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May 19, 2014

Good News Big and Small

Lunchtime at Mahiga Hope High
Lunchtime at Mahiga Hope High

Among the joys of working with a great community partner are the reports that come in with good news – big and small - that often seems to follow so directly on previous work with the school.

As for the big news – principal Jane Wairimu reports that Mahiga is now in the top ten high schools in the district. Kenyan Secondary schools are divided into two main categories... private (PV)  and  public (PB). The Public Day schools are categorized with boarding and without. Among 18 Public Secondaries without boarding facilities, Mahiga Hope High School is now rated #2. This is fantastic news and we want to congratulate all the staff and students on first place results in Mathematics, English and Geography, and second place in Business  and  Biology.

“On  behalf  of  all  the  Mahiga  Hope  Family,  I most  sincerely  thank  all  of  you  for  the  continued  support  you  have  given  us,” Jane Wairimu reports. ”We promise  to  move  Mahiga  to  greater  heights  and  we  are  proud  to  be  associated  with  you.

One of our long-term goals with the community is to build teacher housing and girls and boys dorms that will further elevate the level of education in this growing rural location.

On the small news side – when we were working with the community to complete the high school, we built a kitchen with high-efficiency wood stoves that are now serving healthy meals for nearly 700 kids from preschool to grade 12. We also built a new dining hall but didn’t have funds for dining tables and chairs, so it was a delight to also receive these pics of the new dining hall furniture the school managed to purchase this year.

Christy and I and a team of Nobelity Project Board Members and supporters will be visiting Mahiga and a dozen other partner schools in Kenya in a few weeks. Please check with us here, on facebook and at nobelity.org for reports.

Congrats to the hard-working Mahiga students
Congrats to the hard-working Mahiga students

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May 19, 2014

Preschool Construction And More

Kiguru Preschool - before and the new design
Kiguru Preschool - before and the new design

This year The Nobelity Project is launching a preschool construction initiative based on a new affordable and replicable 2-classroom preschool design from Turk Pipkin and architect Greg Elsner. In addition to our funding from Global Giving donors, we had four preschool sponsors at our annual gala in February, and three of those are already under construction.

Even in the most remote locatons where we work, our Kenyan partnerschools are committed to early eduction. I'm always impressed when I see four- and five-year-old Kenya kids reciting the English alphabet and working on their numbers. With the education system's resources focused on Primary, the ECD classrooms are often in sub-standard condition - mud-floors, dark and cold drafts coming through the slat walls. At Labura Primary in January, I found the pre-school kids in a crumbling classroom that had actually been condemned.

By combining concrete foundations and walls made of both cut-stone and framing with metal siding, we've been able to create modern, long-lasting classroom diseign that's affordable and will give these kids a great start at a real education. They're also colorful designs that look like a fun place to go to school.

Constructon is underway at Kiguru Primary, Bondeni Primary and at Laburra! We're also building a 3-classrom/3-grade preschool at Konyit Primary, and hope to fund construction of many more in the year to come. We'd love to have your support!

* We're also happy to have recently completed construction or have prrimary and secondary school construction underway at Labura Secondary, Kamiruri Primary, Amboni Primary and an important new water project for the girls dorm at Enkongu Narok Primary in Amboselli. Thanks to everyone who's supported this work at Global Giving and elsewherre. We couldn't do this work without you.

Laburra PreSchool Construction Underway
Laburra PreSchool Construction Underway
Kamiruri Primary - new classrooms!
Kamiruri Primary - new classrooms!

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Feb 27, 2014

More schools - More Great Work!

A break from design and planning at Konyit Primary
A break from design and planning at Konyit Primary

Everywhere I traveled in Kenya this December and January, I was asked to send special thanks to our supporters who've made it possible to have so much impact at our partner schools and their communities. Since we're now working in various capacities with 20 partner schools, it's almost impossible to distill all the work in to one report. But here are a few highlights of my recent trip that focus on great work from 2013 and great work to come in 2014.

At Konyit Primary near Elodret, we had our first on-site meetings with staff, parents and the Board of Governors and finalized plans to build essentially and entire new school here. Konyit is a wonderful school with severe facilty challenges. In the next year we will partner with this community to build 8 permanent stone classrooms, a purified water system, toiets, new preschool and renovate existing buildings for a new kitchen, library, dining hall, computer lab and admin facility. Less than two months after that first meeting, we have a new school design from Mahiga architect Greg Elsner, a great local contractor and construction is now underway!

Almost at the opposite end of Kenya, near Amboselli National Park, I was very moved by the kids at Enkongu Narok Primary, an isolated Massai school where only two girls completed the 8th grade last year. A new girls dorm is going to help alleve the problems of girls being chosen for marriage at too young an age, and we are committed to improving conditions at the dorm, just as the girls assured me they are committed to completing their education. The first step was mosquito nets for the dorm - those are now in place. And we are planning - and fundraising - to build a purified rainwater system on the dorm and another on the main school buildings. This is a great project that is worthy of your support.

On the way back north, I stopped to cut the ribbons on two new classrooms at Mutaki Primary, where enrollment has grown from 40 to 200. 

And back in the Aberdares, I toured our partner schools at Mahiga, Kiguru, Amboni and Mugaka, and we are happy to be starting new partnership projects at Laborra Primary and Kamiruri Primary. One of my favorite stops - as always - was at the school on the hill - Mugaka Primary - a long drive up the mountain but worth it to see these beautiful kids thriving in their new school environment. Our architect partner Joseph Kagiri, who is from this community, has done an incredible job in building all the new classrooms at Mugaka.

The 8th graders at Konyit Primary
The 8th graders at Konyit Primary
Gorgeous new classrooms at Mugaka Primary
Gorgeous new classrooms at Mugaka Primary

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