04 December 2017

Educate a Child - Six Students in 2018

Six students in 2018

These six are all friends of mine who I know very well, along with their families. I met Jeremy when he was a baby in his mother's arms and Deb is named after me. I helped Duane enter the world when his mom gave birth and he was named after my father. Zach is named for my two sons (Caleb Zachary). I have known Pope and Adu since 2004.

Kenya's academic year starts the first week of January, which means I'll need to start making bank deposits for school fees later this month.

The total for all six students for the 2017 academic year is - $2,200.

Together we can impact the life of a child!

A few folks contribute regular monthly contributions. That's a fantastic help, because there are other expenses all through the year:
  • textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other supplies 
  • personal items for those who attend boarding school
  • fare to go home for the breaks between terms, etc

I also need some generous one-time gifts from several of you to pay the school fees.

December is a time of giving gifts to others, especially those less fortunate. Please consider blessing one of these students on the other side of the world!

Just click on this PayPal button and enter any amount. The process is simple and safe.

Another option is to mail a check to my US address.
Indicate on the memo line that it's for the Educate a Child fund:

Deb Smith
PO Box 34083
Omaha, NE 68134

I have been privileged to provide an education for many Kenyan children over the past several years. with your financial help. Nine of them have already finished secondary school - Collins, Masudi, Rose, Sammy, Deng, Mawien, Tony, Derrick, and Robai.

Let's join together and continue on with this worthy endeavor! Thank you so very much and may God richly bless you!


30 August 2017

Enjoying the school holiday, with one more term in the school year, August 2017

Zach (Class 2) and Duane (Class 5)

Adu (Form Two, sophomore) and Pope (Form Three, junior) 

Robai (Form Four, senior) and Deb (Class 7)

10 January 2017

Doing some shopping for the new school term, January 2017

I took Pope and Robai shopping for the various things they would need for the new year of school. While going up and down the aisles in the supermarket, we kept bumping into one of Robai's classmates, Medina. It became rather comical as we hunted for the items on our lists and would unknowingly find her and her mom again in yet another aisle.

The moms (plus me) - Amina and Agnes

25 October 2016

Visiting Jeremy and Robai at their schools (near Gilgil and Eldoret), October 2016

Linet and I made a day-trip from Nairobi to Gilgil to visit Jeremy at his school. He was happy to see us!

While parked at the stage, I watched this woman hire the motorbike taxi to take her home, along with her various pieces of luggage.

While waiting for our vehicle to fill up with passengers, one of the ladies from the nearby shops served me tea... inside the matatu!
I guess there's always a first time for anything in Kenya.

I also visited Robai in October. Her school is near the town of Eldoret.

On this visit I finally got to meet Mr. Agallo, one of her teachers.

08 August 2016

Naomi and three of my grand-children got to meet Robai, Deb, Pope, Duane, and Zach!

Everyone was happy to meet each other!

Robai gave them a tour of St. Catherine Girls' Secondary School.

At the lake near the school

Naomi, Aaliyah, Antonio, and Mia visited me during the month of July. We traveled upcountry to Eldoret, Matunda, and Kocholia so they met some of the children I sponsor in school.

We visited Deb at her school, Fountain Grammar.

Break-time from classes and end-of-the-term exams

Pope is now in Form Two at St. Stephens Kengatuny Secondary School.
Adu wasn't able to come home from school while we were there.

We had a nice visit with Agnes and her family.
Zach and Duane are seated on the bench.

“If we did all the things we were capable of, 
we would literally astound ourselves.”
     ~ Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931), American inventor

20 June 2016

Duane and Deb

It was hot, so Duane carried his sweater on his head instead of wearing it

While I visited with Agnes, Duane and Zach came home for lunch. Duane especially loves school and is doing well in Class Four. If he finds there's nothing ready to eat at home, he immediately goes back to school because doesn't want to miss anything!

I also visited Deb at her school, where she continues to do well in Class Six. I was at the school during the students' mid-morning porridge break. They also do a little running during the break, as you can see in this brief video. It helps keep them alert in the classroom.

I chatted with Maina, the school gatekeeper and all-around great guy

Transportation for one of the staff members

An extended visit with Robai

Some of Robai's classmates 

Kesses dam is near the school

By chance, I happened to visit St. Catherine's when they weren't having classes. Because that gave Robai and I an extended time to visit, she gave me a tour of the 30-acre school compound. Above are two of the gentlemen that take care of the cattle and kitchen 'shamba' (garden). Daniel (in the middle) is the farm manager and David (on the left) is one of the farmers.

A few of Robai's classmates at their desks

Madina is Robai's 'cube mate' in the dormitory

Purity is one of Robai's good friends

Mr. Too is one of the school's science teachers 

This Swahili proverb means, "What belongs to your parents is not yours."
(For instance, wealth, knowledge, etc.)