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Jun 27, 2019

University - to be or not to be....

Megan as a little girl
Megan as a little girl

It’s a lovely early June day. The sun is shining bright and hot and the children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru are swinging on swings, playing pirates in the cubby-house and sliding down the sliding board, playing ball games or just relaxing with a storybook during their lunch break in the playground after enjoying a hearty meal in the new dining hall.

Megan happily comes to the Center after being called in by our secretary, Rebecca. She has a letter waiting for her. Megan successfully graduated from high school after attending 12 years of school through Live and Learn in Kenya’s sponsorship program. Megan’s sponsors, Carmen and Thomas, have bee supporting her education for 12 years now and are just as excited as Megan is to receive news about her future. Megan is elated. She has been accepted into the Maseno University. She is destined to be still another “LLK child” to attend university. She is proud of herself and everyone is proud of her. But along with the letter of admission came the fee structure for the first and second semesters. She can only attend university if her sponsors are able to pay the fees. We immediately wrote to Carmen and Thomas, who were also thrilled about the news, but sorry to say, they are financially unable to pay more than the annual sponsorship fee of about US$ 360 including Christmas present fund. University fees are a minimum of US$ 1460 annually and that doesn’t even cover books, school materials and the mandatory laptop that every student must have. Megan is heartbroken with the news. What could we do besides ask for donations? Live and Learn in Kenya Int’l cannot afford these costs.

Megan would be so happy if a way could be found to raise her up and make the next 4 years of university what it should be – carefree and ready to concentrate on getting the best possible grades in order to graduate and go on to live a life that could only be dreamt of by most of the children living in the Nakuru slums…

Megan was filmed today, talking about her need for support. Have a look at the 33 second film: https://youtu.be/33drIwGl0Ro

Together we can make a life-changing difference in the future of a child!

Harambee! is the Swahili word for "Joining hand and working together for a common goal!"

Megan as a high school student
Megan as a high school student
Megan
Megan's university admission letter
Megan
Megan's university fee structure
Megan today
Megan today

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May 9, 2019

8 Classrooms Completed - Now for the Kindergarten!

SMILES
SMILES

What a relief - all 8 elementary school classrooms have been completed and the children are enjoying the colorful, well-equipt learning space. Our goal was to provide the poorest of the poor with the educational possibilities that the richest of the rich take for granted - and it is working! During the past years, children have been experiencing what it means to be taken for full. They are working so hard to have the best possible grades and in fact, we are seeing them grow into self-confident youngsters who are full of life, creativity and glowing with intelligence. One of our pupils has a grade average of 499 points from a total of 500! You can't get much better than that.

We know how important clean, fresh classrooms are to the children and to the teachers as well. They are learning to really care about their environment - inside and outside of the classroom and even the school.

Our classrooms are now full of children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Sad to say, the little ones are still left in a make-shift classroom - and as of January 2020, if things don't change, the second class of little ones will have to move into a make-shift classroom as well. That would be a pity.

Our toddlers need the room to play, learn and have fun! Our goal is to begin the construction of a 3-classroom Kindergarten for the nursery/daycare class - the kindergarten class and the pre-school class along with a small staffroom for their teachers. If we are able to raise the funds for the first classroom by July, the children will be able to begin the new school year in January 2020 in a beautiful new classroom.

We would appreciate any form of support that will make this possible.

Asante Sana - thank you so very much for all of the support you have already shown. It is so appreciated from all involved - especially by the children.

Daycare children
Daycare children
Daycare children in a elementary school classroom
Daycare children in a elementary school classroom
Kindergarten Kids
Kindergarten Kids
May 9, 2019

Construction is Complete - Now for the Furniture!

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

At the beginning of August 2018, we started the construction of a modern dining and multipurpose hall. Because of the limited resources, the construction went much more slowly than expected. But when it was completed in late March 2019, it was a great relief for our parents, who had been having to prepare the meals and then carry the big and heavy pots about a hundred yards to our makeshift dining room. Now we have not only built a hygienic dining room directly attached to our kitchen but it also serves as a beautiful, sturdily built multi-purpose hall with a stage. A well-known French artist, Patrick Moya, painted a very beautiful mural that now hangs on the wall behind the stage. Volunteers plan to paint pictures and write sayings on the walls this year when we visit Nakuru once again in November 2019. There will be a huge and joyful opening celebration during our visit.

This dining/multi-purpose hall means so much to so many people - but of course mainly the children. They are now enjoying their meals in a clean and beautiful atmosphere - just as it should always be. The stage gives them the opportunity to show what they've learned in a happy way - and also gives us a chance to have volunteer performers come to entertain them.

Now we just need to have the dining hall furniture built. The furniture that is now being used is from another room - and the tables are far too wide so that the room cannot accommodate many children at once for a meal. We still need your kind donations for tables and benches.

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful support - Asante Sana!

Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Warm meals in a beautiful hall
Big SMILES
Big SMILES
Meals and Smiles!
Meals and Smiles!
 
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