Let us introduce ourselves; we are Team Kifaru which in Swahili means Rhino (in our opinion, the best animal of the Kenyan Big Five). We wanted a team name to reflect our strength, dedication and above all, our massive appetites for success and/or Ugali (our favourite Kenyan delicacy)! With great pleasure, meet our team which consists of two Deaf Kenyans, two hearing Kenyans and two hearing Brits; a great balance. Alex is a student at ACK St Mary Magdalene’s and is in form two, Solomon is a teaching assistant at the school, Joy and Lawrence are hearing members of the local Diocese and last but not least, Pete and Luke are volunteers from the UK.
For the first few days, Team Kifaru were in charge of all things bricks.
After moving some things to some places, we soon returned to our natural habitat however; bricks. An important task left over from last year is to complete the high level walling around the bathrooms in the first dormitory. Once again, the Rhinos prove their versatility whilst working strongly as a team to continue with the brick laying and making shuttering and concreting for capping beams, that will carry another layer of smaller bricks at a higher height, for structural security. As Pete puts it, “even despite only knowing a little of the language it did not hinder our ability to work together well as a team and we very quickly got to know each other and work well together.”