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.
Since 2008, the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh C of E Primary School have been supporting the children of Elmolo Bay Primary School in Loiyangalani, Marsabit County, Kenya.
Thanks to all the kind donations and incredible fund-raising efforts, the school has raised£5300 in the last 5 years, helping provide much needed education materials, uniforms and other necessities we often take for granted in our daily lives.
In June, Mike Payne had the opportunity to visit the children of Cranleigh C of E Primary and thank them for all their amazing fund-raising efforts. After showing everyone some of the photos from a recent Field Trip to Elmolo, the children presented Mike with a cheque for £700. Thank you so much to everyone at Cranleigh C of E Primary!!
Mike, receiving the generous donation from the children of Cranleigh C of E Primary
The children of Cranleigh Primary School have recently just finished an amazing project – creating their own Elmolo Village – through their art. The evocative art collection depicts the people, the wildlife and the huts that make up the village and school of Elmolo. Thank you so much to everyone involved in the project, the pictures are on their way to the children of Elmolo as I write and will be received with smiles and huge thanks.
We are really excited to welcome Channing School to the Schools Partner Programme. The school is looking to set up collaborative learning projects to build on the bonds that have been created through letter writing between students at both schools.
Thank you to everyone at Channing School!!
The children of Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto classes at Cranleigh Primary School all took part in Elmolo workshops this week as part of their amazing ongoing programme to support the School Partner Programme. The children took part in art, craft, drama and music activities and then at the end of Friday afternoon, they showed their results to Year 3. Please click on the link to check out all the amazing work they created.
Also, scroll down to read about all the incredible fundraising the school has done since June 2010.
Thank you to everyone in Venus, Mercury, Neptune and Pluto from all the EnKI children!!!
Amazingly the boys, girls and teachers of East House, Cranleigh School, managed to raise over £4000. All the money helped fund the construction of a much-needed new classroom at Ronda Primary where over 1,000 children go in search of a better future on the edge of one of Kenya’s largest slums.
The classroom was proudly opened by Mike (ex-master at Cranleigh and EnKI Trustee) in March 2011.
While our little blog is only a week old, EnKI has been going a little while longer.
2012 will be our 15th birthday and it has always been so uplifting to witness first hand the generosity of so many. to help the children of Kenya, who without such kindness would have such little hope.
While we hope the blog helps keep you up to date with all the new, exciting projects and developments, we also want to use it to thank all the inspirational people who have helped us and the children on our journey over the last 15 years.
One of our longest standing supporters is Cranleigh Prep School, who since 2002 have forged a link with Ronda School in the slums of Nakuru, helping fund the building of classrooms, toilet blocks and much, much more. This year, the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh Prep have reached a truly momentous landmark, having now raised over GBP25,000!!
Words cannot express our gratitude to Debbie, Stella, Mike, Carolyn and all those so heavily involved in helping transform the school at Ronda and the lives of so many children. Thank you all so much from us all at EnKI and all the children and wider community at Ronda.
The bond that continues to grow between the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh C of E Primary School and their counterparts in the impoverished region of Elmolo is inspiring to witness and be a part of.
Jane Byford and the teachers, parents and children at Cranleigh have raised well over about £1500 that has gone directly to helping improve the conditions at Elmolo Bay Primary. Over the past five years, the connection has flourished and every pound raised continues to help provide ever more hope for the children of Elmolo.
Jacob Naikele – Head Teacher at Elmolo Bay Primary School writes:
“Elmolo Bay Primary School, located on the south eastern shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya, provides schooling opportunities for the children of Elmolo – the smallest tribe in Kenya and indeed in Africa. The Elmolo community is also amongst the poorest in Kenya, deriving its existence solely from Lake Turkana resources. EnKI established linkage between our school and Cranleigh C of E Primary School about five years ago. – and the subsequent benefits to our pupils and the school have been great. Elmolo has since benefited from:High school access educational scholarships, learning resources materials, school uniforms, and regular and inspirational visits from EnKI trustees. The mails and music exchanges enables our community to understand and appreciate international relations. On behalf of Elmolo community and the school, I thank EnKI and her donors for being so VERY important in the lives of our Children. Indeed the programme has restored Pupils’ hopes, aspirations and confidence to face the future.”
On 19th September, Mike Payne – Head of our UK team, received a cheque for £671 for EnKI and Elmolo from the ever-generous children, staff and parents of Cranleigh Primary.
“We have launched our work supporting Elmolo. Each class has been asked to sponsor 2 children from classes at Elmolo. I have tried to match up the children with children of their own age. They are planning their own fund-raising events and also plan to write letters etc.” Julie Molesey Rep-Teacher at Cranleigh.
The team at EnKI would like to thank everyone involved through Cranleigh C of E Primary for helping make such a difference for the children in the community on Elmolo.