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Feb 21, 2014

"From Zero to Hero" - Scholars at Mahiga

From zero chance of high school to college dreams
From zero chance of high school to college dreams

When I arrived at Mahiga Hope High School in January, I was blown away by all the amazing changes at the school. The classrooms were filled with hundreds of students, the new greenhouse was filled with 1000s of tomatoes, and staff and students were filled with hope.

We never had a budget for landscaping at the school - sounds like a small issue but during the rainy season that meant lots of mud being tracked into all those beautiful stone classrooms. The students solved that problem by building sidewalks and planting flowers. And there amid the roses, was a hand lettered sign that seemed to sum up their can-do attitude, "From Zero to Hero". I'd have never thought of these kids as zeros, but one of the boys told me he'd always thought he had "zero chance of going to high school." At least until Mahiga Hope.

As all the final touches come together at the high school, we've partnered with the school on an incentive to motivate kids to study harder and aim higher. Our Bicycles for Scholars program rewards the top-scoring girl and boy student in 9th, 10th and 11 grades with a new bicycle. These are great bikes purchased from World Bicycle Relief (who assembles them in Kenya). And yes, after the bike reward competiton was announced, scores went up! Presenting the bikes at a school-wide ceremony was a real delight. And when our graduating seniors final scores are announced soon, the top graduating boy and girl will receive new laptops, just what they need for a future college career.

As Mahiga Hope High School grows, we are planning with the commnity and the Board of Governors on future improvements which we all hope will ultimately include teacher housing and a girls and boys dorm, both essentials for a remote school in a rural area.

Thanks for your support. You've created a lot of hope, and helped bring a lot of kids from zero chance of attending high school to dreams of college and beyond.

Education is the way.

New bikes for top boy and girl scholars
New bikes for top boy and girl scholars

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Oct 30, 2013

Everything's coming up...tomatoes...at Mahiga Hope High

Greenhouse at Mahiga Hope
Greenhouse at Mahiga Hope

This fall Mahiga Hope High School expanded their gardening program to include the construction and operation of a large greenhouse. With your help,The Nobelity Project provided the seed money to help the school qualify for a grant for the construction and training at the school. Students are learning skills that will not only benefit the school now but will enhance their earning potential after they graduate. Vegetables are finding their way into the school kitchen, which increases nutritional value and reduces food costs. Extra produce will be sold in the community to help meet budgetary needs at the school, which is always a challenge. A very successful project!

We are excited about all the changes at the Mahiga Hope schools and so grateful to all of our supporters. School performance is rising right alongside the improvement in nutrition and facilities. Access to the library and new textbooks has made a real difference that we are seeing in test scores. Study materials are always in short supply, as are funds for tutors and additonal instruction. But the kids are proud of their school and work very hard to do their best. It is wonderful to see the change in a few short years--giving us all hope.

Thank you for making it happen!

Kale in the Kitchen!
Kale in the Kitchen!
Greenhouse going up
Greenhouse going up
Samuel grows a mean carrot
Samuel grows a mean carrot
Sep 3, 2013

Kenya Schools Tour Summer 2013

Irbaan School girls dormitory rainwater system
Irbaan School girls dormitory rainwater system

The Nobelity Project Kenya Schools Tour of 2013 rocked! We visited 10 of our 18 partner schools and saw the classrooms, libraries, water systems and more made possible by your support. Our days were spent meeting with staff & school administrators, and celebrating with parents & students, but every “thank you” we received we promised to bring back home to you. Because the impact doesn’t end with the completion of these projects – it begins. By bridging these gaps in funding we bring the next rung of the ladder within reach for these schools. Your support of these communities has inspired not only hope, but has created a path to a better future for their children. I wanted to share their smiles with you so you can see the difference every one of you makes – to them, and to us.

Ongoing needs for the Kenya schools we work with include: student scholarships, funding for music, dance, and sports training, supplies and textbooks.  And we continue to build classrooms, clean water systems, or other infrastructure projects where needed.

 We believe that by improving conditions in one community we improve the state of the global community, and working together we tilt the world towards peace.  Thank you for being a part of that story.



Green Eggs and Ham was a big hit at Irbaan Primary
Green Eggs and Ham was a big hit at Irbaan Primary
One of the beautiful young dancers at Daaba
One of the beautiful young dancers at Daaba
Mugaka Hill Primary new classroom
Mugaka Hill Primary new classroom
Thanks to you Simbara has their last classroom!
Thanks to you Simbara has their last classroom!
Mahiga Preschool now has 50 students!
Mahiga Preschool now has 50 students!

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