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.
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.

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
  • 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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