When I visited Daylight Center and School as a board member six years ago, I was privileged to create bonds with Director Michael Kimpur, his family, his tribe, and the children of Daylight. I participated in the initiation rites of Michael’s tribe, the Pokot, and joined my then fiancée, Becca, in a traditional marriage ceremony. I got to see firsthand the tireless dedication of Daylight’s teachers and staff, and witness the possibilities created in the lives of children as Daylight provides both an education and a place of belonging.
From right to left – Andrew and his wife Becca Ulasich, Emilie Robinson, and Chelimo Kimpur driving with Daylight students.
Since that time I was an Event Supervisor with Feed My Starving Children, I traveled the world with Becca for nineteen months, volunteering in places of violence and conflict, and I completed a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. Today, I’m thrilled to share the ties I made six years ago are drawing me back to Daylight as U.S. Director of Operations and Fundraising. I want to thank Elodie Lee for her years of service to the children of Daylight and for continuing to establish the foundation on which Daylight will be supported and strong for years to come. I am excited to work alongside US Director Nathan Roberts and US Board and to meet our US partners and donors.
My other big news is that two months ago, Becca and I had our first child. As we adjust to a new life, I think a lot about building the kind of world we want for him and for all of our children around the world. My hopes for my child are the same as my hopes for our kids in Kapenguria, Kenya: a safe space of love and belonging, the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and the vision and imagination to contribute to a better world. It’s an honor to rejoin Daylight Center and School to that end.
I look forward to continuing our partnership on behalf of our kids at Daylight.
U.S. Director of Operations
Join us for Daylight’s Ten-Year Anniversary Party on Feb 11th! 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 Feb 11th, from 2 – 4 pm
Solomon’s Porch Church
100 W 46th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or on our Facebook Event
“I want to give computers to kids so they can study math and English,” Jedida says smiling. She is in 7th grade at Daylight, and she wants to be an computer engineer when she grows up. “Math is easy for me and I want to start studying engineering on computers.”At school she loves playing hide and seek with her friends in the fields and bushes around Daylight Kapenguria’s twelve-acre campus.
Jedida is blessed to have two supportive parents that she lives with in town. Her parents are great roles models of community service. Her father is a doctor and her mother is a nurse who serves at a small community clinic in town. She learned the importance of medical professionals when she was sick with a cold and had to miss school. Jedida’s family contributes financially to Daylight to help pay for her education.
On behalf of Jedida, her family, and her hide-and-seek buddies, we want to thank you for making Jedida’s education possible.