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
The 5th classroom at the LLK Primary School
The 5th classroom at the LLK Primary School

HARAMBEE - is a Suahili word meaning "Joining hands for a common cause".  So, we all joined hands and the 5th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya was built in record time. When the first 4 classrooms were built, we weren't able to open the doors to the children and teachers until the following November or January - this year - on July 2, 2016 - they will be festively opened to the children who are now in preschool, but will be graduating into first grade in January 2017. They will already have access to their new classroom. How amazing is that? We can only shout out a huge ASANTE SANA - Thank you very much - to all of our kind donors who made this classroom possible.

We have desks and chairs and a chalkboard, but we are still lacking the funds for cupboards and bookshelves - and books along with other teaching / learning materials! The children appreciate every book that they can clamp thier eyes to. You can send (used and new) books to:

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l
P.O. Box 17208
20100 Nakuru - Kenya
Every book makes a difference!

And the story goes on.... Now that 5 classrooms have been built, the 6th one is being planned! One classroom is still being used as the LLK office and teacher's office. It would be more than fantastic if we were able to start building the next classroom as soon as possible. The 2 remaining provisional rooms that are being used for the nursery school and kindergarten are not up to par. The metal roofs of of these simple constructions make learning very difficult - especially  when it rains with deafening loudness. So our next step is to once again join hands for a common cause and get the next two classrooms built as soon as possible. And we need all of the hands available!

The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School children have recorded a song written and composed by their music teache,r about how happy and appreciative they are for their daily meals, which are donated through sponsors and the Feed a Smile project. It is nice hearing them singing out their appreciation.

The US artist, Suzen, has created a design for the T-shirts that the LLK children will be receiving for Christmas this year. They will also be sold internationally to raise funds for the school construction as of November 2016.

The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School is already bearing fruits of our labors. Benta is one of the school's best pupils with a grade average of 499 from a possible 500 points. This 1st grade pupil would most likely never have had the possibility to go to school at all if her sister - with whom she lives with in a 1-room shack - hadn't registered her at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center. The children's grades are getting better and better through the clean, professional and relaxed learning atmosphere, good food, medical / dental care and sports activities. Now we just have to make sure that the next classrooms get funded and built! HARAMBEE!

Preschool pupils and their teacher
Preschool pupils and their teacher
Happy Mealtime at the LLK Primary School
Happy Mealtime at the LLK Primary School
Feeding Smiles!
Feeding Smiles!
Books & Stationary Donation for the  LLK School
Books & Stationary Donation for the LLK School
Benta-One of the LLK Primary School's Best Pupils
Benta-One of the LLK Primary School's Best Pupils

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Feeding Smiles!
Feeding Smiles!

The 5th classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center is beginning to grow. Stones are being delivered and the real construction will begin during the "April School Break" which begins on April 9th. In the meantime the area is being prepared and the children and staff are getting more and more excited. It is heartwarming to see these children - who would most likely not have had much of a future, much less a real childhood - playing and running around the Center's playground - swinging on swings, playing ball games, jumping rope, singing, laughing, smiling - and just doing all of those things that children are supposed to be able to do without a care in the world. But you can be sure that this would not have been possible without your support and the support of the sponsors and the Live and Learn in Kenya staff.

We need your support and kind donations to keep the construction going so that it will be completed by the beginning of November when a group of 16 visitors - from the USA, France, England and Germany will be present to celebrate its completion.

So please remember that every dollar helps and that your donations are tax deductible - and very appreciated.

We are also in desperate need of books. Our classroom shelves are pretty empty and good-quality books are hard to come by and very expensive in Kenya. We would appreciate any children's books that you may have that will strike a match for our little pupils' flame of desire to read. Books can be sent directly to:

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l
P.O. Box 17208
20100 Nakuru - Kenya
Every book makes a difference!

The US artist, Suzen Juel, has created a design for the T-shirts that the LLK children will be receiving for Christmas this year. They will also be sold internationally to raise funds for the school construction as of November 2016.

The singer and composer Terry Lynn Melody has recorded a lovely song for Live and Learn in Kenya - It's All Because of You can be heard in the link below.

I hope you will enjoy the brand new short video that was filmed and donated by the Nakuru based videographer, Dennis Rasto. It is so wonderful to see those happy, smiling faces where tears used to be - children learning for a brighter future - and singing their song with the school motto: Education is the Key to the Future! 

Please help us to give the children another "key".

Music and Dance Lesson in Traditional Clothing
Music and Dance Lesson in Traditional Clothing
A Friendly and Clean Learning Atmosphere at LLK
A Friendly and Clean Learning Atmosphere at LLK
The LLK Kindergarten and Primary School Teachers
The LLK Kindergarten and Primary School Teachers
T-Shirt Design for LLK by US Artist Suzen Juel
T-Shirt Design for LLK by US Artist Suzen Juel

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Thankful for a wonderful meal
Thankful for a wonderful meal

Kind donations make a world of a difference - and we are seeing the difference that they are making on a daily level! The three classrooms that are in use since the beginning of the Kenyan school year in January 2016 are the perfect environments for our pupils. They are metamorphosing from poverty-stricken hungry tots living in desolation, into some of the top pupils in the region with a grade level of up to 499 out of 500 points. All of our elementary school pupils have above average grade levels - and we are striding for even higher goals. How is this possible? Through donations that make excellent education a right instead of a luxury!

