Day 12 Blog – Elle Jones

//Day 12 Blog – Elle Jones

We began today spending the morning at melon, playing with the children and handing out donations. Handing out donations creates this energy which lights up the entire school. It was amazing watching so many kids smile like they had just been given the world. However today wasn’t just about the donations for me. Nearly two years ago i came to kenya and sponsored a child who looked up at me with so much hope in his eyes, and today was the first day since then that i finally got to be reunited with him.  I can’t put it into words how incredible it is to be able to pay for a child’s education, to be able to help break down the walls of poverty, and to be able to see them believe they can do anything they want. Nicky looked at me today with just as much hope as the first time i saw him, he reminded me how happy i was making him and how much i have affected his life, but still completely oblivious to how much he has affected mine.

In the afternoon we handed out donations to the children at silverbells. It was like an explosion of happiness had just gone off, the children were in love with their donations, regardless of whether their friend had more than them and regardless of whether they were given three pencils or a rucksack. They were on top of the world. This made it even harder when we had to finally say goodbye. Saying goodbye to the children at silverbells is very difficult as they are so young you really dont know if you will ever see them again. Some have no parents, some have one parent who may be an alcoholic, abusive or ill. Which means that one day for whatever reason that child may never come back to school. And i quote from both the children at melon and silverbells ‘school is life’. That’s why it is so essential to teach as much as you can to these destitute children and to try to influence their lives in the best way possible, hoping that their future becomes brighter and brighter, so that one day they will not go to sleep hungry on the cold hard mud, so that one day they will no longer live in poverty.