AMAZING is the only way to describe how quickly and efficiently the dining hall is being built. We were hoping that it could have been completed by the end of October so that we would be able to help serve the first meals there during our annual visit, but it wasn't meant to be. From lack of funding and not wanting to go into debt, we have decided on a construction pause until some funds have accumulated. Sometimes you just have to wait for the best things in life...
Most importantly, the foundation has been completed and once the roof is up the rest will go quickly. Our goal now is to have it finished latest by January 2, 2019 when the new school year begins in Kenya. Where there's a will there's a way - and we certainly have the will!
We would like to thank you for your kind donations. Even the smallest donation is a step towards completion.
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"!
The Kitchen is Built - Let's Build the Dining Hall
By Debra aka Brique Zeiner | Chairwoman
Eating in a Dusty Wooden Shed...
Our modern and cleankitchen is a joy to all of the wonderful mamas who come and volunteer to cook 6 days a week. Cooking huge meals in the giant cookers for about 460 - 500 children is a breeze compared to former times when the mamas were mainly cooking outside over an open fire or in a small shed behind the school. Everyone is happy and very, very appreciative with this wonderful kitchen. But now the question is: How long must the children go on eating in the dusty make-shift "room"? The wooden shed with tables and chairs and a dirt floor only has holes in the walls as windows and door. During the current rainy season the dirt floor is just mud. When the weather is hot and dry, it is not only dusty - it is also windy. Dust and wind are just as bad a combination as dirt and rain when a room has no doors or real windows and rain water flows right in.
So now it's time to get the dining hall built! There is a large door and window at the front of the kitchen which is meant to go out to the dining hall so that the large and heavy pots of food needn't be carried through the rain and/or dust to the make-shift dining hall. We are now raising funds for the dining hall so that the chldren can eat in a clean and hygienic environment.As it will be built directly attached to the kitchen, the concept is that meals will be served over the counter through the large window. It will be a very large dining hall so that at least 200 children can eat at once. The dining hall will also be used for other school activities and meetings.
It would be amazing to be able to open the doors of the new dining room in November 2018 during our next visit! You can help make it possible! Every donation - large or small - makes a difference - a lasting difference.
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