Stories and experiences of an intern

As I wrote in my previous blog post, the holiday programme started last week. It is different from Wale’s normal programming because there is no homework scheduled and we have a bit more activities than normally. The activities take place from 14 to 17. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays we have my drawing class and Happiness’ beads class. In the drawing class we are preparing the colouring books to be sold during the holiday season. We are mixing the themes of the books a little bit; drawing African masks, warriors, queens, kings, superheroes and animals. Happiness is making jewellery with some of the kids in her beads class. The earrings, bracelets and other pieces of jewellery they are making, will also be sold through Wale’s Instagram page. We will work with the Swedish School students in this online shop project.

The first post with the jewellery is already in our Instagram page, so go check it out 😉

On Monday after the art classes Venna gives an acting class and on Tuesdays before the art Venna gives a computer class. On Wednesdays the first class is Evette’s Fun Facts and Happiness’ English class and after that it’s time for a movie. Thursday starts with my life skills class and Venna’s career class, we usually divide the youth to the younger ones and the older ones. The second activity on both Thursdays and Fridays is dance. On Friday I give a class on photography with the help from Venna. Last week on the first class I was talking about the different automatic settings in a camera, such as the settings for landscape, portraits, sports and macro photography. We also went through the use of manual, with the basics on how to set shutter speed, aperture and ISO. It was challenging to try to teach those for the youth because it is something quite complicated to understand. I remember it took me a long time to completely understand how it works. Myself, I have never gone to any photography classes, I have just been learning on my own. Thank god for YouTube though, it helps a lot in understanding and finding new information about photography and giving classes on it.

In my life skills class yesterday, we talked about self-care and mental health with the older kids. I know that the discourse on mental health is very different here in Kenya and people do not talk about it very openly, which is why I wanted to go through it a little bit. However, the main topic of the class was self-care in relation to mental health, as in what can we do in our daily lives to take care of our minds. How we can address emotional pain and negative thoughts and feelings. It is so important that we address our feelings the right way, share what we are feeling with our friends and family, and distract ourselves once in a while with activities that make us feel good. The importance of taking care of your mental health is not seen as important as physical health neither here nor in many Western countries. This is a major problem because the number of people suffering from mental health issues is significant, and if not treated these issues can lead to very serious consequences. That is why it is important to know about these things and have the tools to take care of yourself.

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