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ONE FINE DAY e.V. proudly presents PING

Together with the great One Fine Day Ballet and Dance Club in Kibera/ Nairobi, we created this wonderful music video in September 2013 inspired by the song PING from the German musician Hauschka. We had a wonderful time especially the children who performed so well fort his project!

Thank you all for you support and commitment. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

Weekend Club Reports - July 2012

Club: Ballett "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: 46

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 2.30 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: This month was an exciting month for the children with different guest teachers coming in. Cooper taught with us in a class and Sally the teacher from the ballet school in Karen also taught with us a class. She even brought a book with all the ballet stories in text and with drawings which the children are now borrowing in group. Caroline missed the first class because of traveling to The Netherlands. At the 13th she was back and taught the class together with Mike and Cooper.

Achievements: We’ve been working on a piece of choreography of Swanlake. It's a quite fast piece and very technical it challenges the children to learn fast and raises their curiosity for the well known ballet piece. It's interesting to see that also the students who were still beginners are now catching up and learn to turn out and make differences between plie and straight legs. We’ve also been working on the Grand Jete jump, in which they are improving every week.

Events: None

Challenges: We are still walking far with the children to get to the venue and it’s hard for us to know if everyone arrived safe after class since some kids have to still attend a class and others go home.

Note: The children now have to share the ballet book all together and in the beginning it brought some problems because the children that were responsible had not been able to take good care of it and the book was a bit damaged. But now the book is covered and the children take it very serious to take good care of it. It’s interesting to see how keen they are to read these stories. Next month we want to see if we can get the barres that were made for ballet down from the ceiling and use them for our barre work. We’ll work on a new choreography and focus in the exercises still on turning out but also on rolling down the foot when they jump.

 

Club: Ballet "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: 19 since the last week 22

Days/Dates: Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th

Hours: 3 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The class has been going on very steadily. We’ve given out the ballet sweaters for the cold season and because some of the girls are growing bigger and they don’t feel so comfortable with only their leotard. We have not yet bought the carpet for the floor but that will be a great help in making sure the children will be wearing the shoes and making sure they can learn how to make a tendu in a good way .

Achievements: The boys in this group have become more serious and have managed to find a way to concentrate better. This is very interesting cause it improves their ballet skills a lot. We have been so lucky since sally from the Karen Ballet school joined for several classes and together we’ve introduced some new exercises that the children are picking up well. With Sally we have also been working here on the combination of Swanlake and we even came pretty far in learning it. The children remember better and better.

Events: On Sunday the 29th of July we took the class to perform at the Art & Beer festival. Fanuel had to miss this because of the funeral of his father. Chevita had been missing the class in which we prepared for the performance and missed the extra rehearsals the kids had done. So he was coming with us but not performing. It was a great outing for the children, they were so exited. They prepared well, behaved nicely even though they had to wait long and then performed two pieces. The Lion King and our new creative ballet piece. The organization of the event was very interested in Anno’s Africa and One Fine Day and would be happy to give us more opportunities to show the talent that we nurture in our programs to people and to fundraise locally. This also needs some small investments like flyers about the programs, making sure everyone has t-shirts. It also worked out well with transport.

Challenges: One of the days we didn’t have electric power and we worked without any music. For the rest everything has been going on well.

Note: It would be nice to keep in contact with Sally. She is now back in England and a big fan of our activities. She could potentially be a good fund raiser and she was thinking of collecting ballet clothes and other material for our program. It would be good if Anne and/or Bee would get in touch with her to show we would appreciate that. With the kids we’ll go on working on the barre a lot and work on a new choreography again next month.

 

Club: Ballet "Little Rock", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: About 16

Days/Dates: Saturdays 7th/14th/21th/28th

Hours: 2 pm - 2.45 pm

 

Briefing: In the month July we’ve only taught a few classes in this school. The communication between the school and the trainers was not well organized. At one day we had to miss the class because the children were not in school because of a sports day. We were not informed, but the teacher of the school made her apologies. Mike taught only two classes in Little Rock of which one class together with Cooper. Caroline came back from The Netherlands on the 13th of July, and because of the activities of the children and one other miscommunication in this school she didn’t teach any classes in this school this month.

Achievements: The children got to dance with Cooper and worked on hops in a circle.

Events: None.

Challenges: The communication from the side of the school is not really going easy and that resulted in confusion and a bit less energy coming from our side. At the day the class appeared to be canceled when we reached we even brought Sally from the ballet school in Karen and one of her best students. We would like to see if we can get the school to push more for the classes to happen and keep in contact with us. The school is now closed but we’ll call them to ask to get in touch with us before the school opens. It’s important for us to see that the effort also comes from their side.

Note: In August the school will be closed and since a lot of the children need more guidance because of their disability it will not be possible for them to come to the school and proceed the classes.

 

Club: Music "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Mellisa Asali

No of children: 21

Days/Dates: Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th

Hours: 3 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The experience has been inspirational- the children are creative and very enthusiastic. The classes have been interactive. We started a song writing process whereby each class was required to select a suitable topic of their choice to write about. The topics where as follows:

  • Our country
  • Friendship
  • Self respect
  • Our leaders

The s tudents  choose to write a song on the topic of "self-respect". They were divided into four groups. Group 1 and 2 were to write the verses, group three and four were to write the chorus and bridge respectively. After this the groups were combined and they all learnt the full song. The guitar played by Kevin Koech & the Djembe played by Asali, were the instruments used to compose the music.

Achievements: The song writing process has now produced complete songs. We’re currently in the final stages of polishing the music. The students have proven to be hardworking, creative and cooperative. The highlight of this musical journey has been the confidence that the students showed by going as far as creating the melody themselves, very inspiring. 

This programme has been a runaway success. The children are opening up and interacting on a whole new level.

It’s been a very engaging experience for both the children and the trainers. Most importantly, the children have acquired social skills and musical knowledge that would have been elusive to them prior to this initiative. In addition to this, the trainers and the children have bonded beautifully.

Events: None

Note: I  recommend that the Thursday band classes should commence on Wednesdays.

 

Club: Music "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Mellisa Asali

No of children: 16

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 3 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The experience has been inspirational- the children are creative and very enthusiastic. The classes have been interactive. We started a song writing process whereby each class was required to select a suitable topic of their choice to write about. The topics where as follows:

  • Stars of Africa
  • Parents
  • Corruption in Kenya
  • Relationships

The students choose to write on the topic of "Stars of Africa". They were divided into four groups. Group 1 and 2 were to write the verses, group three and four were to write the chorus and bridge respectively. After this the groups were combined and they all learnt the full song. The guitar played by Kevin Koech & the Djembe played by Asali, were the instruments used to compose the music.

Achievements: The song writing process has now produced complete songs. We’re currently in the final stages of polishing the music. The students have proven to be hardworking, creative and cooperative. The highlight of this musical journey has been the confidence that the students showed by going as far as creating the melody themselves, very inspiring. 

This programme has been a runaway success. The children are opening up and interacting on a whole new level.

It’s been a very engaging experience for both the children and the trainers. Most importantly, the children have acquired social skills and musical knowledge that would have been elusive to them prior to this initiative. In addition to this, the trainers and the children have bonded beautifully.

Events: None

Note: There should be a follow up on the creative process by recording the music so as to have a method of storing the data in order to produce a "tangible" product of the children’s achievements.

 

 

 

 

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No of children: 40

Days: Fridays 6th/13th/20/27th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The participation of the class was great.

Achievements: The whole month we have concentrated on the weaving project, the results are amazing! The kids have done a good work on the weaving, its amazing since for most of them it’s their first time but they seem to have enjoyed the whole learning process, the girls and surprisingly the boys too! This kids can weave!

Events: No events planned yet.

Challenges: We have just made the weaving project in the given timelines and look forward to other challenges.

 

Club : Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Joseph Kimani

Numbers of children : 32

Days/Dates : Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th

Hours : 3 pm – 5 pm

 

Briefing: We had a very succeful month where the pupils have shown tremendous growth, interest and fun in the lessons.

Achievements: There is improvement in organization, communication and art skills. There is so much improvement not only in art skills but also on how they conduct themselves prior to and during class time. There is less supervision and more order and that sums up to improved discipline and hardwork a very important skill in life. We were able to cover; storytelling and storyboarding (Their day in school and a nice dream) and cards as requested by Marie.

Challenges: There was one lesson that was affected but we will cover up come next month and that leson was about planning on arts and beer festival participation. Despite giving pupils work to take home,we will be keeping some work incase of any abrupt show case or exihibition as experienced this month by arts and beer festival.

Events: No events

Note: I would recommend to have a joint event of all disciplines at least every two months to support social cohesion, teamwork and unity amongst pupils and trainers.

 

Weekend Club Reports - June 2012

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 47

Days/Dates: Fridays 8th/22nd/29th

Hours: 2.45 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The dance class went well. We have already finished two dances and now working on the third one(new dance) in Kibera. We have a variety of traditional dances in Mathare (i.e dramatised african dances) on which we are still working on.We have aot of morale and creativity in both schools.

Achievements: We have recognised new upcoming dancers who are really growing in dancing and are quick learners.

Events: None

Challenges: There are small challenges while working with the kids.

Note: The challenges are noyhing to worry about - as I am like a mother to them I am able to solve them.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 20

Days/Dates: Thursdays 7th/21st/28th

Hours: 4 pm - 6 pm

 

Briefing: The dance class went well. We have already finished two dances and now working on the third one(new dance) in Kibera. We have a variety of traditional dances in Mathare (i.e dramatised african dances) on which we are still working on.We have aot of morale and creativity in both schools.

Achievements: We have recognised new upcoming dancers who are really growing in dancing and are quick learners.

Events: None

Challenges: There are small challenges while working with the kids.

Note: The challenges are noyhing to worry about - as I am like a mother to them I am able to solve them.

 

Weekend Club Reports - May 2012

Club: Music/Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 19

Days/Dates: Thursdays 3rd/10th/17th/24th

Hours: 4 pm - 6 pm

 

Briefing: We quite still have a good progress at the moment with a lot of morale from the kids and also a lot of determination.

Achievements: The month went on quite well because we are through with the dance that we were working on and now we are on a new one.

Events: None

Challenges: Nothing special this month.

Note: We would like to thank so much for practice clothes we received - the kids are very happy! May God bless the work of all doners. They have been a blessing to both the kids and trainers.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 45

Days/Dates: Fridays 4th/11th/28th/25th

Hours: 2.45 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: We quite still have a good progress at the moment with a lot of morale from the kids and also a lot of determination.

Achievements: A lot of comitment from the kids makes us move faster also in the traditional songs which take time.

Events: None

Challenges: Nothing special this month.

Note: We would like to thank so much for practice clothes we received - the kids are very happy! May God bless the work of all doners. They have been a blessing to both the kids and trainers.

 

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 36

Days/Dates:

Fridays 4th/11th/18/25th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefings: Our aim as trainers is to train, educate, inform, and inspire our students within the use of acrobatics/gymnastics, to give them a solution of hope to become self-reliant in their entire future life.

The circus students are pretty much inspired and motivated through our circus training that has greatly potrayed a positive answer in themselves. Therefore circus training has to be given its due quality to improve and motivate the talents of the students and to unite them in developing themselves into economic self sufficient role models that are not idle but actively engaged in skills moulding activities and therefore exposing their creativity through theatre, workshops and symposiums to produce income generating opportunities.

Achievements: During training hours there has been great morale of both the students and the teachers since everyone has greatly achieved alot though training and that the sessions has managed to produce fully motivated and inspired young upcoming artiste.

Events: So far we have managed to produce the following categories in our training programs

  • Acrobatics/Gymnastics Team
  • Slack Line team
  • Cycle Treat Team
  • Stilt Walkers Team
  • Jugglers Team
  • Silk Team
  • Hoops Team

Challenges: We wish to accommodate more students as possible, whereby we have experienced that new students are becoming interested in circus training, we are still giving them chances to come and train with us.  But due to lack of enough time the new students has to be trained besides with the advanced students and that we are getting a bit more challenged but all in all we are still managing to train them as it should be.

 

Club : Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Joseph Kimani

Numbers of children : 31

Days/Dates : Thursdays 3rd/17th/24th/31th

Hours : 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Briefing: The sessions went on well, though one lesson was holdby Edgar fbecause I was away.

Achievements: All sessions went on well. Edgar was also able to hold the lesson well which was; decorating and writing messages on cards which were issued by Marie.The other lessons were: Figure Drawing and another way of making envelopes. Also we were able as a class to brain storm on ways to improve oneself on discipline in relation to art and other subjects.The attendance picked up well as expected to 31 pupils though discussed with both Bee and Marie about the need to have a few number of students in class where by I'm trying very hard to reduce the number.

Events: :Bee Gilbert and Marie Steinmann held a meeting with all of us trainers and were able to arrange and conduct activities which went on well with all the disciplines. Two of the art students were one of the pupils who got an opportunity and went for an exchange program. The exchange program has motivated the rest of the class and triggered great effort and commitment as their is continuous realization on the importance of the program.

Challenges: My class felt bad that they were excluded from participation of trip and that days event. Therefore we did have a talk or rather a discussion jointly with creative writing class which also experienced the same challenge. From that talk we took some notes and kades was to inform Christine but we assured them that all disciplines were important and therefore they should not feel bad at all.

Note: The classes resumed as usual now that the school is open.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No of children: 40

Days: Fridays 4th/11th/18/25th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Class turnouts have resumed to normal since the schools have reopened.

Achievements: The medium pastel art is obviously loved by the kids because it's easy to use. We have created pastel art using white paper, colored paper and black paper.

