At the Chibwobi school student's enjoy a warm meal. Having a school feeding program indicated the commitment of the community to improving the health of the students, even if the program does not include all of the classes.
The community was able to secure funds for a new building to relieve overcrowded classrooms - they are currently seeking more funds to be able to finish the building.
Part of Chibwobi's moving ahead is this girls' latrine, which has a privacy stall for the older girls - this is much needed in all schools, but is seldom built in most.
SCOPE sent learning materials, as well as library books, to the Chibwobi school - the students loved them!
Students at Chibwobi are excited learners. Using charts is not common, but is another indication that the school is doing its best for its students.
Saturday the 'Jan' library was dedicated. Jan is the leader of a group of 4 girl scouts that have collected 25,000 books, enough to stock 10 school libraries in Kenya. Songs filled the air as the scouts of St Theresa's Secondary School for Orphans celebrated the achievement of their sister scouts half way around the world. Scout leaders from Nyamira County joined the festivities and the Scout pledge was said with great emotion.
Don and Pat are in Kenya this spring to see the progress of projects, and to begin new projects. They checked in with Mary, from Nyawasimwamu Primary School, to help answer her plea. Mary pleaded for someone to help end the long (6 kilometers) and sometimes dangerous trip to the river where students collect polluted water. With the help of the few who responded, combined with matching funds, SCOPE is able to answer Mary's plea.
ago Nyamonyo Primary School met with our SCOPE staff and agreed to convert a
classroom into a library. SCOPE would collect and process books and the parent
group would cement the floors, plaster the walls, build tables, chairs and
bookcases and decorate the room. Lillian, our Kenya Coordinator, explained how
SCOPE helps communities become empowered and shared some examples of our
projects. The school was interested.
Lillian returned to the school to check on the progress...
Yesterday the rain started falling. Not hard, more like a preview of things to come. The streets were wet, people scrambled for umbrellas and there was a general feeling of joy. The drought was over, planting could begin and, perhaps some of the trees SCOPE planted last November might resurrect. 'Water is life' may sound like a cliche’ to many, but in Kenya it’s a reality. Our campaign, "Capture the Rain”, will address that reality by putting gutters on roofs, storing large amounts of w... Continue reading...
I didn’t expect a lot from our visit to Chowobi Primary School. When Pat and I visited three years ago, they had received books but their library was not ready and there were no projects to visit. SCOPE was just getting started and so was Chowobi. We were greeted by the the Head Teacher and the School Community Leadership Team and they couldn’t wait to show us their school. We walked among the 200 + trees that the community had purchased and planted. Then a tour through the Early Childho... Continue reading...
Ideas come in all sizes and shapes, sometimes when you least expect them. Today we met with school and community representatives at Gesima Primary School. The head teacher and community representatives were eager to show me how much SCOPE has helped their community. They took me to their large 'farm' and showed me the banana trees, pumpkins, beans, cabbage and other vegetables that were growing and producing with great abundance. A young man planted his feet in the middle of a 5x20' plot of b... Continue reading...
Pat and I have been to Kenya so many times that it almost feels routine. But this trip promises to be anything but routine. For starters, we are still in Nairobi. After arriving Sunday night, Monday was a total wipeout: jet lag, money exchanging, spending hours at Safaricom (Kenya’s equivalent to Verizon) getting phones, computers and iPads activated. Thank goodness for the beautiful gardens and welcoming staff at the HEART Compound where we are staying. Today we’re meeting the Kisii Gove... Continue reading...