When The Nobeltiy Project partnered with the communty of Mahiga, Kenya to build the area's first high school, we didn't realize how many great things would come from this work (which was launched by the 1000 Voices for Hope campaign). The campaign is still underway, and with the first Senior Class starting 12th grade in a couple of weeks, we very much need to raise funds for 12 Grade Textbooks. $100 funds shared textbooks for two students for all subjects (with the sharing being a nice team function that has students helping each other with understanding the work).
While you're considering a donation, here are a few of the accomplishments at Mahiga:
- Mahiga Hope High School construction complete on the RainWater Court, 8 classrooms, 2 science labs, kitchen, dining and study hall, soccer pitch and gardens.
- Primary School reconstruction complete (all classrooms now made of local, handcut stone). Results on November's dreaded KCSE, the exit exam for all 8th graders, were stellar! Average scores at the school were up 25 points, with top scores over 350! These are great marks in a year when test scores across much of Kenya fell (blamed on increase use of Shang - a hybrid slang language which doesn't boost understanding of English and Kiswahili textbooks).
- Mahiga Preschool construction complete with two grades and now with two teachers. For 2012, the combined schools have well over 600 students in 14 grades.
- Building Hope - the film - has had tremendous response, starting with the Audience Award at SXSW, and most recently with a great Africa premiere screening at the Nairobi International Film Festival. There's also a beautiful new companion book (that comes with a dvd of the film), available only at www.nobelity.org
Parents, students, teachers and the Kieni West Education District are all supporting these great schools. But a good school needs approved textbooks just as much as it needs infrastructure. This is a project where every dollar has gone a long ways, so thanks for helping us provide opportunity and hope for the kids of Mahiga!
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