About this Blog

Starting this winter, iMentor will begin connecting students from two remote villages in Kenya with American mentors.

In November of 2006, in preparation for the launch of the iMentor Kenya program, we traveled to Kenya and visited with teachers, students, principals and community leaders. This blog is an account of that trip, an attempt to bring back the flavor of Kenya’s evolving students, schools and villages.

To follow iMentor's trip, start at the bottom of the blog and read up...

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iMentor Kenya Rewind
The Last Three Weeks

What a truly inspirational trip. From Machakos to Sereolipi to Lamu, three weeks in Kenya were over before we knew it. Here is how we spent our time...

Week 1

After two day of travel, I arrive in Nairobi, via London, and Week 1 for iMentor Kenya starts off in celebration, then just keeps getting better.
  • I am greeted at the airport by the world's most ambitious retiree, Jane Newman, who will be my host and guide for the next three weeks.
  • Even though schools are on holiday this month, there are 200 people there to greet us and the students and faculty have many surprises in store.
  • The school has constructed a computer lab for the 20 laptop computers we are handing off (they have been donated by Pfizer). These are the first operational computers the school has ever owned.
  • After we tour the computer lab, everyone gathers in a large hall for the celebration, which is mind-blowing. Students perform songs and poems and the principal and the village pastor (who is also the Board chair for the school) give speeches about the "global village" and the power of IT. Watch the video!
  • Day 1 ends with a hike into the mountains and a wonderful dinner at Jackson's ranch.
  • Then we go back to Nairobi, to prepare for the long journey to Sereolipi, where I will meet my mentee...
  • We arrive in Sereolipi and Week 1 ends when I meet my mentee, Thomas. Thomas and I had been communicating for the last four months over email and it is an amazing moment to meet him in-person.
Week 2
  • I also get to sit down and talk with several students, including the charismatic Steve. Watch the video! Steve discusses everything from his views on education, his analysis of the Kenyan government and his hopes for the future.
  • How does a place without electricity or running water have a fully functional computer lab and internet access? We find out...
  • Week 2 ends on a high note, when Thomas and I travel to Ndonyo Wasin and I get to meet his entire family. Watch the video!
Week 3
  • After 6 days, it is time to say what becomes a surprisingly difficult goodbye to the wonderful people of Sereolipi, but not before we put up "the big picture."
  • And as soon as we're gone, Thomas reminds me what is so good about iMentor's mentoring model with THIS EMAIL.
  • After a one day stop over in Nairobi and a half-day workshop with the Machakos team, it is time to set off for Lamu. (Post coming soon)

Last few posts coming soon...

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