TEACHING-EMPOWERING-MENTORING-BUILDING OPPORTUNITY Mission: to partner with individuals and communities in Western Kenya to support entrepreneurial activities, education and health through training programmes, scholarships, water and sanitation projects

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Busy days

A busy day yesterday. We showed the Hunger Games movie to the students who have read the book in a secondary school not far from town. Then we had an excellent Read for the Top contest. The students were all bright and focussed. The teacher says they have improved in language, in confidence and in team work. In late afternoon the final training session for Math with a wonderful group of young people. Photos with certificates and tearful farewells to the trainers all round. We start our last group tonight and finish on Saturday.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our first group of instructors

The first group started training on Saturday. If the manipulatives can hold the attention of adults so well, we have great optimism for the children who will come for tutoring.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ready for training

All is now ready to begin training instructors for the Math Centre on Saturday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

so many things...

We have been receiving applications and interviewing prospective instructors for the math centre. We have met some wonderful young people (mostly university students) whom we would be proud to have help us. Now all we need is students!
The prep for the room is going ahead. The workmen found a nest of bees behind the far wall and they were removed together with their honey!  The wall will now be patched.
There have been a couple of VIP visits (governors of other counties) and helicopters have landed on the golf course. The town no longer has an airstrip for various complicated reasons of land title and other squabbles. Yes, they have to pay a landing fee and the children enjoy the spectacle.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Math tutoring centre

On Monday we completed the contract with Geoffrey who will be our business administrator and instructional supervisor for the centre. Geoffrey was one of our 'job training' successes. We swung by the school where we have a classroom and set things in motion for power installation and clean up. we know they will act fast. Applications for instructors are starting to come in from university students after we met with two students who are working with Tembo in Virtues and community development. All we pray for now are students to register for the opening at the end of the month.

karibu Kenya

Left Victoria Wed., arrived Kakamega Sat eve. Nairobi was cold and wet (about 16') and Kakamega not much better. The rains have started really early. At least it's too cold for the mosquitoes! Apt in good shape (a little dusty, but who worries about that!) Compound also good, and we have cows again. Our vehicle has acted up, traced to  a broken wire to the alternator which meant it wasn't charging. Blessings on the inventor of jumper cables!  We've started to catch up on the news and set up the Math Centre. Stay tuned!

This is how it should be in Nairobi