Nobelity Project

For the first time in history, humankind has the knowledge and ability to overcome challenges related to health, nutrition, water, education and other issues that stand in the way of a more peaceful and sustainable world. We believe that each of us truly can make a difference. We have the will, and we are the way.
May 27, 2015

Congrats to 45 Mahiga Hope 2014 Graduates!

Championship Mahiga girls and boys basketball team
Championship Mahiga girls and boys basketball team

What an inspiring year at Mahiga Hope High School. The 2014 KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) scores are in for 25 girls and 20 boys who completed Form 4 / 12th grade. Average scores were up 6% for the year, a wonderful gain worth celebrating. The KCSE is a very difficult test - comparable to the SAT or ACT exams in the U.S., and these students have worked hard to score higher and make the grades necessary to go on to college, University, or to enter the job market.

In late June, we'll be presenting new laptops to the top-scoring boy and girl at Mahiga Form 4 (and also at Ol Moran Secondary, Simbara Secondary and Laburra Secondary). Those laptops awards have been a great incentive (as have the bikes for top scoring boys and girls in Form 1, 2 and 3). And the laptops will be important tools for upcoming University studies. 

When Wangari MaathaI first invited me to the Aberdares soon after she received the Nobel Peace Prize, my first school visit was to Mahiga Primary - mud floors, slat walls, wind and rain coming in. There was one high school a two-hour walk away and very few students in this area were enrolled in any secondary school. Working with the local communities, we helped to build Mahiga Hope High School, Simbara Secondary and Laburra Secondary. 

These three high schools - and the preschools and primary schools that feed students up this education ladder - have thousands of kids enrolled - all of them working hard to build a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and the nation.

Our work at Mahiga and elsewhere in the area continues with materials support for textbooks, with planning for future teacher housing, incentive programs, and college sponsorships. Thanks to everyone who's supported The Nobelity Project and Mahiga Hope High School! If you want real inspiration, make a donation on Global Giving and send us an email requesting a gift dvd of our award-winning feature doc, Building Hope. 

If you know teachers who'd like a special classroom edition dvd with online education materials, those are free of charge for every teacher who requests a copy. Just email us at info@nobelity.org.

Let's keep Building Hope!

Top scoring boys and girls in Forms 1, 2 and 3
Top scoring boys and girls in Forms 1, 2 and 3
Apr 8, 2015

More than Ever - Education is Still the Key!

Ten Years of The Nobelity Project
Ten Years of The Nobelity Project

Last week's tragedy in Kenya is another reminder that the good news rarely shines through the fog. As we send love to all our friends in Kenya and elsewhere who share our belief in Education for All, we are also reminding our many friends and supporters that the best response to senseless violence is to reach across borders and across communities and join hands with our brothers and sisters in any land, of every religion. Together we remember that the things that unite us are much larger than those that divide us.

Together we are stronger; together we are able to work for a future where every child in every land receives the basic rights to which they are entitled. The Right to Clean Water. The Right to Adequate Nutrition. The Right to Health Care. The Right to Education.

One of our main goals in Kenya this year is to add to the half dozen preschools we built in 2015. As of today, our partner schools and contractors have broken ground on six new preschools since February. If fundraising stays strong, we hope to build a 7th preschool this year, and to build new water systems and other projects at more of the thirty schools where we are working. 

Throughout 2015 we are celebrating Ten Years of The Nobelity Project. Check out our new Ten Year film at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWYQaO0bRw8

And here's a look at some of the new preschools. I promise it will bring a smile to your face - and possibly a tear to your eye. Love these kids. Love this work. And love to all our friends wherever you are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKPQQpHxUDc&feature=youtu.be

Big Smiles at New Amboni Preschool!
Big Smiles at New Amboni Preschool!
Feb 23, 2015

Bridging Gaps/Ten Years of The Nobelity Project

New Bikes for Top-scoring Boys & Girls at Mahiga
New Bikes for Top-scoring Boys & Girls at Mahiga

As our work for Education for All continues in Kenya and around the world, The Nobelity Project is celebrating ten years as a non-profit, a decade of telling inspiring stories and working to take inspired actions.

Mahiga Hope High and Mahiga Primary have been at the heart of our efforts since the beginning. And though we are a relatively small non-profit - with a U.S. staff of just two full time employees - we've managed to have relatively large impact through numerous partner projects around the world. With limited staffs and budgets, it's impossible for most nonprofits to work from scratch and have a large-scale impact. But by working with great community partners and by working to bridge existing gaps in education, there is a good chance of having an out-sized impact.

In Mahiga, the community partnership started with Mahiga Primary and extended soon after to establishing and building Mahiga Hope HIgh School. Both are public schools with local Boards of Governors, and operated under the auspices and with support funding from the region's Kieni West Education District. The work we've done and any other funding that have flowed from The Nobelity Project to Mahiga have come at the request of the schools, the headmasters and the Boards of Governors. By continually showing good results from the support, the school incentivizes our organization and our donors to want to do more.

Indentifying these critical "gaps" has been a learning experience that has served us well at many other education projects. Here's a starting principle: There is no education without clean water! Ten years ago, the first "gap" at Mahiga was clean water. The primary school kids were often sick from drinking contaminated water they had to bring to school, and we were asked to help the school build a purified water system. We considered a well and a pipeline, but decided to build a solar-power rainwater collection system, which continues to serve the school (and which has been expanded again and again as the campus has grown). Mahiga now has rainwater collection on six buildings with 100,000 liters of storage.

The primary school also had limited access to books and technology, so we also partnered on a library and computer lab, both of which opened kids minds to many new possibilities

A more literal gap soon became apparent. With no high school in the area, Mahiga kids either walked six miles each way to secondary or they didn't attend secondary at all. We closed the long gap between Secondaries by building Mahiga Hope High School. As the school population grew faster than the number of teachers, we've closed the gap by temporarily supporting additional staff at the school.

Dozens of students now graduate from Mahiga Hope High School each year - and from our other partner high schools in Kenya. Many complete high school with excellent grades, but lack funding for college or university. We're bridging those gaps by providing high education support to top scholars. Here's a link to a lovely thank you video from some of those Mahiga Grads who are sponsored in their higher education pursuits. These kids and others like them are the ultimate proof that briding the gaps really does work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1mWxu1J8dk

And ten years into telling inspiring stories and taking what we hope are inspired actions to bridge gaps, here's a short video look at what we've done - and what we still hope to do in the years to come. It's an inpiring piece built around an inpisiring song, "Love Cannot Be Broken" by Austin songwriter Bob Livingston.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWYQaO0bRw8

Thanks to everyone who's been a part of the work. Together, we are truly closing the gaps and helping in our own ways to create a world where Education for All is a reality.

Mahiga Hope Championship Hoops Girls
Mahiga Hope Championship Hoops Girls

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