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Aug 20, 2014

Summer 2014 - More Good News From Mahiga

James and Anistasia in the Chemistry Lab
James and Anistasia in the Chemistry Lab

The Nobelity Project team had a long tour through our Kenya school projects in June and July. Executive Director Christy Pipkin and her co-founder Turk Pipkin were joined by board members Joey Martin and Dan King. We had great visits at every school, but as usual, Mahiga Hope High School - where all of our Kenyan education work began - was a highlight.

Mahiga Secondary is adjacent to Mahiga Primary and Preschool, so we of course took the full tour - from the preschool and playground to a camping demonstration by the schools' boy and girl scouts (international youth scounting was born in this area), then on to the ten primary classrooms and library. After years of working at Mahiga, we've finally approved the renovations of the last three primary classrooms that were still in a somewhat sub-standard condition. These were old stone classrooms - much better than the wooden classrooms which we've all replaced, but these three were in need of new doors, windows and plaster, and all of that work is now under way.

On the secondary side, we visited the sewing and chemisty classes, a few classrooms, then moved to the RainWater Court for a schoolwide assembly and performances by the school's award-winning dance and music troops. Last year's top scoring boy and girl also received the new laptops which will be a big help as they move on to college. Christy and I received a lot of thank you's for all the amazing work that's been accomplished here - for the great new facilities, and for playing a part in creating an ambitious and prideful school that is changing the lives of hundreds of great kids. Sometimes the thank you's are directed personally to us, or to The Nobelity Project in general, but we never forget that the thanks from these students, this faculty and the community are for everyone who's played a part in our being friends and partners with Mahiga Hope High School - a place where hope lives in every student.

So thanks to one and all. Onward and upward. Education for All.

Turk Pipkin, The Nobelity Project, www.nobelity.org 

- If you'd like a dvd of our award-winning film Building Hope - the Story of Mahiga Hope High School - send us a note on FB or through our website. We'll be happy to get one to you.

Mahiga Hope High Courtyard and students
Mahiga Hope High Courtyard and students
Caroline,Boniface, laptops & bags, off to college!
Caroline,Boniface, laptops & bags, off to college!
May 19, 2014

Good News Big and Small

Lunchtime at Mahiga Hope High
Lunchtime at Mahiga Hope High

Among the joys of working with a great community partner are the reports that come in with good news – big and small - that often seems to follow so directly on previous work with the school.

As for the big news – principal Jane Wairimu reports that Mahiga is now in the top ten high schools in the district. Kenyan Secondary schools are divided into two main categories... private (PV)  and  public (PB). The Public Day schools are categorized with boarding and without. Among 18 Public Secondaries without boarding facilities, Mahiga Hope High School is now rated #2. This is fantastic news and we want to congratulate all the staff and students on first place results in Mathematics, English and Geography, and second place in Business  and  Biology.

“On  behalf  of  all  the  Mahiga  Hope  Family,  I most  sincerely  thank  all  of  you  for  the  continued  support  you  have  given  us,” Jane Wairimu reports. ”We promise  to  move  Mahiga  to  greater  heights  and  we  are  proud  to  be  associated  with  you.

One of our long-term goals with the community is to build teacher housing and girls and boys dorms that will further elevate the level of education in this growing rural location.

On the small news side – when we were working with the community to complete the high school, we built a kitchen with high-efficiency wood stoves that are now serving healthy meals for nearly 700 kids from preschool to grade 12. We also built a new dining hall but didn’t have funds for dining tables and chairs, so it was a delight to also receive these pics of the new dining hall furniture the school managed to purchase this year.

Christy and I and a team of Nobelity Project Board Members and supporters will be visiting Mahiga and a dozen other partner schools in Kenya in a few weeks. Please check with us here, on facebook and at nobelity.org for reports.

Congrats to the hard-working Mahiga students
Congrats to the hard-working Mahiga students

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May 19, 2014

Preschool Construction And More

Kiguru Preschool - before and the new design
Kiguru Preschool - before and the new design

This year The Nobelity Project is launching a preschool construction initiative based on a new affordable and replicable 2-classroom preschool design from Turk Pipkin and architect Greg Elsner. In addition to our funding from Global Giving donors, we had four preschool sponsors at our annual gala in February, and three of those are already under construction.

Even in the most remote locatons where we work, our Kenyan partnerschools are committed to early eduction. I'm always impressed when I see four- and five-year-old Kenya kids reciting the English alphabet and working on their numbers. With the education system's resources focused on Primary, the ECD classrooms are often in sub-standard condition - mud-floors, dark and cold drafts coming through the slat walls. At Labura Primary in January, I found the pre-school kids in a crumbling classroom that had actually been condemned.

By combining concrete foundations and walls made of both cut-stone and framing with metal siding, we've been able to create modern, long-lasting classroom diseign that's affordable and will give these kids a great start at a real education. They're also colorful designs that look like a fun place to go to school.

Constructon is underway at Kiguru Primary, Bondeni Primary and at Laburra! We're also building a 3-classrom/3-grade preschool at Konyit Primary, and hope to fund construction of many more in the year to come. We'd love to have your support!

* We're also happy to have recently completed construction or have prrimary and secondary school construction underway at Labura Secondary, Kamiruri Primary, Amboni Primary and an important new water project for the girls dorm at Enkongu Narok Primary in Amboselli. Thanks to everyone who's supported this work at Global Giving and elsewherre. We couldn't do this work without you.

Laburra PreSchool Construction Underway
Laburra PreSchool Construction Underway
Kamiruri Primary - new classrooms!
Kamiruri Primary - new classrooms!

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