The youngest children at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center are only 3 years old... It is pure joy to see how these children came to us scared and bewildered - and within just 5 weeks they are singing and playing and smiling - and eating a warm breakfast and lunch every day!
Our 90 youngest children are happy and getting healthier every day - and more and more open to learning! But up to now we only have provisory classrooms for them until now. Two of our primary school classrooms are being used for the kindergarten and nursery school children and a larger shack is being used for a preschool classroom.
Once we have at least the beginning of the financial needs necessary for the first classroom, we will build our preschool classroom. We can only hope that it happens soon so that these 30 children will finally have a classroom of their own where the teacher can actually decorate the room with friendly learning posters and pictures - shelves of books and games can easily be distributed and used - and the children will have a nice, quiet and haromonious room to learn in.
We appreciate every donation - large or small. Every donation makes a big difference!
How fantastic would it be to start the new classroom construction through Giving Tuesday donations?!!!
We have finished the constructions of 8 beautiful classrooms at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya. We dedicated the last two elementary school classrooms on November 3, 2018 with a huge celebration. 30 guests from Europe and the US were present for the celebration along with about 800 invited guests, parents, staff and of course the children. It was a glorious celebration filled with joy, happiness, gratitude, song and dance.
We're been relaxing and recuperating for the pastt couple of weeks - but now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work to get that Kindergarten construction funded. If we get the funding for it, we can begin construction almost immediately!
So - get on your GIVING TUESDAY mark - Get set at 00:00 oclock ET on November 27th (6am in Europe - 7am in Great Britain) and GOOOOO donate. If you donate on Giving Tuesday, Live an Learn in Kenya International will receive a part of that US$ 150.000 GlobalGiving matching fund.
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Thank you for being so wonderfully generous over the year and having helped to make our work so very fruitful for hundreds of needy children!
We have been so lucky! It has been a huge challenge over the past 4 years of building our school at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya -the 8 classrooms, school offices and teachers' room - with a lovely courtyard was completed some months ago. Now we are working on raising funds to finish the school dining / multi-purpose hall. The foundation and outside walls - all the way up to where the roof will someday (hopefully soon) be. It's so exciting!
And what comes next? Well, the kindergarten of course! We are now using school classrooms to complensate for the day care aka nursery class and the preschool class - but the kindergarten class is still in the big, old wooden shack with a tin roof... A 3-classroom tract is planned for the nursery, kindergarten and preschool classes - and we hope to begin construction of the first classroom by April 2019. Until then the dining / multi-purpose hall must be paid for and finished - and then we can take a great big breath and whooshget back to work raising funds for the Kindergarten. So there's no better time than now to begin :)
A lovely porcelain plaque will possibly bear your name - or the name of your choice - on it if you have donated at minimum of $1000 US. And for the very, very generous donor who decides to go down in Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l history as the person or firm who has paid for the complete construction with an $85.000 US GB or German tax deductible donation - the kindergarten will be named after you or the name of your choice!
A huge chunk of the future lies in our hands. Let's make it happen!
Our beautiful new aquamarine-colored classroom is finally completed - which completes the construction of the Live and Learn in Kenya Elementary School - and is joyfully being used by our preschool class. They will be the first grade when the new school year begins in January, so they may as well use it now instead of the tin-roofed shack that they were in up until now. Months of hard work, time and funds were poured into these walls, floors, roof and ceiling of this classroom. We are all so happy and thankful for all of the amazingly generous donations that we have received over the months to be able to finish this 8th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya.
It is seldom possible for children coming from such horrendously poverty-stricken slums to be able to attend school at all - never mind being able to attend a modern and fully-equipt and beautiful school. You have helped to make this possible. Now we are able to provide all that the children need to be all that they can be in an environment that is so necessary for children to grow and learn and have a good time doing it. This new classroom and the loving and patient Teacher Anne is exactly what these children needed to escape the desolate, dirty and trist Nakuru slums where they live. This new beginning is a huge step into a future where the children will learn to demand more of themselves and from life - and be willing to work for it with their heads held up high with self-confidence and dignity. That's what it's all about - working their way into a brighter future - a future where they can really make their dreams come true - a future that every child deserves!
We are planning to begin the next 3 classrooms in a tract of land on the other side of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center for our early learners between the ages of 3 and 6 in 2019. We want them to have an early kickstart into a brighter future and out of the vicious circle of poverty. We can do it with your help.
It won't be long and the 8th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School will be completed and ready for the children to move in and start learning! The walls are up - the roof is up - windows are in as well as the doors. Now the rest of the exterior needs to be finished - and then we can begin with the interior. We're still deciding on happy colors for the walls. Desks and chairs are being made. We are also working on having a wall built all around the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. It is being built side for side. The construction company is even donating the work - we only need to pay for the materials. Now all we have to do is get it all paid for...
We are hoping that the children will be able to move into the classroom by the end of May or the beginning of June. That would give them two months in the new classrooms before the one month school break in August begins. The new school year begins in January - so everything will be perfect by then. If we're lucky the courtyard will also be finished by then so that mud and dust will not be carried into the classrooms.
It is such a joy to see the construction photos and how your wonderfully generous donations are really making an impact on the lives of these children. I can only say Asante sana - thank you so very much!
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