Girls in their new classrom, Daaba Primary School
I've just returned from a 7,000 kilometer working tour of East Africa and was inspired by the progress at all 15 of our Kenya School Fund projects. Here are a few highlights.
In the arid lands of Samburu, Daaba Primary is a dream come true. A year ago, 50 students at Daaba were attending outdoor classes in the dust and sun, and climbing 40-feet into a dark and dangerous open well to fill their water jugs with unclean water. The school now has eight permanent classrooms and -- thanks to a new solar-powered well built with our water partners Well Aware -- a safe supply of water for the school and community.
The courage of the community and our contractor in the face of a terrible drought and local conflict stemming from the war in Somalia has resulted in over two hundred kids enrolled in the school, half of them girls in a Turkana tribal area where girls have rarely received an education. Daaba is as close to a miracle as I can possibly imagine and I will never forget the amazing welcome and thank you’s from this great community.
A 10-hour drive to the South, the enrollment at Mutaki Primary has more than doubled to 200 students from pre-school through grade 4. The new classrooms are a thing of beauty, as is the new solar-powered, UV-purified rainwater water system.
Accompanied by Nobelity Project Executive Director Christy Pipkin and a group of supporters, we also saw the first permanent classroom at Mogawka Primary; new water systems at numerous schools and site surveys for more to come, and the grand opening of the Joe Gracey Library, Computer and Music lab at Amboni Primary/Simbara Secondary.
Also at Simbara Secondary School, we cut the ribbon and I filmed the first high school chemistry class at the new Ronald F. and William A. Inglehart Science Lab.
I was also delighted to accompany National Public Radio reporter John Burnett as he visited three of our school projects. John Burnett's NPR/All Things Considered story on Kenyan Education challenges and triumphs at three of our key high school projects.
With great community partners and a 100 percent focus on long-term good for the kids and local communities, it's possible to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of kids all over the world. Thanks to all our Global Giving donors for helping make a difference in the lives of thousands of kids in Kenya, while showing that the the time for Universal Secondary Education has arrived.
The Nobelity Project
Joe Gracey Library, Computer and Music Lab
The New Mogaka School Classroom