Apr 29, 2019

3 cows a milking

Milk for ALL
Milk for ALL

All three of our donated cows are proud mothers and happy milk donors for our children! The children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru are able to enjoy fresh from the cow milk at least 3 days a week now. What a huge relief it is to know that the children are receiving milk with all of its protein and minerals. It's amazing to see how these extremely needy children are growing and thriving now. I'll never forget how I once asked one of the doctors who had come with his team for a check-up what I could do to help the children healthwise and he answered: "Dear lady, I have never before seen such healthy slum children".  He should see them now! 

The cows have not only had calves - we were able to buy one more rather young cow in the hopes of even more milk. So we now have 4 cow and 3 calves.

That is all well and fine - but the cost of their feed is pretty expensive. Our staff doesn't mind the extra work - and it's plenty - but we are struggling to keep the animals well-fed. With all of the constructions going on at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center - the dining hall was just completed and the kindergarten is next on the agenda - we are in dire need of support for our little dairy farm.

Besides the cows, we also have the field that we have leased to grow vegetables for the children. It is not only a relief to be able to grow our own food to some extent - it also gives the children's parents another possibility to be active members of the Live and Learn in Kenya community. This is not only their way of passing it forward, but they are also amazing paragons for their children who watch on as their parents work hard for the common good. The older children sometimes join them and work side by side with them on Saturdays. We are hoping for rain as the draught goes on. April is usually the rainy season, but this past April left Nakuru dry and hot with the exception of light drizzles a few times.

Our next food project will be chickens. We're hoping to be able to build a chicken coop after the 3-classroom Kindergarten has been built.

We are so thankful to the many wonderfully generous donors who continually support our projects at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center - and our organization in general.

Asante Sana - thank you so much.

Every Body needs milk
Every Body needs milk
Asante Sana - Thank You So Much
Asante Sana - Thank You So Much
Apr 29, 2019

Another Meal - Another SMILE

Full Tummies - Happy and Alert Children
Full Tummies - Happy and Alert Children

The children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya are very thankful for the support they are receiving. Charity is never something that can be taken for granted. People give from their hearts without even knowing the people that they are helping. The children know this as well as we do. For that reason, they are always ready to show their appreciation in the form of song, dance, written on the chalkboard thanking donors individually - and in prayer. The daily meals at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center and also at our partner schools the older children attend, are not just meals to fill tummies. They are meals filled with hope for a future when they will one day be able to use the gifts of education that they are receiving today and be able to pass it forward - to their own children and perhaps - like you - to children that they will probably never meet.

It is all a lovely circle. Thank you for being a part of this circle of love and caring.

Asante Sana - thank you so much for helping us to give these children reasons to SMILE.

Full Plates - No More Growling Tummies
Full Plates - No More Growling Tummies
Mile of SMILES
Mile of SMILES

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Apr 1, 2019

Int'l Day of Sport for Development&Peace-April 6th

Getting ready for Int
Getting ready for Int'l Day of Sport & Peace Day

April 6, 2019 is the International Day of Sport for Developement and Peace. We at Live and Learn in Kenya International take this important day very seriously. The importance of sport for children is becoming more and more obvious - not only because of keeping children fit - but also for keeping them alert throughout the day - and happy. Children have a compulsion to move and react. They want to MOVE and have fun at the same time. They also want to prove themselves - to themselves and to their friends, teachers and parents. We acknowledge that competition is important in life. It is good to see how far you can go in comparision to others - but it is also important to learn how to accept losses and wins in a peaceful and respectful way. That is what we are thriving to achieve at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya.

It is all too easy to just allow children to play sports by themselves on the playground at break time and fight out their indifferences. We find it important to always have adult supervision during all sports activities. Besides the weekly sports and activities Saturdays every week, we organize at least two formal Sport Days every year, which is open to all of our 451 Live and Learn in Kenya children and youths. April 6th and the first Sunday of the end of the school year break in October. These days are filled with sports, fun and laughter. This year April 6th will be different. We have decided to invite pupils of a partner school to enjoy the day with our children and also eat a meal together. All of this under the motto “What does peace mean to you?”.

We are looking forward to the answers we receive – both from our guests and our own children.

The Live and Learn in Kenya Kids are preparing for the event with a colorful array of games, sports and awards. Alone the preparation is reason to smile!

We now have 451 children on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program – 236 girls and 215 boys. 270 children are attending our own school and kindergarten.

We have finished the construction of the dining / multi-purpose hall at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center and are now working to raise funds for its furniture. The old furniture that we are still using, is far too large and wide, making it difficult to seat many children at once for a meal.

Most of our children and youths are doing very well at school and nearly all of the children – with the few exception of children with learning challenges – attending our own school are receiving above average exam marks and report cards.

From the 451 children, only 5 of them are not yet sponsored.

We are very proud and satisfied with “our” children’s doing their best to be all that they can be. Your support has helped to make this possible.

Asante sana - thank you for your assistance!

Rope Tugging
Rope Tugging
Working Together - Having Fun Together
Working Together - Having Fun Together
Moving & Smiling!
Moving & Smiling!
The furniture that needs to be financed and built
The furniture that needs to be financed and built
 
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