News from the Field: Elmolo School Projects

An update from Joseph in a recent visit to the Marsabit region. Thanks to the generosity of the children, parents and teachers at Cranleigh C of E Primary School, we are able to help make a difference to the lives and schooling of the children of Elmolo Bay.

The school does well and enjoys sustained development support from a number of agencies and institutions. Two new dormitories, additional water distribution system and solar (one each for boys and girls) were completed with funding from CDTF(European union). The boarding is maintained by Kenya Government. Student population is at 329 while that of teachers is 9. In addition, the Elmolo school has two feeder nursery schools with a population of 94. A new primary school was set up by Kenya government for one of the two Elmolo villages. Elmolo community has now two primary schools. Water access to schools and villages has been good. Jacob is still the Head at Elmolo while his former deputy Richard is the Head at the new primary school called Layeni.

Photos from Joseph’s latest visit.

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Inspiring People – Eric Kibet

Eric was born into a life and world that is a million miles from the one that so many of us know.  He came into a world of abject poverty in the remote countryside in the great Eburu Escarpment, Nakuru County, Kenya.  Eric’s father toiled in the heat, harvesting sand from dawn to dusk just to be able to provide a solitary basic meal for his family.  One of seven brothers and sisters, anything other than working the land to help with his family’s survival was a distant dream for Eric.  That dream seemed even further away when his father sadly passed – Eric was barely five years old.

Eric and his brothers and sisters became adults that day and sought out whatever work they could, often walking miles to do hard manual labour on other people’s farms.  None of them made it past primary school, as a carefree childhood slipped through their fingers like the sand they harvested every day.

Then in 1997 the flames of politically instigated ethnic tensions swept through the region and Eric and his family were forced to flee their home, leaving behind what meagre possessions they had and relocate in Morop, a foreign part of Makuru County.  Scrapping for whatever land was available, the family finally settled on a small plot of unproductive earth with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Dreaming of a better future, Eric moved in with his brother, a casual labourer at Mwariki Settlement Scheme, a peri-urban slum area in the Nakuru Municipality, so that he could continue with his schooling.  Life though didn’t seem to want to play ball and the pressures of living below the poverty line and the need to survive meant the vicious cycle continued.  Eric however, would not be ground down and he somehow managed to keep his school work going, studying when close to exhaustion and often with little if nothing to keep him going other than his dream.

The first break of light in Eric’s life came when, through his hard work, he came top of not just his school but the entire eleven schools in the Ronda region with a score of 404 out of 500 for his KCPE.  This amazing feat led to Eric connecting with the PdE and EnKI team in Nakuru and soon he found a sponsor, Carolyn Jenkins, whose generosity has helped turn the tide of poverty for Eric and provide him with the means to achieve his dream.  Through his sponsorship, Eric was able to work his way through secondary school education at Ndururumo High School, excelling as a straight A grade student and Head Boy.  In 2012 his dream came a step closer when he won a place at the University of Nairobi dental school to do a first degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery where he is now in his sophomore year.

His long awaited dream of becoming a surgeon and helping people is now becoming reality.  Eric is an inspiration to us all, reminding us that belief and dedication can break through almost anything, we are very proud to have Eric and his Carolyn Jenkins, his helping hand, as part of the EnKI family.

Eric Kibet

 

West House Sponsor Melvin Auma

A huge thanks to Heli Dixon and everyone in West House at Cranleigh School who raised £1500 through their sponsored walk and cake baking.

The girls of West House have very generously decided to donate the money to help provide Melvin Auma, from Ronda Primary School with the opportunity to complete her education by sponsoring her through to 2014.  Melvin comes from the urban slum area outside the school and lives with her 2 sisters and mother and father in a single roomed, mud house.  She is an amazingly positive girl who loves athletics and wants to be a teacher when she is older.

Over and above this, the funds raised were also put towards the construction of a new School Hall at Ronda which will benefit all the young children at the school.

 

 

Nancy reflects on the past and future of EnKI

“I am a very lucky 25-year-old lady. I hail from a humble village in the outskirts of Nakuru, Kenya. 11 years ago, after my primary school studies, no-one would have thought I would then go the High school, let alone university – life was so challenging and food so scarce. I am so grateful to Mike and Veronica Payne, who through the EnKI Fund, came to my aid when I most need it: they supported me through my education. They are more than god parents to me – they love, care and cherish me and I value them loads. I would love to see EnKI as a close knitted family where we, the older boys and girls of EnKI, through our own initiative, join hands with the EnKI friends, to give advice, support, care and fund raise to help our fellow brothers and sisters who are where we were before EnKI  came to our rescue. God bless the EnKI family”. Nancy Moige.

People such as Nancy are helping shape the future of EnKI and ensure that our original vision of sustainability 14 years ago is becoming an exciting reality.

Her passion to use her education and skills is helping pave the way for Kenyans who want to take an active lead in finding solutions to many of the problems the communities of rural Kenya are facing.