Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

Dec 30, 2013

Asante sana and an added Lion King performance!

Asante sana

From Olives rehabilitation centre, Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School, GVI Mombasa and the GVI Charitable Trust. 

School is closed for the holidays but not without a bang. The children at Nyota ended with a performance of the childrens favourite movie, The Lion King. The play was abridged to fit the story into a 10 minute play with three songs for students in Standards 5, 6, and 7. “Circle of Life” was given it's own twist and was translated for the Zulu opening into kiwahili and ended with a modernising twist of Waka Waka as a finale!

From the words of the director:
"It was time to perform for the rest of the school.  I stood in the back and told the kids to just look at me while they were on stage. I had to let go of every concept of professional theater I have. We had kids running on and off stage, we could see backstage, and had the occasional side conversation on stage. But I was so incredibly proud. Fortunately I wore my sunglasses, because once again, I was crying throughout the entire performance. They were proud, confident, excited, and able to escape everything that is happening around them. The three girls in Standard 7 who told me they dream of going to California to become actresses, were actresses. The students who have a stutter when they read didn’t have a stutter. The student who never talks spoke louder than anybody else. They were shinning stars."

As we are unable to send across videos, please see the links section to view the amazing Nyota Lion King as a thank you for giving these children the ability to go to school and get an education!

All the best

GVI Kenya



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Project Leader

Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust Manager
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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Map of Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya