Daylight Students Celebrate Traditional Art, Music, and Dancing

Celebrating Kenya’s rich indigenous cultures is a huge value at Daylight School. We want our students and staff to be connected to their tribal roots. Daylight holds traditional cultural celebrations where our students and staff experience the beauty, joy, and rich traditions of nomadic life in northwestern Kenya.

We invite local tribal elders to come to the Daylight campus to share traditional music, dances, and art from the tribes of northwestern Kenya. Our students learn about their history and celebrate the deep traditions. We believe this is so important because during the British colonial rule of Kenya (prior to Kenyan Independence in 1963) many schools did not allow students to celebrate their traditional culture. Daylight chooses to lift up traditional culture. When Daylight hosts visitors we are proud to show them what is beautiful and unique about northwestern Kenya’s nomadic culture, music, and art.

Our students work with their classes to prepare dances, songs, and decorations for these event. They are a celebration and a talent show for our students to show their musical and artistic skills.
Griffin, in 8th grade, loves these celebrations! He is an outstanding dancer and looks great in blue paint!
Thank you for supporting our students and staff. Together we are raising a generation of young leaders who celebrate their community and are studying hard so they can be valuable members of Kenya’s future.

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Two Daylight Students Gave Speeches on a Kenya Radio Station: Listen Here!

Recently two Daylight students were featured on a Kenya Radio Station! Maurine and Griffin were asked to “Utter out a speech” about a topic they are passionate about.

Maurine, 7th grade at Daylight, announced that she is running for President of Kenya in 2022! Her platform is putting food on families tables, making education affordable for all Kenyan children, creating jobs, and ending corruption. Her platform is thoughtful, detailed, and will inspire you.

Griffin, 8th grade at Daylight, gave a speech about how West Pokot County (where Daylight School is located) is often given a bad name in the Kenyan media and people associate the Pokot Tribe with crime and poverty.  So Griffin wanted to feature the good parts of his community.

My name is Maurine. I am in grade 7. I am going to utter out a speech.
Honorable country men and women, ladies and gentlemen, I am the President of the Republic of Kenya. This is 2022. This is how I want Kenya to run.

One, there shall be no corruption.

Two, education shall be affordable to all children of Kenya.

Three, to beat Al-Shabab we shall attack both foreign and local invaders. How? By making business easy to do in Kenya.

Four, foreign investors in my government shall have minimal taxes. Couple that with the government subsidies to enter into Kenya and do business so that we can create jobs.

Five, we shall reduce public burden in new government. My government will be cost efficient. And this is how I’m going to do it. Kenya is about 582,646 square kilometers. There shall be two senators in every county like in US. There are two senators in every state. By the courtesy of the director of Daylight Model School.

I’ll make sure I will place food on the table of every Kenya. Big projects like FGI cannot come first because they are a misnomer. No public representative shall drive our public vehicle more than 1.5 cc like in United States and United Kingdom.

I’ll remain your president and take care of all Kenyans.

My name is Griffin L. I am in grade 8 and I’m going to utter out a speech.

It began with gunshots, shedding of blood, above all cattle rustling. A county that is forgotten in the map of Kenya. A county that is known as thieves resting place. A county of no hope. Green Gates well known as the Karen Gates.

It is now a place to be! A vast shopping center. A place to acquire knowledge. Not forgetting our very own Makutano town. Our health is our wealth. Talking of Kapenguria Hospital, Pokots have all reason to smile! Expectant mothers, children, and the old each have a place to find medical care. Kapenguria Hospital is our treasure.

Professor John Krop, You are a great leader who ensures West Pokot County is at a better position compared to other counties. No more cattle rustling, no more fights at the border, and no more tribalism in West Pokot County. This is because of good leadership in the county. Rise one, rise all! Let’s appreciate our culture. The land of hidden treasure.

Thank you! I am Griffin L. from Daylight Model School. Welcome.

Thank you to all the Daylight staff and teachers, friends, and supporters around the world who make Daylight School possible. Together we are educating and inspiring a new generation of Kenyan leaders!

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Peter Called for Peace & Education in Response to the Shooting of his Brother

On June 5th, Daylight’s staff and dear friend Peter Losenguria’s younger brother Limaye Loitapira was herding his cows when he was shot in the back, neck, and mouth by bandits.

