Girls Blog

Welcome to our blog. This is the place where the girls themselves write about their experiences in their one year curriclulum.

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Solar Cooking

This is a kind of cooking technique which involves a solar cooker, the sun, a black pot, an aluminum foil and three small stones.  The sun is used as a source of fuel.
The solar cooker is a box-like object made of wood with a lid-which is also wooden.  The inside part is covered with a black metallic material with three stones placed on it.  This helps to absorb the heat energy from the sun after reflection.  This energy is used to cook the contents in the black pot inside.
The lid is covered with an aluminum foil or a shiny material.  This helps to reflect the sun rays when hit by the sun into the inner black pot.
The space between the lid and the inner hollow part is covered with a special kind of a glass which is transparent.  This helps the reflected rays from the lid to pass through into the inner black surface where the rays are converted into heat energy which enables the cooking.
At one side of the object, a stick is placed to support the lid to remain slanted.  The position of the lid enables the sun rays to hit the aluminum foil which are reflected into the inner black surface.
This method of cooking is economical since no charcoal is used.  This ensures conservation of our forests which helps in attraction of the rains.
It is also cheap since anyone can use it regardless of his/her financial status, as long as there is availability of sunlight.
This method is also environmentally friendly since no smoke is released into the environment.  It is also affordable (.e. not expensive).
However, this method is not applicable during rainy seasons or cloudy days because it depends on the availability of sunlight.
This method cannot be used in cooking hard foods like meat, since the heat produced is not enough for such food.  It is however suitable for boiling water for drinking.

By Yvonne Matheka and Yvonne Achien’g

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Life Skills

Aha! You can bet me right that this is one splendid topic youngsters wouldn’t want to miss.  Why? Because it involves day to day social life; from relationships, sex, contraceptives, abortion, etc.  It is very vital and essential for youths to be well informed with these issues as it helps them deal with their emotions as they are growing up

Relationships are a wide topic on its own, but I’ll only look shallowly into it.  The first relationship is within yourself.  Are you in love with yourself? That’s a question you should ask yourself.  If it is yes, then you are lucky because I know your self esteem is high.  You have to appreciate and love yourself before you give yourself to the outside world to love you.

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sports

First and foremost we deserve to say thank you very much to Teacher Dan, “coach” and Teacher Francis who has been training us through the sports which are cricket and yoga.

Through these activities we have confidence when saying we have really benefited since we started the sports because it has given us confidence and believe that we can participate in international sports with other colleagues.  The sports has also given each and every person the mode to enjoy a variety of stimulation.  In activities and challenges which encourage the individual to contribute to society because the games help us to exercise our bodies and also relax and settle our mind properly. Read more »

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Ramoma

Ramoma is a place where art takes place and it is found in Parklands.  We visited Ramoma for the first time on the 20th of January.  Ramoma was written on the gate and there were some beautiful flowers made out of metal.  When the gate was opened, the place looked so amazing.  The plants outside Ramoma were very beautiful and were arranged in a very beautiful way.  Just before entering the door to Ramoma, we saw some reddish like fish and they were swimming on the water just before the entrance and outside there was a stone showing woman carrying a bucket.  Then we entered inside the building.  The place was so beautiful.  It was full of art work and there were even some handmade art made from rubber, papers, and other materials.
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Monday, March 28th, 2011

Paper Beads Making

Ready paper bead necklagePaper beads are good when you make them.  They look very smart when you wear it around your neck, but to make them is so hard.

We learn to make them in the Centre and sell them to people like girls.  One can cost even 200 shillings.  So, if you know how to make them you can have some customers and customers can give special orders to you.

Moreover, when you want to know all about paper beads you should be keen while you are being taught and actually it’s very enjoyable and fantastic in other words: Read more »

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Briquette Making

Briquettes ready to dry

It was a long journey to know how to make briquettes because briquette is the mixture of broken charcoal, ash, water, and soil.  You store it all together and start rolling it with your own hands and make a circular shape.  After making it you leave it in the sun for some days to dry.

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Monday, January 24th, 2011

My first days in Hawkers Market Girls Centre

A journey to a thousand miles must start with one step – that is what I did as I walked through the busy market of City Hawkers. I thought I was going to see a huge, beautiful building with so many students like other colleges. But my thoughts deceived me on 4th of January 2011 as I entered through the iron gates of Hawkers Market Girls Centre. I started worring myself with so many questionsin my head. What kind of lessons do they teach? What capacity of students can they accomodate? Do they have rules and regulations? Do they produce useful ladies out of us girls? My questions were answered later as I continued to stay in the centre.

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