Elation at our school! As of March our kindergarten has got a new classroom and a new class – the Day Care Class. Our newest and youngest children, aged three to four years old, are lovingly cared for by our teacher, Pauline.
The 16 girls and 14 boys have days filled with fun and learning. They are playfully introduced to the languages Suahili and English, letters and numbers. Singing and outdoor activities are on the program, as well as time for play and naps.
The children have already received their school uniforms and their traditional attire, which are worn every Friday for Kenya Culture Day. And of course, just like all of the other LLK School children, everyone gets a nutritious porridge for breakfast during the morning break and a hot lunch at noon.
We are so impressed with the wonderful wall mural on our 7th classroom wall, which is a replica of a painting by the German artist, Nicholas Bodde. Bodde created dedicated this painting to a mentor and respected woman, Anne, who passed away last year. It is a long-lasting memory of an impressive woman.
We can now proudly post the honor badges that were awarded to Live and Learn in Kenya Int’l on January 24th for our work in 2017. Instead of the mandatory 36 points necessary to achieve the highest status, we have achieved 320. We are proud of the achievement, but especially of the many hundreds of dollars donated to our projects over the year.
The Live and Learn in Kenya Education Center was visited by a GlobalGiving in-field traveler, Michael, from the US on April 3, 2017. (for more information click >here<
Each year, we are eagerly waiting for Ken’s annual report. Now the report is online.
The report has more than 40 illustrated pages. Read about the progress of work on our school center (a new classroom, a beautiful kitchen and a great playground were inaugurated), the visit of a representative of Global Giving from the US or the first participation of our children in a music competition.
The annual report for 2017 can be found in the News section or here
The new school year began on January 2nd. Our school now has a total of 240 pupils. 30 children are registered into our newly formed day care class of 3 to 4-year old children will be beginning school at the end of February when the new classroom is completed. 30 children are attending kindergarten and another 30 children are attending preschool. 150 pupils are in grades 1 through 5. Each class is comprised of 15 boys and 15 girls so that there is a total of 120 boy and 120 girls registered at the Live and Learn in Kenya Elementary School. The day was especially exciting for the 30 children, who joined our project in November 2017. It was their first day at our kindergarten. The photo shows them proudly wearing their new school uniforms that they received that day.
They weren’t the only ones excited about their first day of school. Our former principal, Linda Wanyonyi, left Nakuru to follow her husband to another part of Kenya. Mustafa Osundwa was greeted as the new principal of the school. The young and dynamic teacher has teaching experience in both public and private schools. He served as the assistant pricipal of Eldoret Education Centre. One of his main objectives is to work in a challenging environment with a team of inovated teachers and pupils.
We have begun building the next classroom. Six classrooms and our school kitchen have already been built within the past three years. The present construction phase consists of a classroom and two staff rooms with a restroom. We expect the construction to be completed by the end of February. The new classroom will be used as a day care classroom for children between the ages of three and four until the actual kindergarten is built. The last construction phase of our elementary school will be started as soon as we have sufficient funds available. You can find out how to support our construction at http://llk-selb.de/your-help/school-construction/?lang=en on our website.
Our annual tradition of giving all of the children and their families Christmas presents is well-loved and anticipated by everyone involved. Last Friday was the happy day when all of the families came to the Center and received a huge food package with flour, rice, cabbages and a live chicken. The families are now ablt to prepare their own, very special, Christmas meal. Over 400 children and youths received a big, warm blanket for the cold Nakuru nights. Everybody was elated, as you can see in a short video at https://youtu.be/5bFjvqYm9_E. On their way home the parents were still singing and dancing through the streets.
At 2 pm, on Sunday, December 10th we opened the sales hatch of our wooden hut number 6 at the Christmas market in Selb. With snow falling and Santa Claus, who came by with a sack full of sweets, it was really beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! We are selling handcrafted items from Kenya that we brought back from our last visit – for example colorful handbags, uniquely beaded jewelry scarves and carved animals out of wood and soapstone. We also have the possibility to talk to our customers about LLK and the work that we do in Nakuru – which impressed many people.
The Christmas market will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 23, 2017. Visit us! Many beautiful things from Kenya are waiting for you.
The Christmas market season started in Selb on the first Advent weekend this past Friday. We participated in the traditional charity Christmas bazar with a raffle today. Every raffle ticket won a prize – stuffed animals, wine glasses, high-end porcelain items, necklaces made in Kenya, toys and many more fabulous prizes were up for grabs. Two very excited little boys – Jonas and Max – were the happy winners of a main prize – a huge Teddy Bear – found his way into their playroom! We will be offering more activities at the Christmas market. Please see our event calendar for more information.