Archiv für den Monat: März 2015

In pursuit of morals


By Kelvin Jumah

It is very interesting seeing the gradual change in a child?s way of living especially when that impact was made by you. Since we started the Saturday program? Kids Club, we have seen tremendous growth amongst the kids that we serve. I discovered that the simple things that somehow you can choose to ignore are the very things that matter a lot to kids. For example; sharpening a pencil for them, carrying them high and swaying them in the air, appreciating their little drawings even if it?s not that good and smiling back at them when they smile at you. Kids love activities and this is where their potential can be provoked easily. Their talents and skills start showing up the moment we involve them in dancing, singing, performing poems, drawing, football and storytelling. It is evident that kids perform very well in what they love doing and they do it with lots of enthusiasm and passion. This puts a smile, and to some extent laughter, to this innocent faces that we care for. After accessing them to their interests, we then start building their moral state. It is not quite difficult to talk about God and godly things in Kenya since the gospel is widely spread over here and has been welcomed with much hospitality over the years. We get another advantage from our Kenyan academic system which offers Christian Religious Education (CRE) as one of the subjects. Most kids do not get moral support from their parents as most parents are ever busy trying to make both ends meet. There?s a limited or no time at all for parent-child bonding and this issue is not being addressed by anyone. This is why we decided to create a platform that gives attention to the wellbeing and the personality of the kids. We do our best to mould them to live a God fearing life which will serve them well because the society they live in has a bad reputation after all. At least we are sure of some responsible youths, some good leaders and mentors in future because of this investment we are doing now. Fact still remains that the children are the future generation and they will take charge and responsibility of the things to come. The kind of treatment we will get from them when we are elderly and weak depends on how we take care of them now. This includes what we teach them, what we do to them, where we go with them and how much attention we give them. If a child knows that God loves him/her, he/she will be flexible to show love to others. If a child knows that he is supposed to be kind and obedient, for sure he will adhere to that because a child?s mind is flexible in that it easily takes in what it is being fed with and hopefully he grows up with that. A God fearing personality is what we try to bring up in these lovely kids of ours. We give direction as we pursue their morals and understanding.



Tierische Bewohner Kiberas / Animalistic inhabitants of Kibera


Kibera beheimatet viele herumstreunende Hunde. Manche Einwohner schließen enge Freundschaften mit ihnen, doch die meisten sehen sie eher als lästig an. Aber egal ob man sie mag oder nicht, sie sind im Slum derart selbstverständlich, dass sie erst auffallen würden, wenn sie verschwunden wären. Dieses Bild zeigt eine Szene aus Kibera, wie sie für den ganzen Slum typisch ist.



Kibera is home to lots of roaming dogs. A few dwellers make friends with some of these dogs, but most inhabitants do not really like dogs. But whether or not they like or dislike these dogs, everybody in Kibera is used to them. These animals are that common, that everybody in Kibera would recognize them only when they would have disappeared. This picture shows a very typical scene in Kibera.