Lesson 1 - The kids used pastel on white paper to create simple yet captivating drawings.

Lesson 2 - The kids used colored paper. They learnt to use contrasting colors on different colors of paper.

Lesson 3 - Pastel on black paper, the kids brought to life black paper with interesting use of colored pastels.

Lesson 4 - Postcards as outlined below on the footnote.

Events: No events planned yet.

Challenges: Thanks to Marie’s great idea of coming up with a brilliant May, June, July and August lessons plan that will involve the kids work to an exhibition in London in September. We indeed take this as a positive challenge committing ourselves as we gear up for the same.

Note: One of our lessons for the month involved the kids making postcards that were posted to our esteemed donors. This was Marie’s great idea! The kids were thrilled with the idea that they were actually going to communicate personally with the donors! They each came up with very personalized sentiments for their post cards!

 

Club: Drama "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Trizah Kabue and Godfrey Ojiambo

No. of children: 36

Days/Dates: Thursdays 3rd/10th/17th/24rd/31th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The students came back to class with new energy, new experiences and stories to tell.

Achievements: The students who became trainers have taken over and now they have added a new category to the class - the story tellers.

Events: Some of the kids went to visit the elephant orphanage last month and those who did not feel left out. They are asking to be taken out too.

Challenges: We did not have any major challenges this month as everything went on smoothly.

 

Club: Music "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 19

Days/Dates: Saturdays 4th/11th/18th/25rd

 

Briefing: Valley view has become a musical school and with time the kids will start seeing the returns of what they are doing. The kids helped each other other cheoreoghraphing poems fesed with music. The guitar boys are improving from stage to stage, they can now play for other kids while sing - an improvement in chords ,strumming, picking - they can now play guitar! This month, we had to learn how to perfom in front of a crowd. The kids need to learn how to engage an audience in their acts what we as taechers are trying to pass across to the kids. We have a curriculum now. When the kids are done with that they will have all skills a professional musician needs.

Achievements: We learnt how to perfom and the kids did enjoy learning and perfoming.

Events: None

Challenges: The only challenge were the rains but we did manage all the classes and the kids made it possible to run smooth by attending and appriciating what we taught.

Note: This month we made it possible for the kids to know how to perfom and they were happy doing this which made us teachers happy

 

Club: Music "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 22

Days/Dates: Thursdays 3rd/10th/17th/24rd/31th

 

Briefing: This month was very busy for the kids because they had a lot of work. ...so far the kids have been learning more songs and now we are learning how to perform live on stage which seems to be going well.

Achievements: We achieved a lot this month. Our song has being translated to welsh and was filmed being sang by the whole school This is a big achievement - the kids enjoyed to show what they have learnt. They sang their heart out to showcase their improvement in what they do as upcoming musicians.

Events: We had visitors who filmed the progress of kids ,both mari [one fine day founder and Bee gilbert (Annos Africa founder) both were present,flming the kids to their maximum..We as the music class were proud since our songs was translated to welsh and was sang by all the kids from this school while beimg filmed

Challenges: We didn't had challenges but solutions: We talked to our project managers about what we need and they promised to deliver learning materials. This include writing materials, drums, guitar, flutes and any other musical instruments.

Note: All in all the month was well perfomed, the kids did a lot to make sure they didn't dissapoint us and it was time to showcase and they did brilliant.

 

Weekend Club Reports - April 2012

Club: Creative Writing/Story Telling "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Peter Paul Kades

No. of children : 23

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/27th; Saturdays 14th/21st

 

Briefing: The first class was of our class in the month of April was story telling. It was on a holiday. The class began with a number of warm up games including included concentrations, physical warm ups, singing games as well as round games. The class then proceeded on to telling stories.

Achievements: The skills learnt were:

  • Becoming an interesting story teller
  • Audibility when narrating
  • Being creative
  • Confidence

During the second lesson the I asked one of the senior students to lead the class and was assisted by other pupils as part of equipping them with leadership skills as well as confidence. We did some poetry writing and question and answer session. The class ended on round games.

On the third lesson of the month the creative class did composition and insha writing noting that we had new comers. We had group discussions on the topics.

Among the lessons learnt were:

  • Planning your composition
  • Writing the body
  • Conclusion
  • Correcting your work
  • Following the instructions
  • Using punctuations

There was also a question and answer session.

On the last class of the group which was poorly attended as school had closed the group warmed up with games and a short talk before coming up with a work plan.

Events: We had no events.

Challenges: There were inconsistency of the days of the classes and also student’s attendance due to exams and school closing. As a class we agreed on meeting different times and days from the rest of the disciplines.

Note: If we got a more quite class we will appreciate. There is need to have reading and writing materials and recording sessions for the creative writing/story telling class

 

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 17

Days/Dates: Thursdays 19th/26th

 

Briefing: In this month I got a lot of disappointment: I missed two classes because the kids left so early because it was midterm break. But the last two Thursdays I managed to teach them, we did colour theory which I'm hoping to continue with in the coming month.

Achievements: At last we had tweo classes.

Events: No events

Challenges: A part from raining the other challenge was the midterm.

 

Club : Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Joseph Kimani

No. of children : 16

Days/Dates : Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th

Hours : 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Briefing: The sessions have been going on well though there have been challenges which I have outlined below.

Achievements: The sessions went on well with few kids in attendance in spite of that we were able to work on sketch books,paint,make cards and envelopes.

Events: We are having joint program with Dickson to be able to have a good number of students and have things that can be show cased when we will be having visitors.

Challenges: Inattendeance of pupils: We had only a few pupils attending classes. Because of the rain and the closed schools but I informed the headmaster and pupils to inform other pupils to come.

Note: We hope that the classes will resume as usual once the school opens.

 

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 14

Days/Dates: Saturday 7th; Thursdays 12th/19th/26th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Our sessions have been commencing well. The pupils had fun and some of hte kids have promised to do physical training that will assist them in acrobatics. We have changed our training day from Saturday to Thursday.

Achievements: There is great improvement in terms of acrobatics skills. Most of them came here without any skilla and were afraid to do some stuff. With our help and the help of the kids who have been in the program for the past years they are now bold to do some things that they thought are impossible.

Events: We had an exchange program with Olympic Primary school, where our kids show cased there talent.

Challenges: Weather and climate: Due to weather change (rain) it has been very challenging to have our sessions which usually happen outside. Sometimes we've been forced to cut short our training.

Note: There has been improvement and progress in terms of kids attitude and acrobatics skills.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 18

Days/Dates: Thursdays 5th/12th/19th/26th

Hours: 4 pm - 6 pm

 

Briefing:This month went well,with lot of energy and morale in the group. Most of the new learnera are realy doing well with lots of determination.

Achievements: We have almost finished one traditional dance with a creative dance that we are working on with the kids.

Challenges: The only challenge that we are still facing is the set of traditional drums still required and also practice clothes.

Note: We are working on new songs and dance.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 45

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 2.45 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: This month went well with lot of energy and morale in the class. Most of the new learners are really doing well with lots of determination.

Achievements: We have already finished one traditional dance with a creative dance that we are working on with the kids.The kids are doing very well especially in helping each other. One kid who started this year is already playing traditional drums.

Challenges: The only challenge that we are still facing is the set of traditional drums still required and also practice clothes.

Note: We are working on new songs and dance especially in Mathare.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No of children: 40

Days: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Class turnouts have been average owing to school closure and maybe bad weather? Notwithstanding the turnout has been above board. Once again I attribute this to the kids’ rare commitment!

Achievements: For the better part of this month, 3 lessons, we have created functional items as outlined below:

  • We created lovely Easter cards that the kids took home.
  • We also created bookmarks that the kids loved; they experimented with interesting cut out shapes as well!
  • Out of spontaneity we got to paint the weather! The kids painted what they have been seeing owing to the torrential rains we have been experiencing. Interesting pieces if you ask!

Events: No events planned yet but the kids are asking.

Challenges: Nothing much we can do about the weather!

Note: The weather can actually be an inspiration! How about us creating helmet umbrellas… I will pass it on to the kids and see what they come up with.

 

Weekend Club Reports - March 2012

Club: Creative Writing/Story Telling "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Peter Paul Kades

No. of children : 17

Days/Dates: Fridays 9th/16th/23rd/30th

 

Briefing: The first class was a bonding session with the team as our class had not resumed when the others did. The pupils had so much excitement and questions. We played indoor games as well as outdoor games. These games included concentrations, physical warm ups, singing games as well as round games

Again the pupils gave their expectations that included:

  1. Recording poems
  2. Visits to media stations
  3.  Learn more on composition and Insha writing
  4.  Learn how to write poems.
  5.  Help hip hop artists write lyrics.

As the trainer I also gave them my expectations during the class.

During the second lesson we did some story and article reading and went on to discuss the latter for better understanding and getting the message behind the stories. Warm up games were part of the class to break boredom and help in team work practice as the pupils are from different classes.

On the third lesson of the month the creative class trained on the components of a good story (What one needs to write an interesting story).

The pointers during this class included:

  • The message in a story/theme.
  • Setting
  • Author
  • Time

We also talked of what to consider in most writings. This includes – punctuations, vocabularies, spelling, amongst others. We applied the 5w’s+ H rule of who, where, why, when, what and a how. During the continuation of the class the classes eights were keen to point out that the want to go on with the class as it will help them with their KCPE exams preparations.

I noted an increase in the general number of the class and especially class eights.

On the last class of the month of March we did some story reading, discussions and sharing. The pupils also asked questions regarding the day’s lesson.

Challenges: The only challenge that the class is going through is the noise mostly coming from the other disciplines and from the school as a whole as it is their preps time.

Notes: If we got a more quite class we will appreciate. It will be a big success if the kids were helped to choose classes as regards their talents since there are kids with good talents and are in the wrong discipline.

There is need to:

  • Read, write materials and record sessions for the creative writing/story telling class.
  • Visit libraries
  • Talk with professionals
  • Have tours to print media places i.e. Nation, Shujaaz, the standard and others
  • Call in Kiswahili and English teachers once in a while to factor in the idea of requirements in their respective subjects.

 

Club : Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Joseph Kimani

No. of children : 32

Days/Dates : Fridays 9th/16th/23rd; Saturdays 10th/31th

Hours : 2 pm – 5 pm & 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Briefing: The objective was to have fun, catch up with the set curriculum, continue bonding and create a sense of team work through planning of work, so as it can help during other projects. i.e. projects that needed working together ,utilization and sharing of materials. e.g. sharing and utilizing things like paints, brushes, glue ,cutters, scissors etc.

Introduction and encouragement of leadership amongst students. This will help students plan and work with minimal supervision or no supervision at all when working from home or on their own.

Lessons covered were: coloring (using color wheel), intro to patterns (Shapes) and coloring those patterns. Making boxes and jets with colored papers, and making Sketchbooks (Intro).

Achievements: Learnt about colors, patterns, making boxes, jets and introduction to making sketch books. The idea of working as a team was gradually being well received because most lessons will require sharing of not only ideas but also materials and the need to utilize what ever resource that is available to us.Also it was clear that it was gradual shaping up to leadership, which was well reflected through empowering them by choosing rotational prefects, organizing cleanliness and arranging the class prior to the lesson, utilization of time and the outcome of their work, all this are gradual way of training and enhancing discipline, Which is a very important virtue in life!

Introduction of more virtues hence life and art skills will be a continuous process.

We were able to continue bonding.

Events: We were paid a visit by Journalist on Thursday 29th .

Challenges: Due to enthusiasm of the pupils, it’s interesting for me as a trainer to improve on the lessons already in the curriculum, or come up with new ideas on how to make each and every lesson interesting, a challenge which is nice and interesting to work on. There was inadequacy of materials affecting the plan of the lesson but was sorted out. Already introduce a way to know the once who will reflect dedication and commitment.

Note: Lessons will be inline with curriculum but its open to other ideas. e.g. there was introduction to patterns which is not in the curriculum.

 

Club: Ballet "Little Rock", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: About 16

Days/Dates: Thursdays 2nd/9th/16th/23th

Hours: 2 pm - 3 pm

 

Briefing: The lessons are going on well and the children are opening up more and more. We always work for just 45 minutes in which the children are able to concentrate. We are working on a small presentation for their fundraising for the building of the school.

Achievements: The children are now also taking initiative in helping to prepare the space outside for the training. We’ve managed to hang a mat to cover us from the sun, since it gets very hot and that reduces the level of their concentration. They got very happy and excited when we were hanging the mat because the sun was really a burden to them.

The contact between us and the deaf children is getting better, we realize we have to get their attention through visual things and that helps us to keep them concentrated. We’ve also been able to discuss with one of the deaf-teachers things that we wanted to have explained clearly to the children and we are more in one line with them.

Challenges: The mat that we hang to cover us from the sun is not ultimately helping It gives to little shade and easily get torn if it’s pulled too much. We will probably start using a tapoland. We are getting to know the kids better and better but we could still know more about their backgrounds and disabilities so that we can adapt to that.

We are often repeating the presentation material but the children don’t see the connections and the order to good yet. So we have to work more on that and we will ask the teacher to explain that we are rehearsing this dance over and over again.

Note: We asked if we can use one of the tapolands of the acrobats club.

 

Club: Ballett "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: 49

Days/Dates: Fridays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2.30 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The children are doing well in class and still work very concentrated.

Achievements: We are working on a choreography which has a lot of technique in it. Like balance’s, turned out and springs. The children who have been longer in ballet are improving fast on their turn-outs and pick up quickly. We’ve introduced a new stretching exercise and the children are improving on how far they can go in it and the length in time that they stay in it. The boys are getting more and more involved. We try to reach out a more to them and sometimes one of us works with them while the other one works with the girls. By that we noticed that they are very keen to learn and motivated to keep their concentration.

