The success of our feature film Building Hope - the Story of Mahiga Hope High School - has helped us amplify our work with rural Kenyan schools. The purified water systems at Mutaki Primary, Kiguru Primary and Muthuini Primary are all complete (adding those schools to many other completed water and classroom projects). Likewise for our second new stone classroom at the mountain-top Mugaka Primary (a challenging place to build but one where the local community contributes greatly to the work), and we have just completed a rebuild of the original mud brick classrooms at Mutaki which has now grown from a parent-built one-room preschool to a very busy Primary School where we've been building a new classroom each year as the students move up a grade.
One of our most exciting new completed projects is the new Ronald F. and William A. Inglehart Science Lab at Simbara High School. This Nobelity Project/Kenya Schools Fund project owes a special thanks to our Global Giving donors, to The John and Tamra Gorman Family, the Kieni West Community Development Fund, the staff and students of Simbara High and our building contractor, Shancar Industries. The first 12th grade class at Simbara is now able to complete the Physics and Chemistry courses and take the Lab tests that are required for graduation from high school.
Check out our short Simbara Science Lab video at the link below.
If you'd like to be a part of this work, we are currently fundraising for a number of Kenya Schools Fund projects, including for a new purified rainwater system for the girls dormitory at Irbaan Primary School. These girls need clean drinking and sanitation water, and are only waiting for the funding to start the water flowing.
We also now have 7 school library projects in Kenya, most of them in need of durable library shelving to hold the thousands of books that will be arriving soon. As it turns out, our 1000 Books for Hope campaign ended up being 10,000 Books for Hope, or as I think of it, 10,000 reasons for Hope. With your support we can make that Ten thousand and one!
If you want to read a full length account of our work in Kenya, check out Building Hope - the Story of Mahiga Hope High School. The coffee table, full color print version is at barnesandnoble.com and the full color iPad version of Building Hope is at the iBookstore.
Thanks to everyone who's playing a continuing part in our work in Kenya and the U.S.!
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