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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Our Students Help Prepare and Serve School Lunches

Daylight School is a working farm with cows, chickens, goats, geese, and several acres of farmland were we grow corn and beans. Our local Daylight farm grows a third of the total food served at Daylight school. Daylight farm is a key part of our life skills education. We want our students to learn how to farm so that they can go into agricultural business or manage a family garden.

This is how our students prepare a Kenyan dish called Githeri, a high protein and very delicious mix of corn and beans.Between classes or on the weekends the students spend a few hours prepping the next weeks lunches. After the corn and beans are picked they are sifted and sorted to get out the dirt, twigs, and rocks. Corn is sifted on one tarp. Other students are given piles of beans to sort. Students like to talk and sing as they sift.Angelina Kimpur, who oversees the Daylight farm, walks around to help the students.
Then the beans and corn are put through the grinder to prep them for cooking. The prepped beans and corn are put into large bags in the kitchen. 
Then the beans and corn are cooked and served throughout the week by student volunteers working alongside Daylight staff.
Daylight Kenya’s staff works hard to ensure that our students are well fed. You will often hear staff tell students to eat until they are full. Thank you for your financial gifts which are enhanced by our Kenyan volunteers and donations. Together we ensure our students are healthy and ready to learn.

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Daylight School Was Ranked 2nd in the Entire District!

Each year the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in all of Kenya take national exams. Our students have been working hard all year to prepare. The results of the tests determine  whether a student is prepared to enter high school, qualifies students for scholarships, and all the schools in the country get an official ranking based on their student’s 8th grade scores.

Of the hundreds of schools in rural West Pokot County school district, Daylight School’s 8th graders were ranked 2nd overall!When we started Daylight Center and School ten years ago, our students came to us because we were the only school in the region that would take in students from difficult family backgrounds and those that had no way to pay for their education. Daylight School is one of hundreds of elementary schools in rural West Pokot County. Most of these schools require families to pay for their children to attend.

Now after ten years of providing quality education and loving support to our students, they still come from the same backgrounds, but they add something else to their story of coming to Daylight. Alicen (6th grade) put it well, “I came to Daylight because we are one of the best schools in Kenya, with the best test scores, and the nicest teachers.”

We are so proud of our amazing, brilliant, and kind students, teachers, support staff, and our international partners for supporting our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! Thank you!

These test scores ensured that our now 9th grade students were all able to get into good high schools and qualify for scholarships.

Daylight allows children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend for free. Other students families pay what they can afford to help support our school. We are so grateful for the staff who believe in the mission and our international partners like you who support our school.

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Friday’s at Daylight – Assembly, Class, Clean up & Fun!

Fridays at Daylight are a sight to behold. 302 students, 25 teachers and staff, all preparing to complete another week of school. Fridays begin with a school wide assembly. The Kenyan flag is raised and School Headmaster Eliud gives a special message of encouragement to the students. Then Students and teachers take turns coming forward to give updates on what they have learned in class, sing a song. and offer their own encouraging message.

Then the students are off to their classes! English, KiSwahili, Math, Science, Reading, and Religious Education filled with brilliant young minds.
Daylight believes in helping foster student’s leadership potential in and out of the classroom. Our students love to come to the board and help lead the class. These amazing 3rd grade students are already able to read and speak in several languages – their tribal mother-tongue (Pokot, Luo, or Turkana), KiSwahili, and English!

Then its time for lunch where the older students take turns helping serve the younger students.

When classes are done the rooms are cleaned for the weekend. With open windows, 302 kids, and the breeze across on Daylight’s hill-top campus, the classes can get pretty dusty. So every Friday the whole school undergoes a deep clean.

All the desks are pulled out.Buckets are filled.Floors are swept.And each class is mopped by hand.

When the cleaning is done the students are dismissed for the weekend. The children who stay with their families in town, pack up their backpacks and get picked up (see the motorbike in the background!) or walk home in groups. Those who stay in Daylight Dormitories, maybe due to the death of a parent or their family living too far away, gather for a game of soccer, making art, or head to the swings for a fun weekend with their friends.

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