Events: There was a huge fire two weeks ago next to the church hall where we dance and over 150 families ware affected. Some of children in the school had been affected. The morning after the fire there had been some demonstrations and fights in the area because people were angry that it had taken the fire brigades so long to get to the fire in which two kids and one man died. This brought a lot of military police to the area so in the morning it looked almost like a warzone. When we came to the school, not all the children had been able to go to school.

In the afternoon fortunately we could do the class and bring some fun and relief to them. We were very touched to see the surrounding of the church where people had to start building their houses all over again, if they even had money for wood. We decided we wanted to support a youth group and young woman in the area and we asked the children if we could put the money we normally spend on taking a matatu back to the school, on top of the small support that we were able give. They wanted it and it gave them the feeling they were also helping out at least a bit. We had a nice class that day with them with some extra games in which they had to work together and could feel free.

Challenges: The children went home once with their clothes because we asked them to wash them in the school and that didn’t work out well. We think some kids left their clothes at home and now we miss some clothes. Because of the missing of clothes, the kids started to take each other’s clothes and we have to reorganize them and see what we are missing. We are still having a bit of problems with the size of the group and all the new girls that have less experience. The option of having one advanced class in two weeks doesn’t really work out well, since the once that are behind get even more behind. We want to take only 40 children to go on with and leave the 10 beginners out so we are planning for an audition the second week of April.

 

Club: Ballet "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: 20

Days/Dates: Wednesdays 1st/8th/22th/29th

Hours: 3 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The girls are getting more responsible in making sure that the class is swept before the class starts.

Achievements: Some of the new children are catching up really fast and that is because they follow the example of the ones that are always serious in the class. Boys and girls are dancing together while they are always a bit afraid of that. Especially the most of the kids who have been in the program longer are more and more aware of the turnout of the legs and their upper body while sitting on the floor.

Events: We have received a lot of beautiful letters/ presents from the children we hope to scan share them soon .

Challenges: The level of the kids in the group is very diverse. This is partly because we had some new kids in the class. We are trying to keep the class instructive and interesting for everybody and try to differentiate in the exercises so that we make them a bit more complicated for the kids who can do more. Sometimes it helps to let someone in the class be the example as we’ve seen it motivates also the new kids to do their best. In exercises in small groups we always make sure to divide the new kids and old kids equally so that the new kids can follow and we don’t have to stop the class every time. Since we are two trainers we can also give individual feedback while the class goes on. Sometimes the children are to focused on standing in the front and we are trying to make them more flexible in thinking about that.

Note: We are working on a new choreography on the Creative Music of the RAD Syllabus. We would like to work with them in the choreography on their spacing on ‘stage’ and using elements of the class to come together in the choreography. In the exercises we will focus a lot on their turnout and pointing feet, having weight in the good place and changing of weight.

 

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 41

Days/Dates: Saturdays 3rd/10th/17th/24nd/31st

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: We started by a fun game which kept the class with high energy.

Achievements: We used some other instruments.

Events: None.

Challenges: We still have a very big number of kids without training kits. by which they have to wear the uniforms during practice

 

Club: Music "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 24

Days/Dates: Fridays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

 

Briefing: This month in this school, things were normal and sessions were as always, as we did with the other school, the topic of the month was finding the origin of african music and where it originated from. The kids from this school did their reserch too on where african music might have started from. The kids who plays guitar here was the challange to go and find out the best guitarist who have been there from the beggining and the kind of music they played, it was an owesome month to find out how kids can do reserches and come out with perfect findings. It was a month of reserch and the kids learnt a lot from theory music.

Achievements: We achieved a lot in music. The kids learnt a lot of things the never thought about,but they did,we wrote songs of our origin,and gave examples of great songs and rythms that have been there for along time,like our national anthem- It came from giriama, a tiny tribe in the coast. So this means if we did good reserches on how we write songs then we can produce good long lasting music waht is an achievement to kids and we the teachers.

Events: We had some of our kids selected with others from other clubs to go and perform for the area member of parliament. They sang well and the community so what the kids did and they aplauded knowing that mathare will one day produce good musicians, acrobats, dancers and many more. The kids thave enjoyed the perfomance, for them it was a privilage to show what we teached them.

Challenges: We didn' t had challenges, the only one being we do still need to have the master class on intruments and drums.

Note: Knowing the kids are taking each step at a time, improving on how they write songs, how they create rythms and knowing where music originated from makes us want to teach them more and more for them to learn how music business runs for their future use.

 

Club: Music "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 22

Days/Dates: Thurdays 8th/15th/22nd

 

Briefing: This month of march started well but was abit challanging for the first week since it was the week for the inter-schools examination and spergion as a school was busy prepairing their kids for the exams meaning their was no class. On the second week things came back to normal and activities run as always,the kids before the second week were told by their teachers to [trainers]to go and try to reserch on african music and its origin which was the theme of the month. Knowing where african music originated from,this has been going on well for the month with kids bringing diffrent ideas as from where music came from, we have been discussing this topic for the month and abet you it was an intresting topic to we trainers and the kids too. From luo,luhya,kamba kikuyu and so many other languages the kids tried to explain themselves in diffrent ways on how african music has influenced them,an owesome topic it was.

Achievements: This month following our topic we learnt alot about where african music comes from and who were the first people in africa to popularize african music to the whole world, this having this kids doing the reserch and coming out with diffrent ideas was an achievement in itself,we are proud of our kids.

Events: No events this month,the only one was the exams.

Challenges: The only challange of the month was on the first week when kids were doing their exams,onother challange is the no of boys has reduced,and as we talked to the kids, the boys love football too,and the timing of when they do their training in the pitch is the same time we are having our session,so boys do go to football,that being achallange to us trainers.

Note: The kids had an owesome month and so did we. It's good to introduce theory music to the kids and for them to learn what they are going to face in music industry.

 

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Joseph Kimani

Numbers of children: 32

Days/Dates: Fridays 9th/16rd/23rd, Saturday 10th; Thursday 29th

Hours: 2 pm – 5 pm and 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Briefing: The objective was to have fun, catch up with the set curriculum, continue bonding and create a sense of team work through planning of work, so as it can help during other projects. i.e. projects that needed working together, utilization and sharing of materials. e.g. sharing and utilizing things like paints, brushes, glue, cutters, scissors etc. Introduction and encouragement of leadership amongst students. This will help students plan and work with minimal supervision or no supervision at all when working from home or on their own. Lessons covered were: coloring (using color wheel), intro to patterns (Shapes) and coloring those patterns. Making boxes and jets with colored papers, and making Sketchbooks (Intro).

Achievements: Learnt about colors, patterns, making boxes, jets and introduction to making sketch books. The idea of working as a team was gradually being well received because most lessons will require sharing of not only ideas but also materials and the need to utilize what ever resource that is available to us.Also it was clear that it was gradual shaping up to leadership, which was well reflected through empowering them by choosing rotational prefects, organizing cleanliness and arranging the class prior to the lesson, utilization of time and the outcome of their work, all this are gradual way of training and enhancing discipline, Which is a very important virtue in life! Introduction of more virtues hence life and art skills will be a continuous process. We were able to continue bonding.

Events: We were paid a visit of a journalist on Thursday 29th .

Challenges: Due to enthusiasm of the pupils, it’s interesting for me as a trainer to improve on the lessons already in the curriculum, or come up with new ideas on how to make each and every lesson interesting, a challenge which is nice and interesting to work on. There was inadequacy of materials affecting the plan of the lesson but was sorted out. High attendance - already introduce a way to know the once who will reflect dedication and commitment.

Note: Lessons will be inline with curriculum but its open to other ideas. e.g. there was introduction to patterns which is not in the curriculum.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 18

Days/Dates: Thursdays 1st/8th/15th/22th/29th

Hours: 4 pm - 6 pm

 

Briefing: I thank God for giving me the will and treasure to usher the Kibera Kids through the dance lessons and also for giving us the opportunity and support required to accomplish this task. The march classes went well and still looking forward for this coming month.we are now working on the second season of traditional dances and also new shows.

Achievements: Some new students were able to learn and finish their first dance.

Events: No events.

Challenges: We still need practice clothes for the kids.

Note: We hope to have finished the second dance by next month.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 49

Days/Dates: Fridays 9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2.45 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: I thank God for giving me the will and treasure to usher the Mathare Kids through the dance lessons and also for giving us the opportunity and support required to accomplish this task. The march classes went well and still looking forward for this coming month.we are now working on the second season of traditional dances and also new shows.

Achievements: Some new students were able to learn and finish their first dance.

Events: No events.

Challenges: We still need practice clothes for thekids.

Note: We hope to have finished the second dance by next month.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No of children: 40

Days: Fridays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Class turnouts have been above board save for a few times when the art class has clashed with sports, this however has not significantly affected the class numbers and some kids actually come back from the sports engagement and have about an hours time for art. This indeed is rare commitment from the kids!

Achievements: I dedicated this month to Using recycled materials and other media to just open up the kids mind to how available art material really is! This we combined with painting as well. My lesson objectives for this month were:

  • To Have the kids finish up on their previous works. This took two lessons; the reason being that some kids did not know how to complete their artworks and left white gaps on their artworks. Some also felt disappointed that that had messed their paintings. I patiently showed them how to ensure that their artworks were complete by 'touching up' places that they had messed up and 'filling up' incomplete areas.
  • To educate the kids on using recycled materials that are within their reach.
  • To be creative with alternative materials ;in this case recycled materials.

We have so far created enviable artworks with recycled materials in the course of the month. The inspiration has flowed effortlessly with the kids actually coming up with what they think they can create as individuals with the recycled materials.

Events: No events planned yet.

Challenges: No challenges as from now that we cannot manage.

Note: We are full to capacity and we still have new kids knocking on us! This will only be possible maybe if we can have two lessons!!!

 

Club: Art Club "Youth Centre", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 46

Days/Dates: Saturdays 3rd/10th/17th/24th/31th

 

Briefing: The classes of this month started nicely continued nicely and ended nicely. We did clay work painting sculptures, colour theory, etching and negative painting. 

Achievements: This exercise was not so easy for some but I made it look easy by awarding students who got the colour right after we learned colour theory session. With the negative painting they really impressed me though I had to help some.

Events: None

Challenges: Sculpturing we had to make small sculpture because we didn’t have enough clay.

 

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 18

Days/Dates: Thursdays 1st/8th/15nd/22nd/29th

 

Briefing: This was a busy month.

Achievements: We did clay work, marbling and etching whereby they were able to learn from a professional sculptor.

Events: None

Challenges: we had a class with filming and I had to call for help for some classes because I was not around, but things went good.

 

Weekend Club Reports - January/February 2012

Club: Art Club "Youth Centre", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 49 (january); 46 (february)

Days/Dates: Saturdays 21st/28th/11th/18th/26th

 

Briefing: The activity started by making a walk with the kids who were around. The message was to spread the Art work to the entire kids by saying ”Art program is back 2012”. It was nice but jumpy, the numbers of kids were increasing every minute although everything went well, and we were making cards, envelopes, boxes and mask. This was to make Art class exciting for the kids to enjoy every moment and through this was another way of introducing new kids in 2012 Art program. Let me just say I really enjoyed.

Achievements: We organized the way forward in order to achieve the required goal of the club during the week whereby the teacher selected some students that he will be working with. The kids enjoyed themselves fully whereby all of them had at least something to show to their friends and family.

Events: None

Challenges: The biggest challenge was to bring the kids back to the routine of Art club due to long Christmas holiday and to reduce the big number to 46 kids.

Note: There is a food program that was started for the kid because of our Art program.

 

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 38 (january); 18 (february)

Days/Dates: Thursdays 19th/26th/2nd/16th/23th

 

Briefing: The day started on the right and just everything went well. The first meeting in 2012 art club was good. Everything was okay although I did not do any class but whatever I did was selection of the students that I would be teaching whereas working with in this year. Finally but not least everything was okay and I had a good time. In february kids were back to momentum but not for everything because some were from the younger Art and others were new. I made an effort to do something a bit easier like making flower, cards and envelopes. This was great because it was much easier for them to do especially the cards and envelopes. This exercise made them view art as an interesting and easy thing which lead them be creative and also made them realize that they can do it on their own when given a chance to.

Achievements: I was able to get a number of good students who were so much interested with Art. In february the new kids got confidence in the new class and they extremely enjoyed. They finally realized that they are one of us.

Events: No Events

Challenges: Some of Arts kids joined class 8 which affected our class because the majority of my class was in class 7. In february the challenge were making flowers because especially to the new kids but later they managed to do so after a lot of work.

 

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 40

Days/Dates: Saturdays 7th/14th/21st/28nd/4th/11th/18th/25th

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: As usual we started with a word of prayer followed by some warmups.

Achievements: We started by going through what we did last year which was very important for the kids.

Events: None

Challenges : It will be so nice to have some mattress since after the end of last year they been training on a very hard surface.

Note : We looking forward to have the mattresses by next month.

 

Club: Art Club "Hamlet Hall For Street Children", Kibera

Trainer: Ambiyo

No. of children: 34

Days/Dates: Fridays 27th/3rd/10th/17th/24th

 

Briefing: The children should learn to sit still and pay maximum attention during lesson time. They should be able to use materials together without fighting for them (take turns and share) and they should learn simple techniques of origami (paper folding).

