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Aug 30, 2018

The Last Term of the School Year has Begun

Handmade Pencil Cases Filled with Love and Care
Handmade Pencil Cases Filled with Love and Care

443 Live and Learn in Kenya International Children and Youths are beginning their last term of the school year this week. 233 girls and 210 are bursting and ready to begin learning again after the break. We presently have 241 children attending our own Live and Learn in Kenya School in Nakuru - ranging from day care class to 5th grade. The remaining 202 children and youths are attending partnering local school, colleges, trade schools and universities. We are very proud of our children because we know that they are doing their best to break away from the vicious circle of poverty through education.

As the last term of the year begins, we are already preparing for the children who will be graduating from our preschool class and beginning their school career at the Live and Learn in Kenya School in January 2019. The school year ends on October 26, 2018 and their graduation ceremony will take place on November 3, 2018 with pomp and ceremony during our annual visit to Kenya. They will receive graduation  presents, a "Zuckertüte" - which is a German tradition for children starting 1st grade. It is a large paper cone filled with sweets and small toys and school materials. They will also receive their new pencil cases and school bags - all set for the future!

We will also be welcoming 30 new little 3-year olds into our school along with their parents into the Live and Learn in Kenya Community in November. They will be our future Day Care children and will be taught the basics in a fun and happy way. Our trained day care teacher will teach them games and songs and little dances. We will be needing 30 new sponsors for these children as of November 2018.

Our work is as never-ending as our joy and pride of being able to guide these children along the path of eduation into a brighter future - with your help!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

Our 5th Grade Girl Scouts
Our 5th Grade Girl Scouts

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Aug 7, 2018

Cows a Mooing and Milk is Flowing...

Elisabeth, Riziki and Whispy in their new cowshed
Elisabeth, Riziki and Whispy in their new cowshed

It was wonderful to experience the generosity of the wonderful people who spontaneously donated to buy three cows. Elisabeth, Riziki and Whispy moved into the new cowshed that was mainly paid for through donation from GlobalGiving. It is a joy to see how the Elisabeth and Riziki, who were pretty skinny cows, are growing bigger and healthier every day. So, now that the children are seeing for themselves how to care for the cows, we would like to buy the neighboring plot of farm land to enable us to plant and harvest more beans and vegetables for the children - and also give us room to build a good-sized chicken coop so that we can also raise chickens for eggs and meat. We have come a long way in the past couple of months - with your help we'll reach our goals!

Asante sana - thank you so much!

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Jul 23, 2018

Another Classroom Completed - On to the Next...

Handing the chalk over
Handing the chalk over

Our beautiful new aquamarine-colored classroom is finally completed - which completes the construction of the Live and Learn in Kenya Elementary School - and is joyfully being used by our preschool class. They will be the first grade when the new school year begins in January, so they may as well use it now instead of the tin-roofed shack that they were in up until now. Months of hard work, time and funds were poured into these walls, floors, roof and ceiling of this classroom. We are all so happy and thankful for all of the amazingly generous donations that we have received over the months to be able to finish this 8th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya.

It is seldom possible for children coming from such horrendously poverty-stricken slums to be able to attend school at all - never mind being able to attend a modern and fully-equipt and beautiful school. You have helped to make this possible. Now we are able to provide all that the children need to be all that they can be in an environment that is so necessary for children to grow and learn and have a good time doing it. This new classroom and the loving and patient Teacher Anne is exactly what these children needed to escape the desolate, dirty and trist Nakuru slums where they live. This new beginning is a huge step into a future where the children will learn to demand more of themselves and from life - and be willing to work for it with their heads held up high with self-confidence and dignity. That's what it's all about - working their way into a brighter future - a future where they can really make their dreams come true - a future that every child deserves!

We are planning to begin the next 3 classrooms in a tract of land on the other side of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center for our early learners between the ages of 3 and 6 in 2019. We want them to have an early kickstart into a brighter future and out of the vicious circle of poverty. We can do it with your help.

Asante sana - thank you so much!

The new classroom in use
The new classroom in use
Learning can be so much fun!
Learning can be so much fun!

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