Meet Rosemary: Kenya Volunteer & Student Parent

Rosemary is a volunteer and mother of four students at Daylight.  Her daughter Thelma recently graduated from the eighth grade, top of her class. She qualified to go to a top high school in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.

Thelma in her high school uniform

In Kenya, High School is not free and is not available to every student. A student’s test scores must be high and one must have enough money to afford High School. In Rosemary’s case to send her daughter to High School, she had to sell a parcel of her land that has been in her family for some time.

Meet Rosemary: Daylight Volunteer and Parent

Rosemary is a volunteer and mother of four students at Daylight. Her daughter Thelma recently graduated from the eighth grade, top of her class. She qualified to go to a top high school in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.In Kenya, High School is not free and is not available to every student. A student’s test scores must be high and one must have enough money to afford High School. In Rosemary’s case to send her daughter to High School, she had to sell a parcel of her land that has been in her family for some time.On top of sending her daughter Thelma through High School, Rosemary is also caring for her nieces and nephews. Rosemary’s sister died and she adopted her nieces and nephews. But like many other parents of Daylight students, Rosemary could not afford to send her kids and her nieces and nephews to school. That’s where your generosity steps in. Rosemary brought all the children to Daylight and they were given scholarships to continue their education!Now they are star students. Sunday, the oldest niece said, “I want to help people who are sick to honor my mother’s life.” Education is valued by the community in Kenya as their ticket to a better life for their children. The children take it very seriously and listen intently to their teachers. The students see their education at Daylight as a privilege and gift from God, not to be taken lightly. Thank you for giving the gift of education to Rosemary’s family.Visit www.daylightcenter.org/support-us to help support the education of these amazing students!

Posted by Daylight Center and School on Saturday, June 27, 2020

Rosemary walked me over to the school office and showed me her daughter’s test results. She was one proud mommy!  

On top of sending her daughter Thelma through High School, Rosemary is also caring for her nieces and nephews. Rosemary’s sister died and she adopted her nieces and nephews. But like many other parents of Daylight students, Rosemary could not afford to send her kids and her nieces and nephews to school. 

Rosemary and her children

That’s where your generosity steps in. 

Rosemary brought all the children to Daylight and they were given scholarships to continue their education!

Now they are star students. Sunday, the oldest niece said, “I want to help people who are sick to honor my mother’s life.” 

Sunday, Rosemary’s neice and Daylight student

Education is valued by the community in Kenya as their ticket to a better life for their children. The children take it very seriously and listen intently to their teachers. The students see their education at Daylight as a privilege and gift from God, not to be taken lightly. Thank you for giving the gift of education to Rosemary’s family.

Would you like to help give toward the furthering education of these amazing students?

Donate here via credit card or ACH and select High School Student Support Sponsorship or if donating by check please note High School on your donation. 

Daylight Center and School
PO Box 40533
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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COVID-19 Medical Fund

Dear Daylight Partners,

Covid 19 is affecting the entire world and we ask you to help Daylight Center and School continue to serve families in rural Kenya. With a nationwide stay at home order and fewer and fewer job opportunities many families are having a hard time keeping food on the table and paying for medications.   

Daylight Center and School in West Central Kenya remains committed to educating, providing food, and supporting children and families in the community. 

In this time of COVID-19 they’ve asked for our help so they can expand their work in the community. Every day we are feeding 130 children with no family support system to go home to.

What you can do?

Daylight received a matching gift of $500 to help us towards our goal of $5000.
If you’re able, please make a dedicated gift to our COVID-19 Fund to help Daylight Center and School continue to provide fresh milk, corn, beans, rice, vegetables, and provide hand sewn face masks to families affected by COVID-19.

School continues to serve families in rural Kenya. With a nationwide stay at home order and fewer and fewer job opportunities many families are having a hard time keeping food on the table and paying for medications.

Covid 19 is affecting the entire world and we ask you to help Daylight Center and School continue to serve families in rural Kenya. With a nationwide stay at home order and fewer and fewer job opportunities many families are having a hard time keeping food on the table and paying for medications.Daylight Center and School in West Central Kenya remains committed to educating, providing food, and supporting children and families in the community. In this time of COVID-19 they’ve asked for our help so they can expand their work in the community. Every day we are feeding 130 children with no family support system to go home to.What you can doDaylight received a matching gift of $500 to help us towards our goal of $5000.If you're able, please make a dedicated gift to our COVID-19 Fund to help Daylight Center and School continue to provide fresh milk, corn, beans, rice, vegetables, and provide hand sewn face masks to families affected by COVID-19.A gift of $20.00, supplemented by Daylight’s farm products, can feed a family of four for 1 week. Your choice to help can be life-saving. Please click the link below to give and while you’re there sign up for our updates to see for yourself the difference that your gift has madeDonate here or at www.daylightcenter.org/support-us

Posted by Daylight Center and School on Friday, June 12, 2020
Making masks for students, staff and community members

A gift of $20.00, supplemented by Daylight’s farm products, can feed a family of four for 1 week.  Your choice to help can be life-saving. Please click the link below to give and while you’re there sign up for our updates to see for yourself the difference that your gift has made.

Donate here via credit card or ACH and select COVID Medical Fund, or if donating by check please note COVID on your donation. 

Daylight Center and School
PO Box 40533
Saint Paul, MN 55104

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Kitchen Complete and New Stoves Installed

The Daylight Kitchen Staff led by Mama Mercy and Angelina Kimpur work hard to provide nutritious meals for 300 students and 40 staff each week. 

We serve a variety of foods including chai tea with fresh milk from our Daylight cows, porridge, beans and rice for lunch, chapati (Kenya flatbread), bananas, bread, spinach grown in our garden, and locally sourced meats.

Our kitchen serves nearly 5,000 nutritious meals a week!

We are so excited that our new kitchen is finally completed! 

We have locally sourced bricks, a fresh tin roof, new red floors, and  3 beautiful locally handmade stoves. On behalf of the cooks, students, and staff at Daylight we are so grateful!

These three stoves, one 130 liter, 100 liter, and a stovetop are more energy efficient. Trees are valuable and each meal is prepared with locally sourced firewood which is hand cut.  Our new stoves will require less wood and be better for the environment. 

The stoves are also are vented through the roof so smoke will not affect the cooking staff.

Thank you for helping the cooks, staff, teachers and students have what they need to be successful during this unexpected and difficult time of COVID-19. 

We want to especially thank the Kenya builders, stove makers, and staff who helped make this new kitchen possible. We also want to thank the donors who helped provide funding including The Knuteson Family, The Roberts Family, The Holmes Family, Kevin Schmidt, The Pastor Family, Rebecca Fitch, Brett Egan, The Baynard Family, The Edina Morningside Women’s Fellowship and The Fredrickson Family. 

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Daylight School in the time of COVID-19

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.

Students washing hands with safe social distancing

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.

Sewing masks for students and community members
Students and staff wearing their new masks to stay safe

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.

New Daylight School Track Suits
Grace, Sunday, Pembe, Reuben and friends on the Daylight Track Team

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.

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Meet Daylight’s Leadership Team

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

School Manager Reuben Losharipo with Nathan Roberts Daylight US Director

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.

School Manager Reuben Losharipo (left) and Headmaster Paul (right)

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

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 School Matron and Daylight Co-Founder.

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 Founder Michael Kimpur

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.

Reuben, Mercy, Paul, and Angelina working on creating monthly report for US Board

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.

Daylight students are so grateful to the leadership team and all our supporters!

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.

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