Crossroads Springs Africa, Inc. provides secondary school scholarships to orphans
and other vulnerable students in Kenya so that they will have the skills and knowledge
to become self-reliant and responsible citizens in their communities.

KARIBU NYUMBANI JAN!

A few thoughts and words from Jan Robinson who visited our students in Kenya this summer.
Arriving on Sunday night around 9pm we were greeted by a joyful group at KOCC. The children were laughing and clapping their hands I felt like so welcomed. Several of the children I remembered from last year and they remembered me! Hugs and kisses later it was bedtime after our 12 hour bus ride from Nairobi.
The next two weeks were full of activities for all. From swimming and acting to just camp fun. I stayed busy in the evening with fluoride treatments and general dental and health education. (There must be no eating or drinking for three hours after the treatment, so after dinner was the best time.) The fluoride was donated by Dr. Tom Potts and the toothbrushes were donated by Dr. Ray Nicefero. I was impressed by how much of the teaching from last year the children remembered. There was a definite improvement in the dental hygiene and only five students needed referrals. Note for next year more tooth brushes!!I I spoke with Matron Leah (chef and mother to all at the Care Center) about the possibility of new toothbrushes every 2-3 months. We will see.
The Hamisi students arrived on Sunday night July 30 at camp to begin the next day. Approximately 50 students plus the 12 new Form 1's CSA students from KOCC.
Basic camp activities included drama, swimming and arts during the day. Monday evening there was a Career Discussion which was a real eye opener for many students. Understanding that a C average will make it difficult to obtain life goals, such as neurosurgeon, architect, pilot just to name a few careers mentioned by students. Discussing alternate paths is difficult because most of the students have no one with whom to discuss these issues. Pastor Ida is the most consistent adult in their young lives and stays involved with school and home.
Tuesday was awesome with most of the day was spent with educators Getry and Fred from the AVP Alternatives to Violence program. Role playing, community building on trust, affirmation of self love and I could go on and on. The students remained interested and involved , not just lectured! The AVP is a very worthwhile and sustainable Friend's project.
Still with the fluoride and education in the evening. Over half aproximately 40 students signed up on their own down time to receive treatment!! I even think I recruited a few future dentist!!
Pastor Ida is a unique leader, very firm but loving, with a passion for this important mission. They have a team that makes home visits. He is in contact with the schools and while I was there several students came to the Center for direction and correction, all with love and understanding. As we used to say "He's got their back" meaning he is always there!!!
On August 4, I met with students and Hamisi board members.Students were divided into groups of girls and boys to break up the familiar "clique" scene. They were then asked to discuss two questions. Who is most important person in you life and what was your biggest challenge and how did you solve it? The responses were so honest and deep, I was wiping my eyes.
In closing, the pressure and strain on these young lives would break many of us but they continue on with a strength and resilience that is beyond belief. I look forward to sharing more in the future.