Kenya Connect (KC)

Our mission is to connect youth globally through correspondence and service for the purpose of promoting deep cultural exchange and understanding. We hope to ignite youth worldwide through person-to-person connections to understand local community needs and practices in a first-hand, meaningful way. Kenya Connect is working to make significant and lasting changes that contribute to peaceful productive globalization. We believe that the experience Kenya Connect provides to children are precisely those that inspire them to be "world citizens." Our goal is to create peaceful and global citizens who have great respect for the lives of others around the world.
Mar 25, 2015

Thank you for Handwashing Stations, Technology Classes, Books and More!

Students at Nyaani PS enjoy reading YAE magazine
Students at Nyaani PS enjoy reading YAE magazine

We are excited to share that 10 handwashing stations have recently been installed in 1 secondary and 9 primary Schools benefiting over 3,500 children. All the students in these schools were trained on effective hand washing using soap and water as a sure way of maintaining hygiene by keeping away germs. During the trainings, all recipient schools benefited from a month's supply of antiseptic soap. Before the project was done, all these schools lacked a unit for washing hands and therefore children had to do without washing their hands on many crucial times; especially before eating and after visiting the toilet. With these hand washing units in place, the hygiene of the children is now much assured and children can regularly attend school and concentrate on their studies.

"Hand washing is a good hygienic practice in ensuring our children remain healthy. My school is grateful for the donation of a hand washing unit which will ensure that our children can sustain handwashing at all times" (Mr. Muia - Headteacher at Ngului PS)

Three Primary Schools (Kambiti, Wamunyu ABC and Mbaikini) with a total of 120 students are currently training on 21st century IT skills at the Kenya Connet LRC. When they complete their training, the group will add to the existing 452 students already successfully trained since the LRC opened its doors in November 2012. IT skills are preparing young children to the modern work place.

Many children in our enrolled schools are challenged by English language, as it is their second and sometimes third language to learn. In order to improve on their mastery of English language, students need to practice much on reading. Seven schools have benefited from a one-year's subscription to Young African Express Magazine (YAE). The magazine is a great tool in helping the children to master and improve both oral and written English language. More storybooks were purchased for the LRC library from Jacaranda Designs publishers. These new additions of books are authored by Kenyan writers.

"Every time I visit the Kenya Connect LRC for computer classes, I enjoy reading some good storybooks in the library"

(Mwikali M. - Student at Wamunyu ABC PS)

We have also been able to built a composter at Mbaikini Primary school to recycle organic waste.  The students were trained on how to make good compost and have had the opportunity to practically carry out composting. Recycling organic materials will produce compost for crops and flowers in the school while maintaining the environment clean.

Further more, three schools have benefited from soccer balls. These will help the students to develop their extra curriculum skills and allow them to play at recess and enjoy their life in school just as kids.

We are grateful to all the donors for contributing to these projects to make life in school much better for the children in Wamunyu, Kenya. Your donation will go along way in improving the quality of education in our local schools and what a wonderful way for us to begin the New Year!

We are ending this campaign, but stay tuned for our next big exciting project. Hint; do you love the Magic School Bus?

New handwashing station at Kyalavo PS
New handwashing station at Kyalavo PS
New soccer balls for Mang
New soccer balls for Mang'olota PS
Students from Mbaikini PS reading books at LRC
Students from Mbaikini PS reading books at LRC
Student explores a computer for the first time!
Student explores a computer for the first time!
Training on composting at MbaIkini PS
Training on composting at MbaIkini PS
Hand washing at Mang
Hand washing at Mang'olota PS
Mbaikini PS enjoy playing with their new balls
Mbaikini PS enjoy playing with their new balls
Mwaasua PS
Mwaasua PS
Ngului PS
Ngului PS
Miondoni Secondary School
Miondoni Secondary School
Machakos School for the deaf
Machakos School for the deaf
Wamunyu ABC PS
Wamunyu ABC PS
Kyamatula PS
Kyamatula PS
Mbaikini PS
Mbaikini PS
Kisola PS
Kisola PS
Kyamatula PS
Kyamatula PS
Kikulumi ps
Kikulumi ps

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Jan 30, 2015

Connections Were Made Today!

