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time are similar to those they face, and all they needed was a sense of direction and hope, and someone to listen. This increased my willingness to help and also after the aim of the project was explained to me. The benefits accrue to not only the students but to all the participants of the project. Being of help to someone else is one of the greatest feelings, especially after seeing the increased receptiveness and participation of the students to the topics discussed as the weeks went by. I only hope that many more students can be reached by this project. In December of 2009 before schools closed for the long break over Christmas, the members of the drama club at Soweto Baptist High School did a performance for the Strathmore University students to show their appreciation for the time and energy which they had dedicated to the high school students.
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140 Photo 3 Performance by Soweto Baptist High School students After the performance, the high school students asked the Strathmore students to do somet hing for them, a song or a dance… The Strathmore students were not prepared for this, however some of them made brief speeches expressing what they had learnt from going to Soweto Baptist High School each week and encouraging these students to persevere in their students so they can achieve more in life. Photo 4 SU student thanking and advising the high school students
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141 One of the Strathmore students did an impromptu song and dance which the high school students enjoyed immensely! Clip 1 Y-1 The SU performance! I may also add that when I began taking part in this project, I also learned many things. I had to overcome a certain fear of working Kibera, which gave me the opportunity to experience the reality of daily life there. I had to come out of my comfort zone and leave home earlier in the morning, while it was still dark and everyone was walking in silence to work, to be on time to meet Cleophas and the other Strathmore students. This allowed me to witness how Cleophas really seems to know so many people in Kibera as, whenever we walked to the school with him, he was continuously greeted or stopped by people he knows. The small children called out “Omosh”, the name he is known by in Kibera, and the students at the high school are obviously fascinated by him and how he managed to bring students from his university to their school to help in different ways. For many of them, he is a role model and a sign of hope that it is possible for them to move beyond Kibera in the future and get training or even go to university, if they work hard and try to live well, so that they don’t destroy their lives through substance abuse, disease related behavior, etc. I had to sacrifice my time and efforts to cooperate with Cleophas in the project, over and beyond my work in the classroom, but this has broadened my outlook and helped me to discover once again what our students are capable of doing when they want to, and receive some support.
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