The next classroom construction begins in April 2016. This classroom must be completed and furnished by November so that it can be officially opened to the public - and to the upcoming 4th grade. This means that we really need those donations coming in as soon as possible.

In the meantime - the children are enjoying nutritious breakfasts and warm and tasty lunches, playing games and swinging on swings during their breaks - just like kids are supposed to be able to do all around the world. And so many of you have made this possible! Please keep us in mind - and tell your friends. Every donation – large or small – makes a difference!

Our school motto is: Education is the Key to the Future - and you are helping to hold the key!

We are conducting book drives in order to have classroom libraries. We are in desperate need of good books for kindergarten through 4th grade and for elementary school teachers in English.

Books can be sent directly to the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center:

Live and Learn in Kenya Int'l

P.O. Box 17208

20100 Nakuru - Kenya

Construction site for the 4th grade classroom
Construction site for the 4th grade classroom
Break time - play time on the new swings
Break time - play time on the new swings
A special meal of rice, vegetables, fruit and milk
A special meal of rice, vegetables, fruit and milk
Children during holiday tutoring - no uniforms!
Children during holiday tutoring - no uniforms!
Blueprints showing what still needs to be done
Blueprints showing what still needs to be done

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The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School
The Live and Learn in Kenya Primary School

We had a fabulous visit to the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya last November when we - a group of 10 LLK members and sponsors - were able to festively open the doors of the new classroom - you can see that in the link below. For the 3rd graders in the upcoming school year, which begins on January 4th, the classroom is a dream come true. I have never seen such high-quality classrooms anywhere else in Kenya. Running water, tiled floors, electricity, desks and chairs for ONLY 30 children in a classroom (as opposed to the public schools with up to 100 children in a class)  - what more could child's heart ask for? The teachers are as high-quality as the rest of the school and have proven it this past year by bringing the LLK Primary School to the 2nd best in the region of 35 public and private schools. We're aiming for number 1 this coming school year.  We're providing funds for high-quality teaching materials as well.

Four more elementary school classrooms still need to be built – along with the attached administration offices and teacher's staff room. We are hoping for enough donations to be able to start construction for the 5th classroom in March or April 2016 so that it is completed by October. Our dream is to have the funds to build at least two classrooms this year.

When the 8 classrooms are completed we will begin the construction the three kindergarten classrooms, a dining hall and a kitchen will be the next two construction phases. We have a long way to go, but with the continuous and generous donations, we are well on our way to success.  Children who would have otherwise lived in the streets of Nakuru are now under the best pupils in the region - thanks to the generous donations. Please keep them coming!

With a donation of $1000 or more your chosen name or firm's name will be placed on a porcelain plaque on the wall outside of the classroom - and if the price of the classroom construction is donated - $22.000 - you can dedicate the classroom - and live (almost) forever!

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Children have all the reason in the world to smile
Children have all the reason in the world to smile
High-quality classrooms right outside of the slums
High-quality classrooms right outside of the slums
Happy children - full tummies - sharp minds!
Happy children - full tummies - sharp minds!
The LLK Primary School is a great place to be!
The LLK Primary School is a great place to be!
The children are proud of their school emblem.
The children are proud of their school emblem.

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Raising the roof
Raising the roof

Yes, you did it again! Through the many generous donations, the construction of another classroom at the Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center in Nakuru, Kenya is nearly completed. The official opening ceremony is planned for November 7, 2015 when a group of volunteers and LLK board members will be visiting the Center. The 30 children who are presently attending kindergarten in a make-shift classroom will be delighted to move into the classroom which will be their own 1st grade classroom as of January 2016 - when the school year begins in Kenya. This is the 4th classroom to be completed within a year of construction work and is the beginning of phase 2.

 

Four more elementary school classrooms still need to be built – along with the attached administration rooms. When they are completed, the three kindergarten classrooms, a dining hall and a kitchen will be the next two construction phases. We have a long way to go, but with the continuous and generous donations, we are well on our way to success. But our success can already be seen in the outstanding grades that our children received this last term – ranking our school as the second best school in the 35-school region in Nakuru. In fact, from the top 10 second graders in the entire region, 7 of them are our pupils. This shows how quality education in a quality environment really makes a difference. Children who would have otherwise lived in the streets of Nakuru are now under the best pupils in the region.

 

If all goes well and the donations keep on coming in, we will be able to begin the next classroom construction in January or February 2016.

A very special way to leave a lasting mark is a classroom dedication. Through several donations this classroom is being dedicated to the memories of Klaus Kreuzeder, Robert Dobler, Dr. Christian Köster and Amira Turner – with special thanks to the donors who donated a significant amount. The beautiful dedication plaque made of fine porcelain was made and donated by Rosenthal GmbH and will be attached to the wall of the classroom.

 

By funding the entire costs for a classroom, you can name and dedicate a classroom and make a difference for many, many years to come.

Smiling girls during our weekly Kenya Heritage Day
Smiling girls during our weekly Kenya Heritage Day
Happy and not hungry. School lunch is always good.
Happy and not hungry. School lunch is always good.
Dedication Plaque 2015
Dedication Plaque 2015

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