Introduction to Daylight Center and School
Daylight is educating a new generation of leaders to serve and transform their communities and inspire sustainable livelihood. We believe children are the key to breaking long-standing generational poverty. Daylight is a school that brings together children from nomadic and rural backgrounds to help integrate these deeply divided communities. Daylight started in 2008 with 30 orphaned children and $250. We have grown to over 400 students from at-risk backgrounds. With support from international partners and local Kenyan volunteers and businesses who donate over 50% of our annual budget.
Tedx Talk by Daylight Co-Founders
The Power of Cross-Cultural Friendships
Nathan Roberts, a suburban Minnesotan, and Michael Kimpur, a nomadic Kenyan tribal elder, make unlikely best friends. As cross-cultural relationships continue to become more critical, the duo’s experiences, misunderstandings, and successes serve as a practical and inspiring example.
Below are books and educational materials to help you learn more about Daylight.
Under the Mukusu Tree by Daylight 8th Grade Students
A collection of stories written by 8th grade students at Daylight School in Kapenguria, Kenya. The stories are mostly traditional stories of the Pokot, Turkana, and Karamoja tribes of northwest Kenya. Many of the stories involve animals like elephants, lions, leopards, ostrich, hyena, and giraffe with which the students are familiar. Available on Amazon
Poor Millionaires: The Village Boy Who Walked to the Western World and the American Boy Who Followed Him Home
Poor Millionaires follows authors Nathan Roberts and Michael Kimpur through their heartbreaking and hilarious misadventures across two continents on their way to founding Daylight Center and School for orphans of war in Kenya (daylightcenter.org). Michael Kimpur was raised in a nomadic tribe in the Kenyan desert, spending his days herding cows and sleeping in a thatch hut, unaware of the modern world waiting for him just over the farthest mountain. Nathan Roberts was raised in a wealthy suburb in Minnesota and spent his summers at Bible camp, sheltered from a world scarred by colonialism and poverty.