October 24, 2017
This morning, as my daughter hurriedly ate her Coco Pops and checked her fractions homework, she asked if children at Nayamba school also had to do maths homework. I’ve got used to her random questions about what day to day life’s like for the children at Nayamba – she’s often intrigued to know whether they have to do ‘proper lessons’ or wake up as early as she does (6.30 so that she can be ready in time for her lift share to school). After being involved in various fundraising events over the past few years, she has a special interest in the school and how it has changed the lives of children who are a similar age to her. I began to tell her about a conversation I had with Jacob, a 10-year-old Nayamba pupil, and I thought Scene readers might also be interested in what he had to say.
My name is Jacob. I am a Grade Six pupil at Nayamaba.
I live in the forest. Every day I get up at 5.30 and collect water from the well to wash with.
For breakfast I have a cup of tea. Next, I put on my school uniform, brush my teeth and set off to school.
It takes me two hours to walk to Nayamba school. I walk through the forest on a narrow track. I see lots of animals and hear beautiful birdsongs.
A few months ago, there was a black mamba on the road. It had just swallowed its prey so it was sleepy and people were able to kill it with stones before it attacked any of us.
I always want to go to school. I never like missing a day, even when we have the rains. My favourite subject is maths.
I also like practising English but I don’t think I’m very good at it! There’s lots of pupils here and we enjoy everything – it’s the best school!
After school I walk home. I help my mum wash the plates and clothes then I study through my lessons.
At 9.00 I go to bed.
If you’re inspired by Jacob’s love of Nayamba school or if you want to know more about the work that goes on there, please check out www.nayambaschool.org We are currently looking for hosts who would be willing to invite some of their family, friends and colleagues around to their homes to hear more about this amazing school. Time and time again, we hear that people are aware of the challenges faced by children in Africa and want to be able to help but are overwhelmed by bureaucracy and corruption and are concerned that their contributions won’t make a difference. Our direct connection, oversight and guarantee that 100% of all donations go to the school makes this a safe and exciting way to help. Book the Date: Nayamba Christmas Party, 16th December, Victory Hall, 7.30pm till late. 18 years and over. More info to follow.