- Further news in brief
- Josephine and Wanjala from Sifa School had a baby on December 10 2019.
- Pama School has left the CIFEFA network.
- Charles will start a kind of PR group, e.g. to deliver small monthly amounts to the monthly mirror, to keep their websites up to date and much more.
- CIFEFA is to be given its own legal entity in the course of 2020. This will help them to deal with threats from the state, among other things.
- We need the consent of all persons in Kenya who are depicted in our documentation and reports. A consent form is to be signed on site in the near future.
- The all-day workshop on Nonviolent Communication on January 7, run by my friend Rebekka Nopper, was warmly welcomed by the 14 teachers present.
- Veronicah Nduku from the Loveschool has to obtain a written communication from the landowner, stating the legal situation and the intention of the land. The December rent can already be transferred, but before we make any payments in advance, we need this written information!
- Evelyne from Evmon School is being considered as a possible next guest in Germany. As a wife and mother she should get the visa.
- Evelyne will take on more responsibility until Easter to be a worthy representative of the CIFEFA schools in Germany.
I conclude my travelogue in the knowledge that I have only touched upon many things superficially. The essential processes take place “between the lines” and can hardly be communicated.
All in all, by Kenyan standards, there was some tension and friction in the meetings, but as a German I would describe the processes as unfolding potential and development through constructive debate. Old habits need to be looked at and let go, self-responsibility needs to be practiced.
To me, it feels like tensing a bow that can shoot the arrow strongly and safely into the target. It’s about resilience, initiative, clarity and courage! And it’s about making a decision: do I run a school because it’s my job to be there for the children, or because I want to earn an income from it, in other words run the school as a business. The one does not exclude the other, but the attitude decides whether and who carries the general good in his heart, has it in mind and takes it into his hands through action.
With this in mind, I extend my warmest greetings to the group and look forward to an exciting year 2020 – it will be a year of many decisions!