Being a child is supposed to be the same all over the world - playing, singing, dancing - and having a roof over their head and meals on the table and loving hand to guide them. But is it really like that everywhere? We can't help everyone - but we are doing our best to help as many children as possible to be all that they can be - and have fun doing it!
After several years of experiencing how well the children, even those who were very poor pupils in other schools, began to blossom and shine, we began taking very small children on to the Live and Learn in Kenya International project. These little 3-year-olds spend their days being pampered and played with - learn how to be part of a community by being a part of a group of other children their age and by playing and singing in both Swahili and English - theylearn so much in the way that children are supposed to - through play!
Taking the children on at a very young age means giving them all that they need from Nursery School Class on - right up to College! These children will excel instead of landing up living in the streets.
Now that our school has 8 classrooms and as of January 2020, 7 grades plus Nursery School Class, Kindergarten Class, and a Preschool Class - that leaves us having two classrooms too few!!! We are now forced to put up a makeshift construction for the youngest until we are able to build the classrooms that are necessary.
So, now it's "back to the drawing board". We need to get a real roof over the little one's heads (and 4 walls around them) and give them a chance to be all that they can be.
It is so important to start young! Two years ago we began accepting registrations for 3-year-old children for nursery school classes and 5-year-old children for kindergarten classes. We still had classrooms that had been built ahead of time in the Live and Learn in Kenya Elementary School so there was room enough for the 30 nursery school children and 30 kindergarten children at the school. The 30 pre-school children had to make do with a temporary old iron-sheet construction classroom. But we cannot have two classes in constructions like this and the 6th graders will have to move into their 7th-grade classroom in January 2020 (which is being used for the nursery school class now...)
So we have to get busy raising funds for the nursery school children and get that classroom built SOON!
We are depending on your kind donations to make this happen and appreciate every donation - large or small. Every cent adds up to a classroom!
Asante sana - Thank you so much for your kind support.
What a relief - all 8 elementary school classrooms have been completed and the children are enjoying the colorful, well-equipt learning space. Our goal was to provide the poorest of the poor with the educational possibilities that the richest of the rich take for granted - and it is working! During the past years, children have been experiencing what it means to be taken for full. They are working so hard to have the best possible grades and in fact, we are seeing them grow into self-confident youngsters who are full of life, creativity and glowing with intelligence. One of our pupils has a grade average of 499 points from a total of 500! You can't get much better than that.
We know how important clean, fresh classrooms are to the children and to the teachers as well. They are learning to really care about their environment - inside and outside of the classroom and even the school.
Our classrooms are now full of children from Kindergarten to 6th grade. Sad to say, the little ones are still left in a make-shift classroom - and as of January 2020, if things don't change, the second class of little ones will have to move into a make-shift classroom as well. That would be a pity.
Our toddlers need the room to play, learn and have fun! Our goal is to begin the construction of a 3-classroom Kindergarten for the nursery/daycare class - the kindergarten class and the pre-school class along with a small staffroom for their teachers. If we are able to raise the funds for the first classroom by July, the children will be able to begin the new school year in January 2020 in a beautiful new classroom.
We would appreciate any form of support that will make this possible.
Asante Sana - thank you so very much for all of the support you have already shown. It is so appreciated from all involved - especially by the children.
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.
Come on over and make (another) a difference!
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!
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