Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School

by Virtues Project International Association
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Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Water, Supplies and Virtues Kenya Primary School
Saturday Lunch at Madam Judith's
Saturday Lunch at Madam Judith's

This is Mwiyenga primary school, a zone of Virtues. May I take this opportunity to thank our friends from VPIA and GlobalGiving at large for the generous kindness, caring, compassion, generosity and love that you have continued extending to us. 

You have changed a situation from the worst point of it to the best. You have put smiles on the faces of many through your contribution. 

You have helped us make a complete turn around. We are now a model school in our county, in both academic performance and discipline, thanks to The Virtues Project.  

The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project give teachers a positive perspective when facing challenges and discipline. Teachers are more caring and loving; they stand in the gap for the less fortunate, helping provide for their needs.

In Kenya today we are facing starvation and families are having it rough. During these difficult times, many pupils have dropped out of school for one reason or another. Girls are lured into early pregnancies due to starvation in the name of looking for food from people who mishandle and misuse them.

Fortunately for our school, teachers have joined hands with parents plus the help we get from VPIA and GlobalGiving to eradicate this problem. Some children, especially orphans, have only one meal a day -- at school. In school we are able to offer food in the form of porridge at breaktime and lunch to the less fortunate. Through donations, we were able to purchase a sack of beans that cost 12,000 Kenyan shillings. During weekends some of the neediest children are invited to Madam Judith's home for a bite.

Efforts like these go over and beyond feeding a child. They help prevent school dropout and teen pregnancy cases as some of these children fall victims to all forms of assault when left to fend for themselves.

Our school and community are fortunate to have access to The Virtues Project training and resources, allowing parents and community members to support teachers so their children grow up in safe, compassionate homes and schools. 

Your contributions on GlobalGiving helped the teachers at Mwiyenga Primary School start poultry farming. Our poultry project has really been of help in these times. Due to famine, we released the birds for free range feeding, since it was getting hard to purchase feeds. We sold some birds to support our best performers in high school that are less fortunate and orphans. 

In a picture below, the second and fourth girls from left in the front row are Jesca and Jezna. Jesca comes from a very desperate family where her mother got burned and deformed, has no job and the husband left her. Jezna is a total orphan. The rest are from desperate families. Our poultry project in addition to grants from GlobalGiving takes care of them. I would really plead with well wishers to help us see them through form 4. They are only in form one.

We appreciate The Virtues Project training to the teachers, pupils and parents. We are really working together as a family.

The Virtues Project has helped us bring the community together so that children experience safety, compassion and love within and outside of the school.

We do a virtues pick every time we meet and on Mondays for the virtue of the week. Our Virtues Club is active and meets on Tuesdays.

We thank you so much for your kindness and support. God bless you!

Orphan boy at Madam Judith's on Saturday
Orphan boy at Madam Judith's on Saturday
School Feeding Program
School Feeding Program
Virtues Guidance from a Teacher
Virtues Guidance from a Teacher
Free Range Chickens
Free Range Chickens
Jesca, Jezna and friends
Jesca, Jezna and friends
Parents' contribution towards lunch
Parents' contribution towards lunch
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In 2001, the Kenyan government introduced the Children’s Act to protect children from all forms of abuse, hence banning corporal punishment in schools. This left teachers confused on how to handle cases of discipline as corporal punishment had been adopted as the only means of disciplining students in Kenyan schools. Mwiyenga Primary School was privileged to be introduced to The Virtues Project in 2009.  The project fit in marvelously as not only a means to protect children from abuse but also helped curb truancy, absenteeism, and teenage pregnancies along with issues of discipline and poor performance.  The Virtues Project training has since been embraced by teachers, students, parents, and community members to help them live more peacefully by inspiring the practice of virtues in their everyday life. Since receiving Virtues training within Mwiyenga Primary School, the school has moved from being one of the worst performing schools in the county to being one of the best performing and most disciplined schools.  The virtues are helping build compassionate and responsible children. Cases of truancy, absenteeism and teenage pregnancy are at an all-time low and/or non-existent. TVP has helped raise awareness among pupils, teachers, parents, and the community on the importance of having access to quality education and living a quality life.

The stress that comes from living in poverty is a key cause of aggressive behavior.”— Senserrich

We help heal violence by training parents and community members on the practice of virtues in their parenting and daily lives.  This helps to ensure that we are sending the students into a supportive and equally compassionate society.  Along with Virtues training, we have developed several economic empowerment and support programs for the parents and adults in surrounding communities to help end poverty-powered violence experienced by these communities.

Your contributions have supported our less fortunate learners (primary, high school, and college) with uniforms, school fees, and school supplies.  These are just a few of the capacity-building initiatives beneficiaries of Virtues training have access to.  Your donations took care of the water issue where we now harvest rainwater from the tanks that were donated by VPIA via GlobalGiving.  Parents provide more support to the school and their children.  By forming Virtues clubs in the schools and training all teachers in virtues, we are able to spread the virtues to other schools and different sectors of society. We are helping others to ensure they recognize, support, and reinforce the practice of Virtues in everyday life.  Our success is visible even with teacher transfers as they transfer the use of Virtues into their new schools.  The Deputy Principal, previously trained in virtues while teaching in Kakamega, and now at St. Ignatius Mukumu Boys School, has trained the teachers there in the practice of virtues. The list of benefits is endless.  Performance has improved greatly thus leading to more students attending the school. One of our favorite activities to use in the classroom is practicing the five strategies and Virtues Pick. We do a pick every morning to guide both the learners and teachers where the learners appreciate and acknowledge the virtues the teacher has portrayed during the lesson and the teacher appreciates the learners who have practiced a virtue by giving out virtue caps and virtue badges. The Virtues help guide the learners both at school and at home.  Virtues have greatly improved the quality of life for all, learner to learner and learner-educator, child-parent, and parent-school interactions.

