“A Disobedient Hunter” by 8th Grader Kelvin Mnang’at

A Disobedient Hunter by Kelvin Mnang’at is a creative retelling of a traditional village story by an 8th Grader at Daylight! It is one of many in “Under the Mukusu Tree,” a collection of stories written by our 8th-grade students.

A Disobedient Hunter by Kelvin Mnang’at

A long time age, people lived peacefully in the forest. They worshiped Thunder, the god of the skies. Thunder loved his people and provided them with everything they needed. There were many kinds of animals and birds for them to hunt and eat.

pokot-hunter20160822-smallFor many years, the people lived happily. There they obeyed Thunder and took care of him. The young men were trained to use their bows and arrows only for hunting. Thunder, however, warned the people that they should never kill any multicolored bird.

One day, a group of young men went out to hunt. Among them was an expert hunter called Wango. Wango was proud and stubborn. The hunters killed enough animals and were on their way home when they stopped near a pool to drink water. While they were drinking, they saw a reflection of a very beautiful bird in the water.

“Look!” one hunter called out. “What a beautiful bird is in the water!”

“Is it really a bird?” Wango asked. “It has four legs and its head is very big. I’ve never seen such a strange bird.” They all looked up and saw the most beautiful but the strangest bird they had ever seen. It was perched on a tree above the pool. The colors of its feathers were many and they looked like a rainbow.

The hunters could not believe their eyes. They thought they were dreaming. “That creature can’t be a bird,” Wango said. “Have you ever seen a bird with four legs? We should shoot it. Perhaps its meat is very tasty.” With that he aimed his arrow at the bird.

As if it could understand what the hunters were saying, the bird flew lower down the tree and looked at them. The hunters realized that apart from its beauty and size, the bird had very bright eyes that looked at them strangely. They were afraid and tried to persuade Wango not to shoot it. Wango did not listen.

Wango told his fellow hunters that they were cowards. He shot his arrow but neither he nor the other hunters lived to tell whether it hit the bird or not. In the twinkling of an eye, they were all struck by lightening. A deafening thunder and very heavy rain followed. It rained so hard that many people died.

The creature Wango had tried to shoot at was the son of Thunder. Thunder was so annoyed with the people’s disobedience that he sent old age, sickness, poisons, and accidents. Since Wango shot at the son of Thunder, people have died and the people of the valley are no longer happy.

Read more stories in “Under the Mukusu Tree” !



Piece by Piece We All Helped Bring Water To Daylight

Getting water pumping across Daylight School at the turn of a handle was a huge project!


Daylight’s water system was built by hand, piece by piece, by hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff who decided that our kids deserved clean water.

There are so many people who made this project possible, starting with the builders who hand dug the 60-foot well.


The fundis (Kenyan builders) who hand mixed the cement

20150929_160244and painstakingly climbed down the well to put the bricks in.

The Stillwater Presbyterian team (and Rachel!) that worked alongside Daylight’s staff to construct the water tower and get it level!

The Rochester Team and the Daylight neighbors who spent a day scratching their heads and plotting how to get a massive water container 30 feet in the air with ropes and muscles.
img_9503The volunteers who dug trenches and laid the pipes to get water across our campus.

And of course, YOU! Our partners who give what they can so that our children can have what they need.

And when you see the smiles on their faces, we know it was all worth it.


Meet Elodie: Daylight’s U.S. Fund Development staff

Hi. I’m Elodie, Daylight’s U.S. Fund Development staff. 

Ask me what I do for Daylight and I’ll tell you that, for a few hours a month, I check the P.O. box, process gifts, coordinate donor gratitude and fundraising, support ongoing projects, and attend board meetings.Ask me why I do it and I’ll tell you that I get the honor of reading moving and passionate handwritten notes from you, our donors and supporters. I get the privilege of hearing board members thoughtfully share in the vision of a project started from Nathan and Michael’s friendship. I get to share in the responsibility of telling U.S. friends that Daylight is doing incredible work to grow bright leaders in Kenya and that there is room for others to be a part of it.

For the past year and a half, I have seen from across the world how gifts of all levels help sustain a school and change the lives of its students. Communities are generously pooling their resources to buy desks, bunk beds, and uniforms, open a clinic and build roofs, help us to better care for our teachers, and ensure futures through education.
Equal parts nervous and excited, I’ll be taking my first trip to Africa to see Daylight Kenya in January. I am just one of more than 50 committed supporters that will have traveled to Kenya this year, bringing medical care, dolls, computers, sewing machines, and soccer balls.I have already felt Daylight Kenya’s life and vibrancy from across the globe. I cannot wait to see it up close.