Making it work

Photo by Lawrence

First timers – photo by Lawrence

New project, new challenges.

Back in Kazo, the school was about 20 yards from my home; here, it takes a good hour and a half bouncing along the roads of some not-so-nice parts of Nairobi. The Kenyans I’m working with have zero experience of cameras (which also makes it a lot of fun), and I’m told we need to pay them something to compensate for a day of lost wages. And we have only four working days to do something meaningful.

At least this time, I’m not too surprised when we don’t start on time, or that attendance is somewhat, well, fluid. And since my expectations are lower – this is a bit of a trial, before a real (and funded!) project comes next year – it’s nice just to see where it goes. They seem to be enjoying it so far.

That said, knowing there are people back home interested to see the outcome – and my part in it – it’s hard not to feel a certain pressure to make sure something valuable comes out of this. Something that is personal to these people – yet relevant to (our idea of?) community development; something that will bring their stories into a coherent format, and something that encourages them and maybe others to think about things a little differently.

Ambitious? Three days to go – we’ll soon find out.

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