I was very excited to participate in a book discussion of the Red Kayak with our friends at Arundel HS through Skype. This was my first time ever to talk over Skype!
(Fridah Mbithe)
Students from Arundel High School have tried for the last three years to hold a "skyped" book group with the book club from Nyanni Secondary School in Wamunyu.  Although they have held the book group reading The Number 1 Ladies Detective Club and The Giver, the connection has never been clean with the video dropping out or the sound not working.  Today students from both schools discussed the Red Kayak for close to an hour!
The skyped book discussion made me feel connected with our friends at Arundel HS. Our separation by distance no longer  counts!
(Faith  Mwende)
It was thrilling to see the smiles on their faces when they saw one another and to hear their perspectives on the book.  It was a powerful event, and one that helps our students in Kenya strengthen their reading and comprehension skills along with their use of English (their third language).
The discussion deepened my understanding of the book. I now feel encouraged to read more books and participate in skyped book discussions in the future.
(Joseph Ilia - president of Nyaani book club)
The leaders of the Arundel High group, Anna, Torie and Abby, are already planning our next skyped session.  We will be hosting a social skyped event in March providing an opportunity for students to get to know more about each other and their communities and in May we will have another book discussion featuring, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
These kinds of valuable learning experiences are as a result of YOU!  The cabling of the LRC computers and the installation of the satellite dish have made a world of difference in our ability to connect.  Now that the connection is strong, the Kenya Connect staff has access to the multitude of educational resources found on the interent.  Your ongoing support allows us to pay for the ongoing connection costs and the running and staffing of the center.  
Asante Sana for helping students in rural Kenya learn through the work of Kenya Connect.  You are making a difference in the lives of girls and boys in a rural viallage.
Dec 29, 2014

It's been a Wonderful 2014 for Kenya Connect!

Asante Sana! It has been a wonderful 2014 for Kenya Connect as a result of partners like you! We are deeply grateful for your continued support and wanted to share a few of our accomplishments this year. Together we have:

  • Provided an 8 week technology course for 300 students and 40 teachers-- for most participants it was the first time using a computer! 
  • Installed 10 hand washing stations bringing the total to 38 with 8 more to be installed in 2015 as a result of the Global Giving Campaign.
  • Dewormed 3000 students and teachers from 12 schools and provided hygiene and health lessons
  • Increased the Learning Resource Center library to over 500 books and periodicals and developed and implemented the first check-out system for teachers and students-- this campaign will provide 6 packages of books written and published in Kenya
  • Served 15,000 students from 44 primary and 11 secondary schools in Wamunyu
  • Installed a Satellite Dish providing a faster and more reliable internet connection for our 22 computers
  • Provided 4 professional development workshops on literacy and improved teaching methodology by U.S. educators and held workshops on team building, reading, and other classes by the two teams who visited Wamunyu this year
  • Funded 12 students through The School Fund and provided a trip for the geocaching club to tour Nairobi (for most students it was a first time in Nairobi)
  • Participated as a testing site for enhanced curriculum by Young African Express
  • Begun composting and silkscreening through Kenya Connect's Learning Resource Center
  • Held our first 5k race in Wamunyu and in the United States
  • Continued to exchange Pen Pal letters, art projects and science experiments with students in the U.S. and other developed countries.

For students in Wamunyu, the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center is a beacon of hope and the light of learning. Recently a young student, Waluu, visited the LRC. Below is an exerpt from a piece he wrote on the experience.....

When I switched on my computer for the first time, I was amazed at the many beautiful pictures I saw on the window. Wow it was breathtaking! That day I still remember how we were also taught how to change the desktop background. It was so fascinating! When the lesson was over, I did not want it to end but our teacher said we needed to shut down the computers and return back to school. Again, we packed ourselves in the track and returned back to school. Our friends back at school were very eager to know what we had learned. I told my best friend; Nduku all what we had learned.

“Oh no! I should not have missed this. I wish I was in your class” said Nduku jealously. When I went home that evening, I told my parents about our computer class and all we had learnt and they were very happy for me. They both encouraged me to study very keenly saying that computer skills will open many opportunities to make me a successful student.

As we end 2014, we want to thank you for supporting our work in Kenya and for providing the resources and tools for one of the most valuable gifts, the gift of an education. On behalf of James Musyoka, Field Director, and the entire Kenya Connect team, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2015.

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