2016 has been the year when I have had an opportunity to experience two different parts of the world, different people, different cultures and two different continents. Kenya and Canada. Half of the year in Canada and this other one will be spent in Kenya.
The experiences in Canada will never be forgotten. It was all a wholly awesome and wonderful time. I got to make new friends and learn a culture which in more than one ways was different to mine. I also made so many friends and learnt so many things from all the school visits I did.
Every single person I met taught me that everyone has something to share and everyone has something to learn. The whole trip was an opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and view the world in an entirely different perspective. The perspective that we are all more similar than different. The perspective that there is a beauty to everything.
The trip was a complete eye-opener for me. It made me realise how special my country Kenya was to me. It opened my eyes to things like our cultural diversity which I had ignored during my childhood. When I got back I really wanted to learn more about my culture, learn our cultural song and dance and also learn to appreciate aother peoples cultures. It made me realise the strength in being a community because that is how we are in Kenya. It made me realise that there is no place better than home.
Living in Canada was great but I still reminisced the moments I had in Kenya, about how beautiful a country Kenya was. I really loved Canada, but I was constantly yearning to go back to my homeland Kenya.
Now I am back in Kenya and I can see the complete beauty of my country. I can really appreciate everything I see before me.
Now I have an avenue to better the lives of other kids. I have an opportunity to share what I learned when I was in Canada. I can now teach people to completely appreciate what they have in this beautiful country of theirs. I can now break all the stereotypes that people have about Canada. I can completely open their eyes to see how similar we are no matter where we are from.
Now I can share my story and teach students to be hardworking and to open their eyes to what the world has to offer. I have visited different schools here ; Irura primary school, Ereri primary school, Uaso nyiro primary school, Endana primary and secondary school and in all these schools, kids had really good questions about our experience in Canada.
All these learning experiences are thanks to many people who dedicated their time to make this a possibility. I am particularly thankful to PA-MOJA for making the trip a possibility. I am also really thankful to my homestay family for taking me in as one of them and being there for me every time. Making me feel at home always.
I really wish that other people will have an opportunity like we had so that they too can learn and be able to share what they learnt and in this way we can, slowly and surely, make this world a better place.
Right now I have to let what I learnt and what I am still learning impact as many people as possible. The true butterfly effect. Let my lessons travel like ripples in water.