March 2013 Newsletter ( a little late )

This is the newsletter we sent out to our financial supporters at the end of March, with a few changes to make it “web friendly”. I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to added to our newsletter mailing list email me at adam@theshipps.comschool

The voices of the people we live next to rise seep through the thin windows of the apartment and into our hearts. For the past 3 months we have begun to settle into our new environment here in the neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi, Kenya. We are learning the language of the Somali people so that one day soon we will not just hear foreign voices but words of our neighbors within our apartment complex. We study everyday with our patient teacher named Ahmed.  He is officially our first new friend and is a Somali Muslim refugee.

As we are in the midst of learning the language of Somali, we do so in preparation to teach English to the general Somali public, who resides in Eastleigh. We preparing the curriculum and establishing the administrative functions and tasks for the education center. We, along with our team members are extremely excited to be able to be a part of the groundwork and are diligently working to get all necessary pieces in order. We hope to have English classes for adults in the next few months with a primary school starting in the fall.

IMAG0313As you can imagine living in Kenya and in, our neighborhood in particular, has brought some unique challenges. One such challenge was the 2013 Kenyan Presidential elections that recently took place at the beginning of this month. From the history of elections within Kenya it can be said that there is most definitely social unrest in this land of beauty, as the people protest and attempt to avoid corruption in their government.

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Thank you for continuing to follow our adventures. We appreciate all of the support from the “home front”.