Sep 19, 2016

FINISHING TOUCHES WITH MANY HANDS TOUCHING!

Principal Robert speaking to the parents
Principal Robert speaking to the parents

It's finished!  "Sisi ni kumshukuru Mungu kwa LLK na wote wa wadhamini. We are thanking God for LLK and all of the sponsors." That was the program's parents' reaction during the parent/teacher meeting last week. The fifth classroom is completed with all chairs and desks, blackboard, cabinets and bookshelves. All possible hands helped to make it happen - and many kind donations made it possible! The happy faces of the 4th graders who will be sitting at their desks as of January 6, 2017 when the new school year begins in Kenya makes all of that hard work and fundraising worthwhile. The new teacher and principal, Robert, held the parents meeting to inform them of what will be expected of both his pupils and from their parents as part of the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l community. He also answered the many questions that the parents had. Kenneth Branda, the project manager, assisted him in answering questions. They were very interested in the annual visit from the German delegation in October. The visitors will be officially opening the classroom with a huge festival of singing, dancing and a lot of smiling - and the parents want to take part in the preparations and the entertainment for and with the vistors! And of course everyone wants to know when the construction of the next classroom will begin. The only answer to that question is "when we have the funds".  But for now everyone is very happy with the results of this beautiful new classroom for the children. The fact that these children are now enjoying their school days in fresh air with green trees around them and not in the drab, gloomy and smoggy slums is already a blessing for everyone involved - and then to top it off with the harmonious atmosphere of a clean and happy environment with smiling teachers, more and more books for the bookshelves, warm lunches and a staff who cares about them is practically heaven on earth for so many! We can only hope that funds will begin to flow for the next classroom construction very soon.

In the meantime we are counting the days until our 10-day visit in October/November when we will once again have a treasure of information and photos to post.

We are still in need of books for the classroom libraries. So, please dust off those books of yours and send them over to Kenya - or make a kind bookfund donation! 

Asante sana! Thank you so much!

Project Manager - Kenneth Branda and parents
Project Manager - Kenneth Branda and parents
Finishing touches on the cabinets and bookshelves
Finishing touches on the cabinets and bookshelves
The new blackboard in the lovely new classroom
The new blackboard in the lovely new classroom
Book Challenge
Book Challenge
Lunchtime at the LLK Education Center
Lunchtime at the LLK Education Center

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Jun 30, 2016

Another Year - Another Classroom

The 5th classroom at the LLK Primary School
The 5th classroom at the LLK Primary School

HARAMBEE - is a Suahili word meaning "Joining hands for a common cause".  So, we all joined hands and the 5th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya was built in record time. When the first 4 classrooms were built, we weren't able to open the doors to the children and teachers until the following November or January - this year - on July 2, 2016 - they will be festively opened to the children who are now in preschool, but will be graduating into first grade in January 2017. They will already have access to their new classroom. How amazing is that? We can only shout out a huge ASANTE SANA - Thank you very much - to all of our kind donors who made this classroom possible.

We have desks and chairs and a chalkboard, but we are still lacking the funds for cupboards and bookshelves - and books along with other teaching / learning materials! The children appreciate every book that they can clamp thier eyes to. You can send (used and new) books to:

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l
P.O. Box 17208
20100 Nakuru - Kenya
Every book makes a difference!

And the story goes on.... Now that 5 classrooms have been built, the 6th one is being planned! One classroom is still being used as the LLK office and teacher's office. It would be more than fantastic if we were able to start building the next classroom as soon as possible. The 2 remaining provisional rooms that are being used for the nursery school and kindergarten are not up to par. The metal roofs of of these simple constructions make learning very difficult - especially  when it rains with deafening loudness. So our next step is to once again join hands for a common cause and get the next two classrooms built as soon as possible. And we need all of the hands available!

The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School children have recorded a song written and composed by their music teache,r about how happy and appreciative they are for their daily meals, which are donated through sponsors and the Feed a Smile project. It is nice hearing them singing out their appreciation.

The US artist, Suzen, has created a design for the T-shirts that the LLK children will be receiving for Christmas this year. They will also be sold internationally to raise funds for the school construction as of November 2016.

The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School is already bearing fruits of our labors. Benta is one of the school's best pupils with a grade average of 499 from a possible 500 points. This 1st grade pupil would most likely never have had the possibility to go to school at all if her sister - with whom she lives with in a 1-room shack - hadn't registered her at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. The children's grades are getting better and better through the clean, professional and relaxed learning atmosphere, good food, medical / dental care and sports activities. Now we just have to make sure that the next classrooms get funded and built! HARAMBEE!

Preschool pupils and their teacher
Preschool pupils and their teacher
Happy Mealtime at the LLK Primary School
Happy Mealtime at the LLK Primary School
Feeding Smiles!
Feeding Smiles!
Books & Stationary Donation for the  LLK School
Books & Stationary Donation for the LLK School
Benta-One of the LLK Primary School
Benta-One of the LLK Primary School's Best Pupils

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Apr 4, 2016

The New Classroom is Growing - One Stone at a Time

Feeding Smiles!
Feeding Smiles!

The 5th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center is beginning to grow. Stones are being delivered and the real construction will begin during the "April School Break" which begins on April 9th. In the meantime the area is being prepared and the children and staff are getting more and more excited. It is heartwarming to see these children - who would most likely not have had much of a future, much less a real childhood - playing and running around the Center's playground - swinging on swings, playing ball games, jumping rope, singing, laughing, smiling - and just doing all of those things that children are supposed to be able to do without a care in the world. But you can be sure that this would not have been possible without your support and the support of the sponsors and the Live and Learn in Kenya staff.

We need your support and kind donations to keep the construction going so that it will be completed by the beginning of November when a group of 16 visitors - from the USA, France, England and Germany will be present to celebrate its completion.

So please remember that every dollar helps and that your donations are tax deductible - and very appreciated.

We are also in desperate need of books. Our classroom shelves are pretty empty and good-quality books are hard to come by and very expensive in Kenya. We would appreciate any children's books that you may have that will strike a match for our little pupils' flame of desire to read. Books can be sent directly to:

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l
P.O. Box 17208
20100 Nakuru - Kenya
Every book makes a difference!

The US artist, Suzen Juel, has created a design for the T-shirts that the LLK children will be receiving for Christmas this year. They will also be sold internationally to raise funds for the school construction as of November 2016.

The singer and composer Terry Lynn Melody has recorded a lovely song for Live and Learn in Kenya - It's All Because of You can be heard in the link below.

I hope you will enjoy the brand new short video that was filmed and donated by the Nakuru based videographer, Dennis Rasto. It is so wonderful to see those happy, smiling faces where tears used to be - children learning for a brighter future - and singing their song with the school motto: Education is the Key to the Future! 

Please help us to give the children another "key".

Music and Dance Lesson in Traditional Clothing
Music and Dance Lesson in Traditional Clothing
A Friendly and Clean Learning Atmosphere at LLK
A Friendly and Clean Learning Atmosphere at LLK
The LLK Kindergarten and Primary School Teachers
The LLK Kindergarten and Primary School Teachers
T-Shirt Design for LLK by US Artist Suzen Juel
T-Shirt Design for LLK by US Artist Suzen Juel

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