My pleasure to meet you, Mr. Vice president.
My name is Kenichiro Kuromyo. I’m a member of Jica Volunteers.
I came here Kenya in June, 2008. When I was in Japan, I was teaching English to Japanese students for 5 years. Then I was also a classteacher.
When I was in secondary school, My dream was to be a teacher and to come to African countries to teach Children. And I wanted to work as a JICA volunteer. 3 years ago, I visited my friend in Paraguay, one of South American countries. She was also a JICA volunteer. She enjoyed her job and made children laugh and smile. Then I decided to be a JICA volunteer and come to African country. So, Now I’m very happy to be here.
Now, I’m working at Getathuru Rehabilitation School in Lower-Kabete.
There are street boys, orphans and children who reject to go to school. They are from ten years old to eighteen.
This school is also called Reception Center. The boys spend 3 months to be classified to next rehabilitation school. And they spend 3 years totally.
My job is teaching them Physical Education and arts and craft. I tell them the importance of friendship and teamwork through Physical Education Class. And they get motivation of making something through arts and craft, for example drawing, metal art and so on.
First it was really hard for me to teach them, because they didn’t listen to me, didn’t look at me, and didn’t study hard. In addition, my communication skills of Swahili was very poor. But my colleague helped me and advised me how to communicate and teach them. I think that it’s important to help each other, Kenyans and Japanese. That is “Harambee” and “Tuko pamoja”.
I am here not only to volunteer and help Kenyan, but also to be good friends with Kenyans, to know each other and to help each other.
Now, I enjoy my job. I think that my job is to make them laugh and smile.
I have just 3 months to stay here. It’s no t so long, but I want to do my best, to stand by children and make their smile.
Thank you for listening.