought, many kids stayed home from school and walked long distances to purchase and bring back water. The new program in our village is helping us to have water closer to the village. Some homes even have their own small tank outside to catch water off the roof when it rains.
Cooking used to take a long time and use lots of firewood until we were shown how to use this new stove called a jiko that uses less firewood. Better for the environment! We eat dinner around 8:00pm, which is usually ugali with some greens like kale or cabbage or githeri. After dinner, we clean and put the chickens and goats back in their pens for the night.
We are lucky that we have a goat. My mom got it from the program that helps people borrow small amounts of money. It is called microcredit. Sometimes we even get goat milk, and we can sell the baby goats for money to pay for my school and other important things we need, like medicine. We have chickens too!
Sometimes at the end of the day our neighbours come by for a visit. We talk, and laugh, and share our plans and dreams. One day, I want to be a doctor, so I can help people who are sick to get better. My dream is for my whole village to be healthy! Soon it is time for bed. I help my brothers and sisters get ready for bed. And then it’s time for sleep. Good night, everyone!