Join or “Renew” for the 2015 Pledge Drive

This is week two of our 2015 Pledge Drive. Already we have 19 of 100 total pledgers needed to reach our $137,000 budget goal for 2015. Please join our pledge drive or renew your pledge today.

Here is the breakdown of the $137,000 budget goal:

Kenya Staff Salaries          50,000
US Support Services         11,000
Student Housing               11,000
Student Meals                   34,800
School Supplies & Misc       8,000
Outreach Program               7,200
Transportation                   15,000
Grand Total                  $137,000

In 2014, our budget was $96,000. The reason Daylight’s budget has increased for 2015 is because Daylight continues to grow.

Today at Daylight, we have 280 students in preschool through 7th grade as well as 100 more children at our rural outpost nursery school! In 2015, we expect enrollment to increase to 320 students in preschool through 8th grade (since we add a grade each year), in addition to the 100 rural nursery students.

In order to provide education, food, shelter, clothing, and health care to these children, we need your help! We believe that if we had 100 pledgers of various giving levels, we can reach the $137,000 budget goal.

Will you join our pledge drive for 2015?
Call or email me to make a pledge to support Daylight in 2015!

Rachel Finsaas
U.S. Director of Operations
Daylight Center and School

P: 612-293-7476
E: rachel@daylightcenter.org

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Daylight “Ambulance” Saves Lives

In the last month many people have been asking us if the children at Daylight or the country of Kenya at large has been affected by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. So we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your concern and clarify the situation.

1. Kenya is in East Africa and the Ebola outbreak is in West Africa. Kenya has already stopped all flight travel to and from Ebola infected countries. The distance across the continent is very large (more than the distance between Alaska and Florida) and Africans do not travel like Americans so it is very unlikely that the disease would spread to Kenya.

2. While Ebola is not a factor, rural Kenyans still lack access to health care. Part of the reason why so many people have died in East Africa is because many rural African families lack access to quality healthcare.

Since Daylight started in 2008, Michael has received hundreds of late night calls to pick up sick or pregnant neighbors in the middle of the night and rush them to the hospital. Michael has already helped deliver two babies and has saved hundreds of lives!

This is because there are no ambulances in Kapenguria. Kapenguria (where Daylight is located) does have a hospital, but it is not furnished with the type of equipment you would expect to find at a hospital in the US (X-ray & MRI machines, surgery theater, blood processing equipment). It feels more like a minute-clinic you might find in a strip-mall storefront. The nearest American style hospital is a 40-minute drive.

Access to healthcare is a problem for many folks who don’t own cars in rural Kenya. It can be the difference between life and death for those who rely on public transportation and need medical care in the middle of the night. I have been with Michael on these emergency calls and can tell you: Daylight saves lives!

Thank you for supporting Daylight. About 12% of donations go toward community outreach, such as the cost for fuel to gas up Daylight’s SUV for emergency trips to the hospital.

Nathan Roberts and Michael Kimpur
Co-founders and Directors
Daylight Center and School

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August Break Means Family Visits

Daylight school is a year-round school with three month-long breaks throughout the year. August is one of those breaks. It’s a time that many kids go home to visit their families and communities (where safety permits).

Daylight has students from three geographical regions.

1. The nearby neighborhood. These kids go between school and home every day.

2. 1-3 miles away. Daylight, like many schools in Kenya, doesn’t have a school bus to take kids back and forth between home and school each day. So kids whose families live more than a 30-minute walk from Daylight live at school and only go home on the weekends.

3. Desert villages. Many hours drive from Daylight. These students live in Daylight’s dormitories. But during holidays, many of these children get to visit their families or extended families.

These trips back home, whether near or far, are special times where families get to see the progress their children are making.

But these trips can also be hard. Many of these children came to Daylight after one or both of their parents passed away. And trips home to visit aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents can remind them of there troubled pasts.

Please keep these children in your thoughts and prayers as they visit their families. That their visits home will be times of joy and that the painful memories will be eased by the love and hope that is showered on them by their family and the staff at Daylight.

Nathan Roberts and Michael Kimpur
Co-founders and Directors

 

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New Pipes for a Well, and a Life Saved

The work at Daylight is always a mix of blessings and difficulties. And last week was no exception.

After the benefit concert in June, Michael Kimpur and Peter Losenguria were able to purchase new piping to fix the well in Michael’s home village of Alale. We have been blessed by so many parents wanting their children to go to learn to read and write at the Alale Nursery School!

Attendance at the nursery school is up from 30 in January to 100 today! Michael and Peter are so excited to fix the well so that the kids can get water during classes and dishes can be washed without dirty river water.

However, their trip was delayed when Michael and Peter received a call from Peter’s home village of Ompolion. Armed raiders attacked a friend’s homestead. During the raid, the friend had been shot and needed to be taken to the hospital. Michael and Peter drove 8 hours in the opposite direction of the well they intended to fix. When they arrived at the friend’s home it was clear he needed immediate medical attention from a gunshot to the abdomen.

Michael and Peter drove him 10 hours to a hospital where he is still in critical condition. Please pray for his healing, and peace and comfort for his family.

This news remind us of the importance of Daylight’s work. We save lives. And we are raising a new generation of leaders to bring peace, stability and development so that nomadic people will stop fighting over natural resources in the desert region.

Thank you for partnering with us in this work,

Nathan Roberts and Michael Kimpur
Co-founders and Directors

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Help Publish Michael & Nathan’s New Book!

We are excited to announce that Michael Kimpur and Nathan Roberts (our own Daylight co-founders) have written a book:

Poor Millionaires:
The Village Boy Who Walked to the Western World
and the American Boy Who Followed Him Home.

This book is more than just a story of how Michael Kimpur, a World Vision sponsor child, and Nathan Roberts, a young American in a crisis of faith met and started Daylight. It is a story of famine, missionaries, war, a search for God, and the unexpected challenges of introducing Christianity to a remote desert village.

Michael and Nathan are working to self-publish the book. It will cost $5,000 for them to print the first 300 copies. Click here if you would like to contribute to their “KickStarter” campaign to print the book.

Nathan and Michael are offering to give a copy of their book to every person who donates!

Please note: donations to the KickStarter do not directly benefit Daylight and are not tax deductible. Also, the views represented in the book are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Daylight Center and School.

A message from the authors:
“We are Poor Millionaires who started a school called Daylight to educate children just like Michael. And we wrote this book to get the word out. We currently have over 200 kids at Daylight with hundreds more on the waiting list. Please help us publish this book so more people can hear our story, join us, and together we can get those kids off the waiting list and into school.”
-Michael Kimpur and Nathan Roberts

Rachel Finsaas
U.S. Director of Operations
Daylight Center and School

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