Chibwobi School . . . On The Move

March 31, 2015
A quick update on the Chibwobi school . . .



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. 


 

The 'Jan' Library

March 22, 2015
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. 

I spoke to the Scouts  about the World being in their hands insi...
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Mary's Plea

March 19, 2015
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. 


On Friday Don 
went to Nyasimwamu with Charles Rioba, a talented e...
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An Empowered School Community

October 7, 2014

Six months 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.

Yesterday Lillian returned to the school to check on the progress...


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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 w...
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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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