Education  Kenya Project #36634

Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020

by Imara Academy
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020
Help 25 5th graders get a classroom by January2020

Dear Project Donors,

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. During this time, I wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation at ImaraAcademy.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. And we're truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need.

As you know, our project is geared towards helping children in rural Kenya, we have nothing but gratitude to each and everyone of you. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, things have slowed a bit on the ground. All schools were closed and students sent home. It turns out, many of them have no way of learning and since our project was to build one more classroom, that plan was put on a hold. We still plan on building more classrooms and even focus more on distance learning where the teachers and students can stay connected and not suffer any lapse as it did this time.

Due to poor technology, we were not fully prepared to tackle the distance learning. However, with your help, we were able to provide textbooks to all the 200 students so that learning at home can continue. We have in plan teachers that will work with students by grading their work while still at home as they monitor their progress. Please note, ALL schools public and private are closed in Kenya right now. The estimated opening date is in September which means that there are 3 months between now and then that we can not just sit and wait. It is imperative that we take action right now to save thos young minds. This has been made possible by your generous donations. We are so grateful and thankful!

Attached are the proposals we have acquired for the next steps to finish the next class plus a picture of one of the students receiving texbooks enabled by our sponsors.

All the good work thus far has been made possible by your generous donations. Thank you!



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To our amazing community of donors, supporters and well-wishers, I’d like to extend my gratitude and best wishes in this New Year. I would also like to Thank you on behalf of the Imara Kids who embarked on another exciting academic year starting this past January. With your continued support the children you helped build a 5th grade class for are now in 6th Grade and thriving.

I would like to introduce you to one such amazing student and her teacher as they exchange materials and navigate new challenges. Miriam is a smart young lady who likes to read and play with her friends. Mr. Felix is her teacher and he has the envious task of impacting the young minds at Imara.  One of the recent activities was to learn and practice public speaking and communication. The kids are gaining confidence in their natural gifts and learning how to express themselves.

You are the giant on whose strong shoulders Miriam and her friends rise above to see a brighter future. You are holding her strong and, like every fledgling, she will find her wings and soar among the eagles.

Thank you for all you do and with your continued support, Miriam and Mr. Felix will continue to amaze and shine bright.

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Once again, we are excited about what has happened and bound to happen going forward. The school year ends this month at Imara Academy and we happy to report we had a breakthrough year! Thanks to many that supported us with money and school materials to help facilitate and enrich classroom learning. The 5th along with the other students are well equipped for the next year starting in January 2020.

Quoting Mother Teresa “We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” Following in the same spirit, we have continously built one class at a time and we are convinced that the end result would be a world changed because of education.

Free And Compulsory Education

 One of the reasons for the high literacy rate, is that in 2003 Kenya waived all fees and tuitions for the primary school level. This has increased school enrollment by large amounts, and raised the literacy rate along with it. 


This has been a step in the right direction for education in Kenya. Unfortunately, children from very poor families can only keep their children enrolled for a few years, because there are still costs associated with school. There are no tuition fees, but families must still cover costs of some books, activity fees, transportation, food and other supplies. 


We were also able to establish connections with other schools and below is a conversation I had with one of our supporters:

"We had an idea to see if you would want to an Arts or items exchange program between her School in Mississippi and the Imara Academy? For Example: This would mean collecting art work or similar items from her 5th grade class or the entire 5th grade group and sending to The Imara Academy and in return your 5th graders would send items back to be displayed at the school."

The students at Imara enjoyed drawing and sharing their artwork with the art academy in MS.

My answer was, YES! We are very encouraged and proud of the opportunity the new classroom has presented to the students at Imara Academy. We hope to keep going forward as we aim to add 3 more classrooms.

Thank you for your support. We are forever grateful!!!

One of the Artwork pieces from Imara Academy
One of the Artwork pieces from Imara Academy
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The children at Imara Academy were joyful to see us. I wish you could hear and see the excitement on their faces. It was a sight to see. It almost resembles the little baby chicks excitement when their mama comes back with food. Even now, that cheerful songs and excitement fill my heart with joy every time I think about it. Aren't these pictures exciting? These joyous hearts are filled with gratitude and blessings to you, our supporter. They screamed and sang songs to the "good people" for supporting them. 

You are, literally, one of the good people who has helped them. 

Isn't that a powerful thing- knowing that some students can have a classroom to learn right now because of your generosity? 

When you donate toward any Imara Academy project, you directly impact lives.The lives of students, of mothers and fathers, of grandparents, of teachers,...whole families...entire community. 

Do you think that sounds too good to be true? 

When you understand how far the American dollar goes, and that the average Kenyan villager makes around d $100 PER YEAR, that gives you a glimpse as to how powerful your donation is. 

If you're are like me, you might have to hear things like this straight from the people who are affected before you really "get it." 

Teacher Jackie the director of Imara Academy called the new class "a miracle" since it was completed in the nick of time for her students' to have a homeroom.

You have the power to change their situations and improve their lives and you have. I hope your heart is touched, as mine is, knowing it takes a village to raise a child! Thank you for your caring heart. For your compassion. For the generosity you have showed in changing their lives. 

Thank you! 

Imara Academy 

P.O Box 4645 

Covina, CA 91724

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Dear Friends,

It is with a delightful heart that I share the amazing results from the 5th graders you support. These bright and hard-working children came in 2nd out of 38 schools on standardized testing. Such rewarding efforts on the part of the children, teachers and our incredible supporters are the winds in my sails, a testimony to what great future awaits these children.

At first glance many people will notice the challenges the children and Imara school faces but when you get to encounter the pure joy and thirst for life and learning from these kids, you come out refreshed and hopeful. Yes there are roadblocks and many more things to be done including plaster and paint, but my job and with your support, is to make a way so these children will have a chance to fully explore their potentials.

Some other amazing news is that starting on the week of June 9th I will be in Kenya, at Imara School for my annual visit and inspection tour. I will have the opportunity to interact with the children, teachers and parents and learn firsthand some of the things they are doing and accomplishing. This is an incredible experience I will shared with you on my return. Such visits, the sights and sounds of the children, their playful nature and welcoming spirit give me hope, inspire me to do more and challenge me to never give up.

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Location: Covina, CA - USA
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Imara Academy
Geoffrey Kilonzo
Project Leader:
Geoffrey Kilonzo
Covina, CA United States

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