By Andy in Kilifi
It’s the morning after the night before in Kilifi and what a night before it was. Dancing, singing, children’s films – crowned by the sparkling gem that was the World Cup Final.
The crowd started to gather in the late afternoon watching the set up for the evenings’ celebrations but it really came to life when a local tribal dancers energised the biggest crowd seen by the Field of Dreams project.
The local Mnarani children cheered and jeered when photos of their friends were shown on the big screen and when Janet from MTG sang her new song the crowd were sent into raptures.
As the World Cup Final drew near fears over the live satellite feed being lost led to a few nervous minutes but we switched over as scheduled just as the players were walking out onto the pitch. The crowd grew even larger, stretching back into the darkness as the match kicked off prompting calls for everyone to sit down so those far back could get a glimpse of their favourite players.
The generators had been refilled to see us through the night and preparations were being made as the liklihood of penalties grew by the minute and an early morning finish beckoned. Spain had other ideas though and during extra time wrapped up the World Cup with a 1-0 win, sending the crowd home happy before 1am.
This morning we find ourselves dismantling the satellite truck and winding down the project but this isn’t the end of the road for Field of Dreams. Preparations are being made to hand over the equipment to the very able hands of MTG and their newly skilled peer educators so they can continue the legacy of IT education and free screenings for the local communities of coastal Kenya, so in many ways this is just the beginning not the end.
I can’t say it any better so I’ll just borrow the words of MTG’s Peris: “Tunamshukuru mungu kwa mwanzo mzuri na nguvu za kuendeleza huduma hii” – we thank God for the good start and the strength to carry this project on.