1. Where is Kenya?
Show the children where Kenya is on a world map or globe. Notice that it is a country in Africa. Have one child place a finger there. Have another child place a finger at your town or state on the map. Notice how far apart the two are. Place a stick-on flag or dot on Kenya. (Materials: globe or world map, stick-on flag or dot)
2. Conversation About Water
Invite the children to name all the things that we use water for during an ordinary day. Be sure they recognize that every bit of water from brushing teeth to boiling potatoes should be included. List their ideas on newsprint. Have them imagine how much water they would have to carry from a pump if they did not have running water in their homes. If possible, have buckets of water they can lift and try to carry around a course in the learning space. Ask, “How many trips do you think you would have to make to have enough water for your family?” (Materials: newsprint or white board, buckets)
3. CROP Hunger Walk Video
Show the video, “Walking Together,” to the children. In it they meet another young girl from Kenya, Esther, who walks to school and who gets the family’s water supply. Talk together about how the lives of the children in the video are the same and how they are different from the children in your group. Sing together the song “Children of the World” If there is a CROP Hunger Walk in your community talk about how you might get involved. If not, organize a mini-CROP Hunger Walk to raise money to support CWS, getting sponsors from parents and members of the congregation. (Materials: TV monitor, VCR or DVD player, copy of “Walking Together”)
NOTE: If you have questions about CROP Hunger Walks in your area, call your CWS Regional Office at 888-297-2767.
If possible, have the children sponsor a showing of the video to the
congregation during fellowship time or whenever that
might work best. Perhaps the children can make lemonade or a fruit punch to sell to earn money for CWS.
The Maasai are known for their beadwork. Their beads are from many natural sources, such as animal bones. Have the children make paper beads to string for a necklace or some other use. Select magazine pages with bright colors. Mark the cutting lines as shown at right. Cut the elongated triangles. Variations in triangle size are fine. Place a toothpick at the base of the triangle and roll it to wind the paper around it. Hold the paper in place and glue the tip of the paper in place. Remove the toothpick and let the bead dry. (Materials: colorful magazine pages, toothpicks, glue)
5. Relay Game
This game might follow the conversation about water, and it is best played outdoors. Form two teams, or have everyone on the same team and see if they can better their group time on a second trip. Provide a clean half-gallon plastic milk jug of water for each team. Mark off the route to walk, which can be a straight line or a trail representing the way from the pump to the home. Then have the children take turns carrying the water jug on their head, trying to balance it. If it falls off, they can put it back on and keep going. If this is too easy, remind them that a falling water jug would mean a loss of water so they would have to go back to the pump to fill it again. (Materials: clean half-gallon plastic jugs, materials for marking trail)
6. African Nutritious Snack
Groundnuts (or peanuts) are a staple of Kenyan food. Peanut butter sandwiches cut in wedges or peanut butter filled celery would be a good snack for this session. Be sure that you do not serve this snack to any child with a peanut allergy. If you prefer, substitute almond butter for the peanut butter, or provide a cream cheese alternative. (Materials: celery, peanut butter or cream cheese)