Imagine a world in which children are free from poverty, live in happiness and have open access to adequate education. Imagine a world where children, even those born in a disadvantaged part of the world, can be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy for the road ahead. Well, Children’s Humanitarian International (CHI) is working to make this world a reality.

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    Home Visit

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    As I sit on the porch here in Ruiru, Kenya, I watch the sun slowly slip behind the clouds, creating a light blue hue dripping into a pink horizon.  I know that typing out this brief message will never begin to encompass my experiences here in Africa, but I will attempt to express the way that this place has touched my life. 

    One of the most potent and memorable things that I have done so far is visit the homes of a few of the students who attend Children’s Humanitarian International Academy.  The first home we visited belonged to a young boy, his mother, and his little brother.  The mother greeted us with hugs and led us into her miniscule apartment, one unit in a complex of dozens.  She was very hospitable as she allowed our group of ten to sit down, but beneath her kindness, one could see she was embarrassed by the visit of a group of white people who wanted to see her standard of living.

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    2017 Summer Abroad Blog

    Home Visit

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    As I sit on the porch here in Ruiru, Kenya, I watch the sun slowly slip behind the clouds, creating a light blue hue dripping into a pink horizon.  I know that typing out this brief message will never begin to encompass my experiences here in Africa, but I will attempt to express the way that this place has touched my life. 

    One of the most potent and memorable things that I have done so far is visit the homes of a few of the students who attend Children’s Humanitarian International Academy.  The first home we visited belonged to a young boy, his mother, and his little brother.  The mother greeted us with hugs and led us into her miniscule apartment, one unit in a complex of dozens.  She was very hospitable as she allowed our group of ten to sit down, but beneath her kindness, one could see she was embarrassed by the visit of a group of white people who wanted to see her standard of living.

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    A Typical Day at CHI Academy

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    Today, we had a very typical day in school. We were there by nine, just in time for our daily Kiswahili class. We learned the names of various body parts, proper nouns, greetings and numbers. An hour later, our guest speaker, Teacher James, came in to teach us some Kenyan history. After an hour of his frantic scrawling on the board, we had lunch. The time between classes when we get to spend time with the kids is always the best. All of them are shy, and the little English they know is hardly enough to communicate with us, creating a confusing ball of energy, the two groups trying to communicate with one another. Fortunately we can make do. Lunch was followed by an hour of work time. We are still in the beginning stages of our planning, arguing about which projects to do and how to do them. The best part of the day, however, was the last hour and a half. From 3:30 to 5:00, we went to the soccer field behind the school to play with the kids. I taught them how to play badminton, and they caught on incredibly quickly.

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    My Life is Changing

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    One of the main reasons I came to Kenya was to help out and be with kids. Being around kids and being able to fill them with knowledge has always warmed my heart. So getting to meet the kids today was amazing. Something that I also always had in mind was to come to Kenya. I now realize that I actually want to be a teacher and spend the rest of my life around kids. Today was the first day meeting the kids and I already know that this is what I want. I want to always be happy with what I want to do, and deep down I know this is right for me. The kids are so inspiring and inspired! I fell in love.

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