Daylight is a school and a working farm!
This is our brilliant and very funny 8th grader Eunice with a Daylight cow. Eunice’s parents are farmers, and she wants to be a nurse when she grows up. We include students like Eunice in the farm work because we believe that farming teaches children important life skills.
Farming is a common profession in rural Kenya. People with other professions often keep a few cows, goats, and chickens at their homes for food and supplemental income. We want our students to have the knowledge and experience to farm if they choose. We also want them to learn life skills such as responsibility, animal care, and hard work, and learn the value of food and the importance of caring for the earth.
Daylight’s farm also serves an important role in the sustainability of our school. About a third of the school’s food supplies come from Daylight’s farming acres and animals. Angelina Kimpur is the head of this farming project. She works with a team of herdsmen, teachers, and students who help milk and harvest.
We wanted to give you a short tour of our farm and the animals at Daylight’s farm:
Angelina Kimpur holding one of our 40 chickens, which provide eggs every day and meat on special occasions.
The 40 chickens and 4 rabbits live side-by-side in their houses.Our six geese wander around the school picking up scraps that fall off of plates after lunch.
Daylight grows three tons of corn each year in rented farm land surrounding our school’s property. This land is also used for grazing our 13 cows (our herd has grown from five cows when we started the farm).
But sometimes the grass gets long and we let them graze in the volleyball court. Our seven Daylight watch dogs, like Sam here, keep an eye on the cows. Sam also loves to play with our students during recess.We are so grateful for the staff who diligently care for our animals and work hard to pass these skills onto our students.We are also grateful for our supporters. Your gifts help make this farm and our amazing school possible!
An update on Faith:
Faith and her family are staying at a hotel near the hospital. She is continuing to get treatment for her eye. Please keep her, her family, and all of Daylight in your thoughts and prayers as she works with doctors in the coming weeks.