Education  Kenya Project #25776

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program

by Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.
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Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program
What is Character? - a Lesson at the LLK Center
What is Character? - a Lesson at the LLK Center

Today - April 6th - is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. And this is exactly what Live and Learn in Kenya International is all about! We take great pride in providing the poorest of poor children in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya with the best possible education, food, water, medical and dental care, social worker support and extra curricular activities. 

Kenya Culture Day is very important to us. We initiated this weekly day of teaching the children about having pride in their heritage. Every Friday the children change from their uniforms into tradional Kenyan attire and play the games, do the sports, sing the songs and dance the dances of their Kenyan heritage - and learn about Kenya's history and present day situation - and how they can be a part of bettering their society.

Besides singing and dancing - many different forms of sports are already available to our 460 - 480 program children 6 days a week. A huge playground that is ever-growing - a soccer field - volley ball - balancing and climbing boards - and now we are in the process of raising funds for our Sport Courtyard.

We feel that music, dance and sport are necessary factors for child development. We hope you do too!

We are so grateful to all donors who help us to help these children!

Asante sana - thank you so much.

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Christian
Christian

How can parents contend with not being able to feed  and clothe their little child? Just the idea is heartbreaking and gave us a reason to decide to take smaller children on to the Live and Learn in Kenya International program. 15 little girls and 15 little boys aged 3 - 4 are now LLK Kids! We are building a classroom right now and it will be completed by the end of February so that the tiny tots can move into a classroom that is made to fit their needs. But they need sponsors. The new Day Care classroom will have to have little mattresses and bed linen - plenty of toys and learning materials for small children and a specially trained day care teacher has already been hired.

Besides food and clothing, our little ones will become a part of the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l community. That means that they will go from day care through to 8th grade at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. If they decide to go to vocational training, by then it will be possible directly at the LLK Education Center. If they are able to go on to high school, college or even university - the sky is the limit with a sponsorship through Live and Learn in Kenya International.

"Be the change you want to see"  Your donations make a world of difference to that little child who is probably on the other end of the world...

All donations - large or small make an impact!

Asante sana - Thank you so much.

Neema
Neema
Hassan
Hassan
Wender
Wender
Sponsor-funded meals and sweets
Sponsor-funded meals and sweets
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Holiness Graduated from University Last Week
Holiness Graduated from University Last Week

The year goes by and a new year is in sight. What have you done that really made a difference this year? Well, the Live and Learn in Kenya Kids and their parents know and appreciate what you have done to change their lives. It is amazing what a difference a donation can make in a person's life. A child who had little hope for a bright future can go to school - and even graduate from university because of a donation. A sick child who may have just withered and died from a curable disease can be hospitalized and cured - a life saved. A foster family is found for a young orphan who thought that he or she would be living out in the streets for the rest of their lives. Caring changes perspectives - changes lives.

Holiness, who would never have been able to attend school at all - not only attended high school - she graduated from university with flying colors last week!

We want to say thank you in this special way. The Live and Learn in Kenya International children and their parents or guardians have opened up their hearts to show their appreciation to you.

The children each received a large, warm blanket for the cold Nakuru nights and their families received all of the ingredients for a festive holiday meals - including a live chicken, vegetables, flour, oil for cooking. They left the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center singing and dancing and celebrating - their meals - their lives - and YOU.

Please click on the link below and have a look at the little video prepared for your enjoyment.

Asante sana - Thank you so much.

Happy holidays - Peace on Earth - Good will to us all!

Christmas Presents for all LLK Kids and Families
Christmas Presents for all LLK Kids and Families

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Martha in 2008
Martha in 2008

Martha was a scared young girl living in the deepest slums of Nakuru, Kenya with her single mother and two brothers when I met her on an October day in 2007. She had been accepted onto the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l program a half a year before. She was shy, but hard-working and very focused. During my annual visits I watched Martha bloom into a lovely young woman, brilliantly passing her exams and joining high school and then going on to college. It was a proud day for Martha when she received her college diploma as a full-fledged elementary school teacher. But not only Martha had reason to be proud. Her teachers, the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l staff and - last but not least - her sponsors - were thrilled that Martha was one of the first Live and Learn in Kenya Kids to graduate from college and have a professional life laid out before her. 

