The Hardest Job

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As I mentioned in my last blog, New Hope hosted a team of 5 teachers from Washington, DC to plan and lead a week-long teacher development training for the 15 teachers of New Hope Academy. It was an incredible week of training. One of my favorite quotes was from Teacher Faith, “We have learned more in one week than in 2 years of formal education in Kenya.”

Together, these 5 women bring decades of experience in education. The team included classroom teachers, a principal and a special educator bringing their expertise to a group of teachers that are hungry for knowledge and skill to better their teaching and improve the lives of their students. The training included learning how to breakdown skills in a standard, backwards planning, and writing a SMART objective. They also did fun, team-building activities and learned other practical skills they can incorporate into their classrooms immediately like checks for understanding, attention grabbers and celebrations. At the end of the week the New Hope Teachers participated in “teach-backs”. They taught lessons about Kenya to our visitors. I learned a lot about Kenya!

The week included modeling teaching methods that can be incorporated immediately into the classroom.

The week included modeling teaching methods that can be incorporated immediately into the classroom.

And lots of team-building activities. Teaching is collaborative!

And lots of team-building activities. Teaching is collaborative!

Teacher Margaret and Madame Tunga planned delicious meals for us all week!

Teacher Margaret and Madame Tunga planned delicious meals for us all week!

Our boy, Stephen, got some much needed tutoring from our team members.

Our boy, Stephen, got some much needed tutoring from our team members.

At the end of the week, we celebrated by walking to the local pizza place for lunch!

At the end of the week, we celebrated by walking to the local pizza place for lunch!

Big thanks to these beautiful and talented women!

Big thanks to these beautiful and talented women!

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Sprint through August

Visiting Lake Naivasha with friends from DC (and Nigeria)

Visiting Lake Naivasha with friends from DC (and Nigeria)

Over the next several weeks I have many visitors arriving plus a couple of exciting trips coming up. August is going to be a busy month!

Starting with 5 amazing teachers/trainers from Washington, DC, our team landed last weekend and led a professional development week for the teachers of New Hope Academy Kibera. I am so grateful that these women agreed to fly half way around the world to serve New Hope. They are incredibly gifted bringing decades of experience, expertise and a quality of training that is unmatched. New Hope could not train our teachers at this level without their commitment and sacrifice.

Next up are two more friends from DC. They are coming to just hang out with me! Little do they know that I am about to put them to work in our Project Biashara! But the reward will be great as I am planning a safari trip to the Mara for them.

New Hope has started a new project in Ethiopia. I’ll be traveling there for a week this month to help train the leaders of a new partner school. I am hoping to encourage them in their leadership skills and build community among the staff there. I’ve started planning some fun stuff for them. Please pray for me as I prepare and as I go to encourage them and help them be better leaders as they serve children in a small community outside Addis.

Lastly, to top off August, my friend, Emily, is coming – also from DC. Can’t wait to be with her! We are planning a trip to Zanzibar, so I can finally get my beach fix! I have definitely miss the American summer and time at the beach with the salt, humidity and heat!

Please pray for me this August, for strength and endurance, for safe travels for myself and our visitors and that our work would benefit New Hope and the individuals we serve.

Watch for photos and posts about all that’s happening.