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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Jul 9, 2018

The Construction Has Begun

Getting the ground ready
Getting the ground ready

The ground has been broken by the Live and Learn in Kenya School children. What a joy this celebration was. For the first time, the children were allowed to break the ground and sing out their joy and appreciation. Of course the entire Live and Learn in Kenya staff were present, along with the builder and architect - who also took the shovel into their hands to help break the ground.

Now all we have to do is raise the funds! The construction company has generously agreed to allow us to pay as we go. In other words, they will build with the funds available and stop when we've run out. So we will have to do our level best to keep the funds coming in so that there won't be long construction pauses necessary.

Does anyone have any great fundraising ideas? I'd love to hear them.

Here's to the new construction phase of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya - where our children are coming from one of the poorest slums in Nakuru - but KNOW that "Education is the Key to the Future"!

Asante sana - Thank you for your kind support.

Builder and Architect breaking the ground
Builder and Architect breaking the ground
Children Breaking the Ground
Children Breaking the Ground
Everyone is HAPPY
Everyone is HAPPY
Celebrate!
Celebrate!

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