Achievements:

  • 27th Jan:  Introduction to art club and setting up of class rules.
  • 03rd Feb: Children came up with simple things they can make using paper and some get to share with the class their items.
  • 10th Feb: Children learn how to make a bird.
  • 17th Feb: Children get to redo the class for making birds.
  • 24th Feb: Children learn how to make paper boats and jets.

Events: None

Challenges: Since the children are from 7 -13 years it is a bit of a challenge to have them learn the same thing at the same time. Children are still scrambling for materials. Making a bird was reaaly hard for the children we had to do it twice.

 

Club : Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Joseph Kimani

Numbers of children : 27

Days/Dates : Saturday 21st; Fridays 3rd/10th

Hours : 2 pm – 5 pm & 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Briefing: This year’s program rolled with excitement of working as team as well expressed through a joint orientation, a motivation to both trainers and pupils which was painted in our faces as we welcomed them back to this years sessions.

Achievements: Their was enrollment and short listing of pupils ready to embark to this years art program. Current no 27.

Preparation and ownership of this years program: Excited to realize that this was there session and their program which was well expressed through drawing and coloring, games and setting up of rules and regulations, the idea being to bond and have fun as they learn, realize, and explore both life and art skills with an aim of becoming better and productive persons in future.

Orientation was jointly conducted which sent a very powerful message that we are working as a team and discipline is very essential in all Fridays and Saturdays sessions and that all disciplines were equally important.

Events: After last years workshop which proved to be very important we have come up with a curriculum and a program that will guide us through out the year and not only will it propel both trainers and pupils to greater heights of professionalism but also will help efficiently facilitate in equipping students with best of knowledge and skills.

Challenges: High number of attendance. Due to increase of interest to art hence high number of attendance, it was challenging to settle from 40 to 27 as the working number of students but the objective is to settle at 15 to 20 students. Despite this challenges their was a good foundation of ownership and interest of the program and it was evidence that they had started to enjoy the classes and were looking forward for this year’s program.

We will have more time and a nice continuity of all lessons and be able to catch-up with the curriculum to recover and even bond well in all sessions missed. That is FEB and MARCH for the time that i have been away with safe ghetto.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No of children: 40

Days: Fridays 20th/27th/3rd/10th/17th/24th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

Briefing:

JANUARY

Class turnouts have been fantastic from the beginning up to now, with turnouts of 40 kids; glad to announce that we have a bunch of new kids very interested with art club! We as art trainers have come up with a tentative program for the whole year which we believe will touch on most if not all aspects of art. This we believe will bring out holistic artistic talent because it will touch on most facets of art.

Achievements: The two lessons in January were introductory lessons since most of the kids are new. They were fantastic lessons where I heard an open discussion with the kids about art, got to know what their thoughts were about art and the art clubs as well, what they hope to achieve etc, so that I could also integrate this in my teaching objective. I have not quite followed the above program to the letter because of the introduction classes in January had me prioritize certain things like sketching, painting and pastel for the February classes which I thought will be important skills for the forthcoming lessons.

FEBRUARY

We had Sketching, Pastel & Painting lessons where I dedicated this month to sketching, painting and pastel use since many of the new kids are still green in this area & they tend to just rush to just draw; my lessons were to have the kids sketch from imagination then paint, this they did quite well and many were above average with interesting ideas coming from their own view about what interests them art. We also used pastels during this month.

My lesson objectives for this month were:

  • To allow the kids use their own imagination as artists
  • To guide then in the use of color i.e. the color wheel
  • To guide them in the use of various media i.e. paint, pastel
  • I also encouraged the kids not to rush their work especially when it comes to painting; they learnt patience in drawing, proper use of brush and brush effects, the final pieces are fantastic!

Events: No events planned yet.

Challenges: No challenges as from now that we cannot manage.

Note: We are having fun and serious learning too! We are all exited and looking forward to the other lessons.

 

Club: Music "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 27

Days/Dates: Thurdays 19th/26th/2nd/9th/16th/23rd

 

Briefing: Sessions stated on a good state in this school, since 90% of the pupils who registered in music class were alredy in last years class which was held last nov and dec. They already knew most of the songs and on this two. What we did is welcome the boys to music class since last year it was an all girls affair in music class it dint have aboy..we talked alot on what we wanted to do and same as the other school they also wanted learn more songs and record them at the end of this years sessions,for the new students in this years class we had to remind them of our past songs and they really learn very fast. In february sessions started very well with the kids having already known and rewinded on the past songs we were ready to move to the next thing which was starting on writting new songs and learning more on how to write songs and work on our vocals, and instrumentation..the girls have been the key front figures in this music class but the boys are showing alot of effort on wanting to know more about how they can improve their lives through music,how to use their vocals and others how to be good drummers. February has been a motivating month for the boys not living out the girls.

Achievements: The kids expecially the boys having been given moral and how beutiful the girls sang in last years finale of nov dec sessions,the boys got intrest and saw it agood chance to come in music class and learn how sing and so far all of them are doing really good. In february was a song writting month and the kids did well, indivitually and in groups they wrote songs and following the structures we´ve taught them on writting they are improving slowly but with few more sessions theyll be able to write good,beutiful lyricals songs to sing to.

Events: No events

Challenges: The kids can´t acquire materials like books and pens and other musical instruments like drums or shakers. In february we didn´t have any challenges but we need motivation for the kids to make them grow in music.

Notes: We need materials to make drums and shakers or money to buy instruments.

 

Club: Music "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Said Abdalla and Mellisa

No of children: 29

Days/Dates: Fridays 20th/27th/3rd/10th/17th

 

Briefing: This year the club stated with a high number of kids from this school having been experienced the last years sessions with their teachers both from kenya and abroad, were in good and jovial mood to join classes of this program in their prefered talent classes. We have started with getting to know each other first, discussing on what music really meant to them and away forward on their sessions this year. A lot of ideas were noted including writing of more songs and having them recorded and marketed. In February sessions started on high morale as the kids had already known what they wanted to do on the first quater of the year thats being witting of more songs,coaching on how to use their vocals and since most of them werent in last years class we had to teach them our past songs which they had to know,this month they also wrote their own indivitual songs to showcase alittle bit of how to write asong and different forms of writting songs,this month we dint have one sessions the kids had inter schools games day.

Achievements: This year having stated amusic class on its own without combination of dance,at first we thought it was going to be hard but the moral of the kids to make amusic class for the first time with that no we thought on its own its an achievement,more girls also are intrested in playing guitar,that giving challange to the boys to work hard on their guitar sessions. In February the kids showed us how they are talented by writting beautiful lyrical songs and singing them.

Events: They had to go chant and sing and support their fellow kids while competing with other schools in songs and makelele band.

Challenges: The only challange is that we have alo of girls and only a few boys.

Notes: None

 

Club: Drama "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Trizah Kabue and Godfrey Ojiambo

No. of children: 30

Days/Dates: Fridays/Saturdays

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Being a new year both the trainers and students came with a lot of expectations,as trainers we already had a strategy since we had learnt a lot from our previous classes and we needed to make a lot of changes in our approach.

Achievements: On the first day we had a lot of new students who joined us and we also had a lot of new stories to work with,

Events: We still don’t have any events lined up now .

Challenges: Having new students may be an achievement bt its also a challenge on its own since whe have to start our curriculum from the start,bt we are working towards finding a way of dealing with it.We also lost a few of our students to other clubs.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 43

Days/Dates: Saturdays 21th/28th/4rd/11th/18th/25th

Hours: 4 pm - 6 pm

 

Briefing: Much greetings with hope that you are all well together with your family.I am very greatfull for having given this opportunity to work with the Kibera kids this year. We started our orientation and introduction on 21th january. More kids have joined dance goup even though most have already joined class 8. We have done the basic steps in the gospel music.

Achievements: I could see potential in most kids andthis year will be much better than last year with the new dances in hand and with the gospel music to.

Challenges;Like last year we still need practice clothes for kids,a set of drums for traditional dance and a flash disc for contemparary dance.

Note: We just started and i believe we are heading somwhere.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Consolata Nduta

No. of children: 43

Days/Dates: Fridays 20th/27th/3rd/10th/17th

Hours: 2.45 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Much greetings with hope that you are all well together with your family. I am very greatfull for having given this opportunity to work with the Mathare kids this year. We started our orientation and introduction on 20th january. More kids have joined dance goup even though most have already joined class 8. We also have most kids who are begginers in Mathare and in high spirits and determination to. We have done the basic steps in the gospel music.

Achievements: I could see potential in most kids andthis year will be much better than last year with the new dances in hand and with the gospel music to.

Challenges;Like last year we still need practice clothes for kids,a set of drums for traditional dance and a flash disc for contemparary dance.

Note: We just started and i believe we are heading somwhere.

 

Club: Ballett "Valley View School", Mathare

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: About 50

Days/Dates: Fridays 3rd/20th/17th/24th

Hours: 2.30 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: We’ve started off with a very big group that just fits in the church where we practice. Immediately we could notice a good concentration level in this group, realizing that they are 50 in total, and they could do a good class. 10 new kids were in this group and we first wanted to know if they could be able to catch up with the other kids.  They were very enthusiast so we decided to work in two groups. One is the advanced group that is supposed to train every week, the other group trains once in two weeks. This means that we can have an advanced class once in two weeks.

Achievements: A lot of kids were very quick in getting to the level where they left before Christmas.

Events:This year the school moved to their new premises and the walking distant to the charch hall have increased to 4 km however on ower way back we use a matatu to the school.

Challenges: The level of the kids in the group is very diverse. This is partly because we had some new kids in the class. We are trying to keep the class instructive and interesting for everybody and try to differentiate in the exercises so that we make them a bit more complicated for the kids who can do more. Sometimes it helps to let someone in the class be the example as we’ve seen it motivates also the new kids to do their best. In exercises in small groups we always make sure to divide the new kids and old kids equally so that the new kids can follow and we don’t have to stop the class everytime. Since we are two trainers we can also give individual feedback while the class goes on.  Sometimes the children are to focused on standing in the front and we are trying to make them more flexible in thinking about that.

Note: We are working on a new choreography on the Creative Music of the RAD Syllabus. We would like to work with them in the choreography on their spacing on ‘stage’ and using elements of the class to come together in the choreography. In the exercises we will focus a lot on  simple turns, turnout and pointing feet, and changing weight.

 

Club: Ballet "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: About 16

Days/Dates: Thursdays 19th/26th/2nd/9th/16th/23th

Hours: 3 pm- 5 pm

 

Briefing: We were happy to find a lot of children back in the club from last year, though some of the bigger kids decided to stop and there were some new kids that wanted to join. It was especially fun to see that three more boys were interested and are now joining. The kids remembered a lot of last year but needed to be reminded of the details and the precision in ballet. To be able to correct the kids better we’ve been working on some name/concentration games so that both the trainers can make individual remarks to the kids.

Achievements: Some of the new children are catching up really fast and that is because they follow the example of the ones that are always serious in the class. Boys and girls are dancing together while they are always a bit afraid of that. Especially the most of the kids who have been in the program longer are more and more aware of the turnout of the legs and their upper body while sitting on the floor.

Events: None.

Challenges: The level of the kids in the group is very diverse. This is partly because we had some new kids in the class. We are trying to keep the class instructive and interesting for everybody and try to differentiate in the exercises so that we make them a bit more complicated for the kids who can do more. Sometimes it helps to let someone in the class be the example as we’ve seen it motivates also the new kids to do their best. In exercises in small groups we always make sure to divide the new kids and old kids equally so that the new kids can follow and we don’t have to stop the class everytime. Since we are two trainers we can also give individual feedback while the class goes on. Sometimes the children are to focused on standing in the front and we are trying to make them more flexible in thinking about that.

Note: We are working on a new choreography on the Creative Music of the RAD Syllabus. We would like to work with them in the choreography on their spacing on ‘stage’ and using elements of the class to come together in the choreography. In the exercises we will focus a lot on the tendus (turnout and pointing feet, having weight in the good place) and changing weight.

 

Club: Ballet "Little Rock", Kibera

Trainer: Michael Wamaya

No. of children: About 16

Days/Dates: Thursdays 2nd/9th/16th/23th

Hours: 2 pm - 3 pm

 

Briefing: The kids of Little Rock are always very happy when they see us enter in the school. They all show their happiness in different ways since they have different disabilities but most of them will try to show what they remember from the ballet class. The group is now a bit smaller and that helps in the concentration of the kids. We have been recapping the exercises and dance that we practiced with them before..

Achievements: The children are improving on remembering the exercises and following the exercises. Most of them can now combine a turn in a jump. Especially organization of the children in the space is hard for them to understand, like a circle, lines, moving from one side to the other. They prefer to sit very close to each other. But the more we repeat and insist on the good placing of the kids, the more they understand it. Now they also know how to skip behind each other in a circle.

Events: None

Challenges: As teachers it’s a bit of a challenge that we don’t know exactly who is who and what is his/her disability. That means that its hard to know how to reach someone with your feedback. Though the teachers help sometimes and explain things in sign language, it’s still hard for the deaf kids to concentrate on the same thing if they have to look at another teacher for the sign language. It would be good if we knew the kids better and if we knew some sign language. What also helps is not to talk too much and make it for everyone important to watch instead of listen. The floor of the soil is often very hot and we work on mats. The mats move though and sometimes cause the class to stop because we have to organize them again. One of our girls called melody cannot walk at all. She loves the ballet class though so we try to always let the children move around her or next to her.

Note: We would like to work for 8 more classes and then have a presentation in the school? We will probably always have to help the children so they can follow us but we’re trying to let them do as much as possible by themselves. The school is planning for a fund raising in April so they asked us if the girls could be able to do a presentation.

