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Families of Kenya Review by Charlotte GochnauerMark and Georgi Marquisee
Families of the World
4480 Lake Forest Dr., Suite 302
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Life can be very different in other countries. The best way to see this, of course, is to travel. But not many of us can do this, so the next best thing is to watch a video showing what life is like in faraway places. And Families of the World has some wonderful videos that show how children live in other countries.
The Families of Kenya DVD shows how two different boys, both 11 years old, go about their day. The first boy lives in the city of Nairobi. He does his morning chores, goes to school, and then plays with his friends. We see some of his weekend activities as he visits relatives, attends church, and watches tribal dances. The second boy lives in rural Kenya on a farm. He does chores, eats breakfast, and then walks an hour to school. He takes us through his day as he learns, plays with his friends, and then returns home to his family. A safari is also described and shown during this part.
The 30-minute program has a boy talking in first person as the camera follows him through his day. It is simple, yet it shows an honest look at life in Kenya. It was interesting to see the contrast between the city boy and the rural boy and how their days differed. For us, a family that lives in the United States, it was definitely an eye opener to see what life is like in Africa. This DVD would be very useful as part of a unit study on geography or even as a complement to a social studies curriculum.