We have an amazing Kenyan board of directors that oversees the school, development work, staffing, and long term vision for Daylight Center and School. One of our longest serving board members is Bosco Loris. He lives near our village school of Daylight Alale. “I went to school through high school, and then I came back to run the Daylight’s school in Alale village. To give kids in my village the opportunities I had.” In the picture below, Bosco is standing outside the school that he helped make with community members. It was made with local materials of mud, sticks, and clay.
“I was named ‘Strong Wind’ because of the strong wind on top of that mountain,” Bosco explains alongside Daylight Teacher, Kach.
“When the British Colonialists came to our village they put a British flag on top of that mountain. But when the British left, their flag blew away. It was a sign that nature is more powerful than any human power. So when I was a young man I climbed to the top of the mountain. But the wind blew me over!” Bosco laughed. “And so people started calling me strong wind.”
Bosco’s son, Nicolas, studies at Daylight primary school in Alale. “My hope for Nicholas and all the kids is for them to be educated so they can get jobs. So they can help themselves and their parents and earn money for their future.”
“I want my boys to get married, get jobs, so they can send money home to provide for me and my wife when we are old,” Bosco smiles.
Thank you for supporting Bosco, Kach, Nicholas and all the young people who study at Daylight. They are working to make a bright future for their family and their community.
Daylight Director Michael Kimpur had an amazing time visiting with friends and Daylight partners during his trip to Minnesota. He wanted to share a special thank you to everyone who helped his trip and 10-year anniversary party go so well.
Michael had a blast learning about large-scale farming and shared the story with the Lions Club in Halstad, MN.
Daylight Board member Travis Collins and US Director Nathan Roberts went with Michael to share the story of Daylight with Pastor Hans and Calvary Lutheran in Alexandria, MN. Sharon and Cindy (in green) are both coming to Daylight this summer! We celebrated Daylight’s 10-year anniversary in Minneapolis, and Michael gave a great update on all the kids and projects happening at Daylight right now! Co-founders and best friends got this great picture at the 10-year anniversary party! Michael had a great time visiting friends from Autumn Ridge Church and going to a conservatory in Rochester, MN with Larry Vukov! Michael and Nathan shared their story with Linden Hills Church in Minneapolis. This is the team they are sending this summer to teach at Daylight!We were overwhelmed by the generosity and love from all the friends we met with this month! Michael is now back in Kenya and excited to send our greetings and love to the children and staff at Daylight!
Thank you for making Michael’s trip awesome and for supporting these star students!
Daylight Kenyan Founder and Director Michael Kimpur will be in Minnesota in May! He has lived an amazing life. He grew like many of the Daylight students as a nomadic herds boy. He was able to go to school as a WorldVision Sponsor child. He is also a funny and powerful speaker. He even gave a TEDx Talk (see below)!
We are so excited to have him speaking and meeting people all over Minnesota! Please join him at one of the upcoming events in May!
At Daylight, we take great pride in celebrating our children’s cultural heritage. We have special school assemblies throughout the year where we celebrate the traditional nomadic culture of our students.
We bring in elders in their traditional dress to teach our children dances and songs.
Daylight Director Michael Kimpur at Daylight with Pokot Elders doing a tradtional dance and song at a school assembly
Daylight students doing a traditional Nomadic dance
It is common to hear news stories on Kenyan Television where traditional nomadic culture is talked about negatively. When our students hear these messages about their culture and their family members who live in nomadic communities, it can be hurtful and make them feel negatively about their cultural background.
At Daylight we teach our children to value and celebrate their culture. Many of our Daylight students come from villages and small towns where these traditions are a daily way of life. Many of our students from rural areas are the first in their family to go to school. Their families are counting on them to be to be leaders in their communities. Their families also want them to appreciate and celebrate the communities they came from.
We take time to celebrate the unique and beautiful parts of nomadic life. “The Throne” is one of the most unique parts of East African nomadic culture. It is a small chair that people sit on when they are herding cattle, like Sampson is here at Daylight’s village school in Alale.
One of the most amazing things about this chair is that it is also a pillow with a special feature.“It is so important to sleep on a throne because it picks up the vibrations in the ground while you sleep. In case someone approaches you. If there is an enemy raider, a hyena, or even a lion, you will feel it as you sleep,” Sampson explains.
“It is also very easy to carry with you,” Elijah adds.
Thank you for supporting Daylight School, where we proudly celebrate culture and families.
Join us for Daylight’s (rescheduled) Ten-Year Anniversary Party on Sunday May 13th, 2 – 4 pm!
We are planning a joyous celebration of everything the last ten years have brought. Our Kenyan director, Michael Kimpur, will be in Minnesota to celebrate with us and share inspiring stories of the amazing young people who have studied at Daylight. The event will be an open house with light brunch refreshments and a short program at 2:30 p.m.
We can hardly believe that Daylight has been around for ten years, but we have come a long ways. We began Daylight as a way to support thirty children whose parents had died. During our first month, January 2007, we had thirty kindergartners meeting in a church Sunday-School classroom. Our first month’s budget was $250, which all came directly from our U.S. Director, Nathan Roberts, to his college roommate, Michael Kimpur.
Since then it has been an amazing journey with so many adventures. With your help, and the help of so many Kenyans and Americans working side-by-side, we have graduated two classes into high school! And are now educating 400 students on two campuses!
Please join us at our anniversary party to help celebrate this incredible school and the people who make it special.