Limaye was rushed to the hospital, an eight hour drive from his home. He underwent two surgeries, and after a month of recovery we are so grateful to say Limaye is back at home with his family.Peter, Limaye, Mama Losenguria, and their new baby.
Limaye having tea with the Losenguria family.

In response to the attack on Limaye, a peace meeting was called in the community.  Peter attended on behalf of his family and used the attack on his brother to speak about the need for ending gun violence, and Daylight’s work of educating young people with job skills so they don’t get caught in a life of crime and stealing.

Peter was joined at the peace meeting by women in the surrounding villages who echoed Peter’s call for peace and an end to gun violence in their community.  We are so grateful for Peter and these women’s work in their community.Peter knows the challenges facing young people in his community. Peter came from a poor village family who was not able to pay for his high school education. So Peter spent his youth trying to feed himself by stealing cows with a semi automatic rifle in his hands.

But after seeing the pain his crimes caused families in his community, he put down his gun and has dedicated his life to calling for an end to violence and promoting education.


Peter meeting with community members

During the peace meeting women prayed for peace and prepared a meal so that people could eat together and be reminded of their common humanity.

The Losenguria family is so grateful that Limaye is recovering at home. They wanted to pass along his deep gratitude for the love, prayers, and support they received from Daylight friends around the world.

Limaye’s medical bills were around $2000 US for both surgeries and will be paid for by the Daylight Emergency Medical Fund. This fund helps cover medical costs for Daylight students, staff, and community members. Your gifts support this fund and everything we do at Daylight Center and School. Thank you. Your gifts save lives in Kenya.

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The Daylight School Store

Daylight has a small school store run for students and neighbors to get household supplies and snacks. Near the front gate to Daylight the school store is managed by Daylight Staff Valerie. “Everyday I sell candy, biscuits, fruit and soda to students and neighbors. Parents and relatives give their children gifts when they come visit our students.” Daylight’s neighbors, like Maureen and her child Torotiech, like to shop at the school store. Sales from the school store go towards providing supplies to students who cannot afford to buy them.

Neighbor Maureen, Torotiech child, Angelina Kimpur, Valerie

The school store contains staple groceries and school supplies that students and families need on a daily basis.
Local fresh bananas, mangos, school supplies, and sweets available in the school store.

Students who stay overnight in the dorms, like Grace (7th grade), have access to the shop to refill needed things like toiletries, soap, pens and paper, cookies, and bread.
Our 4th – 8th grade students attend Saturday morning classes as they prepare for their national exams. Our students and staff are proud of our 2nd place school ranking in West Pokot County! They work hard to maintain the standing of the school so our students can qualify for entrance to top tier high schools and earn educational scholarships.After Saturday classes are finished, the school store is opened and the students get a treat.
Our students enjoy their Saturday classes, but candy makes the work all the sweeter!Thank you for supporting our students. Our Kenyan staff uses your financial support to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of our students. We are so grateful for your partnership.

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Peter Losenguria’s Brother was Shot and is Recovering

On June 5th, Daylight’s staff and dear friend Peter Losenguria’s younger brother suffered a gunshot wound while he was herding his cows. Limaye Loitapira is a small scale farmer who herds his family’s cattle in the desert. As he was grazing the cows he was shot by armed cattle bandits who ambushed him in an attempt to kill him and steal his family’s cows.

Limaye narrowly survived a gun shot wound. The bullet entered his back and traveled through to his neck and mouth, missing vital organs. He was rushed to MOI Hospital a hundred miles away. He underwent surgery and is currently recovering at the MOI Hospital in Eldoret about an hour from Daylight School. Peter is with him.

He will be recovering at the hospital until he has stabilized.
Peter and his son Nicolas
Peter Losenguria has been a vital part of the  Daylight family. He is an ambassador for education in his community, an advocate for our students.
Peter is also an experienced travel guide for our US visitors while they serve at Daylight Center and School.
The family is asking to keep Limaye in your thoughts and prayers during this critical post trauma period. The medical costs, which could be several thousand dollars to the family, will be a significant financial strain for a family.

Daylight has an emergency medical fund to help students, staff, and community members in crisis. If you would like to help defray Limaye’s medical costs please consider making a special donation today.

Checks made out to Daylight Center with Medical in the Memo may be sent to the address below.

Daylight Center and School
PO Box 40533
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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