A Night of Stories and Songs for Daylight August 3

Daylight storytellingJoin us for a night of amazing stories of overcoming obstacles in East Africa and life changing stories of visiting Daylight. Between stories we will hear music from Fathom Lane.

Stories by: Phares and Rael Kakulima, Tom Gillaspy,
Angie Bisping, Allison Raney & Daylight Co-founder and US Director Nathan Roberts

Music Performed by
Fathom Lane (performing solo)

The Warming House
August 3rd
Doors 6:30p Event begins 7 pm.
4001 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Tickets are $20 all proceeds to help Daylight School provide food and education during the drought in Kenya. Purchase tickets at The Warming House website.

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Celebrating the Life of Kama Sukoku

Earlier this week, I received news I have been dreading since my first visit to Kenya. A dear friend had died.

She should not have died. She died because the clinics nearest to her did not have the proper supplies to treat her anemia.

Her name was Kama Sukoku (pronounced: comma sue-ko-coo). Mother of Sukoku. Sister-in-law of Daylight Founder, Michael Kimpur.

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Kama Sukoku with her son Sukoku and husband Lomaler

Kama Sukoku was a very shy and quiet woman. But behind her cautious gaze and timid greetings, I saw her incredible courage and curiosity. She came from neighboring Uganda to marry Lomaler. She knew only a handful of others by acquaintance in her new village, but quickly became fast friends with her sisters- and mother-in-law who shared the same homestead. They told each other stories as they collected firewood and carried water from the well, and laughed at the antics of their children as they milked their goats and prepared dinner.

Kama Sukoku only smiled when she was very happy about something. The first time I saw her smile was a full two days after I met her.

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Rachel Arneson in Kenya with Joshua Kimpur – Kama Sukoku’s nephew and son of Michael and Angelina Kimpur. 

She was adjusting a cloth sheet around her waist that Pokot women use to carry everything from market goods to an infant. It was then that I noticed her baby bump. “Lomaler!” I exclaimed as I walked up to his wife and put my hands on her tummy. “Karam! Karam nyoman.” This is very good! Lomaler laughed proudly, as a big beaming smile broke across Kama Sukoku’s face.

Kama Sukoku wanted nothing more from life but to raise a family. Lomaler and Kama Sukoku married and started a family later in life than is traditional because they grew up in rural villages with no formal schooling, and their families chose not to participate in the violence of cattle raiding (which contributes to obtaining a traditional bride price). I find some comfort in that Kama Sukoku was able to enjoy a few precious years of motherhood before she succumbed to her disease. She was living her dream. And now her two children will be lovingly cared for by Lomaler and extended family. IMG_3081
Rachel Arneson with Lomaler in the village of Alale, Kenya

Daylight Center and School exists to join Lomaler and Kama Sukoku in ending the cycle of warfare in northwest Kenya by educating young leaders to bring peace to Kenya’s nomadic culture. Daylight school is also empowering them to one day become engineers and business women and men and government officials and doctors. Perhaps one day Sukoku himself will prevent others from dying prematurely like his mother.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Daylight Center and School in Kama Sukoku’s memory.

Rachel Arneson

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More Than One Way to Give!

A few supporters have been giving to Daylight in creative ways. Contributing through their workplace and AmazonSmile, Ben and Lynda are growing their gifts.

Longtime supporter, Ben Barnhart, shares how giving through his employer has doubled his contribution to Daylight:

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“I had supported Daylight for a year or so before I started working at Medtronic, and when I joined the company I was excited to learn that one of the benefits of working there was that they would match my charitable giving. I loved that my gifts would support Michael and Nathan and the work that Daylight does; that my company would kick in a matching gift was icing on the cake.

I arranged to have my giving deducted from my paycheck (which makes it easy for me to safeguard that pledge), and then I applied to have Medtronic match the gift. It was as simple as clicking a button on the website that Medtronic uses to handle charitable gifts. If I remember correctly, I had to confirm that Daylight’s work was primarily nonsectarian, even though the organization is religious. Now every paycheck, my gift comes out directly, and Medtronic matches it 100%. It’s the easiest way I know to stretch my giving dollars a little farther.”

Lynda Lee is a new supporter to Daylight. A way that she has been able to give is by using AmazonSmile.

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“I am thrilled that my daily tasks include an opportunity to give. It makes me happy that I can support the bright minds in Kenya at Daylight.“

With AmazonSmile Daylight receives proceeds from a small percentage of Lynda’s eligible purchases. Click here to donate to Daylight through AmazonSmile.

Contact Elodie at info@daylightcenter.org if you have questions about donating through your employer or AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile link address: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-5698573

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Sasha wants to be an International Radio Journalist

Sasha is in 8th grade and she loves movies and radio. “I like American and Nigerian movies the best. I like the African dress and acting in Nigerian movies. I also like how the people on Nigerian movies respect each other.” She smiles wide: “But I also like the action movies from America. And I love the Disney movie the Jungle Book. I like all the animals.”

10 - SashaSasha came to Daylight 7 years ago from a desert village in Baringo. When she started Daylight only had 3 grades. She says Daylight gets better every year: “Now we have more classes and more subjects than when I started.”

Sasha says that she would “like to be a radio announcer on the international news.” She wants “to help describe the world to people who don’t have TVs. So they can know what is happening in the world and in their country.”

Thank you for supporting Sasha, Daylight’s future journalist!

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Mildred Loves Doing Impressions of Her Classmates

Mildred loves doing impressions.  Her friends at Daylight say, “All day she walks around doing impressions of us. Walking the way we walk, laughing the way we laugh, doing our voices. She is so funny.” 8-Mildred
Mildred does take her studies seriously. She loves studying languages and in 7th grade she is already fluent in several languages. Her dream is to grow up to be a K’swahili professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

Thank you for making Mildred’s education possible. Her friends appreciate the opportunity to hear all her amazing impressions of them!

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