We are building a high standard education center in the slums of Nakuru, Kenya so that through free, high-quality education very needy children will be able to break out of the vicious circle of extreme poverty from the young age of 3. We are presently constructing a library, medical/dental clinic and LLK/social service offices and finishing the kindergarten construction. Our next endeavor is building a vocational training school with training rooms for hairdressing, car mechanics and tailoring.
It is a huge challenge to send children to public schools. For the most part, schools are in bad shape and have far too many pupils in a classroom - up to 100 - with only one teacher. Challenged children cannot be helped in this sort of a learning situation and the average or above-average pupils have a difficult time concentrating. There is usually no source of drinking water and hundreds of children share 2 or 3 latrines. Only children whose parents can pay for meals. receive a school meal.
There are only 30 pupils in a class at our school. Volunteers from Kenya assist the teachers. We provide high-quality teaching/learning material for all children. Challenged pupils are tutored in necessary subjects. Above-average pupils are guided and tutored. Sinks with running water are in every classroom and several are attached to the latrines. Breakfast and lunch are provided 6 days a week. We provide medical/dental care and after school activities as well as uniforms and shoes.
In nearly 20 years of work in Nakuru, we have provided hundreds of children with education, vocational training, nutritious food, foster care for (mostly AIDS) orphans, medical/dental care. The children who have finished their education through LLK now have jobs or are attending universities. Having our own school, we are able to provide high-quality education so that even the poorest of the poor have an equal chance to be all that they can be in life. This will change generations of lives.
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