Education  Kenya Project #21277

Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction

by Leben und Lernen in Kenia e.V.
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Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Live&Learn in Kenya School Classroom Construction
Blueprints-Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School
Blueprints-Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School

Now that the school kitchen is in its last construction stages it is time to begin raising funds for the next classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya. The next two classroom constructions will be the most expensive ones as they must both be built connecting to the teachers' staff room and principal's office on one side  and the Live and Learn in Kenya International office on the other side. The two end of the row classrooms and the offices must be built one after the other as they share a roof. We are hoping to begin construction by the end of August in hopes of having the seventh classroom and the teachers' staff room completed by January 2018 when the new school year begins. One of the finished classrooms is temporarily being used as an office and staff room until the actual office is built. Finishing this next classroom and office will mean being able to fully use the seven classrooms as classrooms for the children. At the moment we are able to provide classrooms for grades 1 through 4 and a preschool class. The 30 small children in the kindergarten class are now using a temporary wooden construction as a classroom. It may be up to the Kenyan standards in the slums, but it isn't up to ours. Our goal is to provide everything that the children need to break out of the vicious circle of poverty and we feel that the only way to do so is by providing the best possible education and educational environment. It is difficult to learn in the dark, gloomy, dirt-floored classrooms which are most often found in the slums - sitting on broken wooden chairs and being hungry and thirsty. We aim to provide high-quality education in a high-quality environment with outstanding teachers. This should be every child's right.  And it is working at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center!

Our school motto is: Education is the key to the future.

This past trimester shows the Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School children as having outstanding grade averages in comparison to other school - both public and private schools - we are already one of the top ranking schools in the region. We have children living in unimaginably destitue conditions - and shining like stars on a clear night with grades that will surely pave their way to university and to a bright future.

So, let's get this next classroom funded and built and ready to be the environment pupils need in order to be all they can be - and do all that they can do - and it's all because of you!

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The 6th Completed Classroom
The 6th Completed Classroom
Always a Reason to Smile
Always a Reason to Smile
Education is the Key to the Future
Education is the Key to the Future

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Thanking the donors
Thanking the donors

...it was the cold and blistery evening of December 8th 2016 when my cellphone rings in the middle of dinner. At first I wanted to ignore it and just enjoy my meal - but then I noticed the phone number and picked up. It was Klaus, one of the owners of andré media. "I have some good news for you. My partner and I have decided to donate the price of a classroom - complete with the classroom furniture for the Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School".  I nearly dropped my cellphone into my spaghetti! That is the type of phonecall that you daydream about. Two weeks later the official donation was made and transferred to the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l bank account - 25.000 Euros - $27.000! That was enough  to take care of the construction, the furnishings and a couple of nice meals for the children to celebrate with. Klaus and his wife, Tanja, smiled when I said that as soon as the architect and the Ministry of Education in Nakuru have agreed on everything, construction will begin - and is sure to be completed by Easter. Klaus and Tanja know me well as a die hard positive thinker - but they could not imagine a project like this could be completed so quickly. They were wrong...

Construction began on December 28th 2016 and was completed on March 14th 2017. In those mere two and half months the construction company worked so hard to build the classroom as solidly and as beautifully as possible - and they did an amazing job. The children and their teacher joyfully marched into their new classroom on March 15th 2017 - laughing, smiling and singing songs of happiness and thanks. The classroom was painted in the typical andré media colors, which is a favorite color for most of the children. Their teacher was so full of joy that she nearly burst out in tears during her first lesson in the classroom teaching the alphabet. What a difference a donation can make!

Although the classroom is in use, its official opening will be on November 4th 2017 during our annual visit to Nakuru. This time I won't be opening the door to the classroom. Klaus's daughter, Loredana will be with me along with a nice large group of visitors. Amidst the sounds of drums, singing, cheering and laughter we will once again share the joys of achievement togeher with all of the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l children, youths, parents, staff, government and local officials and friends as Loredana opens the door to the classroom that bears her family's company's name. That will be another milestone on our way into the future stream of  Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l successes.

