Pastor Peter introduced us to an elementary school close to his church in Banana by the name of Kawaida. Originally, Kawaida was located in nothing more than a cow barn that was converted (loosely speaking) into a school. The picture you see at right is of a Kawaida classroom when we first visited there. Since this picture was taken, the government built a new building, but did not furnish the school. The picture at left is what the interior looked like after the school opened for business. We have donated books, money and some supplies to Kawaida, under Pastor Peter's supervision and based on his recommendation. This is what Pastor Peter wrote a few weeks ago about the progress at Kawaida and also sent some pictures (click on any to enlarge):
Dear Dr. Stanko,
I know the majority of you are familiar with Kawaida Primary School. It's a school that we have walked with for more than 8 years.Its name Kawaida is a Swahili name meaning "something of no relevance" or "by the way." True to its name, it had remained like that for a long time.The school was in cow barns for many years without any comfort, maintaining the status quo, until the missionaries who came with Dr. John Stanko saw something different for Kawaida that included life, hope and progress.
Since then the school has experienced tremendous growth. First, it was moved to a modern building, We started a library there, and recently a group of donors have dug a borehole for them to access clean water. Another group have donated a computer, printer, and a scanner. To spice it up, the government has named it an IT model center, and they have started teaching with giant screens and videos. The journey started from a cow shed and led to a modern school. What can we say in all this? We were faithful with little but God has crowned our work with beauty. The lesson is never get tired in doing good. There are plenty of needs but one step at a time we shall meet them with God's help. God bless all our partners - Pastor Peter
Last week, I announced that we are preparing to finalize our next shipment to Kenya, of which Kawaida will be one of the beneficiaries. The shipment includes laptops, books, shoes (men's, women's and children's), and school supplies. When we announced last week that we would take bicycles, 15 kids bikes were donated. Someone wrote this week to donate office furniture. I am blessed by this donations, but now we need cold hard cash to make the shipment a reality. You can read my post from last week, and then please give to the shipment fees using PayPal or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. Let's repeat the success at Kawaida and replicate what's happened there in more places across Kenya. Thank you for your help!