We are so happy to share that the Daylight staff was able to get their first vaccine recently!
The group traveled together to the Kapenguria County Referral Hospital to receive their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on August 23rd. They will return in November to receive their second dose. Currently only 27.8% of people in Kenya are fully vaccinated and we are very happy that our staff has been able to start the process.
We are so thankful that our staff and students at Daylight School have all stayed healthy through the pandemic so far and we appreciate all the kindness, generosity, prayers and love you give to our friends in Kenya!
Thanks to all our supporters over the years for making the dream of an education a reality for so many amazing students and future leaders! Please continue to keep the students and staff in your thoughts and prayers.
In Kenya, walking is what people do. Students walk to school, teachers walk to school, staff walk to school. In their multitudes, people – young and old – walk along roadsides and across fields.
After the odometer turned 450,000 Kilometers the leadership in Kenya rendered it unsafe to use so they have handed us a big challenge.
While using the old 11 passenger van, staff picked up 200 students from 5 surrounding communities, resulting in 20 shuttles per day. Our goal to purchase a brand new 31 passenger bus which will reduce the shuttle runs to 7 per day. In addition, acquiring this bus will result in a huge bonus for the school: for the first time, a full classroom of students will be able to be transported for field trips. Also, the soccer and track teams will be able to expand their competition radius. This bus will also be available for emergency situations.
The need for a new bus is urgent. Help us make it to the finish line friends. We are so close we can almost see the smiles on the children’s faces! No gift is too small. We are so thankful to everyone that has already given so generously toward our goal.
In 2019, our Computer Lab was built with financial support and a construction team from Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester in partnership with Kenyan parents and local Kenyan contractors. It continues to be a very important part of our students’ learning.
Our students learning typing skills, and how to use Microsoft Word and search for information on the internet. Throughout the week classes will take turns learning on the laptops in the computer lab. The rest of week they will be learning in their classes with chalk, pencil, and paper.
The Kenyan government wants to fulfill its promise of transforming Kenya into a middle-income nation by 2030 and achieving the sustainable development goals of providing universal access to the internet and ensuring that youth and adults have skills for employment and entrepreneurship.
Our students are thankful for the opportunity to use their computers, they work together with their classmates to share and learn.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2021 school year is just getting started on July 26th. Please keep our students in your thoughts and prayers as they start their journey!
Thank you to all of you who make sure we can feed, educate, and show love to all our amazing students.
As you may recall, our 8th graders took their National Tests earlier this spring. As they go off to Secondary school in July, we wanted to highlight that their high tests scores ranked Daylight School as the 4th highest scores in Pokot County! Please keep these amazing new high school students in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on another step in their education journey!
Meanwhile, back at the school, our office space has gotten a lovely make over! As you can imagine over time and great use, our buildings need upkeep and repair. Our staff has been hard at work updating the floors in the offices and they look great!
Our offices are used by our incredible staff every day to run the school. They have to keep track of all the students, purchasing food, school books, and other equipment, class curriculum, meetings for planning and communications with the U.S. Board, among many other things. If you haven’t, please check out our website page about our Daylight Kenya staff. We are so thankful for their hard work, compassion and dedication to our students!
Thank you to all our supporters for making the dream of an education a reality for so many amazing students and future leaders! Please continue to keep the students and staff in your thoughts and prayers.
“Kenya and Daylight School feel so much closer now.”
The quote above is from a long time Daylight School enthusiast in the USA. The comment captures how the shared experience of a pandemic in 2020 made for closer ties between the Daylight School community and its supporters in the USA. Hardship and worry have been our common bond. But so is a closer relationship forged by the ways we have been required, in our respective homelands, to care for loved ones and to keep children engaged while away from school. Throughout 2020 Daylight students, staff and leaders in Kenya have drawn upon their tireless spirit to continue Daylight’s mission. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the effort to provide high quality education, a safe and engaging campus, nutritious meals, and a breadth of experiences continued. The goal of empowering students to imagine and create a more peaceful and prosperous future for the people of West Pokot was not lost to the pandemic. Our Daylight Family – in Kenya and in the USA continued its work.
If you would like to view Daylight Center & School’s 2020 Annual Report, please click HERE to view or download the PDF.
We are happy to report that we no students or staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and while vaccines are in short supply in Kenya we hope that eventually our students and staff will have the opportunity to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, life at school continues on as usual. Students are still studying and playing. Often attending class outdoors, as our younger students are in the picture below.
Thanks to your support and donations, Daylight is able to provide essential items such as mats for the younger students for resting, lots of beans to feed hungry bellies and firewood for cooking.
Thanks to all our supporters for making the dream of an education a reality for so many amazing students and future leaders! Please continue to keep the students and staff in your thoughts and prayers.