On tour in Mombasa
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So today we headed off on our tour of Mombasa city. Our tour guide was friendly and he made us feel safe. It was very interesting as I was not aware that Mombasa is an island so to get to and from you have to either cross a bridge by car or catch a ferry. I could not believe the amount of people that they pack into that ferry! There were thousands of them all piling out. After lunch we visited a christian school. It has about 100 students who all wore uniforms but the school itself was very basic. The kids sat in desks that sat upon the dirt - they did have roofs though. When we arrived the preps were having their afternoon nap on a mat on the ground. It was the cutest and saddest (up until that point) thing I had ever seen.
Jay Jay then took us on a walkng tour through a villiage that was just behind the school. He explained that families payed 2000 shillings (approx $40) per month to rent a tiny room or the whole family to live, cook and sleep in. There was so much rubbish everywhere and it stunk pretty bad. The people were very friendly though and most yelled out "hello,welcome!"
The little kiddies were gorgeous but didnt speak any english. They just wanted sweets and we didnt have any left so we felt so terrible. Most of the older girls and mamas were just sitting or laying under trees listening to music. Very few of them would have an education so it is up to the husband to make the money to support the family. Yet in saying that - many dont work and have become professional beggers, but you get this in every country.