Across the US, September is a busy month for families.
As school starts, last minute back to school shopping for clothes, paper and pencils, and new shoes fill the days prior to boarding a bus destined for the local elementary, middle, or high school. For most, there is a reluctant excitement to heading back to school.
The same is true for many of our students here at Made in the Streets.
If you talk with a street boy or girl in Nairobi or with one of our students in Kamulu, they’ll be honest with you: there were elements to life on the streets that they liked and still occasionally miss. One common theme you'll hear over and over again is freedom: the ability to do what you want when you want. It’s one reason some kids on the street choose to stay on the street or have run away from our program in the past. But most will say that they can’t wait for the opportunity to move to Kamulu and join the ranks of hundreds of former street kids who have been given a new opportunity at life. That’s because MITS is more than a school; it’s a family.
Estimates suggest there are more than 250,000 street children in Kenya, with 60,000 of them living in Nairobi. With enrollment at MITS hovering around one hundred students, we’re merely a drop in the bucket. Yet we think each child is much more than a statistic. As students in your family, church, and community head back to school this month, we encourage you to remember the one hundred children just like them in many ways with a desire to learn and grow at a small school for street kids in Kamulu, Kenya.
Tortillas, naan, pita--almost every cuisine in the world has its own cherished form of flat bread, but Kenyan "chapati" just might flatten the competition (nyuk nyuk nyuk).
Chapati is a favorite among both locals and visiting wazungu, (white people) and contrary to popular opinion, it's very easy to make. In this short instructional video, Chef Onesmas teaches everything you need to know about how to make this delicious Kenyan dish.
Filmed and edited byDavid Hutchinson
Music: Habanera, by Bizet
Wash your hands, find a mixing bowl, and let's get started! Here's the recipe, so you can follow along:
STEP 1: PREPARE INGREDIENTS
-- 2 cups flour
-- 1 tsp. salt
-- 2 tsps. sugar
STEP 2: MIX DRY INGREDIENTS BY HAND
STEP 3: ADD OIL AND WATER
-- 2 tsp. oil
-- 1/2 to 1 cup of water (if it's warm, the dough will be easier to knead)
STEP 4: KNEAD THE DOUGH, SHAPE INTO CIRCLES BY HAND
STEP 5: ROLL OUT THE CIRCLES
STEP 6: COOK THOROUGHLY
-- in a pan with a couple teaspoons of oil
-- spin and flip until crispy and brown
STEP 7: ENJOY
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