Me, Kenyan Kids, an iPad, and Angry Birds


Today when we had a little time to spare before heading to Siaya District Hospital I had a chance to spend time with a few Kenyan children who had made their way to the porch where I was sitting. They had been given ONE armbands and were definitely looking for more goodies and were milling about. I thought how fun would it be to pull out my iPad and show them Angry Birds. Who doesn’t love Angry Birds?

Just as I suspected the kids loved it and just laughed and laughed at the birds flying through the air and crashing through bricks and wood. They surely would have stayed and watched for hours if I had the time to spare.

Sitting there surrounded by so many children I was reminded how much technology American children have – Wiis, Nintendo DS, iPods, iPads, cellphones, TVs, laptops and the list goes on.

There is definitely a bigger and more profound point to be made here about excess that will likely hit me as I spend more time in Kenya. Until then, though, I thought this was a great moment to share.

Daily Action: Yesterday we visited health clinics that receive direct funding from the United States. Sign ONE’s petition asking Congress not to cut funding for these effective programs that are saving lives. Then ask 5 friends to do the same.

4 thoughts on “Me, Kenyan Kids, an iPad, and Angry Birds

  1. That is definitely a great moment to share. I did the same thing in Mexico last month. My kids were being a little rowdy inside a church, so pulled them outside, sat on the front steps and pulled out the iPad. Pretty soon a crowd of kids had gathered and we were all cracking up with that crazy chipmunk app (Chippy?). Anyway, I think my kids understand how lucky we are to have what we have, and they were perfectly happy to share it with others! Enjoy your time in Kenya!

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  2. Yes, great moment!
    Those little details are what give you a taste of “reality” and the cushy life we take for granted here.
    I definitely want my child to be exposed to real compassion and taking her out of her normal life is probably the only way to do it.
    This is all so inspiring!!! Can’t wait to read more and follow along

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  3. Love this entry! What is also striking is that kids are fundamentally kids where ever you go. It is true though that our children are remarkably lucky to have all they have. We take that for granted and we mustn’t . It is one of the reasons why I will encourage my son to see the world and experience it so that he can understand his obligation to make his slice of the world better. Look forward to more of your insights from your trip.

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  4. This opportunity you and the others have is awesome. Several years ago, my husband and I went to Jamaica on vacation. Venturing into the city my eyes were opened! It was different than the “come to Jamaica” woman and man, as well as the beautiful beaches the media shows us. There is extreme poverty.

    My husband and I try our best to help our children realize how blessed they are. We are working class people, but have been able to provide our children with sporting opportunities that have taken them to some really great places. I would love for them to see what others don’t have, and live without. That type of experience would be life changing for them!

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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