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From chris - Monday, 17th September 2007, 21:41 (GMT)
hi Hann, sorry I missed u before u left.
hope ur travel is safe & not 2 exhausting before u even get to ur destination. Have a great time & most of all enjoy every minute. Absorb every detail & reflect, it will change ur life beyond ur expectations.
keep safe & cuddle as many kids as poss to get ur fill of children that ur so passionate about. Don't rush the valuble time u have there cherish every second, it'll b worth it, the kids will love u & ur energy.
keep safe even without the hair straighteners, i'm sure you'll be fine.
God bless, chris & family. x
Thanks so much for the lovely message, yes I have cuddled LOTS of children, they are stunningly beautiful and have the most amazing personalities in the world. Keep in touch! x
From wendy - Tuesday, 18th September 2007, 15:54 (GMT)
just trying it out!!

Thanks for the updates Wendy, keep me posted! Please send my love to everyone and tell Saf I'm sure she is doing an amazing job and i really hope I handed over everything to her (and to request her forgiveness if I didn't :-) xx
From Caroline Worthington - Wednesday, 19th September 2007, 13:47 (GMT)
We are all thinking of you...Good Luck Hannah
Love Caroline
Thanks Caroline that's really lovely to know. We are all doing really well and having one amazing experience already. keep reading the diaries (although I have a feeling they will all be very long). Am thinking of you all in the office xx
From Amy Moore - Wednesday, 19th September 2007, 13:56 (GMT)
Hope you've arrived safely. I bet you're feeling a little overwhelmed with the culture shock. Say hello to Alex and patricia for me and off course collins and peace. I llook forward to your first installment.

Amy xxxxxxx
Hey Amy, thanks so much for the message, will definately pass on your hello to alex and family - they are amazing and so welcoming! We are having such an experience here already, love Hannah xx
From - Thursday, 20th September 2007, 16:03 (GMT)
Han, Reading your journal is bringing it all back as if it was yesterday. I am so jealous! Is Grace still the cutest kid or has she been knocked off her perch by some smaller cuter kid?! Can you say hi to all the kids that were in my class for me if they are still there. Are Emmanuel and Daniel are still there?!! and veronica, michael (aka Marvin out of bugs bunny!) and sheri? Cant remember all the names now! Did you meet Ken yet? Please give all my love to Alex, Patty, Collins and Peace. I'll follow your progress!

Hello! Allan it is everything you said it would be, and more! I am still getting to grips with learning all the kids names. There is a very very cute kid called Ester who is 4 but smaller than Peace (aged 2). What age group did you teach???

Yes I have met Ken - what a dude! He was totally chuffed with the shirt and has been wearing it loads (i will take a photo before I leave). Everyone who you met last year also send their love to you. Keep in touch! x
From Rachel Darling - Thursday, 20th September 2007, 20:35 (GMT)
It's lovely to read your news and to hear that you have arrived safely. Have a wonderful trip and keep us all up to date with your news - I'm hellishly jealous!
Thank you rachel, yes I will keep you all up to date - as you can probably tell by my huge diary entries!! Keep in touch, Hannah x
From Eastside Girl - Friday, 21st September 2007, 09:33 (GMT)
Hi My Eastside girl.

I am so proud of you not taking your GHDs.

I am really missing our chats.
Please give at lease 100 kids a big kiss for me.

Lots of love, hugs and kisses,

Yor Eastside mate.
Hello! Yes i am fully embracing the lionel look, its nice actually not faffing around with hair straighteners and tonnes of make-up. Hope all is well back home, missing you lots and lots xxx (ps have i appeared in the paper again yet?!)
From Alison Hanily - Friday, 21st September 2007, 15:54 (GMT)
Hi Hannah,
Just been reading your blogs, it seems like you have settled right in already. I'm sure you will be in your element with all those children around to spoil!
I'm really pleased you are having such a great time and I'm sure you will get a lot out of it.
We have just said goodbye to Chris this afternoon which was emotional for all concerned. But apart from that life is going on pretty much as usual - the other news is that Dan has got my mat cover! So we are all really chuffed for him.
Take care, we are thinking about you and I will keep reading your blogs with interest.

love alison xxx
Hi Alison, thanks so much for your message - I am so touched that people are finding the time to read my massive blogs and send me such lovely messages (I know how crazy busy it is in the office!) That is fantastic news about Dan, really chuffed for him too. Look after yourself and I can't wait to hear all your news and the imminent new arrival!! love Hannah x
From Jen - Friday, 21st September 2007, 16:03 (GMT)
Hannah I am so proud of you! You seem like you are having an amazing time. Very impressed with the spider handling!!! And giving up the straighteners, you could do a Monica :) I love you heaps and am thinking about you always.

