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Feb 27, 2020

The LLK Education Center Kindergarten is Finished - Now On to build the Vocational Training Building

LLK Kindergarten
LLK Kindergarten

What a fabulously happy day February 24th was at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru! After only 4 months of intensive building, the Live and Learn in Kenya Kindergarten was completed and after the 1-week school break, the big day arrived. 90 happily singing and chanting little girls and boys marched behind their teachers into their gorgeous new classrooms. Thirty little 3-year-old nursery school children sat on a carpet - their furniture is to be delivered 4 days later - and listened to their new teacher in their bright Sunshine Yellow classroom. Thirty 5-year-old kindergarten children sat at their beautiful wooden desks designed by the famous German designer, Sebastian Herkner and glowed with the wonder of it all in their Sky Blue classroom. Thirty 5-year-old preschool children sat at there somewhat higher desks and sang happy songs with their teacher - amazed at the warmth and beauty of their Forest Green classroom.

The idea that children coming from the poorest of poor families living in the Rhonda and Baruti slums was beyond comprehension for their parents, guardians and even the village elders until now.

These children have the right to learn their way right out of the slums - out of poverty - and be all that they can be!

This is Live and Learn in Kenya International's main goal - Education is the Key to the Future. The future is theirs! THANKS TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL SPONSORS AND DONORS WHO MADE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KINDERGARTEN POSSIBLE - AND TO ERICOM FOR CONSTRUCTING IT AT A PRICE THAT WAS AFFORDABLE - AND IN SUCH A FABULOUSLY STRONG AND STABLE WAY.

The LLK Kindergarten will be ceremoniously dedicated on June 6, 2020, when the LLK chairwoman, donors, and guests will be visiting from the USA, Germany, and Qatar to do the honors.

So - and now on to the next construction - the vocational training building where our children will learn to be mechanics and autobody repair people, hairdressers, tailors, and carpenters. We still have big plans and we need you!

 

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Jan 6, 2020

Farmland

Growing Our Own Food
Growing Our Own Food

We have the many helping hands of the project children's parents who are so happy to be able to "give back" by working the land. But of course, we also have the older children who come to the Education Center on Saturdays and during school breaks for meals and sports, activities and tutoring. They are also more than happy to be a helping part of the Live and Learn in Kenya community. Giving back is an important aspect - one that should be taken very seriously. It gives the children and their parents the self-confidence of knowing that they are not "just being helped" - but are being given a helping hand to learn to help themselves!

Preparing the field - planting the seeds - weeding - watching the plants grow - harvesting - these are all learning experiences for our children. Knowing that your own two hands can make the difference between going hungry and going to class with a full tummy is a lesson in life that every child should enjoy. Besides that - the fact that taking part in the work and being a part of a community that enriches not only your own life but also those around you is not only important for the children to experience but also for their parents.Harambee - joining hands for a common goal!

So, our goal is to be able to go on growing our children's food - and watch them grow stronger and more self-confident every day.

This is how a dream turns into a goal - and a goal turns into reality!

Asante sana - thank you so much for caring.

Help Us Carry Our Load
Help Us Carry Our Load
Healthy Lunches - Bright Minds!
Healthy Lunches - Bright Minds!
Jan 6, 2020

School Break is Over - Daily Meals Needed!

Healthy Lunches - Bright Minds!
Healthy Lunches - Bright Minds!

During the months of November and most of December the children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center - including the program's children from partnering schools enjoyed meals and activities except for a 2-week vacation for the staff for Chrismas and the begin of the New Year. The new school year begins on January 6th and so will the daily meals. It is practically a daily challenge to raise the funds for daily meals for 480 children 6 days a week! 300 children will be eating breakfast and lunch from our own school kitchen as of this school year - ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old - nursery class to 7th grade.

For this reason, we are truly so appreciative of your wonderfully generous donations. We are constantly looking for new ways to raise funds and are very thankful for any great ideas and/or support. So please let us know what you think - and how we can creatively raise funds for meals for the children. Sometimes a little idea has a huge impact!

Asante Sana- thank you so much!

 
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