After that first day in the Haji farm community, the group had to split into two smaller groups in order to achieve our objectives. The larger group went to the Haji community to assist in finishing the construction of last two classrooms. This group was able to interact more with the community members around the school as well as with the guys who were building the school. This is a highlight of most the donors who’ve come on these trips since it gives you hands-on experience in building the school you’ve contributed towards; in however limited capacity. Some assist in painting the classrooms before occupancy while others act as handymen assisting the masons and carpenters.
The smaller group which I was part of traveled to scout a possible new location for the next project. This took us two and half hours travel to get to this location just outside Molo town which was about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from our camp. We spent a few hours familiarizing ourselves with the community, walking around the villages and meeting the leadership of the area from the government to the community leadership. Later we traveled back to camp to join the other group where we spent a good time comparing the different experiences. It helped we had taken lots of pictures and videos including aerial video footage from a drone to better tell the stories.
Saturday 25th July was our last day in the community. It was also the official launch day for the new Safina Haji Primary School. The day began with a religious mass led by a catholic priest who also blessed the school before a ceremony with local political and community leaders. The deputy governor of Nakuru county officially launched the school before we headed back to Nairobi.
The donors took off to a three day safari to see the famous great migration where animals move from Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania into Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. After the safari we had a few excursions around Nairobi including visiting a children’s home.