It started by meeting the sponsor children. Amy and Mama C both sponsor a child at the home. We have seen them in pictures before, but meeting them in person was on a completely different level.
We had prepared ourselves (to the degree we could) for the meeting, but sponsoring a child—receiving updates, pictures, and letters—is not the same as meeting a living soul, hearing their stories, and having them tell you—in person—how much your support has meant to them. It was a wonderful visit, but it was a visit we will have to spend some serious time unpacking.
We chatted for an hour, and when we were done, our sponsor children led us out the door us to meet the rest of the kids who live at MCCH. First, we met the primaries. They greeted us with a song and dance. (Three actually). And then we were introduced. One thing we learned quickly about meeting groups in Kenya—you are always asked to speak.
First came Mama C. Being Mama Nancy's sister (the home's founder), she was a huge hit. She introduced herself, and everyone marvelled at her resemblance to Nancy.
Next came Amy. She introduced herself to the kids, explained she was Mama C's daughter, and sat down.
Just as it came my turn, however, Pastor Moses leaned over to me and suggested, “talk for 5 minutes! Tell them what you are doing here with us.” I've been thrown into a lot of unexpected speaking situations, but standing up and facing 40 Swahili-speaking children in East Africa, challenged with the task of explaining why—why we were there; why we had travelled halfway around the world with a bagful of tablets to visit them; why we thought our software could have some kind of meaningful impact on their lives—this was not a topic or setting that I had any experience in.
Right then, I realized then that this moment represented everything that we had come to Africa to do. Until this moment, Learn Leap Fly had been a theory. But in this moment, our project was finally going to become real, and we would finally see where the last 17 months had brought us to.
I took a breath, pulled out the tablet, and stepped to the center of the room. It was time to make it all fly.