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Nov 25, 2014

Our Third Graduating Class Sits for KCSE Exams

Letter from top-scoring recipient of a bicycle!
Letter from top-scoring recipient of a bicycle!

Things are going great at Mahiga Hope High School. Since Kenya is on an annual trimester schedule, the 2014 Senior class has already sat for the KCSE Exam - the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (a tough test akin to taking the SAT in the States). There is quite a lag in grading time, so we won't know for a while which students have scored high enough to qualify for a four-year University enrollment, but we're optimistic - as is Principal Jane Wainaina - that the school will have the most students yet who qualify for 2-year and 4-year college and university courses.

Big congrats to previous grads now in higher ed, including George Abrahams who many remember from our film Building Hope. George is now studying journalism at USIU/United States International University and was one of the top rookie's on the University's championship level basketball team. Way to go George!

These are big steps from seven years ago when we began building the first high school in this great community. Congrats to all the students past and present, and to the school's hard-working staff and board of governors. In early January, Turk will be at Mahiga to check on renovations of the last three dilapidated Mahiga Primary classrooms, and to help kick off the new year and meet a new class of incoming 9th graders.

Every student in every country is entitled to and should receive a full 12-year-education, and we love how Mahiga has helped lead the way for other new secondary schools we're working with in this area of the Aberdare Mountains. Just an hour's walk away, we've been working with the parents and staff at the even newer Laburra Secondary to finish the last classrooms and a new science lab. Two weeks ago, the Laburra students were able to take the chemistry, physics and biology sections of the KCSE at their own school instead of having to walk to Mahiga as they had done once before on an emergency testing basis). Congrats to Laburra Secondary and to our partners and friends at Simbara Secondary (jst a little further up the mountain) where anothe graduating class has now completed their 12th grade.

Mahiga and her neighboring schools are progressing in good ways, and the Kenyan government is making big progress in their march towards their ultimate goal of offering free Secondary education to all. Kenya now has 900,000 more students in Secondary than they did when we started building our first partner high school at Mahiga. That is an incredible accomplishment. 

But Mahiga and other rural schools still have a deep need for funding of additional textbooks, and for the specialty teachers that often make the biggest difference in high school.  Global Giving donor support for text books and teachers in the fields of arts, music and athletics and for librarians and computer instructors helps make a big differnce in the lives of hundreds of kids. 

That makes me feel great. I hope it does the same for you!

(Check out the letter below from Miriam - one of the top Mahiga Scholars who was rewarded last year with a new bicycle!)

Miriam and other bike scholars at Mahiga
Miriam and other bike scholars at Mahiga
Turk and George Abrahams, basketballer at USIA
Turk and George Abrahams, basketballer at USIA
Sep 22, 2014

25 Partner Schools and Counting

New books at beautiful Mugaka Hill Preschool
New books at beautiful Mugaka Hill Preschool

Thanks to the great support from all directions, The Nobelity Project has been able to expand our Kenyan School partnerships to 25+ schools. A quick round-up of some 2014 construction projects include 7 new free-standing preschools at Konyit Primary, Kiguru Primary, Laburra Primary, Mugaka Primary, Bondeni Primary, and also at Amboni and remote Daaba Primary - the final two being under construction now.

In July, we also inspected newly finished classrooms and large classroom blocks at Konyit Primary, Kamiruri Primary, Laburra Secondary and more.

While the goal of these reports is generally to focus on one or two inspiring personal stories, it's also important to remember the scale of our school partnership work, which has extended to schools with over 10,000 students taking advantage of new classrooms, science labs, libraries and clean water systems funded through The Nobelity Project's Kenya Schools Fund.

Our most ambitious single project this year is the ground-up rebuilding of Konyit Primary, a massive infrastructure project that is well over 50% complete. When finished in early 2015, the new facilities at Konyit will include a 3-grade preschool, 8 modern primary classes, a new kitchen and purified rainwater collection system, and the remodeling of five older classrooms into a dining hall, office, computer lab and public library.

Thanks for your help in our work towards Eduction or All. We couldn't do it without you. And congratulations to one of our first Mahiga Hope High Graduates, George Abrahams, who is now a full-time student in the Journalism Department at United States International University in Nairobi, and a stand-out player on the University's great basketball team. Keep up the great work George!

New 4-classroom block at Konyit Primary
New 4-classroom block at Konyit Primary
New classroom & great Laburra Secondary students
New classroom & great Laburra Secondary students
Aug 20, 2014

Summer 2014 - More Good News From Mahiga

James and Anistasia in the Chemistry Lab
James and Anistasia in the Chemistry Lab

The Nobelity Project team had a long tour through our Kenya school projects in June and July. Executive Director Christy Pipkin and her co-founder Turk Pipkin were joined by board members Joey Martin and Dan King. We had great visits at every school, but as usual, Mahiga Hope High School - where all of our Kenyan education work began - was a highlight.

Mahiga Secondary is adjacent to Mahiga Primary and Preschool, so we of course took the full tour - from the preschool and playground to a camping demonstration by the schools' boy and girl scouts (international youth scounting was born in this area), then on to the ten primary classrooms and library. After years of working at Mahiga, we've finally approved the renovations of the last three primary classrooms that were still in a somewhat sub-standard condition. These were old stone classrooms - much better than the wooden classrooms which we've all replaced, but these three were in need of new doors, windows and plaster, and all of that work is now under way.

On the secondary side, we visited the sewing and chemisty classes, a few classrooms, then moved to the RainWater Court for a schoolwide assembly and performances by the school's award-winning dance and music troops. Last year's top scoring boy and girl also received the new laptops which will be a big help as they move on to college. Christy and I received a lot of thank you's for all the amazing work that's been accomplished here - for the great new facilities, and for playing a part in creating an ambitious and prideful school that is changing the lives of hundreds of great kids. Sometimes the thank you's are directed personally to us, or to The Nobelity Project in general, but we never forget that the thanks from these students, this faculty and the community are for everyone who's played a part in our being friends and partners with Mahiga Hope High School - a place where hope lives in every student.

So thanks to one and all. Onward and upward. Education for All.

Turk Pipkin, The Nobelity Project, www.nobelity.org 

- If you'd like a dvd of our award-winning film Building Hope - the Story of Mahiga Hope High School - send us a note on FB or through our website. We'll be happy to get one to you.

Mahiga Hope High Courtyard and students
Mahiga Hope High Courtyard and students
Caroline,Boniface, laptops & bags, off to college!
Caroline,Boniface, laptops & bags, off to college!
 
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