Help Build a Green Community Center in Kenya!

 
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Oct 5, 2012

Home Stretch to the LRC Grand Opening!

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We're waiting for solar panels!

Dear Friends,

In April of 2011 we launched our campaign to build a new green Learning Resource Center during an Open Challenge. Thanks to your support, we raised over $28,000 and came out on top of over 250 other organizations to win the challenge, earning a $3,000 bonus!

Currently, the roof is on, computers are ready to go and the students and teachers of Wamunyu eagerly await the Center’s opening. The facility will serve the village as a community center and connect thousands to the 21st Century with computer training and access to the internet.  But we need your help to reach the finish line.

Our goal is to have the center open this November. Please help us raise $15,000 by October 31 so we can complete construction and install solar panels.

Donate on October 17 and Global Giving will match your contribution by 30%!

Thanks again for your support in making the Learning Resource Center a reality for Kenya Connect!

Peace,

James Musyoka, Director

We can
We can't wait to start using these!
Finishing touches.
Finishing touches.
1 down, 19 to go!
1 down, 19 to go!
Jul 10, 2012

Check Out the Red Roof!

Preparing the inside of the building walls.
Preparing the inside of the building walls.

I am so excited to share the most recent photos of the construction of the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center.  As you will see, the interior walls are being plastered, windows are being installed and a red roof is being constructed.  We are thrilled with the progress and expect that the building will be ready in early fall.  Later this spring, Southern Middle School teacher Laura Groo will be bringing a small group to Wamunyu to work with Kenyan teachers on "best practices" in teaching and will also visit the construction site.  We look forward to their report.

Meanwhile back at home we congratulate Kenya Connect interns Aashi and Jordan for winning a video competition for their Kenya Connect video.  The $1,000 prize will be used for technology for the new center so they can begin their international book group.

If you are interested in the latest information from Kenya Connect including project reports from enrolled schools, additional photos of the LRC, and blurbs from Field Director James Musyoka, we encourage you to join the Kenya Connect Community Facebook page.

As always, we greatly appreciate the support that you provided to make this building become a reality!

More plastering.
More plastering.
The team is working hard.
The team is working hard.
The walls are looking terrific!
The walls are looking terrific!
The window grates
The window grates
An installed window
An installed window
Working on the roof
Working on the roof
The roof trellis
The roof trellis
Installing the roof
Installing the roof
Love the red roof!
Love the red roof!
The window grates ready for installation
The window grates ready for installation
Plastering the inside of the building
Plastering the inside of the building
Jun 6, 2012

Let There Be Light!

Future Windows!
Future Windows!

Exciting news!  The frames for the windows of the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center have been installed. We are thrilled to see the walls going up and windows in the building.  Just imagine a group of students learning how to use a computer for the first time in a beautiful and light structure!  We are very pleased with the continued progress of the center and the wonderful team of craftsmen who are making the dream of a resource center come true!  We are especially fortunate to have James Musyoka, Kenya Connect's Field Director, supervising the project.

As always, we are deeply appreciative of the many donors who continue to give to this project.  Your support is helping to make sure the building will be equipped when it is complete!  Asante Sana (thank you very much) as our friends in Wamunyu would say!

We will keep you posted as the building progresses!

Another view
Another view
Windows
Windows
A glimpse into the construction
A glimpse into the construction
It
It's looking good!
A view of the structure
A view of the structure
Building towards the roof
Building towards the roof
May 7, 2012

The Walls Are Going Up!

The LRC has walls going up!
The LRC has walls going up!

We are thrilled to report that the walls are going up at the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center!  The foundation has settled and the Kenyan builders are now beginning to put up the walls!  It's exciting to see that the dream of having a resource center for the village of Wamunyu is getting closer to being a reality.

The Kenya Connect staff is deeply appreciative of your support for this project.  We still are in need of donations to help us provide the resources for the center---- A donation of $25 or $100 can help provide books, dvds, magazines, and other educational materials for school children and adults in the village to use.  Just imagine how exciting it will be for children to use a computer for the FIRST time and to send their Pen Pal and email!  And imagine them reading a book about animals, the ocean, or outerspace!

A picture tells a thousand words---- enjoy the latest view of the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center!

Putting up supports!
Putting up supports!
More wall work
More wall work
Pouring post supports
Pouring post supports
another view
another view
It
It's a solid corner!
Mar 5, 2012

The Kenya Connect LRC Foundation is Being Poured!

The fence is fully installed
The fence is fully installed

Last month we reported that the foundation was being dug and that the fence was almost complete.  We are thrilled that the fence is fully installed and the front gate is complete!  Students from Wooton High School's Honor Society (MD) helped provide funds for the gate for which we are deeply appreciative.

This week the foundation is being poured.  As most of you know, this will anchor the building and ensure that it will be a solid, lasting structure.  We will continue to provide more pictures once the foundation is complete and the walls begin to be erected.

In the meantime, students from Arundel High School in Anne Arundel, Maryland are holding a Quidditch Tournament in March to raise funds for the computers for the LRC with the intent of beginning a book group with students in MD and Kenya.  It is exciting to see how High Schools students are helping to make a difference in the world!

We are still seeking funds to help complete the project and provide resource materials for the ENTIRE community of Wamunyu.  Just imagine the community-- children and their parents, grandmothers and grandfathers all having the opportunity to read books and newspapers and work on a computer for the FIRST time.  We welcome donations to help this project become a full reality!

The front gate donated by Wooton H.S.
The front gate donated by Wooton H.S.
Laying the foundation freame
Laying the foundation freame
Pouring the foundation for the LRC
Pouring the foundation for the LRC
More work on the foundation
More work on the foundation

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Kenya Connect

Silver Spring, MD, United States
http://www.kenyaconnect.org

Project Leader

Tim Gregory

Silver Spring, MD United States

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