We have 3 days to finish roofing the classroom block, complete the gatehouse for the gate to be fitted and to finish the gable wall in the kitchen.
It is a pleasure now to be reporting you from none other than Team Termite Queen. They have been working hard on a variety of tasks here on site and now wish to share with you how it has been.
“Let us begin by explaining our team name…. it came from an experience we had very early on that will bond us forever….
On the second day of working, we were faced with an unexpected challenge. The task was simply to landscape the courtyard by digging up a mound and spreading the earth. All seemed to be well until an obscure white wood-like substance presented itself. Upon further inspection we saw some rather crawly creatures writhing all over it. As we dug further and further, more presented themselves. The Kenyan team seemed to get increasingly intrigued whilst the UK team became increasingly squeamish. What had they unveiled?
All seemingly became clear upon the discovery of a black case…this supposedly was the ‘treasure’ we had been digging for. The UK team were soon to learn that this was the home of the Termite Queen. As if the find was not enough, they were soon taught that this was a precious delicacy they simply must try. After a while of debating who should be the lucky ones, two of the UK volunteers and the Kenyan volunteer leader took the plunge.
We are yet to see if the promised health benefits were actualised: ‘free lungs’, loss of weight, general raising of body temperature. Perhaps a third of a termite queen simply is not enough. The lasting benefit we can be sure of is the power bestowed on this team by their new found team name.” Bethany Moran, UK Volunteer
“I am very happy to be team leader and I thank all my members for electing me. The work was challenging on the first day but as we continued it was good and very much enjoyable.
The physical work has been tough but we, as a team, quickly got used to it after a few days and now it is a really good job. We have very funny stories from all groups; that is UK Team, Kenyan Team and the deaf.
The teamwork made everything easy because all the team leaders made sure that his or her team members are around at their respective places of work at the right time. After reporting to Riandu there was a kind of barrier in communications because we couldn’t understand the sign language from the deaf students and also the UK team used to speak very fast in their English. Fortunately, we got used to it after a while and now communication is very good.
It is a privilege to lead the UK team, deaf students and also the rest of the volunteers. We pray God to bless and continue blessing us all abundantly.
This school building project has favoured our community and will be useful to people across Kenya. It means that deaf children who had no secondary school can now continue their education after primary school. It has also created opportunities for the surrounding community.” Anne Muchungu, Kenyan Volunteer
We have even been using time saving tactics to remove the dead bricks from the classroom, instead of filling a wheelbarrow and wheeling it under the scaffolding and all around the building, we decided to throw them through the window space to a waiting wheelbarrow. All the while, being safe of course!” Ali Dunn, UK Volunteer