Saturday, September 3, 2011



“Darasa time, darasa time, darasa time!” Lazaro screams as he runs down the hall to collect the other preschoolers. When I come around the corner the rest of the kids start chanting, “Darasa!” while they scurry around to put on their shoes. Darasa means “class/school” in Swahili. Many of the kids know some English, but their understanding of Swahili is much better. I have eight kids in preschool right now. Kurwa, Jaqueline and Karen are all 2 - 2.5 years old. Triplets, Nina, Anya, and Tessa are 3 years old while twins, Hope and Lazaro will be 4 years old in a couple of months. We are currently learning our colors, animals, alphabet, English, numbers and about Jesus! Some are still learning how to go potty and others can already write their name. We have lots of fun making crafts, singing songs, playing duck-duck-goose, and going for walks. We have good days and bad days, but overall I love it and they seem to love it too! Sometimes they are very naughty and disobedient, but they are extremely bright kids and fast learners as well, which makes every day full of surprises:)


  1. What an amazing job you have, Beth! :) They are all beautiful; they have such sweet, bright smiles!

  2. What beautiful, happy faces!!! God bless you, Beth, as you share His love. We are praying for you every day, and are so proud of you and of what you are doing!!! It's been so much fun to follow your posts and learn about your life in Africa...

  3. Wow, Kareni, Kurwa & Jayleni are all in preschool now! Can't believe they are old enough, but with some of the older ones (James & Jackson) gone now I guess there needs to be more to round out the preschool. LOVE the picture of my Nina-girl :D I could tell her apart from Anya even without the captions. Hug them all for me next Darasa!

  4. Thanks for keeping us all posted!! It just brings a smile to my face to see what you are doing there!! Keep up the good work, and know that you are in my prayers often! I love you! Give the little kids a hug from me :)

  5. So cute! Thanks for posting about them!