Our School Watchman is Now the Thermometer Man!

The Daylight School Watchman Paul Longarkit has been a faithful member of the Daylight staff for many years. Paul is in charge of keeping all the children and staff safe throughout the week.

Paul is there in the morning to greet the staff and students when they arrive to school. He will check in parents when they come to visit their children throughout the day.

Paul lets in the delivery teams when they come to drop off food, lumber, and building materials.

But due to the COVID pandemic, Paul has an added responsibility. He will be taking the temperatures and encouraging mask wearing for the students, staff, and guests entering Daylight School.

Due to COVID, many of our students will remain on campus during the August school break. The 8th graders will continue to study for their national exams, and the rest of the students will enjoy clubs like choir, debate, futbol, farming, and sewing.

So Paul will be taking the temperatures and encouraging the masking of students like Joshua Kimpur who are living at Daylight.

Community Leaders and Daylight Board members like Dan Chumba who stop by for meetings.

Daylight Matron Angelina Kimpur gets her temperature taken when she comes back from shopping.

Thanks to our many supporters we were able to provide masks, thermometers, and ensure safety standards at Daylight.

We are doing this to protect our students in the COVID pandemic. Students like 8th grader Sharlene who is living on campus as she studies for her 8th grade national exam.

Sharlene, 8th Grade at Daylight School.

Sharlene’s family lives many miles into the desert in a small village. So as she studies, she lives in the Daylight Dormitories. Sharlene is working hard to make her Mom, Dad, and two brother’s proud. “I love my parents with all my heart, soul, and my mind.” she says.

Her favorite classes are English and Social Studies. Sharlene also loves participating in the Daylight Debate Team after school.

When Sharlene grows up she wants to be a lawyer. “I love defending others when they are in trouble, I don’t like anyone to suffer. This is why I would like to be a Lawyer.”

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff safe during COVID. And thank you for helping make Sharlene’s dream of being a lawyer come true!

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Daisy and her 8th Grade Class are Prepping for National Exam

Daisy is a brilliant 8th grader at Daylight. When Daisy grows up she wants to be a journalist because she wants “to spread news to the country!” During her free time she likes to play basketball. But she spends most of her weekdays with her 8th grade classmates studying hard for the 8th grade National Exam.

During the pandemic most of Daylight School’s classes are suspended. This helps prevent students who don’t live on campus from falling behind academically.

So our younger students spend their days learning about farming in the Daylight farm.

Our field is busy with kids playing a games, basketball, jump rope, and swinging.

But our 8th graders still spend more of their day in their classrooms, as they continue to prepare for the National Exams.

The National Exams in Kenya are very important. They are educational exams that test core competencies in Math, Science, Reading, and English. These National Exams will happen, but due to COVID-19 interrupting the school year, we are not sure when.

Students’ test scores qualify them for high school scholarships and determine what caliber of high school they will attend!

It also determines Daylight School’s district ranking. We are currently the only top performing school in West Pokot County that accepts so many students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our students and staff are very proud of this!

Please send some love, encouragement, and prayers to Daisy and the 8th graders who are preparing for the National Exam. And thank you for your support which makes Daisey’s dreams of becoming a journalist possible.

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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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