Rising Star Awards

A star is someone who sees potential in something that people pass through and goes for it, he/she is one who is determined to go beyond the limits to achieve their dream making it a reality, one who wakes up with others to make ends meet and sleeps late at night when others are dead asleep with the aim of chasing the dream, one who takes every opportunity that comes by, I could go on and on with the description of a star.

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One Stop Youth Resource Center

In response to the needs of the youth in Mariakani, 13th May saw the birth of One stop youth resource center. It is within our hearts to support growth and empowerment of the youth, raising their quality of life. This was made possible with the help of PaperSeed Foundation who are dedicated to strengthening educational opportunities for children and young people in underserved and resource-lacking communities around the world.

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Mariakani week 4: Wrapping up

Regular readers may remember from last week’s post that Julia got sick last weekend, and that we couldn’t go out during the weekend. Since we had postponed the trip to Gedi, we were super excited to go this weekend. Unfortunately, I got sick this time. I just had generic flu-like symptoms, so of course, I assumed the worst. I guess every traveler has to have a malaria scare at some point. After being tested, and being ensured it was not malaria, I just slept for most of the weekend. Not very exciting, but I enjoyed it. Poor Julia was stuck in Mariakani with nothing to do, however, so she was the one who was really inconvenienced. Everything is better now, although I still sound a bit like I smoke 3 packs a day. At least everyone in the office thinks it’s funny.

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Kaleidoscope Program (August 2015)

Week three in Mariakani was off to a slow start. Both Julia and I had gotten sick over the weekend, probably due to something we ate. This was bound to happen at some point, as we’ve been eating everything that people suggest to us, which includes a lot of street food. While the physical aspects of being sick are no party, I was mainly upset that our weekend plans to go to the Gedi ruins had to be canceled. However unpleasant the consequences had been, I had recovered by Monday, but Julia was not yet at the top of her game. So the first few days were slow, mainly us sitting in the office and writing. One exciting moment was when we made the second poster for the nudging experiment; the one with well-known Mariakanians holding up condoms. We had been worried that it would be very difficult to find people who would be willing to do this, but Yieri made a few calls, and that evening, we were able to take the pictures. It was much easier than such an arrangement would have been at home. Shout out to Saumu and Said for helping us out!

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Week Two of August 2015: Training on Enterpreneurship at Mariakani, Kilifi County

Week two in Mariakani started out quite slowly. After spending the weekend in Mombasa, swimming, chilling on the beach, searching for matatus and realizing that food costs the same as in Utrecht, we returned on Sunday evening ready to continue with the internship. Monday was predominantly occupied with planning for the following days. We spent ages on our laptops, while occasionally talking to people who wondered into the office.

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