In the years 2004 and 2005, I had trained in Early Childhood Education through the Kenyan government system and I taught in Keringet until we got displaced in 2007. In January 2008, I went to the education office seeking a chance to volunteer as a teacher, since teaching was my passion. At the same time, it was a way for me to occupy myself with work and relief myself from stress. In the process of finding an opportunity to volunteer, I met Judy and Jane, whom I am currently working with at Corner of Hope, and we started teaching voluntarily. When we later moved to New Canaan, we continued to teach as volunteers.
Many organisations paid the camp a visit and one donated a tent for the IDP school. But since the tent was too small for all the children in the camp, we had to use the community church which was made of plastic sacks. The school did not have a conducive environment for learning, because the school lacked learning facilities.
In the year 2010, Lynne Lawrence visited and found us teaching and she was very impressed with our work. That is when she informed us about Montessori and she asked us to join the Montessori training. We accepted and we joined St Ann's Montessori college through the late Sister Angela. When I was told about Montessori education, curiosity go the better part of me, and I was so excited to learn about this new approach. Through the Montessori training, I discovered that a child's development comes from within. There is freedom, something I find very different from the traditional system. I also discovered that I am not a teacher but a directress because my work is to direct, not to teach, which is also the idea behind the Corner of Hope motto which states: "Help me to do it by myself".
I love the Montessori method a lot, and I think my role as a teacher has brought a great and positive impact to the community. When pupils from Corner of Hope get admitted to other schools to continue their education, I am always given feedback by teachers of those other schools that these pupils are the best.
Corner of Hope brought light to the IDP camp, it gave us a sense of hope in our lives. The school is beautiful, fully equipped and much appreciated by the community.