Elephants, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Kids and a Hot Bus

Elephants, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Kids and a Hot Bus
March 8, 2017 Suzan Bellis
In Blog Posts

The last two days have been so full with taking the kids on the Endangered Wildlife Excursion.

We had to split the students into two groups over two days.  The first team (Mike, Shelley and Suzan) stayed at the school to help in classes on Tuesday while Team 2 (Jessica, Kylie, Daniel and Arlene) went on the bus trip.  On Wed. the second team stayed at Huruma and went on home visits with about 12 families. 

The excursion is planned by the Giraffe Center.  They provide a bus, guide and lunch for the students.  It’s really a long day, especially for the younger Baby and Nursery Classes.  They pick up the groups at approx. 7:45 or 8:00 am depending on the time the kids arrive or the bus arrives.  You needed to be there to put name tags on the Baby and Nursery Class.  It’s like herding cats.  They keeping going in and out of the classroom as additional students arrive, then they turn the name tags around and you don’t know which kid you have the tag on and keep trying to count how many you have.  It took 45 minutes to round them up and tag them.  Today, the 2nd group of Pre-Unit and Standard One went smoothly and were early for the bus.








The first stop is the Giraffe Center with learning about the different types of giraffes.  Then they go out to the compound where they are given little pellets to feed the giraffes.  It was so fun to see their reaction of the that large head coming down and licking the pellet out of their hands.  Next stop was the Baby Elephant Orphanage.  Oh, they are the cutest little things who have been saved from poachers.  We then headed to Mamba Village where the kids can see all kinds of crocodiles and reptiles……a real boy thing.  They are then served a wonderful lunch that would be an equivalent to Thanksgiving with rice, stew, potatoes, cabbage and Chapati plus drink and banana.  Then on to the last stop at Nairobi Animal Orphanage where they could see lions, cheetah and leopard and other cats.  Now another hour ride back to Huruma in a hot bus and only seven kids threw up from the first group and two from the second group.  Then they all went to sleep.









All I can say was the kids were wide open with seeing the animals and full of giggles riding the bus.  So fun to see them enjoying things that we take for granted like taking the girls to the restroom where there were 8 toilets with privacy.  Probably something they have never experienced.   As the day progressed we could feel the bond increasing between us and he kids.  It’s going to be hard to say goodbye and we are going to have to check Jessica’s luggage for little Brillian.

Pics from day as teacher’s assistants.