Meet Cecelia, a 31 year old lady with two kids who made the tough decision to go back to primary school to pursue her studies. She is now in grade 7.
I met Cecelia the first day I started going to Mtsiriza Primary School for after- school writers club. She could not stop staring and smiling at me; she was very shy just like all the other girls. They were so afraid to speak and read in English. At the end of the day, I knew that Mtsiriza School was going to be a very challenging teaching experience for me, but at the same time, a lot of fun.
If I were to tell you of the moon and how she wakes me in the night with that cloud of brightness falling over my bed, would you be able to feel the hush of her shimmery light, or know the deep place it stirs in me when I wake to that sight?
If I were to tell you of the smell of dry grass when the rain finally begins to fall and the straw-like blades give way under heavy, plump-round drops, would you feel the quickening of pulse, the pleasure and relief that rushes in when drought is broken?
The February writing workshop in Nairobi was exciting, enjoyable and liberating. In planning for it, I thought that participating on the first day was only to help me better understand how it would help the girls we work with through One Lamb. This changed when I listened to why the other ladies had decided to come for the workshop - a light switch went on in my head and the thought dawned on me - wow, I also loved writing and I too could grow from this. Great start to the day.
Lisa was clear about how the AWA method works and gave useful examples to help us understand...
VoiceFlame recently had the joy and privilege of carrying the AWA torch into Kenya! Over the course of the last couple of years, we've been in contact with Ciru Mutura, a passionate and capable local woman who had heard about our work in Malawi and was interested in implementing something similar among the teen girls she serves in One Lamb community. Timing and logistics finally came together and I, Lisa (an AWA certified workshop leader and VoiceFlame representative) accepted the invitation to lead workshops, organized and hosted by Ciru, for three wonderful groups o...