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Interesting Things


There are many interesting things about every culture. Every day we discover new things about the Kageno Kids in Kenya. Check back often because as we discover new things, you can too..

Please don’t forget to let us know about any other interesting discoveries you make about Kageno. We would love to share them with everyone!

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SOCCER...
In Africa is called “Foot-ball” makes sense doesn’t it? The kids all LOVE playing Football..girls love it as much as boys. Kids hardly have any possessions and seldom have a real ball, so they cleverly save bits of plastic, fabric and string then lovingly over time, build their own footballs. These are prized possessions.

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Girls Playing Football. Some even play without shoes!

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The Kageno Kids Logo.....
came out of a drawing from the ”My environment “ drawing activity, Kageno Kids Kenya. The artist is Felix Otieno, 5 yrs old, from the Mission School. Notice how he drew the pants on the people.

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n Violet Wambi’s drawing of a girl carrying buckets of water, you can see that she used a "3" for the mouth, a "6" for the nose, a "1" for the forehead, and a "10" for the eye. Now you can clearly see that Felix used the number 3 to help him draw his pants!

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Drawings of faces.........
When we first received drawings from Africa, we noticed a lot of very cute but different looking faces. Then when we received photographs of the children who drew them, we understood why the kids in the drawings had such big ears! All the boys and girls have shaved heads, so when they look at each other to draw, they see a round head with ears.

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Carrying Stuff On Your Head......
All the girls start to learn at a really early age how to carry things on their heads. As they get older and stronger they become very skilled at balancing and can walk with out having to hold on to it! Most of the things they carry are very heavy. Some of the things that they carry are buckets filled with water from the lake, clothes and dishes to wash in the lake, and fire wood for cooking.

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Carrying things on your head is not easy.......
Some of us from New York tried it !! This bucket is filled to the top with clean water from Kageno’s clean drinking water program.

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VERY INTERESTING NAMES........
The Luo have a special way of naming their children. The last names mean something about the time at which they were born. So brothers, sisters and even twins can have completely different last names!


NAME
TIME/ PLACE OF BIRTH

Ochieng/ Achieng
12 noon – 2pm

Okinyi/Akinyi
6am – 9am

Onyango/Anyango
9am – 11am


Otieno/Atieno
Night

Okoth/Akoth
Rainy season

Apoya / Opoya
sudden onset of labor

Odoch/Adoch
breech birth

Opiyo/ Apiyo
Firts born of twins

Odongo/Adongo
the second born of Twins

Odundo / Adundo
born short, is tall but just named after a
short person

Oliech / Aliech
pulled out

Ouma /Auma
Born upside down

Oyoo/Ayoo
Born along the path (born on the way)

Okelo/Akelo
Follower of twins

Owino/Awino
When maize is flowering

Okeyo/Akeyo
Harvesting season

Odoyo/Adoyo
Weeding season

Okomo/Akomo
Planting season

Omogo/Amogo
Born when flour is plentiful

Kisia
Second follower of twins

Odhiambo/Adhiambo
2pm – 6pm

Apuodho
Born at the shamba or garden

Onam/Anam
Born at the seashore or lakeshore

Maira
Born after the incidence of fire

Opolo
Born immediately after thunderstorm

Odero/Adero
Born at the granary

Marienga
Born during first planting season

Oluoch/Aluoch
Cloudy day

Bungu/Abungu
Born in the bush

Chiro/Achiro
Born at the market place.

Ogweno/ Agweno
Dawn 3am-6am

Oketch/Aketch
Born during famine

Obiero/Abiero
Born together with after birth or placenta.

Okongo/Akongo
Born when people are drinking beer.

Alaro
Born in front of the varandah

Oburu
Born during traditional ceremony done after the death of old man.

Atonga/Odheru
Born the mother has lost the first born have been passing away when they are still young

Obura
Born when people are from a meeting or case.

Obora
Born when cattle are being transfused

Ooko/Aoko
Born outside the homestead

Ogolla/Agolla
Born after the death of his/her father to a second father

Ogutu/Agutu
A child born outside the fence behind the home

Ogwella
Born during new harvest

Wasonga
Person named after his mother or father

Oloo/Aloo
Person born when land case is being handled

Ooro/Aoro
Born during drought

Aora
Born along the river bank

Odipo/Adipo
Born at a place where cattle sleep

Ocholla/Acholla
Born after the death of his/her father to a second father

Ojwang’/Ajwang’
Child who’s his mother or father has died and left when still very young.

Nyangweso
Child born when the crops are invaded by locusts