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
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.
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.