“The Throne” Daylight Celebration of Traditional Nomadic Culture

At Daylight, we take great pride in celebrating our children’s cultural heritage. We have special school assemblies throughout the year where we celebrate the traditional nomadic culture of our students.

We bring in elders in their traditional dress to teach our children dances and songs.

36 throne 4Daylight Director Michael Kimpur at Daylight with Pokot Elders doing a tradtional dance and song at a school assembly

36 Thorne 6Daylight students doing a traditional Nomadic dance

It is common to hear news stories on Kenyan Television where traditional nomadic culture is talked about negatively. When our students hear these messages about their culture and their family members who live in nomadic communities, it can be hurtful and make them feel negatively about their cultural background.

At Daylight we teach our children to value and celebrate their culture. Many of our Daylight students come from villages and small towns where these traditions are a daily way of life.  Many of our students from rural areas are the first in their family to go to school.  Their families are counting on them to be to be leaders in their communities.  Their families also want them to appreciate and celebrate the communities they came from.

We take time to celebrate the unique and beautiful parts of nomadic life. “The Throne” is one of the most unique parts of East African nomadic culture. It is a small chair that people sit on when they are herding cattle, like Sampson is here at Daylight’s village school in Alale.

36 throne 2One of the most amazing things about this chair is that it is also a pillow with a special feature.36 Throne 1“It is so important to sleep on a throne because it picks up the vibrations in the ground while you sleep. In case someone approaches you. If there is an enemy raider, a hyena, or even a lion, you will feel it as you sleep,” Sampson explains.

36 thorn 3“It is also very easy to carry with you,” Elijah adds.

Thank you for supporting Daylight School, where we proudly celebrate culture and families.

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Daylight’s (rescheduled) Ten-Year Anniversary Party May 13th

Join us for Daylight’s (rescheduled) Ten-Year Anniversary Party on Sunday May 13th, 2 – 4 pm!
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We are planning a joyous celebration of everything the last ten years have brought. Our Kenyan director, Michael Kimpur, will be in Minnesota to celebrate with us and share inspiring stories of the amazing young people who have studied at Daylight. The event will be an open house with light brunch refreshments and a short program at 2:30 p.m.
The details are below:
Sunday May 13th, from 2 – 4 pm
Solomon’s Porch Church
We can hardly believe that Daylight has been around for ten years, but we have come a long ways. We began Daylight as a way to support thirty children whose parents had died. During our first month, January 2007, we had thirty kindergartners meeting in a church Sunday-School classroom. Our first month’s budget was $250, which all came directly from our U.S. Director, Nathan Roberts, to his college roommate, Michael Kimpur.
Since then it has been an amazing journey with so many adventures. With your help, and the help of so many Kenyans and Americans working side-by-side, we have graduated two classes into high school! And are now educating 400 students on two campuses!

Please join us at our anniversary party to help celebrate this incredible school and the people who make it special.

Learn how you can support daylight at daylightcenter.org
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Thank You for Supporting Vivian & All the Young Women of Daylight

On International Women’s Day we wanted you to meet Daylight’s star student Vivian!19-vivian
Vivian is in 8th grade at Daylight and she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. She got a passion for helping sick people after her baby sister got sick. “When my sister was a baby we took her to the hospital. The nurse told us my baby sister had typhoid. The nurse was so nice to my family and she assured me that my baby sister would get better. And I felt better to hear that.  My sister did get better. I was inspired to become a nurse when I grow up.”

At Daylight Vivian loves studying English and helping her fellow students when they get sick. “I hope to someday work at the Kapenguria hospital near Daylight.”

On behalf of Vivian’s family and all the young women studying, teaching, and leading at Daylight we say a big Asanti Sana Thank you!

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Working Together to Build a Student’s Clothesline

A story from Daylight partner Brett Emmons on his trip to Daylight in January 2018.

As we traveled to Kenya and the Daylight school, we had our many ideas and plans of how we wanted help the school in our brief time there. We quickly learned to listen to our Kenyan counterparts and to be flexible.

We started with our many plans of bookshelves, solar panels, corn grinders, and more. But as soon as we arrived, waiting for the class rooms to be empty, left us with downtime. No sooner than we started to wonder what is next, one of the women on the staff let us know that new clothes lines would really be a big help for the students that live there at the boarding school.

IMG_1177The children do their own laundry and hang them on the barbed wire fences which are set around the campus for the Daylight cows.cows barbed wire fenceThe barbed wire inevitably leaves holes and tears as the children retrieve their cloths. With the help of the property manager, we found some posts and scrap lumber.DSC_2360

On a trip into town for supplies, we purchased some sturdy rope to sample a well, with the intent that it could later be uses for the clothes line. The property manager had hand-dug holes in the ground in no time. With various people in our group, who were between projects, pitching in to help, the posts were up and lines strung.

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With a quick inspection from our local drivers, we realized that some “design improvements” were in order, and additional braces were soon added.

It was a simple project, but an extremely satisfying feeling to see clothes hanging from the lines less than a day after the lines were put up.

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– Brett H. Emmons (in the plaid shirt holding the 8)
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2 Daylight Students Awarded Full Scholarships to Top High Schools from Governor

 

This update is from Rosaline Kimpur, Sophomore at Daystar University in Kenya, and daughter of Daylight Kenya Directors Michael and Angelina Kimpur.

Daylight is growing stronger by the day. We thank all our partners for their BIG HEARTS and their continuous support.

It is encouraging to tell you that the Governor of West Pokot County has just awarded full scholarships to two of our Daylight kids to the best National schools in Kenya!

Emock scored amazingly on his recent 8th grade national test, and the Governor awarded him a full scholarship to the prestigious Mangu High School Nairobi. Emock is excited to continue studying politics, history, and piano in high school.

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The second Daylight scholarship went to Leah Chepkemoi who was the top student in the over 150 schools in West Pokot County! She was awarded a full scholarship to Nakuru Girls High School.

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I thank God for my father for pouring out his life for the vulnerable children of the warring and nomadic tribes of Eastern Africa.

I am now studying at Daystar University, where my dad studied, I want to be a “servant leader” just as you have demonstrated. Go go go DAYLIGHT MODEL SCHOOL – the sky is no limit!

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Tuition for one year of High School is around $1500. Part of your support goes to provide need based scholarships for the first year of High School to all our Daylight 8th grade graduates.

Thank you for helping all our graduating 8th graders begin High School!

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