Jul 31, 2020

Covid19 Stops a Lot But Won't Let Us Stop Caring

Asante Sana - Thank You So Much
Asante Sana - Thank You So Much


School meals are most often the only meals of the day for many, many children. Live and Learn in Kenya International is proud and happy to be able to make very nutritional and tasty meals available to all of the 480 children on its program. 300 children attend the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center Kindergarten and Elementary School. These children receive both breakfast and lunch every school day. On Saturdays, all of the 480 children on the program come for tutoring, activities such as sports, dance, music and handicrafts - and lunch. Sad to say, the coronavirus has put an end to this from March 15, 2020, until the end of the pandemic - and lockdown. Parents have lost the few and low-paying jobs that they had and are not able to walk the streets freely. Where there is no source of income, there is no source of obtaining food. We at Live and Learn in Kenya International - both in Kenya and in the mother organization in Germany - wracked our minds on how to get food to our children and their families. It was not possible to distribute food for two reasons - gathering larger groups is forbidden and if people found out that food was being distributed they would storm the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center to get whatever they could - understandably. Riots of that kind had already broken out in Nairobi where people were literally trampled to death. We couldn't let that happen. After many restless nights, we came up with the solution: M-PESA! M-PESA is a possibility to transfer funds within Kenya to cellphones. Once funds have been transferred, the person need only go to one of the many M-PESA agency offices and fetch the funds in cash. For those parents and guardians with no cellphone access, it was possible for them to come to the LLK Center in small groups to fetch the money personally. Live and Learn in Kenya International began the Corona Emergency Relief Fund and after weeks of hunger and fear parents were able to buy food and soap for their families. In time for Easter, we were able to transfer nearly $33 to each of the families of the 480 children. This was enough to buy rice, beans, flour, and soap. In May it was $27. We are hoping to go on providing at least a minimum of $25 every month until the end of the pandemic when parents can go back to work and earn their wages themselves. Until then they are depending on the charity and caring of strangers.

It is a difficult time for all involved - all around the world. Financial distress is coupled with the fear of contracting the virus ourselves or our friends and loved ones. There are so many unknowns. But one thing is certain - we will only get through this pandemic by working hand in hand - in Swahili they say Harambee - "joining hands and working together for a common goal" - and this common goal is staying alive!

If all goes as planned and prayed for - school will begin again for the new school year in Kenya in January 2021. All grades will be repeated as the children have been officially out of school for more than 9 months. That when we will be able to resume our feeding program and needn't transfer funds to parents any longer.

Please stick this one out with us for a couple of more months!!!

Asante sana - thank you so much for your kind and generous support!

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Jun 22, 2020

...on to the construction of the next unit of classrooms!

Blueprints of the LLK Vocational Training School
Blueprints of the LLK Vocational Training School

As the years go by we are watching the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center grow and blossom into a true community of children, youths as well as their parents and a strong, hard-working staff so that the poorest of the poor will be able to receive an excellent education and rip themselves out of the vicious circle of poverty. Five incredibly solid, beautiful buildings have been constructed - the primary school with its 8 classrooms and offices, a 3-classroom kindergarten, a modern kitchen and dining/multi-purpose hall, and an administrative building that will be moved into by the end of June 2020. It not only has offices for the project manager, social workers, and school health care specialist - it also has a day clinic and a relatively large library - just waiting for its shelves to be filled with books!

All of this has been funded only through kind and generous donations and the hard work of the LLK members at markets, fairs, and online events.

So, what comes next? We are now raising funds for a vocational training school at the Center.  

Not every child has the capabilities to proceed on to high school, college, or university. Not everyone can grow up to be a teacher, doctor, engineer or lawyer!  The world needs carpenters, tailors, hairdressers, mechanics, and IT specialists. These youths need positive and solid training in the vocation of their choice. Until now we have sent our primary school graduates to vocational training outside of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center and paid all costs. Now it's time to give them the very best training possible at our own school with the best teachers, materials, and learning atmosphere that we can. And that's the plan for our next construction.

As soon as we have starting capital, we will begin the construction of the Live and Learn in Kenya Vocational Training School. There will be classrooms for carpentry, tailoring, hairdressing, auto mechanics, and IT.

And just like with the other constructions - we are fully dependent upon generous donations once again.

Especially during these crazy mixed-up Covid-19 times when everyone is so unsure of the future, we need to keep people - especially the children - positive and seeing the future unfolding before them!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

The LLK Kindergarten
The LLK Kindergarten
The LLK Library - waiting for books...
The LLK Library - waiting for books...
The LLK School Library
The LLK School Library
May 14, 2020

In the midst of Corona...no School Meals

Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund
Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund

School meals are most often the only meals of the day for many, many children. Live and Learn in Kenya International is proud and happy to be able to make very nutritional and tasty meals available to all of the 480 children on its program. 300 children attend the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center Kindergarten and Elementary School. These children receive both breakfast and lunch every school day. On Saturdays, all of the 480 children on the program come for tutoring, activities such as sports, dance, music and handicrafts - and lunch. Sad to say, the coronavirus has put an end to this from March 15, 2020, until the end of the pandemic - and lockdown. Parents have lost the few and low-paying jobs that they had and are not able to walk the streets freely. Where there is no source of income, there is no source of obtaining food. We at Live and Learn in Kenya International - both in Kenya and in the mother organization in Germany - wracked our minds on how to get food to our children and their families. It was not possible to distribute food for two reasons - gathering larger groups is forbidden and if people found out that food was being distributed they would storm the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center to get whatever they could - understandably. Riots of that kind had already broken out in Nairobi where people were literally trampled to death. We couldn't let that happen. After many restless nights, we came up with the solution: M-PESA! M-PESA is a possibility to transfer funds within Kenya to cellphones. Once funds have been transferred, the person need only go to one of the many M-PESA agency offices and fetch the funds in cash. For those parents and guardians with no cellphone access, it was possible for them to come to the LLK Center in small groups to fetch the money personally. Live and Learn in Kenya International began the Corona Emergency Relief Fund and after weeks of hunger and fear parents were able to buy food and soap for their families. In time for Easter, we were able to transfer nearly $33 to each of the families of the 480 children. This was enough to buy rice, beans, flour, and soap. In May it was $27. We are hoping to go on providing at least a minimum of $25 every month until the end of the pandemic when parents can go back to work and earn their wages themselves. Until then they are depending on the charity and caring of strangers.

It is a difficult time for all involved - all around the world. Financial distress is coupled with the fear of contracting the virus ourselves or our friends and loved ones. There are so many unknowns. But one thing is certain - we will only get through this pandemic by working hand in hand - in Swahili they say Harambee - "joining hands and working together for a common goal" - and this common goal is staying alive!

Asante sana - thank you so much for your kind and generous support!

 
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