Kaewa Secondary School

Advent Calendar – December 22, 2019

Advent Calendar – December 22, 2019

December 22, 2019
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As we finished up snapping selfies with the youngsters of the primary school next to Kaewa Secondary School which really was the reason for our visit, I and Lena slowly walked back towards Kaewa, getting ready to board the bus and continue our adventurous journey. As we did, this girl followed us and gently tapped my shoulder. As I turned towards her, she dropped her gaze, and said, shyly:

Could I have my picture taken too?

I melted. Lena melted.
And of course, we snapped shots of her with both of us, respectively.
The young girl seemed happy that we took her up on her request, and after a few minutes, we went our separate ways.

On another note, I don’t know if the sweaters are part of the school uniforms all the time, or if this is the winter edition. Kenya is south of the equator, hence, technically winter during our visit in June. The weather was lovely, like a really lovely Swedish summer, with temperatures around 27 degrees Celcius. In Malindi, which is where we swam in the ocean, it was 3-4 degrees warmer, with ocean temperatures of 26-27 degrees.


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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Advent Calendar – December 18, 2019

December 18, 2019
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With each donation package I buy (and you?) €1,50 goes to fund the start-up of microloan banks. During my visit to Kenya, I got to visit the first one, talking to the staff, getting to ask the chairman of the bank questions about who uses it, how it works, the most common size of the loans and what they used the loans for. I was reading Muhammad Yunus’s book Banker to the poor during the week which gave me a deeper insight into the phenomena of micro-financing.

Next to the bank, a small saloon. Closed.
Outside a young mother with a baby on her back, tending a donkey with yellow cans of water.
Two other women leaning against a post, and a toddler.

And these two.
Girls, in school uniforms, sitting there, solemnly observing the spectacle in front of them: Thirty-something mzungus busily snapping photos and talking to the bank staff, the gang of young kids congregating in front of the bank, two old men sitting along the road watching the traffic, a man grabbing the front paws of a stray dog, doing a little dance with him. The odd goat passing by.

As I moved to catch them in my camera lens I locked eyes with the girl in front, holding her gaze. Finally, I winked at her, only to have her drop her serious expression, giggle and lower her chin, laughingly looking at me from under her bangs. If she’d had any, that is. All the children and youngsters we met sported this hairdo. Closely shaven heads. Beautiful, all of them, girls and boys alike. Ever curious, we asked about it during our visit to Kaewa Secondary School and learned there are too many costs involved with letting the kids have long hair. And I assume this hairstyle is much more practical as well.


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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Advent Calendar – December 15, 2019

December 15, 2019
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A classroom at Kaewa Secondary School, a public secondary school that we visited as they were the winners of the Green Initiative Challenge in 2018.

On the blackboard – which still was an actual blackboard with chalk, something you only see at Waldorf schools in Sweden nowadays, otherwise it’s whiteboards – the schedule for the day of our visit was visible:
Wednesday
English
Agriculture
Break
English
Kiswahili
Break
Mathematics
Business
Lunch
Something I cannot read
Chemistry 
Something else I cannot read

Isn’t it funny, how classrooms all over the world, look the same more or less? Perhaps this classroom rather evokes memories of times long passed in Sweden; the 40s? The 50s? Something like that. But anyway, I don’t think anyone would look at this photo and miss the fact that it’s taken inside a classroom. Do you agree?


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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Advent Calendar – December 4, 2019

December 4, 2019
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Every month I buy a donation package or rather, I buy a donation package for each of the savings accounts I administer (i.e. my personal one, my company’s accounts, and the accounts of my two children). The donation package consists of two trees for me (more on that later!), two that are donated (to partner farmers or schools for instance) as well as a €1,5 each for water and school projects as well as a first contribution to start micro-credit banks.

What you see in the picture is a 10 000 liter water tank on the grounds of the Kaewa Secondary School (next door to the Utithini Primary School), winner of the Green Initiative Challenge (GIC; a joint collaboration of Better Globe Forestry, KenGen – the largest Kenyan electric power generating company – and Bamburi Cement Ltd.) in 2018. During my trip to Kenya in June of 2019, we visited this school, and it was without a doubt the greenest schoolyard I’ve ever seen!

The school has 465 pupils and around 160-170 of them are boarding at the school as well. So water is a necessity and water tanks such as this one (along with the gutters along the roof, to help collect rain during the monsoon), granted to the school as a part of the GIC, help make it possible for pupils to attend school.

This is part of what my donation package enables. Month after month. That makes me very keen to continue to buy donation packages on a monthly basis. Because I know the difference it makes!


Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.

Full disclosure: I am proud to say I am both a customer and an ambassador for the company. If you are curious to find out more, let me know and I’ll gladly get in touch with you! Here’s my sponsored link: https://betterglobe.com/27216 

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