1 Minute Update: Making a Difference

Dear Friends,

It is a new school year at Daylight and there are happy voices and the campus is once again a flurry of activity! We look forward to sharing more stories and highlights of our students. Below, some of our younger students were doing some painting recently. They are all very happy to be back at school again with their friends!

We would also like to introduce you to a couple more of our US Board Members. Daylight wouldn’t be the amazing school it is without the help of both our Kenyan and U.S. Board of Directors! Over the past twelve years many friends of Daylight have served for two or more years on the U.S. Board and every one of them has helped make a lasting impact for our students.  Our U.S. Board members have all gained a better understanding of how Daylight School functions and has become even more. 

Merv Miller, Board Chair

Merv is a Minnesota native and Realtor with Edina Realty. Merv has always had a passion for serving the less fortunate.  That passion has led him to lead several faith based mission trips to Haiti and rural Belize with the goal of empowering local communities in regards to health and food sustainability while serving the vision for those goals through indigenous leadership. 

Merv lives in Maplewood with his wife Lisa. Together they love hanging out with their 3 adult children and two grandchildren, enjoying the walking and biking paths in the area and travel to their favorite destination, southeastern Idaho. 

Why I am involved with Daylight School:

I learned about Daylight when I read the book Poor Millionaires about 7 years ago and had the opportunity to meet the Co-founder Michael Kimpur. My wife and I became sustaining supporters of Daylight because it met all the giving criteria that we value. It was justice driven, seeking to provide education and hope to one of Kenya’s poorest areas. Providing a home for orphaned children and playing a role in the betterment of the entire community. When I visited Daylight in January of 2020 I found the leadership to exceed my expectations. It is a working farm with full time gardeners and herdsman. The staff and volunteers work hard to make the most of every donation coming from the US. I feel that my gifts to Daylight are contributing to the bending of the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

Merv with students on his visit to Daylight School in Kenya in January of 2020

Lori Hart, Vice Chair

Lori Hart, a  US Daylight Center and School board member since 2018, is a Family Nurse Practitioner living in Minneapolis Minnesota.   Her areas of specialty are Pediatrics and International Travel and Tropical Medicine. Throughout her career she has enjoyed opportunities to practice in a variety of healthcare settings including volunteer work in Mexico, Haiti, Peru and Nepal. She has developed a passion for caring for and learning from her culturally diverse patients in the US and abroad.

Through her neighborhood church, Linden Hills United Church of Christ, Lori and her 2 daughters were introduced to Daylight Center and School in Kenya.  They saved spare change and donated towards bunkbeds for the school’s dorms. 

Eventually, in the summer of 2018, Lori and her daughters joined a team from LHUCC on a service trip to Daylight School. During the trip, Lori assessed and treated each of the 300 students plus many community members and school staff during a pop-up medical clinic located on the school campus. 

Lori with one of the students at the pop-up medical clinic.

Why I am involved with Daylight School:

I feel honored to serve on the Daylight Board.  I am very passionate about supporting and promoting the physical, mental and spiritual health of the students and the environment at Daylight so the children can reach their imagined potential. 

I am so grateful for the gifts from donors who help realize the goals of Daylight School and the dreams of each and every Daylight student. 

Thanks to all our supporters and Board Members over the past twelve 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. 

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1 Minute Update: Back to School

Dear Friends,

Our students are so happy to be back to school! In Kenya the new school year begins in January, so with many more safety precautions our classes are back in full swing – with a little catching up to do after many classes were not in session during most of 2020. The campus is filled with joy and happiness, and much activity.

It can be difficult with so many students to be as socially distanced as we’d like, but the students are wearing masks and washing their hands as much as possible. All our staff and students are staying healthy.

Along with teaching our amazing students, our staff has also been busy building more desks, repairing bunks for the dorms and stocking up on maize and beans.

We couldn’t have gotten through this past year without all your prayers and support. We are truly thankful for all of you. As the pandemic continues we will carry on providing a safe and loving school and home to these future leaders. Please continue to keep the students and staff in your thoughts and prayers.