 

Club: Creative Writing/Story Telling "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Peter Paul Kades

No. of children : 17

Days/Dates: Fridays 3rd/10th

 

Briefing: With the first lesson of February we commenced on writing skills and how to create stories. The kids enjoyed the class very much as they could easily create their own stories. I gave the kids homework of doing a research on tales and modern stories. During the continuation of the class there was a request to work with the class eights because of their composition and Insha writing skills. The lesson is very useful and will come in handy during and for their KCPE preparation. Organized with the school administration we had a class on the evening of 10th. We held a session with class 8 for three hours learning on creative writing, storytelling, ways of writing a story, making the story interesting and enjoyable for your reader as well as question and answer session. The class ended with a promise to have a few more before they sit for their exams.

Achievements: Interesting to note is that during the session with class 8, the minors refused to go home even after I gave them permission because they wanted to join their seniors for the class. Instead they learnt from outside for the first two hours.

FEBRUARY

Briefing: The first two days of the creative discipline was a bonding session with the kids saying their expectations. We played indoor games as well as outdoor games. These games included concentrations, physical warm ups, singing games as well as round games. On the third lesson of the month the creative class we embarked on story telling obviously starting with games and having them at intervals since the class had minors from even class two.

Achievements: The kids loved this session and seemed to enjoy very much as everyone was eager to tell their story. For the stories they did not know they followed keenly but for those they knew they were supportive in singing along when there were songs.

Events: We had no events.

Challenges: There was a challenge on the first few days with numbers at spugeons since we were reopening the programme. Because of this we combined classes with other disciplines. We gave the kids a chance to ask questions and give their recommendations. Some of the kids wanted to change their classes.

 Note: It will be a big success if the kids were helped to choose classes as regards their talents since there are kids with good talents and are in the wrong discipline.

  • There is need to have reading and writing materials and recording sessions for the creative writing/story telling class.
  • Visits to libraries
  • Talks by professionals
  • Have tours to print media places i.e. Nation, shujaaz, the standard and others.

I wish to also continue with the Mathare class as we had done a lot with the group in terms of writing skills telling their stories: home and school, making books and reciting their work.The pupils still ask for the class when we meet at home.

 

Großartiger Clip zu unserem Benefiz Konzert im Oktober 2011

Link zum Benefizkonzert

 

ANNO’S AFRICA & ONE FINE DAY TWO MONTHS INTENSIVE ART PROGRAMM WINTER 2011

 

REPORT FROM BEE GILBERT

The two months of workshops culminated in a spectacular show at Spurgeons School in Kibera, followed by a day of filming all the performers from Valley View at the Kenya National Theatre.

THE PLAN

The plan is to give the Valley View kids a DVD “showcase” of their work as a way to end our final year of workshops with the School. (We will of course be continuing their ONE FINE DAY Saturday clubs but will be starting up in a new school in that area next year)

THE RAIN

Our luck was extraordinary as both these events took place without the promised threatened rain breaking through – which was amazing as almost every day for the last few months has eitherstarted or ended with a downpour – and some times a lunch and tea soaking as well!!

They say it has been the longest, wettest “short” (!) rains for 40 years so we were also lucky that we didn't lose too many days of classes or field trips due to the bad weather. I think Anno was certainly lurking among the clouds and pleading our case on the 26th (Kibera show) as it stayed dry throughout the day - under a pall of grey, admittedly – whilst it was absolutely chucking it down in most of the surrounding areas.

THE PARADE

So the parade went ahead as planned in spite of the slums being a sea of mud rather reminiscent of Pachendale, and all of the kids and most of the trainers and school teachers took part. We danced and sang our way through the rivers of mud and knee high puddles, wending our way across the treacherously slippery railway line and its even more treacherous embankment led by a giant chicken and three monstrous puppet heads that had been designed by the art class teachers as part of their workshop training. We made it back to the school without catastrophe but covered in mud from the knees down.

PORTFOLIOS

With regard to what we left for the Art kids to remember us by – and to use for their future work applications -- we decided on portfolios to hold their drawings, painting and sketches and some materials for them to work with during the next weeks. So now they have all been given VERY smart folders full of their work and with pencils, papers, sharpeners etc thrown in.

Apart from the DVD's of the final show and the art portfolios, we also recorded all the music children's songs for them and Gareth, our music teacher, has taken the tapes back to the UK to complete. This means that they will all have CD copies of their work which can also be sent out to radio stations in Nairobi – and perhaps in the UK too.

TO SUM UP

So essentially the programme has been completed as planned and we came in JUST outside my budget as I said – but hardly surprising, given the huge rise in costs and need for extra security as I based my estimate on last year's figures which are now not really appropriate. But within our budget we did manage to give all the kids from Valley View something tangible to show for their efforts over three years and the Kibera kids are looking forward to the same thing next year – which will be their third and last for the workshops although here again we will continue the ONE FINE DAY weekend clubs for as long as we can.

One new concept that did come up this year and is very exciting – is the possibility that apart from our courses helping the children gain work as adults – it can also lead to them supporting themselves right now, by going out and doing shows in the community – and in the city. This is possible because so many companies in Kenya like to bring in performers for their events, conferences etc. and they don't seem to have any restrictions on child performers – in fact they LOVE them. And they pay pretty well apparently – especially the UN and Safaricom whom SAFE GHETTO have performed for on various occasions.

We have talked to the two head teachers from the schools, and to the Kenyan trainers too – and it looks as if the circus, dance, ballet and music groups stand a good chance of getting some gigs and thus subsidising some of their school fees and making enough money to pay for some new uniforms, books, desks etc

There were with no major practical disasters during the eight weeks – just a few irritations - like a football competition on one of our Spurgeon's days which meant half the school stayed away to play and to watch – and then a few of the kids did go “up country” to their families as soon as the school broke for the holidays which started two days before the Valley View filming. This meant a few quick recasts for the Music and Drama filming but most of the children did get the chance to record their achievements.

NEXT YEARS CHANGES

Altogether it was a very good year with a team who worked really well together despite the large numbers - around 28, with all the full time UK members plus guest visitors and resident trainers.

Not surprisingly there were occasional slight tensions with all those creative egos under one umbrella but the few minor arguments that did crop up were resolved pretty quickly. However, it made me realize the value of the weekly meeting we held last year, which this time I had cut, for budget reasons. I think, on reflection, that they are essential to the smooth running of the workshops and the feeling that we are a cohesive team under one banner and not separate disciplines working individually - as sometimes happened this time around.

We held just 2 meetings this year, one at the beginning and one at the end and I now see this was a mistake on my part so next year we will reinstate the once a week get together but more economically than last year, without the sodas and lunch thrown in as this did push the cost to around £40 a session.

But in future we can compromise and meet at the Kenya National Theatre and not holding a lunch time meeting at the backpackers as we did last year.

In fact we won't be staying at Upper Hill Camp Site again anyway as it became a little bit uncomfortable for the trainers this time since Jesse, who used to just work there as a manager, has now married the owner has become a bit of a harridan, forcing all kinds of rules and regulations that have changed the nice easy ambiance that there was before to a very different dynamic.

The trainers who stayed there had to use the camp's restaurant and bar all the time and were not allowed any self catering which made life difficult – and expensive for them. So next year we have to find alternative CHEAP accommodation where they can all cook for themselves – or at least make a cup of tea!

We are also sadly losing the loan of Samantha's house as she is giving up renting it so we will need to take a careful survey of accommodation for the next visit.

We also need to take a new look at transport arrangements next year as, with the hire of car and the van (plus a driver for safety) along with various buses we had to hire, the various taxis we needed and the extra car for certain days, it might prove more economical to hire a 24 seater bus and driver throughout so that we are not having to pay so much to take the trainers to schools, kids to their outings, the ballet class to the KNT one day a week and so on. So Krysteen our coordinator in Nairobi will look into the various possibilities and we will see what can be done to put the transport all into one “pot” Also next year the plan is to try and all lodge in the same location (a group of flats maybe) so there isn't the need for individual taxis to the base camp. The bus idea was prompted by the fact that we hired/borrowed the SAFE GHETTO bus from Nick Reding a few times this year and it meant we

could send it all over Nairobi on various errands for a single, daily price which was made a huge difference. But sadly it was only available to us on a few occasions.

* * *

THE REPORTS OF THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES

ART

Olivia arrived at the beginning of November (to replace Francesca who had returned to Scotland) and continued with the visual art programme for the kids as well as taking over the Workshops to Work teachers' training. She produced a wonderful set of work sheets for the Kenyan trainers, which she had kept from HER teacher training days so these we photocopied and put in their portfolios as a basis for their class planning for future workshops and Saturday clubs.

They were delighted as it showed techniques for every aspect of art teaching - from life drawing suggestions to perspective and landscapes – and included working with different materials and fabrics as well as how to teach imaginative painting, and many other suggestions.

So now with their curriculum planning and report writing skills already polished up by Francesca – along with her advice on “materials management” – we have in Dickson, Edgar, Babu, Ambyio and Martin a wonderful team to run The 3 classes a week that Marie is planning for the clubs and we may well be able to continue helping the Hamlets project with one class a week as well.

This sustaining of the programme via the Saturday Clubs is courtesy of Marie Steinmann and One Fine Day e.V. who have taken on this financial and practical responsibility and we are extremely grateful to Marie for fund raising and organising this part of the Anno's Africa programme. Without her input it would not have been possible to run and to extend the clubs as we have done, without many more major funding events.

This year we also ran pilot art projects in story telling and also in designing and making books. This new “discipline” was very exciting and will definitely become part of the curriculum for the next workshops, coming under the heading of Creative Writing and will connect to both art and drama.

We held a three day photography test course run by a Dutch girl called Susi who has set up her own photography charity in the slums (“Ghetto Exposed”) and wants tie up with us. Her three day course culminated in a “Junk Fashion” shoot just outside the school above the Kibera railway line, with costumes made from plastic bags, scraps of material, newspapers, old CD's and other found materials.

The photography course was hugely enjoyable and the kids came up with some wonderful ideas and proved themselves very quick learners, yet again. They are desperate to do more so we will see if Susi is free nest year and can bring a couple of her Kenyan photography graduates to teach the children. We gave them some throw way cameras at the end of the course and printed their terrific results for a display on the last day, Sadly the prints were so well appreciated that most of them got nicked before I had time to film them at the end of the day. But we will run some more copies as I have them on disc.

BALLET

Ballet has continued to raise a lot of interest and fascination, both in Nairobi and the UK – and following the CNN exposure, a journalist from the BBC World Service asked if she could come to do a radio piece on ballet teacher Mike Wamaya. We have also had film clips on Al-Jazeera and KTN as well as the original CNN piece. The Ballet Clubs for the next year will be taught by Mike again but now with help added of Dutch ballet dancer Caroline along with Kenyan dancers Ronnie and Roy who have both been attending Anna's teacher training classes.

They will be teaching pre- primary and primary classes to the kids and later move on to Grade one. We will hold Ballet Clubs in Mathare and Kibera and Mike will teach one adult session a week at the K.N.T to keep the other trainers up to date. He will also hold some classes at Lily's orphanage and is going to do a month long workshop with Lily's kids in January so that they can do a little show for the community as they broke up earlier than the other schools and we had no time for them to show off their talents in November. All the kids in the ballet programme now have their own leotards, skirts and shoes – and bags in which to keep them.

CIRCUS

This year we were lucky to have persuaded Nathan Martin to return as a coach as he has had a wealth of experience in both tight rope and juggling as well general circus skills. He teamed with Mdogo (acrobatics) and Samuel from Sarakasi - also acrobatics - and worked along side Safia who managed to come out for a month, in between her various bookings as a performer, to train Irush (as well as the kids) so that he too has now become a qualified aerial teacher in both hoop and silks.

Our circus team was probably the largest of all the disciplines but this was important from a safety point of view and enabled them to give the kids more individual help which is essential in this rather dangerous art form. In fact the circus probably ran the most intense and highly disciplined workshops of all but still managed to make it a very imaginative and creative course as well – evidence of which you can see when the film has been edited. Hopefully they will be out in the city performing next year and are so brilliant and completely professional in their approach so I am sure they will raise serious money towards school fees and circus equipment. We have handed over the Anno's Africa materials; silks, hoops and costumes, for these performances and for the Saturday clubs that will start again in January. Nathan has also left them a tightrope plus all fittings and a good supply of juggling materials. So they will do us proud.

DANCE

Consolata is a God send to Anno's Africa not just because of her continued dedication to the children but also because she has been an amazing mentor to music teacher Lulu and to her dance associate, Joseph. They have both become really strong trainers under her guidance and tutelage (we combine music and dance in the ONE FINE DAY Saturday clubs) proving themselves to be both creative and reliable - and wonderful role models for the kids. And her kids themselves have proven to be the most committed and disciplined of all the groups – talented and self sufficient – and inspiring to the other children.

Consolata will re-start the dance clubs by the end of January and she hopes to be able to invite a guest teacher or two to come to and show the kids some new skills. She already has bookings for her “A” group all over Xmas so we have donated the Anno's Africa kangas and tights to the dancers so that they have beautiful costumes to wear for these shows - and it seems a waste to have them mouldering away in storage.

DRAMA

The drama show was really good this year, improved hugely by the input from our visiting trainer, Owen. The other drama news is that Krysteen has been asked to help cast a TV series and has chosen 4 girls to audition for the lead from the two drama groups. This year Drama Group at Valley View also extended its programme to include a creative writing course which was wonderful – and run by writer/actor/poet Kades. As I mentioned before re the arts programme – we will now include this course as another discipline.

