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Mid-TSavo

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Hi everyone!! Sorry for my last blog, just read it back and it is awful! Might have been cos I was on the phone while I was writing it, there we go I will Just blame Rocky... Haha maybe not. So I'm basically halfway through Tsavo now, and can you believe that this placement ends 3 weeks today?! Then I will be with my godfather in Nairobi for a few days before Rocky gets here, then off we go. Scary.
We had such a long journey to get here, the sanctuary is off the main road between Nairobi and Mombassa, took about 5 hours I think, but it was all a bit of a blur if I'm honest! We stopped off at a HUGE supermarket in Mombasa and went wild buying food. It was one of those places where you can buy anything, we loved it! The camp is owned solely by Camps International, and isn't in the TSavo East reserve, but it near it, and there are still all the animals you would expect, but we are the only people who can see them, and they walk right past the camp at night. Where we are staying can hold up to 160 people, so it's pretty big, and until yesterday there were other groups there as well,but now we have the place to ourselves! There are two bandas we are staying in, in bunkbeds which feels like I'm back at school , and we have an eating area where we also hang out, then showers and stuff you would normally expect. Our banda (the girls) we have a resident bat, who I have called 'bat' -original I know- and he just hangs with us, sleeping all day!
Work wise it's pretty chilled. The first morning we were up at 5.45 for an early morning game drive, then did nothing till 4, when we went on another one! Glad of that though cos I was NOT well on the weekend! When we got up for the first game drive, I woke up and was sick almost immediately! Then spent the whole drive in pain and collapsed into bed as soon as we got back. Rolled out for the second drive and then died again!! SO happy I made myself get up though, cos we saw zebra, wilderbeast, buffalo, giraffe, loads of birds and a pregnant cheetah which was amazing! Got such a good photo of her lying down staring at the camera that I promise I will put up when I can. Then in the evening we saw a lion walking away from us, but apart from that the lions have avoided us which is a shame.
We have also done sanctuary maintainance, clearing the airstrip, did drainage work i the school, which was hard to visit cos it is in such an awful state, I almost cried. The original classrooms are basically mudhuts, and they have up to 100 children trying to learn in these tiny rooms. There was also the fact that Camps promised the school a classroom 3 years ago, then ran out of funds and still haven't finished it which is SO BAD!!! Argh we all got really annoyed about it, the least you can do is make sure you have enough money BEFORE you start building! Other work has been waterhole maintainance, and workign on the tree nursery in camp, which is fun!
We move into the local villages on Friday, and are climbing a mountain o Sunday, then on Monday it's my birthday!! Whoop!! We have no signal out here, so I can forgive you all for not calling me and things, but I do expect hundreds of facebook messages in return! haha joking...Anyways gotta run cos I am late meeting everyone for lunch, next time I can write will be either next friday or thursday when I am in Mombasa.
Oh, good luck to everyone doing exams! you will all do great I promise... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tom for Saturday, and what else, oh yeah chin up guys for Man U losing last week, I watched it and it was such a bad game!!
Love you all lots and miss everyone LOADS!
Emma xxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by emmabanham 02:25 Archived in Kenya

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Dipesh Pabari here from Camp Kenya. Was rather upset to come across your statement about Sasenyi Primary School in Tsavo which you spent some time at during your stay. Whilst I sort of understand where you are coming from emotionally when you saw the state of the OLD buildings, I think you were being quite unfair and slightly biased in your blog because you make no mention of the brand new buildings that have been constructed by the government. It is not often we Kenyans can proudly point our finger at something tangible the government has done for its people but this is definitly an exception. You are right that there are some old classrooms that are really in bad shape but you make no mention of the brand new classrooms that are right next to them like this one:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/campsinternationalafrica/3703715754/

And this one:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/campsinternationalafrica/3702915653/

And this shot here clearly shows the two structures next to eachother about the place you describe:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/campsinternationalafrica/3703715748/

We at Camp Keny alike to belive that we address priorities. When the government started building the classrooms we felt we could focus our funds elsehwere where there is a bigger and more immediate need hence the reason why the classroom block we started was not finished. YOu will be pleased to hear that this summer the school teams will be working on teh classroom but more importantly is that we understood that those classrooms in such bad state are because the issue of erosion has not been addressed properly. Thus, even after the government finished the classrooms we recognised that it is not going to take long before the next rains wash them away as well so what we have done is brought in a specialist to examine how we can best prevent any further erosion and then we will finish the classroom.
I have run out of characters so will have to end this for now

by dipesh

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