GENERAL REMARKS ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE IN KENYA
Right from the time I was approached by some ex-members of the group, requesting me to make part of the team to Kenya; I felt that this was really my place and that it was a noble idea. The journey of preparations for the project was long but very enriching. I met the other team members who, under all standards, proved to be very committed people.
Once we arrived in Kenya, I felt that the group showed lots of maturity to adapt themselves to the new environment and culture even though it wasn’t easy under normal circumstances. The three schools visited exhibited high standards of preparedness to receive the guests from Taiwan. The living conditions may have not been the best but I congratulate the group for their simplicity to adapt to the given
The objective of the visit to Kenya was to a higher degree achieved. The installation of the computers and the instruction to the students and teachers was well done. Many are the challenges that remain to be followed up: fluctuation of the electricity, maintenance of the computers, etc.
Apart from the project of the computers, I feel that the team members have experienced a very wonderful cultural and social exchange with the local community. Outside the school activities, the many community visits as well as the mutual interaction with the students, teachers and the local people have generated a wonderful cultural exchange whose effects are quite positive, noticeable and highly encouraged.
As the team projects it’s focus into the future of the program, I wish to recommend a continuation of the same in the country (Kenya) so as to cement the spirit that has been initiated by this pioneer group. The criteria for choosing the schools to collaborate with should be objective enough to enable only those schools in real need of help to gain from the program. In making such choices it is important to involve some disinterested stakeholders to make the discernment.
As a conclusion I greatly thank the TAISA organization as well as the NTHU for the great support they gave to the team in order that the program may be successful. I also thank the whole team for the sacrifice and the spirit of service they exhibited before, during and after the project in Kenya. I still do highly recommend for the next team to consider having a Kenyan to accompany the team for obvious reasons that became so evident during our stay in Kenya.
Thanks a lot and be blessed.
FR. MATHEWS O. OWUOR,
Consolata Missioaries, Hsinchu Diocese (Taiwan).