Chemistry Lab, Water Filter System and Solar Energy
By Debra aka Brique Zeiner | Chairwoman
Parents's Roles are Important and Appreciated
It is great when some things are made mandatory at schools. At first we thought "oh no - not another construction that must be done on a long list of musts" - but what better way for children to understand the world that we are living in than in subjects such as Chemistry?
It has become more and more difficult to raise funds for the necessities of running a school from kindergarten to 8th grade. Between the government throwing stones in our paths - the wars going on in the world causing so many horrors - it is understandable. But nevertheless - musts are musts and we do our best to make them happen. Through a very generous donation, we were able to turn one of our classrooms into a chemistry lab. It is our goal to give the Live and Learn in Kenya School students everything that they need to be as well educated as the children coming from well-to-do families. So far it's working!
After receiving a wonderful donation to build a well which is pumped with solar energy last year the flow of water was a dream come true. Finally - water in abundance! But then the drought came and the water was no longer pure drinking water! Months of having water, but not being able to use it - and once again having to buy water and have it delivered to us was heartbreaking. Then a small - or actually huge - miracle happened and the same company that had paid for the well to be built celebrated its senior boss's birthday with a huge celebration asking guests to donate towards a water filter system for the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center! The event for the same reason from the internet platform Second Life - at the Lavender was organized by BB and Brique topped it off. The donations flowed in - and we were able to have the construction built to house the new water filter system. Now the water is so pure that even we Westerners can drink it as it has the same purity as bottled water. WATER IS LIFE!
The price of electricity has gone up - all over the world - but in countries where the poorest of poor have little or no access to it, the price to be paid is ridiculous.
Why should we be paying enormous amounts of donated money to be paying for what comes directly from the sky hours and hours a day? That was when we decided to use the God-given solar energy to keep everything going at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. After just a few phone calls and messages - voila - the daughter of her deceased - former teacher - father decided to use a good part of her inheritance for the project - and a German Lions Club agreed to donate the rest needed. The plans are made up and the panels will be installed within the next weeks. Yes, miracles do happen!
We are so happy about the developments at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. But of course, it doesn't end there...! Our next project is raising funds for the mandatory Home Economics Classroom. More on that when the donations come rolling in. :)
After the glorious over-the-moon joy of having the borehole finished and water actually came flowing out of the well and into the pipes and water tanks - we were soon faced with the sad fact that because of the drought in Kenya, the water was not pure enough to drink! So we must now have a mandatory water filter system built. It is costly - but we are working hard to raise the funds. We need all of the help we can get! All event donations in the coming weeks will go towards building the water filter system. The Live and Learn in Kenya children's parents and our staff were finally able to fill their water buckets. Life was getting better all the time!
The drought began in November 2022 and lasted until this past April. The consequences were substantial. Crops were drying up - animals were dying of dehydration - and worst yet, people were dying of thirst. So of course food prices climbed to an all-time high, making access to food so difficult for the poverty-stricken in Kenya. The children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center still received their warm meals 6 days a week - and we bought truckloads of clean water for them. That was not easy to pay for! Luckily we have received generous donations - and we depend on donations to keep things going. It's raining now, but who knows for how long - and if it will be enough to even things out. What is certain is that we must have that - expensive - water filtering system built as soon as possible.
Water is the source of life - and we are protecting children's lives.
Like it or not - we have just got to face it - we are living in a computerized world! Nearly everything we do these days is connected somehow by a computer of some size, shape, or form. We wake up with mini-computers telling us to do so. We eat breakfast with some form of computer cooking our food and preparing our tea or coffee. We jump into our computer-supported cars or e-bikes and go to work where we sit in front of a computer doing our work - or prepare for work. Nearly every profession is dependent on computers. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, architects, technicians - you name it - there's a computer involved somehow. Right at this very moment, you are using one to read this report!
Children growing up in first-world countries could not imagine not having always had one of their own. So how can children growing up in slums like in Nakuru, Kenya ever be able to meet the everyday challenges that they will be faced with latest in university - or at work - if they do not learn how to use computers to the best of their abilities while they are young? It will be impossible to compete with other applicants if they do not know how to sit down at a computer and let these wizard machines work for them.
The Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru has built an IT Workshop. Today, through a very generous donation, both in the funding of the construction of the building and in providing the funds for computers, our computer lab is fully equipped with a computer on every desk for each and every child or youth in class.
We are so thankful to the wonderfully generous people who made this dream a reality.
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