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We are indeed grateful at Mwiyenga Primary School for your continued support and caring.  For the past three months, we have had a series of Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) Assessments through projects and written work, thus making it difficult to get time for anything else other than preparing learners for the Assessment.

New teachers receive virtues training on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesday is our Virtues Club day, where both teachers and pupils come together to refresh themselves on the Five Strategies and share life experiences as Virtues practitioners. Monday mornings at assembly, we do a Virtues Pick for the week. On Friday mornings at assembly, alongside the Virtue of the Week, we announce to the whole school the champions of specific Virtues practiced and we give them Virtue Badges. This has really motivated both the pupils and teachers and it has also brought parents on board who bring their support to the school and help in making our school a better place to stay.

Our class eight students have practiced assertiveness as we have not had any drop-out or teenage pregnancies.  It is a thing of the past at Mwiyenga Primary School.  Kudos to the practice of Virtues!

We are working with the Virtues and Community Development Project in Kakamega to bring our projects together as one.   We are looking forward to training teachers and parents in four schools, Mwiyenga and three schools in Kakamega town.

Thanks to the generosity of all of our donors we are happy to report that we have been able to provide 761 masks to our students, sanitary towels to our girls, foodstuffs to our lunch program for our less fortunate learners, additional support to our students now in high school and college, and we were able to buy and fix a water pump. Construction of new classrooms is underway thanks to government support.

You make a difference in our lives and make this world a better place.  Thank you for your caring and humanity!

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A Virtues Pick To Begin The Day
A Virtues Pick To Begin The Day

We would like to take this opportunity to share our appreciation for your ongoing support.  Even while a pandemic continues to challenge us all, you continue to provide us support.  Your generosity helps to facilitate the wellness of our pupils and their parents, and in turn, our pupils progress in education and in life.

We are indeed grateful and thankful for the great transformation of our school in so many positive ways. There is money to help with school fees, food for the lunch program, school supplies, and school uniforms.  You have continually put smiles on both the parent's and our pupil's faces.

The joyful atmosphere of being a virtuous school has made the population of the school grow rapidly and improved the performance of the school academically. Our school has been ranked as the most child-friendly school thus attracting people to come in and give us even more support:

Our MP (member of parliament) has decided to build us a story-building and already the foundation has been laid.  We are thankful for the virtues programs that have attracted these gifts. We have also been blessed with a new headteacher that is very supportive of the virtues and has contributed to the spread of virtues.

Our parents have become even more supportive, and now we have been able to purchase a bullock in support of our table banking, an addition to the poultry project.  Monies raised support the needs of our pupils and our school.

We are indeed grateful and thankful for the great transformation of the school. Thank you very much for standing by us in times of need.  May you be blessed abundantly for your service, generosity, and compassion. 

A Bullock For The School
A Bullock For The School
The Foundation For Our New Story Building
The Foundation For Our New Story Building
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Judith Opieba Facilitating Teacher Training
Judith Opieba Facilitating Teacher Training
Although the Covid 19 pandemic struck and altered all of our operations, we are fine because we have something that keeps us strong, our virtues; and worth smiling, the great efforts of our students and teachers that virtues inspire.  Our class eight exams have left us all smiles despite the odds against us.  The diligence, determination, and purposefulness our students practiced leading to high performance are worth celebrating!   And so are our wonderful teachers who rose to the challenge to see to it that we helped our online learners who couldn't afford online lessons.  We honor our teachers for their purposefulness, kindness, commitment, and sacrifice for following through to ensure that our learners were indeed prepared to match those attending online classes.  
Our highest academic achievement candidates had 390 marks and followed each other closely. And before the celebration could calm down, there was the release of the Form Four KCSE Exams where one of our very own emerged as the highest score for a  girl in the Subcounty, scooping a B+ mean grade of 70 points. What a remarkable performance from an orphan who struggles and gets help from a widow (who also happens to be her teacher) and who cannot possibly offer everything that the girl needs. Indeed, the virtues of commitment, purposeful, diligence, and determination are working to bring change. She has beaten the odds coming from a humble school, Kilimo Girls, when competing with girls from big schools with big names and affluent families. 
We thank you for your continued generous support that is helping us change society by bringing up boys and girls with a good education.  We thank you again for the water tanks, your first gesture of support to us, that have played a tremendous role, especially during this Covid19 pandemic, because our learners have been able to sanitize and wash hands as many times as needed to curb the spread of the disease. We thank you for the lunch program, snacks, and especially our spiritual nourishment through The Virtues Project program. We thank you for finding someone in Africa to help us fundraise here in our country too.  We trust that he will join hands with others and help us continue putting smiles on the faces of many. 
Our biggest challenge now is how to help our orphans, and others, join universities.  Thank you so much for standing with us. We see your humanity!
Virtue of Humanity
Virtue of Humanity
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