MUSIC

As I said earlier– the music group have really developed so well this year and have written and composed some wonderful songs which were then recorded in Eric Wainaina's studio and also at Home Boys studio and radio station. The CD will be ready as soon as we have enough money to complete it ad everyone is confident it will get played on the local radio stations. Billy will put the song which has the music video on you-tube as soon as it is edited and mixed and possibly add the other songs later on.

During the course this year the children learnt to play Bohran drums and penny whistles as part of the Celtic/African folk fusion programme Billy and Gareth had planned and Billy also taught guitar and harmonicas to a group of Valley View children (American folk fusion too!) A couple of the students are now really good on their guitars as they have been studying for three years now and Lulu has continued with private lessons during the ONE FINE DAY Saturday clubs.

These kids definitely have a future in the music world and have been given their guitars to keep. In fact all the children were left with an instrument to practice on until we return for the next workshops. So that's it I think. We do need to plan a new fund -raiser for this year and discuss how best to exhibit the art works that I have brought back with me – and whether we can possibly sell them again.

No more news – except that I will be making a CD with lots of the photos from this year for you all and as soon as the footage has been digitalized I can show you some of that as well.

 

Love Beee

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Viele Grüße und auf bald

Marie Steinmann

 

Benefiz-Konzert am 31. Oktober in Berlin

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Wir brauchen noch Materialien für den Workshop

Im Oktober reisen wir wieder nach Nairobi, um dort zum fünften Mal einen zweimonatigen Intensivworkshop zu geben. In diesem Jahr werden wir in der Valley View Academy in Mathare und in der Spurgeons School in Kibera arbeiten.

Für den Workshop benötigen wir noch dringend:

  • Balletschuhe und Tütüs für die Ballettklasse
  • Leggings, Shorts (Größe S und M) und Eurythmieschuhe für die Tänzer
  • Jonglierbälle, Keulen und Einräder für die Zirkuskinder
  • Papier, Pinsel, weiche Zeichenbleistifte, Acrylfarbe, Aquarellfarbe und weiteren Künstler- und Bastelbedarf für die Kunstworkshops
  • Stoffe für Kostüme

Neben finanzieller Hilfe, könnt ihr uns auch mit Materialspenden unterstützen. Auch jede noch so kleine Spende hilft uns weiter!

Materialspenden können entweder direkt zu uns in die Kastanienallee 79 in 10435 Berlin geschickt werden oder bei unserem Partner Cuddle Corner in der Görschstraße 9 in 13187 Berlin abgegeben werden.

 

Weekend Club Reports - August 2011

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainers: Consolata Nduta and Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 60

Days/Dates: Fridays 12th/19th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Music and dance classes were very well conducted from both groups of students  - the whole group of dancers and makelele band. Classes were only done for two weeks that month which is better than none.

Achievements: The team has realy improved and talents in the kids is showing up among them.

Challenges: We had not enough time with the kids this month.

Notes: Though short this month was successful.

 

Weekend Club Reports - July 2011

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainers: Consolata Nduta and Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 60

Days/Dates: Fridays 8th/15th/22th/29th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Music and dance classes were very well conducted with a lot of improvement and determination from both groups of students - the whole group of dancers and makelele band. Thereafter we split into two, whereby Lulu worked with 34 kids and I with 26 dancers. After one and a half hours of the normal session,we joined up to work together and mix music and dance all together.

Achievements:Team spirit, encouragement among students has always been improving students skills. Some students taking over responsibilitieslike taking over and leading warm-up sessions of which makes kids point out their weaknesses among themselves.

Challenges: We still need a set of traditional drums.

Note: The month was successful.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No. of children: 25-30

Days/Dates: Fridays 1th/8th/15th/Fr 22th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Class turnout is way above average, with turnouts of 25-30; other kids are still interested but materials will be stretched.

Achievements: Sketching & Painting -I dedicated this month to sketching since many of the kids are still green in this area & they tend to just rush to just draw; Our first lesson was to have the kids sketch from imagination then paint, this they did quite well as usual with interesting ideas coming from their own view about what interests them in life. Our second lesson of the month was to begin learning how to sketch by observation; one student posed for the other to sketch the other did the same. They leant about sketching human proportions by observing & drawing their friends in not a very serious but in a fun way! Third lesson; we continued with our previous drawings because some are new students & are still slow in their work & I also encouraged the kids not to rush their work especially when it comes to painting; they learnt patience in drawing, proper use of brush & paint, the final pieces are fantastic! Fourth lesson; we have continued in sketching other themes for more practice & its coming out pretty well!

Events: No events planned yet.

Challenges: The main challenge still remains art materials; this I have discussed with Christine, project manager.

 

Club: Makelele-Club, Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 10

Days/Dates: Fridays 1th/8th/15th/22th/29th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: This is the toughest class I have worked with so far. This month was all about knowing how to remain on rythm and it seemed challanging to the kids but they had to do it music has no short cuts. We had to reduce the number of kids to ten for better accompaniment and to make it easy for everyone in the band. The sound is there but we still have a lot of work.

Achievements: This month no achievements at all, only challenges.

Events: We also had no events this month. The kids were just putting themselves in the makelele system. The way percussions make music also maintaining what instrument was our focus: For each student to grasp his or her instument close to his or her heart.

Challenges: Most of the kids were´nt that serious so I decided to reduce the class to only those who were heartly willing to be in the makelele band and were ready to learn. Also the number of girls was very high making me to reduce their number. Instruments is our main agenda, we dont have enough instruments to make a real band. The ones we have keeps us going but they are´nt real percussion instruments sowe need to collect and at least buy real percussions for the job.

Notes: Makelele band needs a lot of work to be put on,and the kids themselves need to put more effort. We teachers need to uplift the students and make them love what they do.

 

Club: Guitar Lessons "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of Children: 4

Days/Dates: Saturdays 2th/9th/16th/23th/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: We are done with the bar chords, although a lot of work need to be done until the kids get the whole idea on bar chords. This months morale was not so up cbecause the kids doing exams and puttin more time on their academics revisions. So far the kids are doing well and they may become teachers too in the future - I can see through them the way they teach each other its amazing. Making songs from the chord I tought hem is our next step.

Achievements: This month achieves is what we have been learning so far and it makes me more happy to know that the kids get what am teaching them. I am proud to know the kids love what I teach them and achiving to learn and grasp everything its an achievement on its own.

Events: We had no events this month, sessions only.

Challenges: A lot of challenges arose this month: It was the exams month and that made it difficult for the kids to give 100%. Not enough guitars are our other problem, we need one more guitar to avoid sharing. That would save a lot of time and make it easy for the kids to practice at home on their own.

Notes: We struggled a bit but we are done with bar chords and that is a good thing. Moving on is our mission and we intend to finish it.

 

Weekend Club Reports - June 2011

Club: Makelele-Club, Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 14

Days/Dates: Saturday 4th/11th/18th/25th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Makelele as a group on its own is struggling to do makelele music on its own ,although its tricky and sensitive,the kids in makelele are enjoying making noise with the tins and cans and bottles. Little rythms are coming out  but we still have along way to go. The kids do attend the sessions and with time theyl be able to make sweet music.

Achievements: So far the achievement weve made is the kids are into the club and the are trying their best to incoporate anything that can make music and is trash,to work for them.the rythms are there but we still need alot of time to put the kids to understand how different trash things put together can bring out the good sounds we are looking for.

Events: We had no events, practice makes perfect and thats what we are dealing with first.

Challenges: The number of kids is high we need to cut that number and make areal makelele band with some modern instruments like guitars and drums, we also need the stomp film wich will give us more on how music can be made from simple things.

Notes: The kids in makelele have all the portential of learning instrumentation. With time they will have it just like other groups have, this is a new club,we need to give it time and see what it gives us. At the end of the day is all about talent and what one can do best.

 

Club: Guitar Lessons "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of Children: 4

Days/Dates: Saturdays 4th/11th/18th/25rd

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: This month was good to us the guitar class, we still focused on the bar chords as we had earlier planned to put our sessions this month and learn and do more practicals on them.the kids are grasping the idea of the bar chords although its difficult the kids are trying that much to go forward with the lessons i teach them,we also did some revisions on the songs they know and its amazing how they use and incoporate what iteach them to their songs.

Achievements: The achievements of this class go beyond imagination. The kids are young, aged 10 to 12, three boys and a girl and so far doing and practising what they do is an achievement on its on and as their teacher am proud of them.

Events: This month one girl, joined our class after the first one dropped,also the kids had an opportunity to go and perform at safariciom house the leading mobile network in east and central africa, they did amazing songs and they did enjoy the trip.it made them realize the importance of performing infront of a crowd to boost their confidence.

Challenges: This month we had no challenges only that,we have 4kids and the guitars we have are 3. Also the kids need some refreshments after rehersals its been long since we did this.

Notes: So far we are heading somewhere and the kids love what they are doing. As their teacher I love the respond they give by grasping what it each to them, its amazing what the kids can do now compaired to last years sessions - talent is talent.

 

Club: Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Joseph Chege

Numbers of children: 25

Days/Dates: Saturdays 4th/11th/18th/15th

Hours: 2 pm – 4.30 pm

 

Briefing: This month was the best the students enjoyed a lot because we had a combined class and they realized that they had other talents within them its not only dancing and it made them very happy.

Achievements: This month we had achieved new members and being on a video coverage.

Challenges: Every class has to have its own camera because of documentations.

Note: The classes are well and we would urge you to continue that way.

 

Club: Drama Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Trizah Kabue and Godfrey Ojiambo

No.of children: 25

Days/Dates: Fridays/Saturdays 3rd/4th/10th/11th/17rd/18th/24th/25th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: It was a very busy month as we had missed the previous months classes and we were all eager to catch up with the lessons.

Achievements: We were able to work on the play and the choral verses with the kids bringing in a lot of fresh ideas.

Events: With the help of trizah the kids were able to visit alliance and watched a stage performance by Heartstrings Kenya a leading performance group in Kenya.

The kids also went for an Audition for a short film that was to be shot at their school and six kids from the Drama club were selected. This boosted their morale and we had some new kids from other clubs joining the drama club.

Challenges: We had no  challenges this month.

 

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Joseph Kimani

No. of children: 20 - 28

Days/Dates:  Fridays/Saturdays 3rd/4th/10th/11th/18th/24th/25th.

Hours: 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Briefing: All the lessons marked the beginning of fun and excitement of each passing moment we had. The sessions were:Continuation of mask making this time just observing as they perfected out of real materials and painting a thing that they were familiar with while other sessions were:modeling using clay, folding i.e box making and a joint clubs activity with dance, drama and art.

Achievements: They had, fun, enjoyed, shared, learnt and explored their creativity to great heights. All the sessions were evidence to gradual growth in art skills, leadership skills, self esteem and teamwork. This was portrayed in different sessions for instances like box making were one of them requested if he could teach us another way of making a box using different style and which he did in a different day and also during modeling using clay,they made different objects of their choice some making.

Guns, knives, cameras, cars, airplanes, tvs, people, houses which after asking for explanation of what and why they made, they would give different reasons as to why like. Fear of the repeat of the post election violence, insecurity/crime,hope and their dreams in future thus sparking a discussion like and eventually we made collectively a dream house which interestingly portrayed team work and collaboration.

We were able to come up with a solution of irregularities in attendance and the continue ownership of the program.

Challenges: Their was incline of big number of attendance to my class from other disciplines hence showing their were movements from one club to another but we discussed with the trainers of respective disciplines and came up with a collective solution to the challenge.

Their was a challenge of camera but took photos with my phone which will forward it soon,though we resolve the challenge through communication but would recommend if there could be more cameras.

Events: There was audition at school for hot sun films so i requested them to audition so as to have a different kind of experience and also one might be muti talented and it is another way to know it. Also we had a joint club activity with the drama,dance and art which not only was fun but encouraged other pupils from school to continue attending their respective disciplines and improved interrelation,a thing that we all highly recommended.

Note: Excited to continue implementing new fun ideas now that the sessions were very productive in bringing about more cohesion and ownership.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainers: Consolata Nduta and Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 60

Days/Dates: Fridays 3th/10th/17th/24th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Music and dance classes started very well with a lot of improvement and determination from both groups of students - the whole group of dancers and makelele band. Music always starts together with warm-ups for about 25 mins.

Thereafter we split into two, whereby Lulu works with 34 kids and I with 26 dancers. After one and a half hours of the normal session, we join up all the 60 kids to work together and mix music and dance all together as most of the dancers are also very active in singing and drumming.

Achievements:Team spirit, ecouragement among students has realy improved among. Some students taking over responsibilitieslike taking over and leading warm-up sessions of which makes kids point out their weaknesses among themselves.

Challenges: We still need practice clothes for the kids and a set of traditional drums at a cost of 6,000/= Kenya shillings.

Note: This month was even better than last month still aiming to the highest.

 

Club: Circus Club "Valley View", Mathare

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Maxwell Wachira

No. of children:  30

Days/Dates: Thursdays/Sundays 2nd/9th/26th/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The circus is a tool,with power to sensitize,inform and educate the society on topical issues,to recognize that they have positive impact physically,mentally and spiritually,therefore the circus,it is a prophecy,a symbol of the heart of the world circus,what it is ,what it has become,and what is to be in the future.

Achievements: The achievements of the circus club this month,has been of great importance,since we switched the class from sundays to thursdays,the number of trainees has greatly increased to 30 compared to the previous months.we are intending upwards to include the necessary accorded training to the students,with the blessings from the spiritual active training deliberations and an interrupted courage.

