Saturday, September 7, 2013

AYP Research Mission Blog: We Made It!! Some research nail-biting ends with happy faces Blog Research Mission 7/18/2013


Entry Two:

Blog Research Mission 7/18/2013
I started the day with an amazing cup of coffee and a meeting. Angie Wilkins and Irene and I got the schedule for all of the outreaches pretty close to finalized.
The day for the team started with yoga with Jamo teaching an awesome class. Jamo ended our class with this classic quote:
 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
 We broke for a wonderful breakfast of made-to-order omelets and then got right to work. The job ahead was to be long and required much commitment. We took all of the data from the days of brainstorming with the AYP teachers and distilled them all into 93 items. The photos will be posted on Facebook once I get a good Internet connection. The team met in three groups sand consolidated items. We then met all together and created a list of 93 times. This process was arduous and the team stayed present the entire time. Jessalyn, Carla and I stayed to create the documents. Things did not go smoothly. There was trouble with the software and then the Internet. The copy store in Nairobi agreed to stay open late to make our copies. Our deadline was 6:00 PM and we got 2 of the three documents that needed to be copied to them by 6:05 PM and the last one just before 6:30 PM. It was touch and go. We ate dinner (some fun photos of Susan in Skants [a skirt that is pants that you can wear to yoga- hahaha- true story]) and talked out the day.
Then we waited… Irene went to he copy story to get the documents and we waited—– 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM… finally we received word that she was on her way. By 10:30ish- she was here with all we needed to make it through the day tomorrow! There are beautiful photos of her arriving with the document. See the Facebook posts.
 Research is so incredibly fun. Susan, Musa, Carla, Jessalyn, Jerry and I waited for Irene watch the door each time it opened. Finally- it opened and there she was- a bundle of our copies all ready to go! It felt like Christmas!
 Tomorrow off to out reach to brain and sorting and rating with the AYP teachers!
 Miss you all- thank you see much for allowing this to happen with your support!!
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