Robin reports on her first month:
"I have been in Kenya for almost a month now staying at Why Not. First impressions are very positive. I have been very well received by the fieldworkers. It is so cool to see that the fieldworkers have such a big heart for the foundation and the children. Every day they work with love, either in the office or outside during home and school visits. In these first weeks I often went along on home visits. During these home visits you visit several houses to see how the children are doing. We ask the parents or the child itself what keeps them busy when they are at home, how the environment accepts the child and if there are issues they are facing and where we can possibly support them. Finally, we make some pictures of the children to keep track of their development and to send the pictures to sponsor parents in the Netherlands. Besides the home visits, there is a therapy day on Tuesday. This is also very special to see. Children with physical disabilities such as CP are brought to the office by their parents and here the children receive therapy from a specialized therapist. It can sometimes be a bit chaotic because of the crowds and crying children but we see much improvement in the children who get therapy.
I came here from school in the Netherlands to graduate from the ALO. To make sure that my internship matches my studies as well as possible, we go to the elementary school on Thursdays to play sports with the children. We play soccer, tennis, sprint competitions and we practice throwing and catching a ball. When the schools open again we will go to the schools to teach them different sports and at the end of my internship there will be a tournament where the schools will compete against each other for a nice prize.
All in all, I'm having a great time here at Why Not and I can see with my own eyes what this foundation means to the children and parents, super cool."