Events: The training circus program this month,has been as follows:

1. tight rope walking

2. acrobatics/gymnastics for both boys and girls.

3. perfect balance, Jugglings and through hoops

Challenges: Since we have started the circus class on the Thursdays of this month, the following are the few challenges we've been going through,

1. luck of transportation of the students to the training ground and back to school

2. luck of enough time of training

3. safety mattresses

Note: We will be training circus at Mathare valley on Fridays next month.

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Weekend Club Reports - May 2011

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 35

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: We started the class with a word of prayer them warmed up with some yoga.

Events: Some of them are already doing some tricks with 3 balls.

Challenges: We don’t have enough juggling balls so it is challenging for us to teach them at the same time because they have to share the balls.

Note: Wwe will still focus on juggling and pyramids next month.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainers: Consolata Nduta and Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 60

Days/Dates: Fridays 6th/13th/20th/27th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Music and dance classes started very well with lots of improvement from both all students ie The whole group of dancers and makelele band.Music starts together with warm-ups for about 25 mins.

After that we split the class ,whereby Lulu works with 34 kids and I with 26 dancers. After one and a half hours, we join up all the 60 kids to work together and mix music and dance all together because most of the dancers are also very active in singing and drumming.

Achievements: Team spirit an encouragement among students. Some students taking over responsibilitieslike taking over and leading warm-up sessions.

Challenges: We still need practice clothes for the kids and a set of traditional drums at a cost of 6.000 Kenia-Schilling (= 47,23 Euro).

Note: This month was even better than last month-we are at a foward target never backwards.

 

Club: Guitar Lessons "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of Children: 3

Days/Dates: Saturdays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: This month was fantastic and challenging at the same time. Lesson being on bar chords seemed so challenging to my kids but as I always tell them guitar has shortcuts so they just had to try and do it. So far they have been patient in learning the bar chords dispite the hardship in them, they also wrote some progressions bassed on using bar chords only when playing. We also had a rule of the month to use bar chords only and no other fingering or chords. It was a tiresome month but also awesome.

Achievements: Two boys who I started with impressed me coz they are showing improvement each sessions we meet,this month they tried so hard to grasp the bar chord lesson and not bad even though they arent their yet but they will that i can confirm.the morale and spirit of the kids is high and the best thing isythey are willing to learn and explore more of what I have to offer them as their teacher.

Events: This month was so busy to us we couldnt have any time to explore or go to the community but since the kids are learning and improving each single day we hope in the near future we can go out there and play to people in order to boost the kids confidence in playing infront of the people.

Challenges: Only one challenge broke my heart, the girl who had started so well finally quit and it made me so unhappy course she had talent. But her reasons of not having time made me release her. So we recruited another member, he is a boy from class 5. Girls are not intrested that much, we hope it doesnt happen with the new recruit.

Notes: The month as I said earlier was tricky and challenging the lessons seemed hard to the kids but we tried in simple way available to make them understand the theory and practical part of it. I intend to continue with the same lesson this coming month for the kids to fully understand the lesson then we can move forward comfortably.

 

Club: Makelele-Club, Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of childeren: 10

Days/Dates: Saturday 14th/21st/28th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

 

Briefing: Makelele-Club is part of three clubs joined together,music,dance and percussion. We´ve been doing this together from last year as one group until this year when we want to diverse things to a higher level and also to save time. We have put makelele percusionists as agroup to help them learn how to play diffrent percussion instruments inorder to play and accompany the dancers with music and sounds from trush which we are using to make the instruments. We teachers devided the classes to make it easy for each student to specialize fully on what they really wanted. The class started three weeks ago after consoltations with the kids and the teachers.

Achievements: So far it has been three weeks and the kids love the idea since they are now doing what they love best fully,after this we will rejoin the classes together so that music and percusion can accompany the dancers and bring out that deep african feeling that we want.

Events: We haven´t had any events rather than just training hard with the percusions coz its tricky to put the percusionists together inorder to play as a band.

Challenges: We need more home made and at least some real percusions for the kids. We´ll let you know after asking the kids what kind of percussion would intrest them most.

Notes: The kids love the idea and we are off for a good start and we pray all goes ok.

 

Club: Drama Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Trizah Kabue and Godfrey Ojiambo

No.of children: 28

Days/Dates: Saturday 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The first three Saturdays were very energetic as we had to do double work since we were not working on the last two Saturdays. The students worked on their on pieces that they had come up with.They helped each other and corrected each others pieces before handing them to the trainers.

Achievements: We were able to identify creative students who could write their own poems and plays. This will be typed and sent to you as soon as we finish working on them.

Events: There were no major events this time but we are planing for another field day with the students.

Challenges: All was well expect that we had to break for the easter holidays.

Note: Due to the upcoming safe tour we had to resedule our classes and we will be working atleast two days a week or three to compensate for the lost days.

 

Weekend Club Reports - April 2011

Club: Art Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Joseph Kimani

No. of children: 22

Days/Dates: Saturday 5th/12th

Hours: 2 pm – 5 pm

 

Briefing: The lessons rolled with excitement of stuff to be done.which were to prepare for making of masks.

Achievements: They were able to understand,have fun,enjoy and learn very quickly the art of making masks without the fear of making mistakes as well as misusing the materialsa very important element in growth,learning from mistakes,because they were using papers for design and cut outs,From the lessons they will be able to make mask come next lesson mine will be only to refresh them through what they had learnt, so next lesson will be more practical and real.

Challenges: Irregularity in attendance - their was no communication to reemphasize about the continuation of the program when schools are closed. i.e continuity of the program needed to be stressed out. Some pupils were not allowed to come by there parents but this is to be addressed by the headteacher through writing a letter to respective parents. Despite these challenges it was more ownership of the program and it was evidence that the children were really enjoying the classes.

Events: Marie paid a visit to one of our sessions, an encouragement and a motivating factor that sparked the hopes and an emphasis to the importance of the lessons. I grasp new ideas hence lessons from Marie which i will be using in my next class. Also we will be able to cover for the two lessons we missed to complete mask making and implement the new ideas.

 

Club: Circus Club "Valley View", Mathare

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Maxwell Wachira

No. of children:  12

Days/Dates: Sundays, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

Circus Club „Valley View Academy“

Briefing: We started the circus class with a strong positive impact and in a good mood,as we held a short meeting with the circus students,technically discussing on how to enter into arrangements with the circus training program this year,with a lot of energy to obtain the highest possible standard in skills and physical education developments,the circus student were very impressed,instilled and encouraged to work as a team.

Achievements: The circus team has amazingly spend most of their time well on training in acrobatics/gymnastics,that has managed to produce inspired,disciplined and unchanged young upcoming artistes. 

Events: We started training circus at the new mathare valley school grounds on the 24th this month;of which the the ground is spacious enough for training stilt walkers and the tight rope set up,including gymnastics/acrobatics.

Challenges: This month the training space was a challenge,since our fellow respected youth group has requested in advance for the training space which we used to train,whereby the issue led us to new mathare valley school grounds which is just around the community.

Note: An extra day of training this year will accomodate more time to work on the technical part of circus,generally Gymnastics.

 

Club: Art Club "Hamlet Hall For Street Children", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 40

Days/Dates: Saturday 2th/9th/16th/30th

Hours: 10 am - 1 pm

Art Club "Hamlet Hall For Street Children"

Briefing: The classes started well and the attendance was normal, the class was not affected by the schools closing, I taught the same thing but for them it was tricky few of them were very good but the others where struggling the good thing is by the time we finished the exercises they produced impressing art works.

Achievements: The children understood the techniques that I taught, and they became part of it and they really loved it.

Events: We had no events this month.

Note: Some of the kids in this class are slow learners but ones they understand they are amazing.

 

Club: Open Art Club "Youth Hall", Kibera

Trainer: Dickson Kaloki

No. of children: 40

Days/Dates: Saturdays 2th/9th/16th/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: The classes started nicely with a lot of exitment because most of the children had closed school for half term. the class was overwelming of the turn out. I had to separate the class into three . the small ones of art class ,the big ones for art class and those who are not members of the art club . so every saturdays I had to excuse the none members , its only on 9th where we taught the whole group of 60 children with assistance from Marie. The lessons taught were refreshing what we had learned on the previous classes - this included human figure.

Achievements: The refreshing exercise build confidence to most of the children , this is by then trying to remember what they did and bringing out nicely also the children were assisting each other, that was amazing.

Events: On 23th with the help of other teacher from the youth centre they did a small mural along olympic boundary wall.

Challenges: My biggest challenge was a lot of children.

Note: We need more acrylics because most of the exercise we intended to do this month we where not able to do because of few acrylics.

 

Club: Dance Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer: Joseph Chege

Numbers of children: 21

Days/Dates: Saturdays 2th/9th/16th/30th

Hours: 2 pm – 4.30 pm

 

Briefing: This was the best month because the children took the project as their own and they initiated themselves very well.

Achievements: This month all the children have gotten the steps so it`s very easy for the class to go on with the dance

Events: This month we have no event at all.

Challenges: CD player is our main challenge.

Note: This was the best month between me and the people because all achieved something.

 

Club: Art Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Edgar Gatobo

No. of children: 20

Days/Dates: Sundays 3th/10th/17th/Fr 29th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: Class turnout has increased during the past week since the classes have been changed to Fridays, this is encouraging. The kids are enthusiastic about more fun art like the box creation.

Achievements: We learnt about various forms of art; i taught this to encourage the students to be free in creating their work & to enable them to nurture their own personal touch in their work & to avoid copying.

Animation creation: I taught the kids how to create moving pictures by drawing pictures at one corner of a book & then flipping them. The kids loved this & are looking forward to learn more.

Box creation: The kids have leant how to create boxes & decorate them. The kids liked this fun creation.

Easter card creation: The kids expressed themselves freely by creating Easter cards that they then gave to family & friends.

Events: We have been looking forward to visit places that will inspire the kids’ creativity such us parks where they can sketch; this will also be a fun experience.

Challenges: The challenge that we have is positive in the sense that some students are very committed & proactive in their work, I think that it would be a good idea to get this kids individual sketch pads so that they can practice more at home.

 

Club: Circus Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainers: Irungu Wairimu and Samuel Mutie

No. of children: 30

Days/Dates: Fridays 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

 

Briefing: As usual we started with a word of prayer followed with some simple wam ups, afterward we did some pyramids events: the kids created some new pyramids by them selves.

Challenges: Since the school had closed downwe had a small number of children than usual and so it was very hard for us to replace and change things.

Note: As from next month we will start juggling and some rope skipping.

 

Club: Guitar Lessons "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Lulu Abdalla

No. of Children: 3

Days/Dates: Saturdays 2nd/9th/16th/23rd/30th

Hours: 2 pm - 4 pm

 

Briefing: This month was good hence we had revised on the things the kids had to rewind on,the chords theory,rhythms and melodies all that we are done with.this month we concentrated on putting the theory to practical by using the chords in composing new songs with the simple chords they know,i also introduced the [bar chords which are tough to learn but the guitar dont have ashort way out.The kids also suggested we do field trips to go and see what other kids are doing in other organisation teaching music like mysa.

Achievements: The kids are changing slowly by slowly,the touch in them on how the stram their guitars is their.the girl also is doing good she is practising on the basics and so far she is doing well.the two boys are practising on bar chords and making their own rhythms.

Events: This month was also hectic and the kids arent there yet so we decided we do more practice and prepare to perform for the other clubs inorder for the kids to have the confidance in facing people and performing live.this month also the girl received aguitar from the programs patron and she was excited about it since she wont be borrowing guitar again.

Challenges: This month the only challanges were on one saturday the girl didnt attend classes coz she wasnt feeling good bt she later resumed classes.

Notes: This month was alittle hectic because i introduced new chapters which are alittle tougher but the kids proved to me they can take it and they also have the morale in themselves in wanting to know much in guitar. We hope next month will bring more to our sessions.

 

Club: Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainers: Consolata Nduta and Lulu Abdalla

No. of children: 58

Days/Dates: Fridays 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th

Hours: 3 pm - 5.30 pm

Music/Dance Club "Valley View Academy"

Briefing: The Music/Dance classes started with high spirits and joy from both students and teachers.We are working on new songs and new dances. The team spirit is high because old students are encouraging,and helping the slow learners.

Achievements: Some students are taking responsibilities by making sure the place where we practice is clean. They have chosen leaders among themselves.

Challenges: There are few challenges we are facing,in terms of clothes ie practice clothes, like tops and leggings for girls, rubber shoes and track suits or shorts for boys.

Note: This month was better than last month, because we see a lot of improvement and determination from the students.

 

Club : Ballet Club "Spurgeons School", Kibera

Trainer : Mike Wamaya

No. of children: 28

Days/Dates: Thursdays 7th/14th/21nd/28th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

Ballet Club "Spurgeons School" 

Briefing: In kibera we still have a long way to go since the program is still new with the kids. And the best part is that they are ready for any information given to them. This month I kept more emphasis on their turn outs and body postures.

Achievements: Last month we had a lot of challenges on the kids attendance in class some times we had to start the class late but now that we change to Thursday the attendance have improved.

Chaellenges: Being the April holidays few of the kids travelled up country and we will revisit the some of the topics we covered in may.

 

Club: Ballet Club "Valley View Academy", Mathare

Trainer: Mike Wamaya

No. of children : 48

Days/Dates: Fridays 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th

Hours: 2 pm - 5 pm

Ballet Club "Valley View Academy"

Briefing: This month the training went on soo smooth in all the days. Most of the kids ware punctual since we ware to cover their favorite part in the syllabus (mime and group creations).

