Report from Monday March 2, 2020

The team made it safely to the Thiiri Center in Meru, Kenya where we joined several other University of Michigan teams working in the area.  There is a team from the Dental School with 18 students.  The Pharmacy School team has 7 students and the Engineering School has 7.  It almost disloyal not to be decked out in Gold and Blue.  Think of this as sort of a mini-Ann Arbor doing good on the far side of the world.

Our team continues to focus on supporting education at the BLISS Secondary School and the Gichunge Primary. Today we worked at both locations.  The morning was spent at the High School where Greg Hulbert addressed the student body. He compared sharing the gift of knowledge with a child’s rubber duckie.  Both bring joy and uplift both the giver and the receiver.    He then presented Moses, the School Principal with a rubber duckie.  The 600+ students broke out in laughter bringing home his point.

The afternoon was spent at Gichunge Primary.  There were lots of high-fives with the kids and hugs with the staff. Their Eighth-Grade class had the highest exam scores for any non-boarding primary in the entire Meru County on their November end-of-year exams.  This is an amazing achievement for a school that still only has electricity in one small administrative building, no consistent water supply and kids from families that have even less.  Can’t wait to share all the stories that will come from our work with them this week.

So, what’s Blue and Gold and in Kenya?  A whole lot of big-hearted Ann Arbor-based folks that are determined to make a difference.  GO BLUE!

– Kathy Macdonald

Gichunge students counting/sorting bottle lids; Greg inside the new BLISS Hall; Moses, Greg & the rubber duckie

Gichunge students counting/sorting bottle lids; Greg inside the new BLISS Hall; Moses, Greg & the rubber duckie