Jul 9, 2018

The Ground has been Broken for the Dining Hall

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.

The Builder and Architect at Work!
The Builder and Architect at Work!
Celebrating the Ground-Breaking News!
Celebrating the Ground-Breaking News!
Happiness is a Real Dining Hall!
Happiness is a Real Dining Hall!

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Jun 4, 2018

Music & Arts is Also What Sponsorship is About

The Winning Team at the Musical Festival
The Winning Team at the Musical Festival

It is a wonderful thing to be able to provide needy children with everything they need to go to school and get a good education for a brighter future, medical and dental care so that they can experience a healthy childhood, warm and nutritious meals so that they can grow, thrive and concentrate at school, playgrounds, sports and games so that childhood is a joy - but what about music and art?

The children attending the Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School in Nakuru, Kenya are now finding out what it means to be a part of a society that accepts them as they are and not as "pitiful slum rats"! Which was a common way of seeing the very poor by the very wealthy.

Our pupils excelled at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology's National Music Festival at the Nakuru West Sub-County competition on May 30, 2018 being awarded first and second prizes!

To say the least, we are very proud of these children and their ability to participate against all of the other school - rich and poor - with their heads up high and the self-confidence that a strong and able child should always have.

We would like to thank our donors for helping us to make this possible for the children through your kind and continued donations to our cause.

Now that the children have won the sub-county competition - they will be off to the regional competition soon!

Tabitha won 1st place in her age group
Tabitha won 1st place in her age group
Gloria won 1st place in her age group
Gloria won 1st place in her age group
First place as a group
First place as a group
2nd place as a group
2nd place as a group

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Jun 4, 2018

..still hoping for funds to begin the construction

The Present "Dining Hall" From Outside
The Present "Dining Hall" From Outside

We know how difficult it is to raise funds at this time of year when people are getting ready for the lovliest time of the year - vacation - and are closely contemplating their financial situation.

With this in mind - we are especially thankful to the donors who decide to share to make this wonderful dream come true. Our present "dining hall" is everything but hygienic. The dry and dusty Nakuru days make it impossible to keep clean and the wind blows dust and fine sand on the children's plates. The wet and very rainy Nakuru days leave the room wet and flooded and the furnitute rotting. Not a lovely sight to see or a place to feel safe and protected.

Besides the less than positive situation in the makeshift dining hall, a major problem is getting the food from the kitchen - which is about 100 meters away. This means that the mamas who have been cooking all morning must then carry the very heavy cooking pots over to the dining hall - no matter what the weather is  - rainy or windy and dusty... The children also have to stand outside waiting in line for their meal - no matter how the weather is.

The difference that the dining hall will make is indescribable. The meals will be cooked in our modern kitchen and slid over the counter through a window to the waiting child in the dining hall. All of the children will be able to eat together so that the meals will be nice and warm and fresh. Nobody will need to weather the weather - whatever the weather...

In addition to being a dining hall - it will also be an auditorium where the children can meet for extra-curricular activities, pledge of allegiance on rainy days, workshops and parents' meeting.

We are hoping to be able to open the doors of the new dining hall when the new school year begins in January 2019.

We need all of the help we can get.

Asante sana - thank you so much

The Interior of Our Present "Dining Hall"
The Interior of Our Present "Dining Hall"
Kitchen View Towards the Future Dining Hall
Kitchen View Towards the Future Dining Hall

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