Humans of pendeza
Here at Pendeza, every single member, past and present, is family. Our legacy is defined by our people, made up of people across ten batches. We conducted interviews with some of our members from the senior batches, and their responses are testament to the common love and warmth that unites our cause.
With a studious outlook, Yong Kit is actually more adventurous than he looks. He is an avid traveller with an extensive list of countries he’s been to. Besides that, he enjoys adventure activities such as scuba diving.
Question 1: What is one thing you regret not bringing for the trip?
Probably a portable Wi-Fi router? We didn’t even use Wi-Fi the whole time we were there. There was no Wi-Fi, no data, no anything.
Question 2: What did you do during your free time in Kenya?
Playing with the girls. Oh … and Avalon! We played a lot of Avalon!
There is never a moment that Bin is not smiling. He carries his smile everywhere, spreading joy wherever he goes. Bin is also a cooking enthusiast with a special penchant for baking. Do hit him up for some of his secret recipes!
Question: What was your favourite scenery at the girl’s home in Kenya?
OLGH was really beautiful but my favourite scenery would have to be the sunrise view at the top of the hill between the school and the home. A bunch of us usually got up early to catch the sunrise at 5am and we called ourselves the sunchasers!
Question 1: What’s your most memorable experience in Kenya?
Joel: We have to hug the girls every night before they sleep. Even though I am not in Baby Ops, this hugging applies to every single girl. Whether big or small, you need to tuck them in bed. I don’t sing them to sleep but you MUST hug them if not they get angry at you the next day.
Question 2: What do you think is something you could have done differently if you went back to Kenya?
Stephanie: I think we could have done Project Mtoto differently. As the pioneer batch of Mtoto, I felt that it was rather superficial as majority of the attention was placed on Project Kuhamasisha. Every batch builds upon the previous one. Since we started from scratch, we did not know the needs of the young girls there and what we could have done to better help them. With a better understanding of the kids after my trip, I would have taught them differently if I could return to Kenya.
Question 3: What was the biggest challenge you have faced in your Pendeza journey?
Jeremiah: The large size of the group that went to Kenya was a great challenge. Our batch was extremely large with 28 participants (including 8 leaders). The large size made it difficult to manage the people.