Exactly What All Children Need

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Exactly What All Children Need. – from our friends at Africa Yoga Project

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How Birthdays Can Change Lives

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This month we had the pleasure of hosting long time supporter, Kendi, for her 30th birthday at the Flying Kites home in Kenya. Kendi, who is one of our child sponsors, made the decision to ask each of her guests that in place of a birthday present, they make a donation to the children at Flying Kites. Donations ranged from school supplies to academic books and soccer balls. She and her husband flew into Kenya from the UK and met the rest of her friends and family at the home where we spent the day playing sports, eating lunch together, and dancing on the lawn.

When the rains began to show their cards, we gathered in the sitting room and held the largest family meeting in our history with upwards of 60 people huddled together. Each of us shared one thing we were grateful for and more often than not, it was for each other. We are so honored to have hosted Kendi and her family for such a wonderful celebration and humbled as our family continues to grow to include so many compassionate souls. More than anything, we are grateful to have extraordinary Kenyan mentors like Kendi and her family for the importance of strong role models can never be overstated. Asante Sana Kendi and family!

No matter where you are in the world, donating a birthday party to Flying Kites is easy. Instead of birthday presents, just ask your family and friends to donate to Flying Kites by becoming a sponsor. We’ll use 100% of the money raised towards creating a better future for all 26 of our children, that means that whether you get one person to sponsor or your entire network, you are changing lives.

-Hannah Peterson

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNTIE MUMBI!

How To Teach Without Talking

An insightful, inspiring piece by our amazing friends from The Africa Yoga Project.

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On Friday, I traveled with the amazing Irene to an outreach called Kambui School For the Deaf. It’s set back in the country-side of Kenya surrounded by lots of green, and many many dirt roads that both surround and lead to the campus. When you walk through the metal gates and arrive onto the campus, you are met with this beautiful silence. As you walk further down the path, it’s the same silence, and you begin to see students emerge, talking with their hands, sign language, the same facial expressions that any person using words out loud would have. Image

The class was beautiful. Laughter, it’s the same sound too. And when breaking free from a child is perhaps the sweetest, clearest sound in the world. We practiced on a cold dusty red floor that quickly warmed from our movement. We grounded down with our feet, we reached high with our…

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Flying Kites Country Director, Brian Jones, walks Eunice back to school at the start of the term.

Career shadowing at Kijabe Hospital

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by Tricia Piorkowski*

As the children at Flying Kites get older, many are beginning to realize their dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. Francis has openly shared his desire to be a neurosurgeon, while Monicah, Martha, & Virginia all express interest in becoming nurses. Having just graduated from nursing school, I understand the importance of getting hands on experience when working in the medical field.

Last week, I was able to accompany these four kids to the nearby Kijabe Hospital and set them up with the opportunities to shadow nurses. Monicah, Virginia, & Martha were placed with nursing students working in the pediatric wing, and were taught what it means to be a nurse, learning a few basic skills such as the taking of vital signs.

Having expressed deep and sustained interest in neurosurgery, Francis was placed in the neuroscience unit of the pediatric ward. There he met with nurses who cared for post-operative patients recovering from surgeries to correct spina bifida and hydrocephalus (surgeries he could very well be doing someday). We had the opportunity to walk around the ward, meeting families and children, and learning what their experiences have been like over the past few years of countless hospital visits and surgeries. While it is not the exact area Francis plans to work in, he knew it was important that to see what it’s like for the patients’ families, and to witness firsthand how good quality medical care vastly improved or saved these children’s lives.

The kids were given a tour of the hospital and got to see the maternity ward filled with mothers having just given birth and newborn babies. One of the nurses even tried to bring Francis to observe the Operating Room; and while they wouldn’t let visitors in for infection control reasons, he was able to sneak a peak of what the environment looked like. Each of the kids got to see an intravenous line inserted into a baby, which is something that most people don’t get to see until they are well into nursing/medical school.

After the long and fulfilling day, the kids were so excited and expressed endless amounts of gratitude for being given the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in a hospital setting. And while they expressed how challenging it was, it seems to have only fueled their desires to pursue a career in the medical field.

 

*Tricia Piorkowski, a recent graduate of Salve Regina, is currently the Health Ambassador at Flying Kites. Tricia, a supremely dedicated and loving ‘auntie’, volunteered at Flying Kites in the summer of 2010 and 2011 before returning this summer for a longer stay. Follow her personal blog here: http://triciatravelstokenya.wordpress.com/

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