The joy of getting together
After schools were closed due to the presidential elections in Kenya on 9 August, Mama Lorenza was finally able to reopen yesterday. Students continued to arrive throughout the afternoon, after having faced sometimes quite long and challenging journeys.
The patio began to fill with voices, first whispered then increasingly enthusiastic and lively. The girls greeted each other from afar and their faces opened in an irresistible smile when they recognised a friend, before running up to each other for a hug. In an instant, the effort of the journey disappeared in the face of the joy of finding each other.
Without any adults having to direct them, they returned to their usual routine: they stowed their bags in their lockers, put on their uniforms, prepared dinner and ate all together. Headmaster Jane gave a short speech to welcome them back and to thank those who had brought fruit and sweet potatoes as gifts to share with the others. A standing ovation greeted the news that freshman Judith had returned with a sack full of oranges! One more hour of rest and recreation, then it was time for bed.