This past July, Reason2Smile Board member Donna Rosenblum visited the Jambo JIpya Academy in Mtwapa, Kenya. This was Donna’s second trip to the school and she plans to return again during the summer of 2015. She stayed with the Jambo Jipya Director, Christine Mwende, spending time at the school and with orphan students at the Children home. Here is an update of her trip:
It was wonderful getting back to Mtwapa after my visit the year before with my family. The children at the school seem very happy and are learning a great deal. It was exciting to see many faces that I recognized from the year before as well as how much they have grown. I spent time visiting the different classes and watching various types of instruction. It was clear to me that everyone (both student and teacher alike) works hard and was committed to the educational process. While the school and classrooms conditions at Jambo Jipya are nothing like what we have here in the United States; as a board member, supporter and child sponsor I am thrilled to see the impact Reason2Smile in making in their lives. Children are children no matter where they live in the world but not all have the opportunity to receive the education and skills they will need for the future. There is definitely so much more that needs to be done (slow and steady wins the race) but together we are truly helping to make an important difference for these particular students.
While the school and classrooms conditions at Jambo Jipya are nothing like what we have here in the United States; as a board member, supporter and child sponsor I am thrilled to see the impact Reason2Smile in making in their lives.
Along with time at the school I also got to spend time with the orphan students who live at the children’s home. We had lots of fun singing, dancing, playing games, drawing and just talking. The highlight for me was taking them to a nearby beach where we spent the day just enjoying the ocean, dodging the waves and digging in the sand.
I am looking forward to my upcoming trip this coming July and can’t wait to get back to see all that has happen since I have been gone. Some people don’t seem to understand why I want to return but these trips reaffirm why I got involved in the first place. I have been blessed with many reasons 2 smile!