On the eve before I leave to go back to Kenya, I sit looking through letters from children I barely know. Not the children I’ve met in Africa in the past, these letters are from kids in my hometown, kids that want to make a difference.
As surprised as I was about how well received it was, I was even more shocked when I received letters back a couple of weeks later from every child at the school where I did my presentation. The kids are eight and nine years old.
Here are what some of them had to say :
Rebecca “I really had fun learning about Africa and I can’t wait to get my pen pal. I wish I could go over with you and meet him/her. I hope that I can send some school supplies that I don’t need and I wish I can really help Africa with you!”
Kaitlynn ” It was really cool learning about Kenya. It was really exciting and interesting when our class saw how high they jumped. All of the kids that were dancing and singing were very cute.”
Sara “I think you’re amazing to try and help them build schools and bring supplies to them. you changed my life. I want to help like that and be just like you. I want to help Kenya and make a big difference like you. Thank you so much for coming.”
Benjamin ” I’m glad that you came. …It is amazing how they can survive with no technology.”
Nate ” I thought it was exciting I thought when that guy shot the cow with the bow and arrow. I can’t wait to write to my pen pal. it’s going to be fun. And I am brown also.”
Gentry ” I loved learning about Kenya. We should be thankful about what we have. Thank you for coming to our classroom.”
It is I that was lucky enough to go to their classroom. Thank you guys.
I’m ready to go.