...and now off to raising funds for the next classroom!!!

 

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Classroom Construction Begins - 28. December 2016
Classroom Construction Begins - 28. December 2016
Finishing Touches - 13. March 2017
Finishing Touches - 13. March 2017
1st Lesson in the New Classroom - 15. March 2017
1st Lesson in the New Classroom - 15. March 2017
andre media AG
andre media AG
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A! andre media group - ads in motion

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The old year ended well - and the new year is beginning even better... A very generous donation has made it possible for us to begin construction for the 5th grade classroom already. If all goes well, it will be completed by Easter so that the children can move right in from the temporary classroom into a beautiful new permanent classroom. This was the largest donation so far - and will give us time to raise the funds for the now mandatory permanent kitchen that must be built as soon as possible according to the Ministry of Education in Kenya. So, it's back to the drawing board and hoping for the best so that we can get the classroom finished, a new one started and the kitchen built. But we are optimistic that 2017 will bring many big and small donations to make this possible. Our optimism and confidence about the future of the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center is contagious. So - on to bigger and better things in 2017.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

5th Grade Classroom Construction - Day 1
5th Grade Classroom Construction - Day 1
5th Grade Classroom Construction - Day 2
5th Grade Classroom Construction - Day 2

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Jubilance
Jubilance

It was a gorgeous, sunny day... The air seemed to be electrified with excitement. Today was the day that everyone has been waiting for for months. Dozens of mothers and nearly all of the Live and Learn in Kenya children and youths had been learning special songs and dances for the annual "Mama Brique" and visitor party - which would also be the opening and dedication party for the new 4th grade classroom. It was the 5th classroom constructed so far, the 5th one being used as an office and mandatory teacher's staff room for the time being. The party preparations began very early in the morning when the Dutch visitors, Tivo, Carla, Ella, Jonneke and Jesper arrived with their costumes and instruments. Tivo, Jesper and the German visitor, Stefan, had been building a school stage with a group of fathers all week long - and it turned out amazing. A huge tent was set up with a couple of hundred chairs for the parents and other visitors. A large group of mamas had already been there cooking a meal for about 1000 people since sunrise. The children were practicing their songs and dances and dressing up in the new dresses that many of the sponsors had paid to have made for them in the LLK tailor workshop where the girls who had learned tailoring in vocational training volunteer their hours and talents. All of the female visitors had dresses made as well. Today was also the day that the 30 preschool children would graduate into 1st grade and the 30 new kindergarten children would be welcomed into the program. Parents, children, staff and the 17 visitors from Germany, Holland and the USA began to greet one another and the other guests who arrived. The local chief paid us the honor of his presence; the architect and the construction firm boss were also present. 

We all formed a sort of parade and walked - danced - to the beat of drums to the new classroom. The porcelain plaque was unveiled with the dedication to Philip Rosenthal Senior and Phillip Rosenthal Jr. - the founders of Rosenthal Porcelain GmbH in Selb -, which is a true supporter of Live and Learn in Kenya. Afterwards the ribbons were cut under cries of happiness from the crowd and the door to the 4th grade classroom was officially opened to the children and to the public. One by one everyone entered the classroom and were amazed by the friendly yellow walls, the furniture, and the bookshelves filled with high quality books brought from Europe. So much happiness in one room!!!

Then we all walked back to the stage area - and the music began with drumming and singing the songs that we had taught the children all during the past week. Tivo and Jonneke, being musicians, led the way on their guitar and accordion, our music teacher, Mwai, played the newly purchased keyboards while a group of boys played percussion and Brique and Stefan sang with the children. It was an awesome feeling for us all to be standing on our own stage for the first time. Until now all of the annual parties more or less went the same way - with the children and the mamas singing and dancing for us - this time was different - we sang and danced for them. When Ella and Carla got on stage with their dance group, dressed in their self-made masks - everyone had a smile on their faces. Then the boy's dance rap group performed a breathtaking dance that could have been on a professional stage. Yes, it was all quite different with a team of singers, dancers, clowns and musicians!

