Nov 19, 2018

Preschool Graduation Day & Giving Tueday

Proud Preschool on Graduation Day at LLK Ed Center
Proud Preschool on Graduation Day at LLK Ed Center

30 gorgeous and amazingly proud preschoolers wearing caps and gowns held their heads up high as they danced in front of the crowd of over 800 guests, parents, family members, siblings, teachers, schoolmates and even the Chief and the Kenyan TV. They took their places in line to receive their certificates, were adorned with decorations hung around their necks by their in tears of pride and happiness parents and relatives as photos were taken and the crowd applauded as each name was called.

This is a very usual scene in the wealthy areas of Kenya. Graduating from Preschool into first grade is serious business and wearing those caps and gowns only happens when graduating preschool and university. But this fabulous ceremony did not take place in one of Kenya's wealthy areas where the parents are more than happy to pour thousands of KSH into their child's preschool education. No, this graduation ceremony took place in the midst of the Barut slums of Nakuru, Kenya - at a school where parents pay nothing for their child's education - because they have nothing to pay. When you are living on about $2 a day, you can't afford to send your child to a high-end school - or any school at all for that matter. Alone the mandatory uniform leaves a family without rent money for a month or two. This is what Live and Learn in Kenya International is all about. We provide high quality education to the children who need it the most - the children who need to rise above poverty - remember where their roots are - and one day be enpowered to be the change that we all want to see in this world - FOR FREE.

Giving Tuesday provides the perfect possibility to truly make a difference in the lives of these and about 450 other children who are on the Live and Learn in Kenya International program. With GlobalGiving's donation match on November 27th you could even make double the difference with your donation.

Our children are not only provided with education - they receive free warm lunches, uniforms, free-time clothing, holiday gifts, dental, medical and emergency care, free time activities: girl's and boy's clubs, sports, dance, singing, art and art appreciation possibilities, youth and young adult workshops in hygiene and AIDS prevention and self defense.

We are giving the children the chance to be all that they can be - and are so thankful for your generosity

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Nov 7, 2018

Wispy Works Wonders

Wispy the Fuel Producing Cow
Wispy the Fuel Producing Cow

Wispy was the last of the 3 cows that were donated to the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru. And Wispy and her 2 cow friends have a calf to look after now after she was sold to the Center for very little money. We were able to use the Global Giving funding for her - Her name will of course be GG.

The cows are already making a difference at the Center. Although the 3 grown cows are all pregnant and not yeat able to give milk until December - January, the have another job to do at the Center. We have installed a home gas installation which produces cooking gas with... cow dung! The warmth coming from the installation makes it the perfect place to plant strawberries on top and green vegetables around it. So the children are learning to use what the cows have to offer - besides milk!

Now that the cowshed has been built and is housing 4 cows, one of the next steps will be the chicken coop and chickens - but it will be necessary to buy farm land first.

We can really use your kind support to make this happen and keep those smiles on the chilren's faces.

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Oct 15, 2018

...and the Kindergarten is next....

School
School

We have been so lucky! It has been a huge challenge over the past 4 years of building our school at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya -the 8 classrooms, school offices and teachers' room - with a lovely courtyard was completed some months ago. Now we are working on raising funds to finish the school dining / multi-purpose hall. The foundation and outside walls - all the way up to where the roof will someday (hopefully soon) be. It's so exciting!

And what comes next? Well, the kindergarten of course! We are now using school classrooms to complensate for the day care aka nursery class and the preschool class - but the kindergarten class is still in the big, old wooden shack with a tin roof... A 3-classroom tract is planned for the nursery, kindergarten and preschool classes - and we hope to begin construction of the first classroom by April 2019. Until then the dining / multi-purpose hall must be paid for and finished - and then we can take a great big breath and whoosh get back to work raising funds for the Kindergarten. So there's no better time than now to begin  :)

A lovely porcelain plaque will possibly bear your name - or the name of your choice - on it if you have donated at minimum of $1000 US. And for the very, very generous donor who decides to go down in Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l history as the person or firm who has paid for the complete construction with an $85.000 US GB or German tax deductible donation - the kindergarten will be named after you or the name of your choice!

A huge chunk of the future lies in our hands. Let's make it happen!

Asante sana - thank you so much for caring.

Fun Break Time on our Playground
Fun Break Time on our Playground
The Master Plan
The Master Plan
Porcelain Dedication Plaque Attached to the Wall
Porcelain Dedication Plaque Attached to the Wall

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