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Apr 4, 2018

Giving thanks for water!

Girls perform during community water celebration
Girls perform during community water celebration

Dear Friends, 

After many years of hard work and persistence in partnership with Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Andover, MA, and Water Mission Kenya, we helped to bring a safe, clean, reliable source of water to the community of Gotichaki, where our school is located. Our Founder and Executive Director, Kwamboka Okari, shared the following message from a community-wide celebration held in late March:

We finally celebrated the H2Okari Safe Water Project yesterday. It was great and we had representatives from many quarters, including the Kisii County, the Constituency and the Community. 

Since November, 2017 when the taps started flowing with safe, clean and treated water, everyone in and around the community of Gotichaki started talking about the water which Margaret Okari school was instrumental in bringing to the community.

All our immediate neighbours i.e. the dispensary, the polytechnic, the high school and the primary school are all enjoying safe clean water. Not to mention all the people in the surrounding Gotichaki area.

No one ever imagined that they will ever have safe, clean and treated water piped from the stream down in the valley, flowing from taps near their homes. There are two points where taps are stationed. One at the dispensary and another one behind our school, by Evan's Kiosk.

During the dry season in December, January and part of February, when lines were long at the stream and water was trickling, the Gotichaki community found a safe and clean water haven outside the Margaret Okari School, where they fetched water with ease. A 20 litre jerrycan sells for Shs. 5/-.

From all of Us, we would like to say a Big "THANK YOU" to the Rotary Club of Andover, the Rotary Club International and the Water Mission Kenya, for bringing Margaret Okari School and the Gotichaki Community this sought-after commodity called "WATER".

May God bless everyone who played their part to make this H2Okari Water Project a reality and a Huge success.

Kwamboka

 

Feb 20, 2018

Looking forward to a great 10th year!

Dear Friends,

Last month marked the beginning of our 10th school year! Since we first opened our doors in January 2009 as a boarding school for 60 orphans, we've nearly quadrupled in size. We've added a preschool, doubled our teaching staff, and secured our reputation as one of the top schools in our region. Each year since opening, we've ranked among the top 8% of schools in the region, and last year, we ranked #1 out of 137 schools in our district on national exams -- all at a cost of less than $1 per child per day.

We are so grateful for your support over the last nine years and look forward to a great 10th year! Thank you!

Jan 3, 2018

A look back at 2017

Thank you for 9 great years!
Thank you for 9 great years!

As the new year kicks off, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on our achievements over the course of 2017.

We are very proud to report that we ranked 1st out of 137 schools in our district on national exams, which were held in November. This continues our track record as one of the top-performing schools in our district. 

Additionally:

  • We supported 230 orphans and vulnerable children from preschool through 8th grade, including 125 girls.

  • After nine years of hard work and persistence in the face of technical, political, and financial hurdles, we brought a secure source of pumped water to campus! This supplements our rainwater harvesting system and eliminates the need for daily hikes down a steep ravine to a spring to collect water during dry seasons. We are also able to provide water to the health clinic, polytechnic school, and public primary school that share our hilltop.

  • We continue to expand financially self-sustaining activities in Kenya, including a business growing mushrooms on campus for sale to local restaurants and cultivating as much of our own food as possible to reduce costs and mitigate the risk of price increases.

As we prepare to begin our 10th school year, we would like to thank you for your continued support -- without you, none of this would be possible! 

Please note that we are transitioning to a new GlobalGiving project page, available here (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-orphans-in-kenya/). We'll continue to post project reports and keep you updated through that page. Thank you again! 

 
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