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Feb 20, 2018

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

Greetings from the foothills of Mt. Meru!

As I write this, the students and staff of Ikirwa School are finishing up their first month of school. Our student body is 120 strong and among those students are 20 children who are attending Ikirwa School for the 2nd year thanks to the support of our donor community. So far we have raised enough funds to cover their education through the end of the first semester. 

We could not be more proud of this outstanding group of students. In the course of last year, their hard work led them to excel as students and peers. Five of our scholars received special recognition for their academic achievements. 

Meanwhile, the families of our scholarship students have formed a group, which took over a number of mantenance tasks around campus. From delivering firewood to tending the school vegetable garden, deep cleaning the classrooms and putting on a fresh coat of paint, their contributions free up resources, which we can direct towards our most important task - education. We are very lucky to have the benefit of an involved community of parents and neighbours, who are genuinly dedicated to the success of our school. 

My last visit to Ikirwa coincided with the end of the term. While teachers were busy finalizing grade reports, I took the opportunity to speak with the students about the importance of being thankful and expressing our gratitude through words and actions. As their final project, every student made a card for someone they wanted to thank. It was very moving to see the kids write to their parents, teachers and friends. Unprompted, all 20 of our scholarship students, even the youngest ones, chose to thank the donors who have made their education possible. They were greatful for the gift of education, opportunity and a brighter future which the scholarships afford them. And they were thankful for having a group of people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe who care about the future of a young child in the foothills of Mt. Meru - a sentiment every Ikirwa School teacher, staff memeber and volunteer joins in. We are all greatful for you!

Students at work on their Thank You notes
Students at work on their Thank You notes
Jan 12, 2018

Without you these walls will not be standing

Foundation is laid
Foundation is laid

What a difference 3 months make! As I write this, doors and windows are being installed in the classroom which this group has helped us fund. Through its windows you can see Mt. Meru and tall avocado trees which line the border of the adjoining yams farm. A week from now, its walls will be filled with voices of twenty 6th graders, preparing to start what may be their last year of Primary School (we await the final ruling from the Ministry of Education on that account).

The initial plan called for breaking ground on a flat strip of land adjacent to the Nursery building. However, upon further evaluation, we have decided that it would be better to preserve the flat ground for future athletic facilities. Instead, we have moved to location up the hill from the first Primary School building. The classroom will become an anchor point for the third building on Ikirwa School campus. Over the coming 2 years we plan to add on another two classrooms and an office, which would allow us to convert one of the existing buildings into a dormitory.

On behalf of the teachers, staff and volunteers we would like to with you a Happy New Year and thank you for your unwavering support of the Ikirwa School Project. Since 2013 we have been building our little school, one classroom at a time, with the help of grassroots donors like you. Without you, these walls would not be standing.

Walls are up
Walls are up
Finishing up the roof
Finishing up the roof
Oct 2, 2017

Breaking Ground

Master Campus Plan
Master Campus Plan

October is a busy month at Ikirwa School – children are returning from their mid-term break to begin their final preparations for National Examinations; new staff is being interviewed and families of perspective students begin visiting the campus. It has also traditionally been a month when we break ground on a construction project. Over the past three years we have completed our second building, one classroom at a time. This year, thanks to the funds we have raised to date through this campaign and a lead grant from the Great Visions Foundation, we will be breaking ground on our 3rd building. Breaking ground is in equal parts exhilarating and daunting - the giddiness of growth and expansion combined with a healthy dose of anxiety to finish before the next school year, which is only 3 months away.

When Ikirwa School Project was just an idea, our architect Mr. M was the first to give it dimension when he drew the original plan for the school campus in 2011. Since then, he has also been the builder, making those drawing a reality. This year, our plan is to provide for side and upward expansion. The foundation footprint will accommodate a building three classrooms wide and two stories tall. Until we can the other classrooms, the pillars will be used to support a roof of an open verandah extending from a single classroom over the foundation floor. Ikirwa School is not alone in its just-in-time building approach. Many schools, churches and even hospitals follow do the same – throughout Arumeru you can see building with unfinished joints, awaiting funds to construct the next room.

Thank you all for your generous support of Ikirwa School and its mission to bring education to children who need it most.

Construction footprint ends by the swings
Construction footprint ends by the swings
 
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