God bless and tonnes of hugs and kisses xxxxxx
Thank-you Jen!!! You can imagine what it is like since you have been to Africa too! Jen I can't find maize meal though :-( But at least I have food. I am missing you heaps, thanks so much for your encouragement. Big hug xxxxx
From Devilina - Friday, 21st September 2007, 22:41 (GMT)
So great that you are enjoying it out there, spiders, cold showers and heat and all. It must be sooo amazing to be there and be making a difference. I can imagine you really taking to the children and them loving you!
Also we want a photo of the lionel hair - bandana just for comedy value. You really deserve to be there.

Take care and keep making memories.

Devi I have plenty of lionel photos, don't you worry. It takes too long to upload everything but will try and get one in! I hope you had an amazing holiday? Missing you loads xxx
From mum - Sunday, 23rd September 2007, 14:05 (GMT)

Hi Hannah. It was so lovely to receive all your news, photos AND to speak to you last night! Clearly the children and the environment are having a profound effect on you. Fantastic to get such detail of all that is happening. Enjoy the heat and the sun. It is wet, foggy and foul in Devon at the moment! The beauty of Kenya sounds breathtaking, so diverse from the squalor and slums of the children and their " homes". I have a colleague, Angela, from work who,s brother in law was a dentist in Kisumu for 10 years. I wonder if that is near you. He loved the experience. Also my colleagues husband ,Tim Lyddon spent time working in the slums of Nairobi. He is a retired primary head. Her whole family one way and another have a real passion for Africa. Looking forward to your next installment! Blessings for continual safety, happiness and peace. All my love Mum xx.
Thank-you! Sorry the phone call had to be short, keep in touch. Missing you loads, xxx
From beth - Sunday, 23rd September 2007, 15:53 (GMT)
Hannah i was nearly crying reading what you have written. It's so amazing, i want to be there. Have amazing time there
I am having an amazing time, missing you all loads though. Can't wait to see you when I'm back - we will definately have to book in an evening together to catch up! lots of love xxx
From chris - Monday, 24th September 2007, 12:30 (GMT)
Hi Hannah,
you seem to be having a ball even though its pretty tough going I imagine.
Keep up the good work & keep enjoying, get loads of photos to show me, even of the more worst conditions, seems very interesting how someone with nothing can keep on smiling even when they must be absolutely starving & going home to nothing, beyond our comprehension.
Hope the safari went ok, just to see those wild animals in their own habitat must be amazing, chance in a life time.
Anyway keep smiling & chopping that cabbage.
Take care & keep safe.
Yeah it's all been amazing, it's difficult to write everything down in one diary entry! The cabbage-chopping is becoming slightly monotonous now but still doing it with a smile on my face :-)
From Cathy McCormick - Monday, 24th September 2007, 12:40 (GMT)
Hannah Hannah Reeves!

Sorry I've not been in touch before - first day back from leave. It all sounds amazing! The thing that strikes me most though is just how much we take little things for granted in the UK - a few pounds spent to buy handmade crafts in Kenya providing food for a family when lots of people could lose this amount in the UK without really noticing, or a short ride in a car providing so much joy to children who have no access to such things. It really puts into perspective some of the things we moan about here - me included!

I hope your lessons are going to plan - even the best planned lessons can sometimes slip from your grasp, but I get the impression that even the youngest of children at the centre are well aware of how 'lucky' they are to be there, and so will be keen to get the most out of it... The idea about the trip sounds fabulous! I really hope that works as planned!

Am loving hearing about your experiences and am sure that you're all doing a fabulous job out there! Give us a shout if there's anything we can be doing over her in the meantime. Thinking of you!