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1 Minute Update: Meet Faith, 8th Grade Student

Dear Friends,

We’d like to introduce you to Faith, one of our 8th grade students at Daylight School. 

Faith is from Lelan, where she lives with her mother, father and three brothers.  She stays in the dormitory at Daylight during the school year. Thanks to your ongoing support Faith, and students like her, are moving on to High School soon.

Faith wants to be a nurse some day and plans to study hard for her education. She wants to help society and help sick people recover from their illness, and also would use some of the money she earns to help her family and to pay school fees for her brothers. 

During her free time she likes reading storybooks and the Bible, visiting with her grandparents and spending time with her friends. 

Faith’s favorite thing about Daylight School are the teachers.  Faith says, “Our teachers are hard working and good – they love children and they love protecting us and they give us a good education.”

We are so proud of Faith! 

If you are interested in learning more about our students you can become a Grade Level Partner by giving to the Daylight Classroom Fund with a monthly contribution of $30.  Your dollars provide one student’s educational supplies, books, school uniforms, breakfast, and lunch for a whole month! You can select a grade (4th, 5th, 6th or 7th) and receive three updates each year and letters from students in the class, and also write letters to the class, providing your personal encouragement and moral support to the students!  If you are interested in becoming a Grade Level Partner you can click at this link for more information: https://daylightcenter.org/classroom/

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. 

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1 Minute Update: Thankful for your support in 2020!

This past year has been a challenging year to all of us in many different ways and Daylight School is no exception. Classes have been delayed and staff has worked diligently to update the health and safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve added many hand washing stations, health monitoring and sanitizing procedures. And while this has been complicated at times, there have also been many wonderful and inspirational moments at Daylight School!

Studying for national exams

Thanks to all of your amazing generosity, we have been able to paint our school buildings, purchase a new printer for the school office, provide needed hand washing stations and cleaning supplies, complete the building of our kitchen and install 3 new locally hand made stoves, and are in the process of purchasing two large tents to provide shade for outdoor learning.

Heading into the new year with a fresh coat of paint!

We continue to provide a caring staff, healthy meals, clothing, shelter, and an excellent education! We have just learned that our 8th grade students had another incredible year on their national exams despite the pandemic, and their scores are ranked 4th highest out of 600 schools in Pokot County! WE ARE SO PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS!

Some of our amazing students!
Some of our reliable and talented staff preparing healthy meals, keeping students healthy and taking care of all the day-to-day management.

Our staff has continued to work through this difficult year to keep the school running to support those students who are boarding at the school, as well as the 8th graders who continued to safely study through the year. They have also been a great support to the families of our students and the local community.

We wish you all peace, health and joy this holiday season and a safe and happy new year!

Merry Christmas!

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Daylight Students stay healthy and safe!

Some classes are back in session, with more to come! Our students are very happy to be back in class and the staff has been working hard to make sure that Daylight School is following the guidelines set by the Kenyan government and health officials. This includes setting up extra hand washing stations throughout the school grounds so that the students and staff have easy access to them.

The staff has provided many new hand washing stations for the students to use.
Another hand washing station.

Daylight Kenya Director Michael Kimpur spoke to the students about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic as classes start up again. He and other staff make sure students understand how important it is to keep their hands clean, wear their masks and socially distance as much as possible. Classrooms have changed to accommodate students sitting further apart from each other and outdoor classes will also be held so that students are not inside the buildings as much.

Director Michael Kimpur advising students of the importance of wearing masks and keeping social distance.

Thank you to Edina Morningside Community Church for their donation to pay for one of the new tents the school will need to set up it’s outdoor classrooms. We are still in need of one more tent and welcome any donations to fund that purchase. We will also be adding furniture and equipment to the office of the school head master to comply with the Ministry of Education.

Headmaster Paul Okiya working in his office.

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. 

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