In 2016 a collaboration began between Daylight Director Michael Kimpur and U of M professor and celebrated Chris Larson. Working with Chris, Michael and the Daylight team began phase one of construction of a new community clinic in Kapenguria, Kenya.
Since the completion of basic construction, the facility has been used to treat over 5,400 children and adults from the Daylight Center School and surrounding communities.
Over the last 4 years, Kenyan and American healthcare providers have worked together to provide quality healthcare to the students and community members. Services continue to include full health screenings, wellness checks and physicals, malaria treatments, eye care, and the distribution of medical supplies.
Final construction, which we are hoping to conclude at the end of 2020, consists of completing windows, plumbing and supplying electricity to the building. Our fundraising goal to complete the building is $25,000.
This effort is being put forth at a time when all have been in the precipitating world-wide effects of COVID-19.
Chris Larson has spent his career exploring the ways humans interact with homes. From the frozen winters of Minnesota, to the lakes, to the deep woods, humans find a way to survive and thrive. We are excited to build a house of healing for hundreds of children and families in rural Kenya.
My name is Merv Miller, I’m currently Chairman of the Daylight USA Board of Directors. My wife and I have been sustaining supporters of Daylight for over 6 years and in January I had the privilege of visiting Daylight for the very first time.
I must say that Daylight exceeded my expectations. I’ve always known that Daylight is partially self-supporting but it was truly inspiring for me to observe it in person.
we first arrived, classes were in session so the campus was quiet, But I
noticed a herdsman, Komole, leading cattle out of their pen to graze alongside
the gravel road just outside the campus. The cows are milked twice a day and
the milk is mixed with ground corn to create a porridge that is served daily to
the students during a mid-morning break.
I ran into John, the gardener, he was weeding one of the gardens. A vegetable
is grown in two, half-acre gardens. The gardens are planted at different
intervals to assure continues crops throughout the school year. The corn is
grown on campus as well. Some corn is ground for porridge and the rest is dried
and mixed with beans to create a soup that is often served at lunch.
cook, Elizabeth and her volunteers work non-stop to create meals for the
students on campus. We have Herdsmen, Gardeners, and Cooks that work on campus seven
days a week with one hundred students living on the campus in dormitories. They
boarding students are just as hungry on Sunday as they are on Monday. And, the
cows don’t take a day off from production!
I met a parent of four
students named Rosemary while I was at Daylight who described the
self-sustaining efforts this way; “When you send one dollar to Daylight it
magically becomes two.” So remember, every time you give your gift is matched
by the hard working staff and volunteers in Kenya!
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