On June 13, 2018, a number of our younger children attending Early Childhood Development classes at Mwanzo Education Center participated in the zonal (district) cultural competition at the Maseno School for the Deaf. Nineteen other schools from this area of Nyanza Province joined our kids in a friendly competition to demonstrate their singing, dancing, and story-telling skills.
The day began with children and teachers departing for Maseno via rental bus. Both young and old were excited about the opportunity to display their self-made costumes, and share their school pride with the other schools and competition judges.
After a long, exhausting day we received the judges' results: Three First-Place certificates for our children! I happened to be visiting Loyce, our Executive Director, at lunchtime on June 13th, and spoke by phone with our Headteacher, Margaret Otieno, who had just arrived back in Rabuor with the children. In the excitement and pride of the moment, it was hard to speak and to listen.
We are so proud of our schoolchildren, our teachers, school staff, and parents who devoted time to making the outfits worn during the competition. The below pictures convey some of the joy of the day.
Thank you for caring about our schoolchildren, and shrinking our world just a bit by affirming the beautiful humanity of the residents of the 12 communities who say "Erokomano" for your part in creating "New Beginnings" (Mwanzo) and ensuring that "Hope Has a Home Here!"