Charlotte Bourdillon

Charlotte Bourdillon (Kakenya Center for Excellence – KCE): In the summer of 2009, Charlotte worked with an indigenous women's weaving group in Temuco, Chile. She received her B.A. in Community Health and International Relations from Tufts University in 2010. Prior to her AP fellowship, Charlotte also worked with a health and community-led development initiative in Haiti, called RESPE:Ayiti. Charlotte also interned at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA. After her fellowship Charlotte wrote: “I can look at so many deliverables that I am proud of; things I am especially happy to have been able to achieve in the low-resource area I was working in."



Jerrycan joy

11 May

What a beautiful sound; the Enkakenya Centre for Excellence girls letting loose, being joyful, and making something out of nothing.

Kakenya Maasai playing the jerry can drum in some downtime

Drowning in my computer screen in the dull teachers office, I almost involuntarily followed the sounds of beats and exultant chants coming from the stairwell. There I found a legion of girls like Maasai Kakenya, above, banging out rhythms with sticks and hands and the jerrycans with which they fetch water from the river. They had converged while waiting their turn to bathe, and they had spontaneously erupted, as such is the power of these girls when you bring them together and then leave them alone. I wish you could hear it, but take it from me; these young ladies can build beats with the best of them.

Posted By Charlotte Bourdillon

Posted May 11th, 2011

3 Comments

  • Mimi

    May 11, 2011

     

    Gorgeous photo!!

    • Charlotte Bourdillon

      May 21, 2011

       

      Thanks so much meems. The girls are just so photogenic!

  • Annette Scarpitta

    May 11, 2011

     

    They’re creating their own music class! Amazing!

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