Achievements: This being the month our story was aired on CNN, it made the kids more enthusiast of the things we do in the class and more so that people around the world now know what we do in mathare and more so the recognition within matare slums, this have made them feel special.

Events: A dance student from America and who is visiting Kenya for volunteer works approached us if she can volunteer for few classes.

Challenges: Being the April holidays part of the kids traveled upcountry and this will force us to revisit some things next month in may.

Note: We are still working on this years small chorography that we hope to show case in June.

 

Nairobi – April 11th 2011

At the moment we have about 350 children enyoying our weekend clubs. Watch the CNN documentation about our ballet club and see how ballet transforms young lives:

CNN Dokumentation über unseren Ballet Club

Nairobi – November 8th 2010

The anniversary of Anno's death seems a right time to write a blog since, as a result of him dying nine years ago today, we now have around 450 children enjoying the Anno's Africa arts workshops in two of the most dangerous and deprived slums in Kenya - Kibera and Mathare …

These children's lives have been radically turned around by the programme and many of them will now find it possible in the future to find a career in the arts – even if indirectly - as a result of some of the things they have learnt from the work shops. Already six girls from the drama group have been chosen for a day's filming on a TV show (from a taped audition that Krysteen and I held) and one of the ballet boys (YES we have BOYS in ballet!) had an important part in Tom Tykwer's film that he is shooting with the One Fine Day Film School, This means that along with the kids in my short film, 9 children this year have acted “professionally” and Leilah who was in our group two year ago and whom I cast in Tom's film “ Soul Boy” , just went to the Carthage Festival in Tunisia, representing the movie, so she is now pretty well assured of career as an actress, having made 2 films in Kenya since Soul Boy.

So this practical side of the programme is really working – with the Sarakasi acrobatics school promising to take at least 2 kids from each school into their youth programme and SAFE GHETTO already scouting amongst the older kids for their theatre troupe. The other disciplines will also have their opportunities when we showcase the kids work at the National Theatre on the November 27th. We are holding the performance in the theatre garden and hope that many people who are influential in the arts will be there – including the Russian Ambassador who has a passion for ballet we hear and has already expressed interest in our programme.

Re the ballet - we plan next year to run one of our “workshops to work” classes at the theatre where they have a dance room with a barre – so the more advanced children – and young adults – can go to the next stage. This class will be a precursor to the Anno's Africa ballet school that we want to get going in 2012.

However, that is just one part of the programme – and perhaps for most of us the more important aspect of it is the journey.

Kids aus den Workshops

Both the music and dance classes are galloping apace – the children's talent in these areas is, as we knew from previous years, quite astounding. They have a natural musicality and love expressing themselves through dance where they are uninhibited and graceful..

Dance is being taught by Consolata, who used to teach at the Bomas of Kenya Cultural Centre and Joseph who is a predominately Salsa teacher (and has who has worked with us for three years). Between them they run a class with pretty much 100% attendance - and such enthusiasm that to go and watch them at work is a pure delight. The show they devised in the Saturday clubs during the last year (with the help of Lulu who composed the songs and led the music for the club) is pretty well worthy of a professional stage!. I filmed it just after we arrived – in a tiny dark hall with holes in the roof and kids hanging in at the windows and a floor that was full of pits and crevasses. It is one of the most heart felt and vibrant pieces of work that I have ever seen here.

Music for the workshops is being run by a team of 4 – with Gareth Brown from the UK and Billy Scherer from the USA joining forces with Lulu and Melissa from Kenya. Since Easter Lulu has also been teaching Guitar to 2 ten year olds in preparation for Billy coming out to take over and have learnt as much in 4 months as many European kids would learn in a couple of years.!

This year the Makalele band has taken on a whole new dimension with Gareth and Billy creating extraordinary musical instruments from junk and household bits and pieces. They have designed and made 3 Heath Robinson-esque inventions from plumbing pipes that are played with a flip flop!, Also some fabulous, brightly coloured drums from water containers and bowls – and percussion sticks with bottle tops as well as every manner of shaker - and mini drums from tin cans and plastic containers.. The result is an amazing percussion band with all the children now able to read and follow their own parts in the intricate rhythms Gareth has created and not just bang away chaotically. On top of all this Billy's guitar students are astounding him with their daily progress – and Lulu and the team have come up with their own song for the show's finale that will bring the house down. (We will be recording it and hopefully get it played on Ghetto radio as soon as possible)

Mittagspause mit Reis und BohnenDrama this year has become a real contender in the favourite discipline category with new addition to the team, Emma Buckley, storming ahead with her wonderful energy and creativity. She is working along side Trizah from the SAFE GHETTO theatre company and the improvisations and games they have devised are not only allowing the children to express themselves freely and happily but also having serious therapeutic connotations as the children explore the dogmas of this society and the role of women in a community where the acceptance of male stereotypes and the automatic domestic abuse that women are subjected to is seldom questioned . A small revolution is taking place in the drama class - with her girls standing up for their human rights and the boys beginning to understand that if is not their right to assume macho stances and abuse their women. The new constitution has done a lot for children's rights in its charter but the age old male/female dynamic remains horribly intact so the arts are a wonderful way to undermine the assumptions and customs that have made women's lives in the slums so hard, But the Drama workshops are also FUN and not at all a political “exercise” – and the children really enjoy it and are hugely excited about the chance to show their stuff at the performance on the 27th.

The Drama group at Kibera are taught by our long time partners from SAFE GHETTO – Godi & Kades who are an amazing team and have managed to get these first year students to forget their natural shyness and create an intense political analogy about tribal conflicts, using animal imageries. They have also explored the problems of children not being allowed to go to school – so once again Drama is proving a valuable tool in educating these children about their rights and the need to live in harmony – especially relevant with the elections coming up again in 2012..

KunstunterrichtArt is as usual a class packed with talent. In Mathare, Charlotte Wiseman has joined the group and brought not only her experience with weaving and fabric design from St Martin's School of art to these children hungry for new ideas but also her gentleness and charisma which has thoroughly engaged her class of FIFTY kids!. They are now weaving on proper frames made by the Tree House (who have also made stilts for the circus.) This is an arts commune based in Majengo who I have mentioned before in previous years – but for the record it is literally a multi story shack built in a huge tree - with a visiting monkey and a group of reformed glue sniffers who are now practising artists and musicians. Charlotte's class have also been making exquisite bracelets from plastic bottles and learning other ways of using patterns in design – both on fabric and paper. These craft skills are extremely useful to the children as not only do they love creating their own things to wear, but they can also make items to sell to help support their families.

Charlotte has been joined by Steve Gillon – an art teacher from Dean's school in Edinburgh who came for a two week stint for the last two years and has returned again this year. He has constructed a dragon/crocodile for the final show, which will take pride of place in the performance, from a plastic chair and lots of wire and green tissue!! A magnificent creature whom he has named Gertrude in spite of her masculine appearance, she/he will be completed by Charlotte and will carry as her dragon's scales, the art work of the children from both schools,

KunstunterrichtThe other art teacher who has just returned for another master class “shift” is Olivia Blond, who, like Steve, has had many years of art teaching – in her case 30 – in inner city schools in Liverpool. Olivia is running a project on fabric design and illustration and her class are printing cushion covers (last year it was the cotton bags that you can see on the web site) which are truly stunning in their colours and imaginative animal designs.

We also have Francesca Wilkinson Shaw (our other advanced art teacher from last year) coming out for the last ten days to help with the final show and teach imaginative painting.

The Kenyan partners on the Valley View (Mathare) programme are Edgar and Ben – both artist in their own right. Edgar will be running the Valley View Saturday club for us – with Ben's help.

KunstunterrichtIn Kibera the Art programme is run by Marie Steinmann. This is the first year for Spurgeons School and the classes are packed with 26 in Marie's class and 40 in the class run by Kenyan teacher Ambyo with the input from various visiting artists including aforementioned Steve, who made kites and colour charts with them and two UK new volunteers – Mo and Ross - who are about to embark on a grand programme of banners, posters and printed T shirts.

Marie is exploring all kind of different projects with her class and last Saturday she took them on an outing to the animal orphanage so they could draw the animals from reality in their hand made, cardboard backed sketch books. Marie has become so adept at using “found” materials, that we are starting to call her the “Cardboard Queen” as every day she returns from the shops with her car boot bulging with boxes.

KunstunterrichtThis whole arts programme at Spurgeons School in Kibera is proving extremely popular with the school administration and all the teachers are very pro-active and keen to carry on when we leave.

Marie is also running a new class for street kids at the Hamlet's project in Kibera and this we hope to develop into a permanent Saturday class as well..

The Ballet is as always the most charming class to watch with the children in their donated leotards, skirts and shoes. The Valley view class is now ready to start grade 1 of the RAD course – with 32 girl dancers and the 6 boys previously mentioned. This class is taught by Anna Nygh with the assistance of Mike Wayama who is a wonderful dancer himself and a dedicated teacher who, under Anna's guidance, continues the course all year round at the Saturday clubs, This ballet class is one of the highlights of Anno's Africa as there was no ballet at all in the slums – the only classes being in some of the private schools in the mainly white community. These slum kids are giving their hearts to the dance and are more than ready to perform their intricate dance on the 27th. We are busy sewing feathers and ribbons onto headdresses for them and looking forward to Harry Holm – who arrives next week to make a documentary - to put them on film in all their glorious beauty.

Kids aus den WorkshopsThe new class at Spurgeons has started really well with around 40 children who are quick to learn and doing remarkably well for their first year. In this class Anna has started with the pre- primary syllabus and they will performing some of their class exercises at their open day on the 24th,

Anna is also teaching ballet one afternoon a week at the Little Rock Orphanage and day care centre for AIDS affected and traumatised children, some of whom are also suffering from other health issues. . She has one Down's Syndrome girl and two who are deaf in this class and although it's a boisterous and somewhat mismatched group, Anna has noticed their incredible capacity to help and care for each other and the joy that ballet brings to these physically and mentally challenged children. Lily, who runs the centre, was delighted to find us as she had written to me via the website – a letter that must have gone into my junk mail – after reading about our ballet programme in the slums. We happened by when looking for a tree where the circus group could practice their silks and when I introduced myself she just said “Yes you can use our tree but why didn't you reply to my letter!?” So it was a kind fate (Anno?) who led us to her as not only do the circus kids have a perfect practice tree but 24 more children are learning ballet.

In Mathare the circus fascinates the local community as we are practising in the chief's compound where here are trees for the aerial silks and the tightrope and everything is on view. In this school we work with Mdogo, who has his own circus project, NGO Ni Wewe (the NGO is YOU) and his fellow Ni Wewe performers, Karis and Mungi. This year we are really lucky to have from the UK, Natalia Colville who came to teach aerial silks two years ago and Safia Almaghrabi who teaches the hoop. The girls are not only teaching our kids to fly – but also giving lessons at Sarakasi in exchange for Sarakasi sending an acrobat to teach our class in Kibera. (Mdogo and his team only cover Valley View, Mathare) The young man they send us - Samuel - has proved invaluable and we hope to inveigle him into teaching for Anno's Africa next year – along with our stalwart member of the team from SAFE, Irush, who has been working with the circus team for the past two years and is now qualified to teach silks at the Saturday clubs. He is also a fine actor so we are lucky to have persuaded him away from his first love – at least for the time being.

Incidentally, the Friday classes at Spurgeons are run by the whole team but on Saturdays we are split into two groups. Running these double classes on a Saturday proved a bit of a logistics nightmare with the schedule changing daily as we tried to organise the teachers but it was finally sorted out to everyone's satisfaction - and my relief.

Of course we have had the occasional hiccups – like the music school next to the theatre where we are doing our show having exams on Saturday 27th so we will have to make sure our show runs through their lunch break. We have also had Safia's hoop stolen ( a new one is en route from the UK but it's an added expense we could do without) – and Anna and Olivia's taxi was “mugged” and the wing mirror snapped off (for sale), Melissa, was held up at a bus stop at knife point and her bag stolen but apart from that we are all fine and the amazing spirit, energy and open heartedness of our children keeps us all inspired, fulfilled and united

That's it for now – three weeks to go so lots more news I am sure...

Love Beee

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One final note – we have been working on the planning of the “Workshops to work “ project for next year so that the school leavers who have participated in Anno's Africa will have the chance to continue in workshops that will be set up in the city centre – at the KNT (Kenya National Theatre) and the Go Down Arts Centre – for a half a dozen of the most talented kids from each discipline to really advance their knowledge – and find work in their chosen field.

 

 

 

 

 

briefings.........valley view has become amusical shool,and with  time the kids will start seing the  returns in what they are doing now,the kids are helping others in their school choir,school musicals and cheoreoghraphing  poems fesed with music...also the guitar boys as we call them are improving  from stage to stage,they can now play for other kids while they sing,an improvement in chords,strumming,picking,they can now play guitar foreal..this month,we had to learn how to perfom infront of acrowd,since the kids have man songs and they need to start performing them to boost their moral on how they perfom.two,they need to learn how to ingage an audience in their acts what we as taechers are trying to pass across to the kids,so far so good,we now have acarriculam in which when we are  done the kids will be good to go,as full musicians who have direction on how to go about when u are amusician.

challanges......the  only challange  was the rains but we did manage to attemd all the classes and the kids made it possible for the classes to run smooth by attending and appriciating what we taught.

achievements.....this month  we learnt how to perfom and the kids did enjoy learning and perfoming,agood thing indeed.

notes.....this month made it possible for the kids to know how to perfom  and they were happy doing this which made us teachers happy