Four graduate students from Kenya are getting set to pack up their parkas and head home after experiencing quite a Canadian winter.
They have been studying at UPEI as part of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.
Emily Kathambi, Sarah Wangeci, Grace Wanjohi and Anne Shilechei will now return to Kenya to continue their research and then return to UPEI to complete their degrees.
Safe travels QE Scholars!
Here they are sharing some reflections on their time on P.E.I.
Yes, the first Canadian winter has been good but sometimes confusing! Bright sunny day but terribly cold, had never thought before that these two climatic conditions can occur simultaneously.
I have been doing my coursework towards fulfillment of the requirements of my Masters in Education program. Have also been writing a research proposal to guide in data collection of my project, which is about investigating the impact of augmenting cellphone messaging to traditional nutrition education methods.
I have had several good moments on the island, but the most memorable experience is the care and love I have received since I arrived. Every one has been very concerned about me, from my professors, to my fellow students, my neighbors, people i know and even strangers on the way. Let me give some examples – one person offers to drive me to church every Sunday. Another takes me for groceries, several people invited me for a meal/celebrations over Christmas holiday. This has made me comfortable and also prevented me from feeling lonely and homesick.
As part of the QE Scholars-UPEI project in central Meru, my study seeks to evaluate the impact of the field-based training (human nutrition & cow health management) on members of two community groups in Kenya. I am more interested in finding out whether such training is empowering and enabling participants to engage in social issues within their local area. This will take about 4 months (May-August). I hope to be back to UPEI in September.
I am extremely excited to be reuniting with my family and friends in a few weeks time. While in Kenya, I will collect data for my thesis project, work with women’s groups and do a few school visits. I hope to return to UPEI in the fall.