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The United Nations set a goal to End Extreme Poverty by 2030. Daylight is part of this global initiative. Most of our children come from families that live on less that $1.25 per day.
We have 300 children at Daylight Kapenguria in K-8 and 100 in Daylight Alale Literacy School who are learning the basic skills they need to find jobs, become informed and active citizens, and provide for their families. Daylight is breaking the cycle of poverty in the lives of these children. Children like Charles, who hopes to take his geometry lesson into his career as a pilot.
Thank you for helping end extreme poverty.
Note: While Daylight strives to be a part of the United Nations Global Goals, we are not funded by the United Nations.
First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, Minnesota is looking for a few good people to join their mission trip to Daylight in January 9-21, 2016. Our church’s teams to Daylight focus on interacting with the children and working in the classrooms.
We will also work on some of the following projects: building projects such as painting & spackling. Expertise in wiring, construction, wells & solar energy is welcome.
The total cost is $3,000. $1,500 is due at the deadline of Sunday, October 4th. Contact Lenny Snellman at email@example.com with questions or to join the team!
Emily loves her 8th grade science class at Daylight. She smiles wide “I like to learn about the chambers and the blood types and the veins.” Her fascination in the human body has led her to want to be a surgeon.
She is eager to graduate college so she can work at a hospital and send money home to her family. “My mother lives in the desert where life is very hard. She is happy I went to school because I am her only child going to school.” Emily has a lot of pressure on her to succeed, but she feels up to the challenge. “I want to be a surgeon in town and send money home to my mom and brothers and sisters. But if there are people who have no money for surgeries. I will help anyways.”
Our team arrived at Daylight after four days of traveling. We traveled from Minneapolis to Detroit to Amsterdam to Nairobi all the way to Kapenguria, Kenya.
When we pulled up to the little sign that read Daylight School we could feel the joy and the energy of the kids.
We first met the kids that board in the dormitories at Daylight because it was past three in the afternoon.We pulled up to Michael’s house, which is on the property, and the children greeted us and they sang songs. They were so happy that we were there. I don’t think they even really knew why there was a bunch of Mzungus (white people) there. Either way they were full of joy.
One little boy walked up to us with a big grin on his face. We already knew his friends had whispered in his ear to do something, maybe he was going to greet us in Pokot.
Maybe he was going to give us a present? We weren’t really sure. He came up and shakes our hands and he goes down the line of all these white people and shake each hand.Then one kid after another started doing it and there must’ve been around 70 kids slowly shaking our hands greeting us welcoming us to Kenya welcoming us to the school, thanking us for coming. It was a very very nice way to develop a relationship with the kids.
The next day, which was Tuesday morning, all the kids arrived at school there is around 320 children they were so excited! They formed circles of maybe 20 to 30 kids, around each person. They wanted to touch eyes, ask us questions just get to know us, they were very welcoming. They wanted to know what you think about us, they wanted to touch our clothes, and learn our culture.
It was a really nice bonding experience. But because of all this excitement I thought, hey I’ll take out my phone and take some pictures because I didn’t bring a camera-which wasn’t really clever of me. I recommend bringing a camera if you ever visit Kenya there’s a lot to see. They were excited for this new toy.Kids were posing they would smile, laugh, take photos of each other, videos, they were actually really good photographers.
They would capture people running, they had so much fun with this camera.
Here in the depths of the first day at Daylight school is one of the thousands of photos of the kids took on my phone and that is what it’s like on the first day at Daylight.
Charles is an 8th grader at Daylight with a keen eye for history. He is a star student in Social Studies class and especially likes when his teacher highlights leaders from history.
“My favorite historical leader is the 1st President of Tanzania Julius Nyerere.” He said before rattling off a list of facts on Nyerere.
Julius Neyerere with President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 1977
“He was born in 1921. When the Germans came to Tanzania they forced Nyerere’s village to abandon their culture, but he promoted his village’s culture against the threat of colonialism. He was a great leader and eventually helped lead the Tanzanian people get independence and their freedom. He became President and allowed his country to have many political parties, so Africans can choose the president they like instead of having corruption.”
You might think that Charles wants to be a politician. But when asked he replies with a big smile. “I want to be a pilot. Because you can get from one place of work to another instead of walking long distances.”
Thank you for supporting Charles’ education. He is going to be a great pilot and a very informed and politically engaged citizen!