Interviews with our children from the One Fine Day Kreativ Clubs und Anno's Africa Intensiv Workshops

 

For many years now, Berlin based journalist Beatrix Schnippenkoetter has been conducting interviews with children all across the world. In march 2014, Bea travelled as a team member of the One Fine Day and Anno's Africa teacher traininer workshop to Nairobi to document the project and to interview the participating children. Every day she would interview a few of the Club’s children about their circumstances, their hopes, dreams, wishes and fears and these short and seemingly simple conversations sensitively guide us into the children’s world and grant us a glimpse of their perspective on the future. They also shed a light on how important and permanent the effects of One Fine Day’s involvement with the children is. Some of Bea’s interviews have been published in mayor newspapers and magazines in Germany and illustrate first hand just how important One Fine Day’s activities in Kenya are to the children participating. Beatrix Schnippenkoetter’s interviews are regularly published on the One Fine Day web page. 

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Lydia, 13 Years

Born 2001 in Kibera

One year of One Fine Day Dance Club with Consolata Nduta

 

Lydia

I live in a one room mud house with my parents and three of my four brothers and sisters. My fatheer is a mechanic and my mother sells clothes. We have three chairs and a television. I like to watch carton on weekends.

I share a bed with my sister Gloria (6). We sleep downstairs in a double decker bed, my brother Eric (14) sleeps upstairs and my little brother Solomon (9 months) shares the bed with my parents.

My sister Beatrice (15) goes to boarding school.

We cook where we sleep and we wash outside in a basin.

In the morning I go to school with my brother Eric and my litte sister Gloria, but after school each one of us goes home alone, because our school finishes at different times. It is a long walk, half an hour threw Kibera Slum.

 

 

What do you see when you step out of your house?

Other mud and stone houses and shops that sell MANDASI (fired fla). There is a small river full of rubbish and many people passing.

 

Where is your favorite place to be?

Where my mother works, she sells clothes in Kibera and I go there on sundays to help her. I can watch people passing and when somebody buys something and pays, I get the change.

 

What do you like doing most?

I like to watch movies. I watch 'Her mother's daughter' from monday to friday between 6 and 7pm. Before that I clean the house. I also like reading storybooks, but I don't have any.

 

What is the first thing you do coming home from school?

I fetch water from the tub, 10 liters for 5 KShillings. Then I wash myself and do my homework.

 

What was the nicest moment last week?

When our Dance Class Teacher Consolata from ONE FINE DAY - ANNO'S AFRICA told us a new dance. I like to dance because it makes my body fit and refreshes my mind.

 

If you had a safe, what would you keep inside?

My clothes and pictures of my family.

 

If you had one wish?

I like to become a nurse because I want to take care of patients. There are only very few nurses in the hospitals full of patients in Kibera.

 

What makes you happy?

When my family is together and my parents take care of me and my brothers and sisters.

 

Where do you want to be in ten years?

In Europe, because the people there like to help orphans and other people who cannot take care of themselves. And I would like to gain more knowledge about nursing over there.

 

If you could go on a trip tomorrow, where would you go?

To the National Aerport and look at the aeroplanes and fly to Mombasa Beach. It is beautiful there, I saw it on television.

 

If you could be an animal, which one would that be?

A lion, because it is the bravest animal of the jungle.

 

If you had enough money, what would you buy first?

A big house and a car for my father. And I would give some money to the orphans of Kibera.

 

How old would you like to be right now?

I would like to be a baby again, because I love the way my mother takes care of Solomon.

 

What do you fear most?

Loosing my family.

 

What do you not like at all?

When somebody looses somebody and laughs about it. My father lost his best friend and he cried.

 

What was the worst moment in your life?

When we came to Kibera in 2007 and I was seperated from my grandmother up country.

 

What was the happiest moment in your life?

When I invited 20 friends to my birthday party last year. It was the first time I celebrated my birthday.

 

What do you need most?

The support of my family providing my basic needs: shelter, food and clothing.

 

What would you like to change about yourself?

I would like to leave Kibera and have a better status of living.

 

What would you like to change about your parents?

They should be living in a more comfortable place.

 

What would you like to change about your teacher?

They shold make our school the best school in Kibera.

 

What would you like to change about the world?

People shouldn't die from HIV.

 

If you could ask God a question?

Why do people die?

 

What is your favorite meal?