Lots of love,

Cathy x

Cathy, no need to apologise - thank you so much for your message (and for taking the time to send it when you have just got back off annual leave!!) Yes you are completely right - we do take things hugely for granted in the UK. I have no excuse to keep doing this when I return! Hope everything is good back home, I hope you had a lovely and well earned break? Keep in touch, lots of love Hannah x
From Sarah Riley - Monday, 24th September 2007, 14:29 (GMT)
Hi Hannah
Cant wait to see your Kenyan dancing! And congrats on the Manchester cultural exchange. I'm not sure if it's educationally sound but I bet they sound so cute! Take care honey x
The children really humour me Sarah, they are so intelligent and the fact they are willing to do a spot of manc talking makes me love them even more! Hope you are well too xx
From Rachel Longley - Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 09:53 (GMT)
Hi Hannah
Sounds like you are having a really exciting time. What you are doing is fantastic for the children. It is a crying shame that we do not think about the needy and the suffering more often. We all just get on with our lives thinking our problems are the worst there is. Keep it up. I really admire you
Thanks Rachel, yes this experience has most certainly put the things I worry about into perspective! It really is a privilege to be here though x
From Clare CD - Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 12:07 (GMT)
Hi Hannah
What an experience, I think you have found your vocation. Reading this makes me realise how blessed we are, I cant help thinking of my little girl and comparing the life she has to the children you are with. Keep well Clare xx
Yeah definately, you are so right. Thanks for the message, hope everything is really good with you in Manchester xx
From Carlo Sivori (8 yrs - Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 17:38 (GMT)
Hi Hannah! It's Carlo! Hope you are taking good care of yourself. My mummy wishes she was out there so she could look after you. She's a real worrier and she knows you are. I feel really sad when I see those huts the children live in, but they look dead happy don't they? I bet they don't have PSP's do they? I have a spare one which my brother broke (but had it fixed) but I'm not sure how I would get it to you. They would be really happy to play on it wouldn't they? My brother even said he would donate his Smackdown game, and that's his favourite! My mum has let me log on to your blog each day and I've passed the information on to my friends at school. They love it and said you are really brave. We wanted to know how big a giraffe's head was? We heard they are massive. Love Carlo & Ali (and Mum) xxx
Hi Carlo, wow how amazing to get a message from you - thanks so much for writing to me! I am so happy to hear you have been following my diary in Kenya! I had to ask Rachel what a PSP is because I didn't know!!! But no, the children here don't have them! It's so lovely to hear that you and your brother would be willing to give the children your things though - they would be so happy to get anything like that here. I'm also really excited to hear you have told your friends at school, if you ever do a project at school on Kenya let me know and I'll give you LOADS of information! Yes giraffes heads are massive, they are huge animals and so beautiful. Keep in touch, lots of love to you all, Hannah xx
From Rachel and Anna - Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 20:23 (GMT)
Hi Hannah,
Sorry to hear you're not feeling well we're sending you a big mork to make you feel better. Rachel is off work feeling poorly too, maybe it's sympathy pains for you!! We've had several spider issues since you've been gone and Anna has lost the ability to relax in the lounge and gets dizzy from spending all evening looking at the floor for monster spiders (she thinks the spider plant is causing them to come to our house). It said on the news the other day that there are floods in Africa and Rachel got very worried about you and when there were no posts over the weekend she worried that you'd been swept away. Glad to see that you are warm and dry :-) big love being sent you, praying for you lots and hoping there have not been any ep situations or np situations Lots of Love, Rachel and Anna xxx
Hey my little pippets! Thank you for the morkage, it was much appreciated. I am so much better now, even when I was ill I was having a pretty amazing experience here. I feel like it really has been life-changing and I'm only half way through! Sorry to hear you have been ill too rach, am sending a mork right back. Also girls, don't worry about the spiders, I have encountered bad-boy insects here including flying cockroaches so I will eliminate them all when I'm back :-) No ep situations to report but it's funny you mentioned that coz I was half planning to update my blog with np, ep, or pp ;-) Keep in touch, miss you both lots Han xxx
From Sue Owen - Thursday, 27th September 2007, 10:59 (GMT)
Hi Hannah
We finally have the link up and running and I have just read your diary from day one. This has made me both envious (I would love to go back) and some how sad. Like you I was stunned at being in such a beautiful place with such freindly people but saddened by witnessing so much suffering too . I think you are right not to dwell on the bad things and make comparisons with your own life but focus on making the most of every day there and do what you can - every little thing you do each day will make a difference.

