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Music and Joy in the Slums of Nairobi: The Gatoto Primary School

Last time on “Sunday With Sarah” I shared my observations of my visit to a Waldorf school for Samburu children in the African bush.

This week, I describe a very different visit — this time to an urban school in the slums of Nairobi. The Gatoto Primary School is not a Waldorf school, but the joy, love and beauty I experienced here moved me in deep and profound ways.

After listening to my story, please click on the link below to hear the children of Gatoto sing!

And click the video below to listen to the children recite poetry under the direction of their elocution teacher.

You can find more video recordings of the children of Gatoto by searching YouTube for “Gatoto School.”

As always, I welcome your comments and questions. If you have any ideas on how I might be able to bring these children to the U.S. to sing for American audiences to raise money for the school and awareness of life in the slums, please drop be a line!

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  • Reply Joyful mother August 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    How about a donation button on your store website with a video clip about it. :)

  • Reply Cirila August 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I was very moved by your story from your trip to Africa. I was in the Peace Corps in Africa years ago, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. –I’ve seen the poverty and the kind hearts, although in a different country.

    I also know of a group of ladies who brought a children’s choir to Washington DC from South Korea a couple of years ago to perform at the Kennedy Center. I believe they raised a huge part of the funds needed by hosting a concert in San Francisco with a variety of performers. Something like it could probably be done by talking to Waldorf schools to see if they offer a play or dance or music, and even African groups locally. There tons of African dance groups too, that would probably volunteer to do a performance to raise funds to help bring these children over.

    Also, years back I saw a performance by The Children of Uganda, which might be something along the same lines as what you have in mind. I believe this is their website http://www.uccf.org/howYouCanHelp/2012_tour_of_light.cfm .

    I love your idea and would love to help.

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