Chicken, chips and soda. We get that on christmas.

 

What would you like to change about ONE FINE DAY - ANNO'S AFRICA?

We should have more space for rehearsing.

 

What do you not like about Kibera?

The was orphans are suffering and that so many people die from spoiled water.

 

What do you like about Kibera?

The way people are happy and proud of themselves. 

Frank, 12 Years

Born Nov 1st 2001 in Kibera

5th grade Spurgeons School Kibera

4 years of Acrobatics with ONE FINE DAY - ANNO'S AFRICA

Frank

I live at my uncles place. We share a one-room-house made of iron sheet, one bed, one chair and one table. We have a TV, but I don't watch much because I come late from school and do my homework. For supper I go to my parents place, they live nearby. I wash and eat at my mothers place. My two brothers John (13) and Nyakor (14) and our little sister Sarafina (5) stay with my

cousin. My mother washes our clothes and cooks for all of us. My father is a cook in a hotel downtown Nairobi. I like staying with my uncle, his name is Thomas and he is nice. I choosed to stay with him because I didn't want him to be alone.

 

What do you see when you step out of your house?

Other houses like ours made of iron sheet, people trading Mangos and vegetables and clothes.

 

Where is your favorite place to be?

In school, because I like to learn. And I like to play soccer with our schoolteam. I am a striker. Last week we won against another school. We train three times a week at our school-playground.

 

What do you like doing most?

Read storybooks. But I don't have any books at home, I borrow them from our school-libary. My favorite book is 'The giant beans'.

 

What was the nicest moment last week?

Our Acrobats Class on wednesday. We balanced and climbed up trees.

 

If you had a safe, what would you keep inside?

My storybooks, but unfortunately I always have to give them back.

 

If you had one wish?

I want to become a pilot, because it is a good work. You are well paid and get to see a lot of the world.

 
What makes you happy?

Training my acrobatic exercises. When I was little, I wanted to do what the big ones did - now I can.

 

Where do you want to be in ten years?

In the UK because it is clean. They have snow and I have never seen any. I would like to play with it.

 

If you could go on a trip tomorrow, where would you go?

To the Nairobi National Museum. You can see things that were used in the past. Our Socialteacher told us about it, but I have been there yet.

 

If you could be an animal, which one would that be?

A lion because he is the kind of the jungle.

 

If you had enough money, what would you buy first?

An aeroplane so I can fly to England and stay there. But I would take my family with me. After ten years we would come back to Kenya to visite my grandmother up country.

 

How old would you like to be right now?

20, than I could train other people to be acrobats.

 

What do you fear most?

Ghosts because they are bad and they eat people. I saw a ghost-film once on television at my uncles place, it gave me bad dreams.

 

What do you not like at all?

When people beat eachother. Last year I saw people beating another man until the police came and arrested them all.

 

What noise don't you like at all?

Children sreaming at school.

 

What was the worst moment in your life?

First day of school, my mother took me, I was five years old. I was scared the teachers would beat me, because I had heard, that pupils get beaten by their teachers. In fact I was only beaten once when I was ten because I had lost a schoolbook.

 

What was the happiest moment in your life?

Last New Year. My father took me up country to celebrate New Years Eve with our cousins an friends. I teached them acrobats and the liked it.

 

Whom do you miss most?

My grandfather, he died when I was litte. I don't really remember him, but my mother told me he was a policeman. He was a good man, always helping people and catching thieves.

 

What do you need most?

A bag for my school books. Actually I don't have any schoolbooks of my own, but my father borroughs them from my cousin who is in 6th class.

 

Whom would you like to meet?

The President of Kenya. I want to see how he lives. I believe he has a beautiful house and good cars.

 

If you could be somebody else, who would you like to be?

A policeman so I can help people. There is a policestation next to our school. Sometimes I go there and ask them how they use their guns, but they don't want to show me.

 

Is there anybody you admire?

God, he was the one who created earth. I go to church every sunday with my parents and my brothers and sisters. I like going there because I can learn for Religious Education at school.

 

What would you like to change about the world?

I would like all people to love eachother.

 

About Kibera?

I would like it to be clean.

 

If you could make a change in your life, what would it be?

I would like to go to boarding school. My cousin who was there told me it is a good place to learn

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Frank joining the  One Fine Day

Cirkus-ACrobatiC Club