The Kakenya Center for Excellence students are really proud of the new dorms, and they take pride in keeping their rooms very clean. They have to clean the rooms often, as the cement floor gets dirty very quickly here in dusty Kenya. This often means mopping twice a day with rags and soapy water.
The girls are really excited for their new luxurious dormitory: they used to sleep all together, about 40 girls in one room, in a classroom in the academic building.
They moved as soon as the new dorm building was ready, but because there is no electricity connected to the dorm yet, they still use oil lamps to light the rooms after dark.
Therefore, sometimes the girls are afraid to sleep in a new place, and in a place without much light.
Here are some of the things we think about moving into the new dorm:
(Notice the use of "cubes" to describe rooms. The dormitory is divided into several small rooms in which between 6-8 girls sleep, and here in Kenya the girls call these small rooms "cubes.")
"I was very excited and very happy because of the new dormitory. It is good and painted very neatly. It was built properly, and we sleep well in it. We have eight cubes! I was very happy."
"I was happy as a king to enjoy a new dormitory. I was ready to thank God. I took my blanket, mattress, metal box, and also bed. At supper we ate happily. At nigh before we sleep we sing and pray because we saw so many cubes (rooms). We were all excited."
"Our dormitory is good and clean. I like our dormitory and it is too beautiful. The dormitory has eight rooms. We also have a Matron in our dormitory. We like her and we don't disturb her. We just feel good when we go into the new dorm."
"Our new dormitory has seven rooms. I like our dormitory because they have painted it properly with many different colors: white, brown, yellow, and black. The ceiling is white, the wall is yellow. Everyday we mop in the evening and we mop in the morning, so our dormitory is very clean. I like it because it is very clean and it shines very much. It is too beautiful."
"Our dormitory is clean and it has seven rooms (we call them "cubes"). Our dormitory is good and very nice, the outside color is very nice and wonderful. The color inside looks beautiful and wonderful. I like this new dormitory because in the old place we slept it was very dark and we were very many girls living in one place."
"I was happy to go to the new dorm. The day moved to the new dorm was a Wednesday. People wore happy faces that day. At first, though, I was a little afraid to sleep in that dorm."
"The new dormitory is a very comfortable place. The old dormitory was so full and there was no fresh air to breath in. Since we went to the new dormitory people have not become sick as often."
"We moved to the new dorm on a Wednesday evening. I was busy studying when I heard "kurr!" kurr!" I said, oh! May I go and see what is happening. I was wondering because I saw some beds, mattresses, and blankets lying down on the ground. I tried to ask my fellow pupils buy they were so busy doing their work. I was so surprised. I ran to the dormitory and shouted, "I am going to sleep!" I like our new dormitory because it has so many things which we have never seen before in our lives."
"When we are in our dormitory we are very clean girls."