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Kenya Days 8 and 9- Saying Goodbye and Safari

July 6, 2012

from flickr user Andries3

Alright, I have missed Monday and Tuesday.  I will give a very quick and overly rushed summary of those two days because today we are going on a safari!

Monday was probably the longest and most tiring day ever.   We started the day by going to Kithoka Primary School and did surveys, exams, and oral hygiene instructions for three classes (kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade).  Then we returned to Gichunge Primary School for the same thing for grades 3, 4 and 5.  We had about 20 minutes to fill our water bottles and get a quick bite to eat before we left for the community surveys.  Long day!

Tuesday we went to KEMU where we had further discussions about dental education.  Then we went to Meru University College of Science and Technology where we could visit our trees that we planted the year before, and take a tour of the campus.  The afternoon we finished surveying the rest of the students at Gichunge Primary School.  Oral exams and hygiene instructions supplemented our survey questions as tradition called.  And since no weekday would be complete without community surveys, we went out into the surrounding area for our very last round.

Our vans are now loaded and we are off for our safari.  I am not sure if we will have internet, but if you want to look up our locations we are going to Samburu and El Karama.



For more information about the Primary Schools in Meru, Kenya and the obstacles they face, visit

Jami Ballentine is a D3 who will not get eaten by a leopard on Safari.

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