I hope you are feeling better today - my biggest fear was having to go to hospital and I'm sure this was what stopped me getting ill despite the dirt, strange toilet facilities and school dinners.

Remember me to Alex and tell him I still think about him and his family and everyone at the Walk.

Take care

Love Sue
Hi Sue, thanks so much for reading all my waffle and for messaging me! I am much better thank-you, I just didn't want anything to get in the way of my work here and fortunately it hasn't. Yes the toilets are very strange, the electricity and water also keeps going off in alex's house which can be very inconvenient at times!!! Have already spoken to Alex about you and the family send their love. I will give all the children at the Walk a special hug from you. Love Hannah x
From Gillian Davies - Thursday, 27th September 2007, 12:50 (GMT)
Hey Hannah

Wow, what an experience you're having. It sounds completely life changing!!! The children sound just awesome and I am quite envious of you. There must be some really really strange emotions, I can't even imagine how I'd cope but one day I would love the opportunity to find out!!

I hope you feel better soon, I will keep reading your diary (you're such a great writer!!)

When you get back...we must catch up, it's been far too long.

Take care and have fun, kiss some of the kiddies for me!!

loads of love


ps...when do you get back???

Hey Gillian, I think I replied to your other message first. yeah this is an awesome experience, massively life-changing. If you ever get the chance to do something like this I'd say DO IT! I would love to catch up with you when I get back, I fly back on 16th october (too soon!) so we should arrange to meet up soon???! Yes! Lots of love xxx
From Louise H - Thursday, 27th September 2007, 19:26 (GMT)
Hi spanner..
Wow, sounds like you're having a fantastic time and making a real difference, knew you would be fab and am really glad you got the chance to go... hope you get better soon though. :-)
Hey Louise, thank-you!! Yes I am loads better now. Having an awesome experience and making the most out of everyday. Hope you are well, lots of love xx
From Saf - Friday, 28th September 2007, 11:53 (GMT)
Hi Hannah!
Aww, sorry to hear you are not feeling too good, hope you feel better soon. Apart from feeling unwell sounds like you are having a fab time and enjoying yourself! I can just imagine you with all those children!! Shows how much we take things for granted, keep up the good work! Love Saf
Hi Saf! Thanks so much for your message, I'm loads better now thank you and even when I was ill I was still having an amazing experience here. How are things with you? How are you enjoying being a housing officer??!! Bet you are doing an absolutely amazing job, keep me updated (I miss the ASB goss!) lots of love, Hannah xx
From Alex - Friday, 28th September 2007, 14:29 (GMT)
Dear Hannah,

How is it all going? Very strange to think that we are all sat here whilst you are actually getting stuck in a la Lara Croft! Are the children the cutest little things ... did you bring a spare suitcase to steal a few ? How has the rap been going down? I bet they've taught you a thing or to. What you i think can bring is the Manc accent!! Enough joking, really hope all is going well, it sounds hard work and like it pulls very heavily on the heart strings but you really must be making a huge impact and enriching their days.

Lots of love,

Alex xx
Hi Alex, thanks for your message - yes it is all going so very well thank you. Our Kenya meetings seem so long ago now! The children are sooooooo the cutest things ever, yes I am completely attached and I am planning on visiting an orphanage soon which may require the spare suitcase ;-) Hows things in Manchester? Hope you are well, lots of love Hannah xxx
From Gillian Davies - Friday, 28th September 2007, 14:37 (GMT)
Ahhh...write more!!! I've been logging in all day to see if you've added more!!! It's better than Neighbours. Will Hannah feel better? Will she have completed her lesson plan??? I can't take the suspense!!! Please give us the next installment!!

Hope you're having a great time honey...I'll log in first thing on Monday morning!!

Lots of love

Gillian xx
ha ha ha! Thanks for making me smile :-) Not sure if you have read the diary note I've just updated but YES I am feeling better and YES the lesson plans are kinda going to, well plan! Feel like i'm in a whirlwind of emotions and experiences, keep the messages coming - it's great to hear from you. Hope you are well, lots of love xxx