The group was greeted by hundreds of children yelling “muzungus” (white people) and huge smiles. They couldn’t wait for us to get off the bus. As we did, we were hugged tight. We brought soccer balls and bubbles and immediately each member of the group had a following. Some kids rushed to the boys to kick a ball around, some chased bubbles – a new experience for sure. Ellen Kershaw held court with about ten children who just listened to her talk, answered questions and simply got hugs.
These children love to take photos. They rush over when they see a camera. You say “Sekalayla” (smile) and they give huge smiles and tons of giggles. The giggles are the best sounds in the world when you’re in a poor community like theirs. You take a picture and they are anxious to have a look. They giggle some more. However, it’s likely that they have never seen themselves and they probably don’t know which is them in the photo so you point them out. More giggles.
The children are happy to have us visit and play. The Kershaw group is happy to make a difference in these kids’ lives, even in the smallest way.