The Rainy Season Has Arrived!

March 26, 2014
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 water, and installing filters to wash away the water borne diseases. We’ve funded five schools at $2500 each. Help us make it six by donating what you can on our website.
 

Riyabe Primary School

March 26, 2014
This is an early childhood classroom at Riyabe Primary School.  Classrooms come in all different shapes and sizes in rural Kenya!
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Chowobi Primary School

March 26, 2014
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...
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Boreholes

March 26, 2014
What a wild ride this trip has been. The floodgates are opening wide for SCOPE. 

Last week our friend, Mr KP Doshi, suggested that we meet with the “Young Janes”, a Hindu organization of 

men specializing in good works. Doshi thought they had money to drill a borehole and he had mentioned 

SCOPE. We met over a cup of coffee and Ajay Shah, owner of a drilling company, explained that it was not 

cost effective to bring a rig all the way to Kisii for one borehole, why not drill five. Sounded r...

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Gesima Primary School

March 26, 2014
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...
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We made it!

March 26, 2014
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...
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New Office and Training Center! 12/6/13

February 25, 2014
The school in Transmara recently donated a new office and training Center to SCOPE!  The building used to be the office of the head teacher, but he doesn't need it anymore.  This building will enhance SCOPE's ability to work with the Maasai people in the region.  
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New Year's Update 1/14/14

February 25, 2014
SCOPE has had a good start with a 10 day health workshop for 42 of our Community Health Workers now underway. We have added 3 people to our staff, including a Kisii University volunteer whose focus is on media. We are establishing partnerships with companies that sell solar lamps and fuel efficient stoves. We are also in contact with MIT on a project making charcoal briquettes out of corn cobs and other plant materials. These projects will provide sales and manufacturing opportunities for the...

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Happenings in the Field

November 27, 2013
Metamaya Primary is harvesting its' first crop of banana stems. The school will benefit by generating income from the sale of bananas and using the fruit to supplement their feeding program. By the end of the June each school will have 50-75 banana trees planted as part of the tree farming project.

A 40 foot container with 72,000 books is scheduled to arrive in Mombasa on 6 December. The books will be distributed to 21 libraries in Western Kenya. SCOPE, and our wonderful volunteers, have helpe...

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Nyanturago School Visit: Living and Dying with AIDS.

July 30, 2013
Head Teacher, Theresa, led SCOPE Project Manger, Jacinta, and me on a tour of her school. They were in the process of converting ‘idle land’ into gardens that will produce income for the schools and community self help groups, all part of the SCOPE plan to create economically sustainable schools.  After the tour I met with one of the groups represented on the School Community Leadership Team (SCLT), Women Living with AIDS. I learned that joining the ‘Living with AIDS’ group required c...
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