Kenya 11 October: United Nations Office, Nairobi - Nairobi Waldorf School
Nairobi - UN Information Centre and Waldorf School
Our third day of activities in Nairobi began at our base - the YMCA on Statehouse Road. A really active place, with everything from lifesaving classes and swimming lessons to baptisms and church services happening on a daily basis! In the mornings, however, it's an oasis of peace....
Having welcomed a cat into the team we had to find space for a dog, especially as Phaedra is crazy about dogs.
We were met by Verena Bongartz, Chief of Visitor Center UNIC Nairobi, and one of her staff from the UN Visitor Service.
We ran in through a spectacular avenue lined with the flags of all the UN Nations - an inspiring sight!
We were greeted at the main UN building first by Newton Kanhema, Deputy Director, and subsequently by Nasser Ega-Musa, Director of the United Nations Information Centre, Nairobi. The Nairobi office is the main UN HQ for Africa.
Mr Ega-Musa, Director of UNIC Nairobi, meeting the team, who come from UK, USA, Czech Republic, Ghana, Germany, Cameroon and of course Kenya.
Newton Kanhema, Deputy Director, with the Peace Torch. He was especially delighted to meet us, since he knew about the Peace Run from his work at the UN headquarters in New York.
Mr Ega-Musa speaking about the role of the UN in promoting peace. He quoted Winston Churchill's famous "better jaw-jaw than war-war" remark as a good illustration of the importance of dialogue in preventing or bringing and end to conflict.
A certificate of appreciation was given to the UN Information Centre from the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. Mr Ega-Musa was kind enough to receive it on behalf of the UN before he had to leave to resume his busy schedule.
Tirus Wainana, Information Management Assistant, has a moment of peace with the torch after working hard to capture the whole event on film.
The Waldorf School is a wonderful learning environment, with an emphasis on play and self-discovery as well as academic work. It would have been impolite not to join in....
This tent is the school's indoor space for meeting and eating - the perfect place to start our Peace Run reception.
Some skits on the theme of peaceful / non-peaceful action. There were mixed views on stopping to help a runner who had tripped, as some of the children pointed out it was best to finish your own race first before helping others.
Our certificate of appreciation from the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run to all the staff and pupils at the Waldorf School. Thanks so much for having us!
We finished with an opportunity for everyone to hold the Peace Torch and offer a moment of silence for peace.
Bruce, a teacher from the UK with years of Waldorf School experience, made us welcome and showed us round the school. Thanks for everything Bruce.
In recent years Peace Torch Selfies have become more and more popular - search #peacerun on instagram to check them out....