She has been teaching at the Live and Learn in Kenya Elementary School for nearly two years now. She could, most likely, find a job placement at a school where she would be earning more money - but Martha knows why she is staying right where she is. She was given the chance to be all that she could be - and now she has come back to her roots to teach and guide the children who are now in the same position that she was all those years ago. The children look up to her as a mentor - as 'one of them' who worked hard to reach her goal. They want to be like Martha - a success story!

Your donation to the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l Sponsorship Program is not "just a drop in the bucket" It's the entire ocean to hundreds of children.

 

Martha has been given the chance to tell a bit of her story in the attached short video.

 

Asante sana - thank you so much for your interest!

 

 

Brief remark: GlobalGiving's Mikey can be seen in the video during his visit to the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in April 2007.

Martha in 2010
Martha in 2010
Martha - Shortly After Her Graduation
Martha - Shortly After Her Graduation

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Happy Welcoming Smiles
Happy Welcoming Smiles

SMILES - that is the one word that can be used to define what the sponsors' visit was all about this year! A group of 23 sponsors from Germany, USA and Holland set out for a 10-day trip to Nakuru, Kenya to vist their sponsored children and to see and experience the "real" African way of life. But mostly they just wanted to get to know the child or children that they have been supporting with education - some for as long as 12 - 15 years!

The welcoming songs that the children were singing as we arrived at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center were as touching as their hundreds of beautiful smiles and laughter as they all came running to greet us. It was a moment that everyone will remember for a long, long time.

The next days were filled with singing, dancing, handcrafting, building, playing games and sports, drawing, coloring, visiting and just plain fun! One of the sponsors is a dental hygienist and brought literally hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpaste with her and taught the children the correct way to brush their teeth. There were workshops for all sorts of fun activities - from learning to play the recorder, making masks, making beaded necklaces and bracelets, decorating cloth shopping bags for their mamas - plastic bags are absolutly forbidden in Kenya since October 1, 2017! - and putting puzzles together. But every day began with happy, funny songs with two of the sponsors on guitar and accordian, singing was even more fun. The children loved singing and moving to the lovely little song that a Dutch friend composed - with such meaningful lyrics:

Now I'm a river - a stream running wild.

Now I'm the thoughts and the dreams of a child.

Aware of my strength and the kindness I give.

I'm king and I'm queen of the way that I live.

And when Erik - a professional actor and clown - pulled out his magic tricks, eyes gleamed in disbelief and laughter!

A group of visitors and fathers were hard at work for days building a beautiful and colorful playground. Everthing that children love most - climbing, swinging, balancing, playing football, volleyball and soccer are now all possible  at the LLK Education Center thanks to the sponsors and their fathers. The children and staff are thrilled. Now sport lessons and leisure hours will be even more fun.

We take the youngest children to Lake Nakuru National Park every year so that all of the children on the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l program have the possibility to experience the beauties of their own hom as the park lies directly on the border of the Rhonda slums. But when you don't have the money to buy food for your familiy, you don't even consider going to a park with them that costs at least two day's wages... The sponsors had a wonderful day and met with the children for a picnic.

The highlight of the visit was the annual celebration. This year we had a lot to celebrate. The 6th classroom and the solidly-built kitchen were completed and ceremoniously opened to the public to see - as was the new playground. The kindergarten graduation ceremony into first grade is taken very seriously by the children, parents and teachers - as is the calling out and prize-giving of each class's best pupil.

The wonderful day ended with a big meal for everyone - over 1000 people - cooked in our very own beautiful new kitchen.

The celebration was very much a celebration of life - but also a farewell celebration. Tears were flowing through all of the smiles and laughter - and promises of visits in years to come.

Sponsorship at Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l isn't just a name or a number - it's real live people providing real life children with the gift of education and a bright hope for a better future - and SMILES!

The New Playground in Use
The New Playground in Use
Sponsor "Sisters"
Sponsor "Sisters"
23 Visiting Sponsors
23 Visiting Sponsors
Sponsors and Children at Lake Nakuru National Park
Sponsors and Children at Lake Nakuru National Park
Singing With the Children
Singing With the Children

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Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.

Location: Selb - Germany
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Debra aka Brique Zeiner
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