Another great year is coming to a close. Our students returned home on Dec. 10th and began their month-long break. Our campus seems so quiet without them, but we are confident that they are enjoying their time with family and friends.
This time last year we were slowly digging and pouring a foundation for our Dining Facility and now we are celebrating the tremendous progress that has been made over the past 12 months. With generous donations from hard-working volunteers and donors like you we are at the point of completing a temporary roof on our first floor. Our goal of building a two-story facility that will also house several classrooms, a library/computer lab and a dining hall brick-by-brick moves closer to fruition. As the students attend classes the workers dig large trenches and remove the excavated dirt by hand. The work is difficult and slow because we do not have large machinery, but it is very rewarding watching the community come together to dig the foundation, haul away the dirt, and transport water for the cement to the site.
Our students understand the enormity of this endeavor and are amazed by the progress and growth of their campus. This project has allowed them to see how math and science can be integrated into real life work and most importantly to never stop dreaming. Many of them were on campus when our work began two years ago and are excited to be able to enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal in the dining hall even as we are building it. Your kindness has allowed our school to grow and blossom in ways we could only have imagined. You are the largest part of our change and we are forever grateful. Continue to follow the students progress in the classroom and our progress in construction on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project.
We want to thank you again, and celebrate your support of our school. GlobalGiving has generously extended their 2x match for all recurring donations throughout the month of December allowing your support to go further. All the best in the coming year.
We’ve had a wonderful year and hope that you have as well. Our students continue to thrive at school and we have you to thank for that. Academically, our classrooms are filled with inquisitive and engaged students who love to learn about the world and continue to impress us with their questions and enthusiasm for learning.
Throughout the springtime we were able to make wonderful progress on our Dining Facility. We have the foundation for the entire first floor poured and all of the walls are almost up! To say we are thrilled would be an understatement. The children are amazed at the progress, as well, and love it when the men working allow them to help dispense of the additional dirt by helping to guide the wheelbarrows across campus. It sounds silly, but taking ownership in the change in their dining hall allows the students to feel invested in its progress. We like to refer back to the phrase, “It takes a village..” when we think of the work going into the new dining facility, because without the continued contributions from donors like you and the support and hard work provided from the local members of our community this endeavour would continue to be just a dream.
As the year continues and every stone is put in place we become more confident in the knowledge that our children will continue to have the opportunity to eat their meals in a place free of dirt and dust and one in which they will be dry during the rainy season. We are sure that everyone can look back on their time at school and remember the joy in sharing stories and spending time with classmates in the cafeteria. Our students are no different. Please continue to help our dreams of a new facility come true by supporting our GlobalGiving Dining Hall campaign.
Horray, after a year of turmoil throughout the world we would like to share some good news. Our dining hall continues to grow and construction is moving forward. Though the pandemic slowed our progress we continue to work towards our completion with your help.
We have hit a milestone of being one third of the way to completion. It is currently one room, in which our students gather for delicious meals and socialization, and at other times it is used for classroom space. Our goal is to complete the Dining Facility with two additional classrooms, a library and computer lab and make them available to all the students by next school year. Though March thru May is our rainy season and construction slows, we are gearing up so when the rain subsides and the sun consistently shines we have all of the materials necessary to continue our great progress.
Your continued financial support allows our students to enjoy their meals in a dry and dust free environment. The students laughter and engaging conversations continue to fill our school with joy. Our playing fields are filled with games and competitions and our courtyard with jump ropes and song. It is only ten years ago that we put our first brick down and now we have several buildings and a future Dining Facility on our campus. We are truly blessed to have your support and are overwhelmed with the confidence you have in our “little school”. Your donation does not just help us build a structure, it helps us provide opportunities for local children to grow and learn. It also provides an anchor for the community between the importances of an education and the future opportunities. The sayings “It takes a village to raise a child” is reflective of our goal. It is all due to people like you who have been so generous and continue our worthwhile project known as Ikirwa School Project.
As we progress we will continue to keep you informed of all that has been accomplished through pictures and letters. Please watch our progress and adventures in learning on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project.
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