Then it was the mama’s turn as they danced into the stage area in the entire luscious array of Kenyan colors. Singing and dancing they called all of the visitors and staff onto the stage area and presented them all with presents – some self-made and hugs.

Then it was graduation time for the preschool children – who proudly danced onto the stage area with Brique and their teacher leading the way in their caps and gowns. Their very proud parents and grandparents were beyond words. Tears and Smiles! It is seldom possible for children in the slums to graduate from preschool in this matter – this is usually a luxury known only to the well-to-do. After they received their diplomas and presents the 30 new kindergarten children were welcomed into the arms of the Live and Learn in Kenya International program – with a bright future ahead of them they celebrated their special day with gifts of new clothing, sweets and stuffed animals.

Then it was time for the huge meal that the wonderful mamas had been cooking for everybody all day long.

It was a day so packed full of wonderful memories. I’m sure it will be impressed in the minds of the children, parents, staff and guests for many years to come.

Now – off to raise funds for the next classroom. November is less than a year away!

Dedication in Memory of Philp Rosenthal Jr and Sr
Dedication in Memory of Philp Rosenthal Jr and Sr
Dancers in their LLK Traditon Outfits
Dancers in their LLK Traditon Outfits
Graduating to 1st Grade
Graduating to 1st Grade
Self-made Masks for the Children's Dance
Self-made Masks for the Children's Dance
VIP Guest
VIP Guest
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Stars

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Principal Robert speaking to the parents
Principal Robert speaking to the parents

It's finished!  "Sisi ni kumshukuru Mungu kwa LLK na wote wa wadhamini. We are thanking God for LLK and all of the sponsors." That was the program's parents' reaction during the parent/teacher meeting last week. The fifth classroom is completed with all chairs and desks, blackboard, cabinets and bookshelves. All possible hands helped to make it happen - and many kind donations made it possible! The happy faces of the 4th graders who will be sitting at their desks as of January 6, 2017 when the new school year begins in Kenya makes all of that hard work and fundraising worthwhile. The new teacher and principal, Robert, held the parents meeting to inform them of what will be expected of both his pupils and from their parents as part of the Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l community. He also answered the many questions that the parents had. Kenneth Branda, the project manager, assisted him in answering questions. They were very interested in the annual visit from the German delegation in October. The visitors will be officially opening the classroom with a huge festival of singing, dancing and a lot of smiling - and the parents want to take part in the preparations and the entertainment for and with the vistors! And of course everyone wants to know when the construction of the next classroom will begin. The only answer to that question is "when we have the funds".  But for now everyone is very happy with the results of this beautiful new classroom for the children. The fact that these children are now enjoying their school days in fresh air with green trees around them and not in the drab, gloomy and smoggy slums is already a blessing for everyone involved - and then to top it off with the harmonious atmosphere of a clean and happy environment with smiling teachers, more and more books for the bookshelves, warm lunches and a staff who cares about them is practically heaven on earth for so many! We can only hope that funds will begin to flow for the next classroom construction very soon.

In the meantime we are counting the days until our 10-day visit in October/November when we will once again have a treasure of information and photos to post.

We are still in need of books for the classroom libraries. So, please dust off those books of yours and send them over to Kenya - or make a kind bookfund donation! 

Asante sana! Thank you so much!

Project Manager - Kenneth Branda and parents
Project Manager - Kenneth Branda and parents
Finishing touches on the cabinets and bookshelves
Finishing touches on the cabinets and bookshelves
The new blackboard in the lovely new classroom
The new blackboard in the lovely new classroom
Book Challenge
Book Challenge
Lunchtime at the LLK Education Center
Lunchtime at the LLK Education Center

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