The safety and well being of our students and staff Daylight School continue to be our highest priority. Those on campus continue to practice social distancing, just like all of their supporters in America. School is not in session and students that live off-campus continue to shelter at home with their families.
Those students who board at Daylight and the few staff that remain on campus are doing their best to stay well by keeping a safe distance when possible and always making sure to wash their hands.
They are currently using the sewing room to make masks for kids and neighbors. They are so thankful to have fabric and sewing machines to make these much needed masks for the community.
They have also been using this time to sew new track suits for the students! They are all very excited to be able to use them when it is safe to be together again. The national track meets were cancelled this year but the students on campus still enjoy training in their new suits.
Daylight continues to follow the recommendations of the Kenya government to stay safe during this coronavirus outbreak. They are keeping all of their American friends in their prayers.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Daylight School as we meet the needs of our students during this difficult time.
Daylight Center and School has an exciting and capable Leadership Team for the 2020 school year. Our Leadership team works hard to ensure the teachers and students have what they need to be successful during this unexpected and difficult time of COVID-19.
But even as most student’s academics have stopped, our Daylight Leadership team is hard at work meeting the daily needs of the 100 dormitory resident students, as well as the 8th grade students that continue to hold study sessions for the national exam in the fall.
Our entire staff is very important to us and the future of Daylight school. So we have made the commitment to continue paying our staff while school is not in session. Kenya has a shelter in place order and our staff will be on call to help as needed. Our budget will remain the same. And any extra funds will go towards helping provide support for people affected by COVID-19 in Daylight’s community.
Our Daylight Kenyan 2020 Leadership Team
Reuben Losharipo (right) is our school manager. He ensures that the school has the materials we need to meet the physical needs of the children and staff. He purchases food, fire wood, and school supplies. He is also in charge of staff payroll. Reuben has been with Daylight since the beginning 12 years ago and we are so grateful for his leadership.
Paul Okiya (right) is our school headmaster, like a principal. He oversees the student’s academic outcomes and works with our teachers to prepare quality lessons. We are so grateful for his pursuit of academic excellence.
Mercy Chemutai Kogo is Daylight’s School Secretary. She is in charge of keeping records of students, reporting to the Kenyan Ministry of Education, and relating to Daylight student’s family members. She is also the technology teacher and helps our students learn computer skills.
Angelina Kimpur is the school matron and the kids call her “Mama Daylight.” She ensures that the students are healthy and well fed. She accompanies sick children to the doctor. She oversees the school kitchen which prepares over 1000 meals per day. And is in charge of the Daylight farm which grows 1/3 of the food eaten at Daylight. She is also the day to day project manager of Daylight building projects.
Daylight Kenya Director Michael Kimpur oversees the large scale projects and visioning for Daylight. But he entrusts the majority of the day to day operations to the rest of the leadership team. This is because Michael also serves the Kenyan Government as the Director of Disaster Relief for the local West Pokot County Government. He works closely with the Governor of the region to help provide emergency relief caused by hunger, poverty, or natural disasters. Michael’s work is vital to the health and safety of the wider community in which Daylight School is located.
Each month the Daylight Leadership team works together to prepare a monthly report for the Daylight US Board. This report includes receipts for staff payroll, food, utilities, food, and school supplies. The US Board then reviews the report and sends the funds you generously donate.
Thank you so much for empowering our Daylight Leadership Team with your support, love, and gifts. It is your continued support that allows Daylight to educate students and empower leaders to transform their community.