We are thrilled to report that construction began on the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center! The St. John's Team from Ellicott City, Maryland and the Kenya Connect staff broke ground on January 11, 2012 and began digging the foundation with Field Director James Musyoka and the Kenya Connect team in Wamunyu. The U.S. group was thrilled to see the water tank fully in place, piped water to the site, a fence and gate around the property and the pit latrine almost fully constructed.
The community of Wamunyu is very excited with the progress of the project and are eagerly anticipating the opening of the center. While the U.S. team visited the Wamunyu ABC Primary School, the Head Teacher presented Field Director James Musyoka with a gift of a soap-stone carving for the new center. The teachers and students are excited that they will have access to computers and the internet and books and magazines. As Nelson Mandela stated, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." The Learning Resource Center will provide educational materials and resources to open the world to the children and community of Wamunyu
The Kenya Connect team continues to be deeply appreciative of your support of the project. We are still raising funds to complete and fully equip the building. In the meantime, we will be sending regular updates as the project progresses!
Asante Sana for your support!
We are thrilled with the progress on the infrastructure for the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center! A fence around the property has been completely installed, funded by the National Honor Society at Wootton High School in Rockville, MD. A donation from the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City, MD funded piped water as well as a water tank. And thanks to you, construction of a pit latrine is almost complete and we'll soon be breaking ground on the main building of the resource center.
Meanwhile back in Maryland, students at Arundel HS are raising money for the computer lab. The students want to begin an international book discussion group which will allow them to Skype with their Kenyan counterparts. We also have a student from Hammond HS who is raising money for a demonstration garden, to be installed on the center's grounds. The garden will show efficient farming methods for this drought-stricken region of East Africa. We also have a student from Long Reach HS who is helping to set-up a school mentorship program for 10 Kenyan students via The School Fund. We are thrilled to have high school students leading the way!
We still need funds to help complete the building. Please consider "buying a brick" for $50 this holiday season. Each "brick" brings us closer to completing the building.
Our Pen Pal and School Sponsorship Programs continue to thrive. The community of Wamunyu continues to be deeply grateful to the work of Kenya Connect and are anxiously awaiting the new Learning Resource Center! Many thanks to all of you for helping to make this a reality.
We are thrilled to report that progress continues on Kenya Connect's Green Learning Resource Center (GLRC) in Wamunyu! Additional materials have been purchased for the fence and workers are beginning to install it. In addition, a water line has been dug from the town and intalled to the project site. Having access to water helps with mixing cement for the fence posts, foundation of the building, and making bricks. It is all very exciting! A local architect is finishing the schematic drawings for the building and we plan on including a sketch of the building in our next project report. Members of the Wamunyu community are thrilled to see this project well underway and happy to have the employment!
Once again we would like to thank the many Global Giving donors who helped make this project a reality. We are still raising funds to help complete the cost of the project. We also encourage all Kenya Connect friends to join us for our annual Fall Fundraiser on Friday, September 30 at the Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. More information about the event can be found at www.kenyaconnect.org.
Dear Friends of Kenya Connect!
We are thrilled to announce that a 1/4 of an acre of land was purchased close to the center of Wamunyu and a Kenya Connect team of volunteers from St. John's Parish Day School and Episcopal Church (Ellicott City, MD) and Southern Middle School In Lothian, MD visited in June to continue work on the project! The volunteers measured the property and worked with Kenya Connect Field Director, James Musyoka, to begin initial plans for the design and placement of the building.
In addition, the team planted 14 trees on the perimeter of the property and local craftsmen began work digging holes for the property fence and creating the fence posts. The visiting team also heard great excitement from the teachers, parents, and students of the Kenya Connect partner schools about the new center. As the team saw, there are very few books, magazines and other resources in the schools and towns and virtually no computers. The villagers are deeply appreciative of the work of Kenya Connect and our many donors who are making this project a reality!
The team also carried over books that students in Mount View Middle School in Marriottsville, MD created to teach about science and environmental issues including the topics of recycling, clean water, and pollution. These books will be included in the Green Community Center's collection!
We are anticipated breaking ground in the next couple of months! We look forward to sending you photos of the ground breaking and updating you on this project!
Once again, accept our deepest thanks for helping to transform the community of Wamunyu, Kenya!
Thank you for your donation to Kenya Connect’s Green Community Resource Center in Wamunyu, Kenya. As a result of the generosity of 376 donors, Kenya Connect secured $5,300 in bonus grants – the highest amount possible – in the Global Giving challenge!
The Kenya Connect team has been profoundly moved by the extraordinary show of support from family, friends and former strangers. In this month-long challenge, people have contributed $27,000 – almost half the necessary $60,000 making it possible to begin construction on the community center right away. Excitement in the Wamunyu area is so high, schools and individuals in Wamunyu are already committing to helping with the construction of the center by making bricks and gathering building materials.
Close to 100 of the gifts made to the challenge were from our partner schools’ Headmasters and members of the community. They are thrilled at the thought of a Resource Center with a library and computers and deeply appreciative of your donation.
We look forward to continue sharing the progress of the center with you over the coming months. Updates will be sent through our postings on Global Giving as well as the Kenya Connect newsletter which provides reports on all the partner school projects that continue to connect children around the world. If you are not already receiving the newsletter and would like to, please visit the Kenya Connect website (www.kenyaconnect.org)to sign-up.
The Kenya Connect Team
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