Thursday, November 21, 2013

THE END OF A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR FOR STONEHOUSE ACADEMY!!

Today we were honored to participate in our StoneHouse Academy's school closing program. Teachers, parents, and children gathered to celebrate this end of the school year for Kenya. After the holidays, school will resume in January 2014.


   The children waited patiently for the program 
to start.


        Each class gave us a poem, a song or a dance.








                           This is our little drummer boy:)

We awarded the best students from each class with rulers, pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpeners donated by S.M.I.L.E.S. fellowship in Selmer, Tennessee.





Some of the boys and girls are taking karate class. They gave us a demonstration. 



The 'top class', which is kindergarten class graduated to 1st grade. 
Each child received a certificate. Aren't they cute?!




All our children did well this past year. They will start the next school year in January 2014. 




Please consider adopting a child by paying their school tuition for a total of $240 a year - You can make $80 donations at each term three times a year in December, April, and August. You can make your donation on this blog by using the paypal donate button. 

We will be posting pictures of children and their stories so you can chose a child to sponsor soon. 

Many thanks to our sponsors and for all our friends and family who prayerfully support this ministry. You make a difference in the lives of many children and their families!! 


  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

STONEHOUSE ACADEMY POEMS BY STUDENTS







We just had our first parent / teacher meeting for StoneHouse Academy. Here are the poems the students presented to their parents. We hope you enjoy watching these video clips. The words to each group's poems are written below the video.
 
video
 
SAY NO TO DRUGS – Class 4

“Hey Nick. Come take this. This is east weed”. Sniff, sniff! Wow, I like the feeling. A common conversation between two kids. But is it for real? Here’s the drill. Avoid it, it kills, impairs your judgement, creates a false impression about you.

Alcohol is not water, this liquor. Therefore it doesn’t make you better. In fact it will ruin your future. You can drink milk it’s much healthier. Embrace sober advice from your parents and teachers. Make good use of them to the latter.

Cigarette smoking will surely buy you a casket. You will never see your grandchildren. Your lungs will be like a rotten egg. They will be literally saying, “I’m on my bitter end”. Cancer will also be a close friend. Miraa chewing will lead to insomnia. You will never concentrate when the teacher is in darasa. Sleep will be consuming you like fire. Bad friends will also be a common future.

Young men shun away from drugs and alcohol. If you want to have a better tomorrow. If you want to be someone that we can follow. If you want to be a great hero! This is our motto:

Avoid drugs!! Be safe!!
 
video
 
UNITY FOR QUALITY EDUCATION – Class 2
[A 'jembe' is a hoe, a 'panga' is a machete. These are tools used in the 'shamba' which is a farm.]
My mother, my father, give me a jembe and a panga. My jembe and my panga is my book and my pen. Unite with our teachers for my academic excellence.
My teacher, Mr. Evans, I need quality education. But not ‘bora elimu’…
Please sir, Unite with our parents for my academic excellence.


video

 

EDUCATION IS THE KEY – Class 1
Education is the key. A key to many things. It’s through education that I become a doctor, that I become a pilot, that I become a teacher. Father, Mother, give me education. Education is the key. A key to many things. Thank you.
 
video

EDUCATION – Class 3
Oh! How meaningless it is without education. Education for my future. Education to serve others.
Life is meaningless without education. My fellow pupils, let’s aim higher. Let’s aim higher, and make it in life.
Parents, join our teachers, help us fulfill our dreams. God is on our side.         
Thank you.
[Sadly, there's no video for this one]
POEM 1 – Top class (kindergarten)
I have a little bed just for me. Dad is too big for it. Mummy is too big for it. Puppy is too small for it. It is just for me.
POEM 2 – Top Class
Thank you, God, for giving me eyes to see, ears to hear, nose to smell, mouth to talk, hands to write, legs to walk.
 
video
 
OH DEAR MUM – Pre school
Oh dear mum, for nine months, you have carried me. I was warm and I knew no harm. Thank you, Mama. You are so dear to me.
SONG – Pre-school
Father without you who will care for me? Mother without you who will cook for me?
Thank you Father for your care.
Thank you mother for your love.
Thank you.
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Our children at StoneHouse Academy and their parents are happy and doing well. If you enjoyed these video clips please help us make our school better by donating. No amount is too small.
Thank you for taking the time to see our kids.
 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

LEARN AND STONEHOUSE ACADEMY


 Our last blog focused on a young man named Abraham. In his last year of school he found himself unable to pay his school fees. Abraham was abandoned by his parents when he was only 8 years old. His older brother has raised him and helped him as much as he could but he now has his own family and was unable to pay the school fees for this final year. So in my urgent cry for help I was pleased to get a response from 3 different single women. They each gave a part, according to their ability to give. Together we have been able to complete the school fees for Abraham. He is so grateful. I tell this story to encourage to just give what you can. You may not be able to fully support a child but small donations add up to benefit these needy children.

 

We are making progress in our desire to help children get an education. To date we are helping 13 children by sponsoring their school tuition. We firmly believe that we should help with the burden without taking away complete responsibility of the parent or guardian. So we assist with tuition, which is only part of the expense of education. They also have to buy uniforms, books, school supplies etc. We assess the need of each family and help accordingly. Many need assistance from, as they say it, 'well wishers'.


We now have our own preschool through primary grade 4 called StoneHouse Academy (was Grace and Mercy Center). This blog will tell you a little about the school and also stories about the children who need sponsors: 
                 http://kenyalearn.blogspot.com/2013_01_01_archive.html .

We desire to provide good education for these kids. We are working on expanding the facility. We have added toilet/urinal space, repaired the walkways for safety reasons, and closed in the kitchen area.
 
We have 6 teachers and 5 classrooms. That means two of our preschool classes meet in the same room. Also the 4th grade class doubles as the only school office. We hope to be able to add another room or two soon.
 
 We also need a playground for the children’s recreation time. These improvements will attract students who can pay school fees and enable us to help more orphans and needy children who can't make it without help.


We also need workbooks, flash cards and posters. At the present the teacher has to handwrite work sheets for each child in her class. That’s a big job. No computers or even typewriters. These materials can be bought in town but we need finances.


Bible class is once a week on Friday. All the children, about 90 of them, gather in a small room/hall to learn stories in the Bible. We was given the opportunity to teach them and we really enjoy it. Our first lesson was the 7 days of Creation. We taught them a song to help them remember the story. They love to sing and they love to learn.
[song video]

Please take the time to read about these children. They need sponsors. Please consider giving to this program. For only $80 three times a year you can help education a needy child for a year. A onetime donation will help with general or specific needs. 
Will you be a "well-wisher"?
 
 
 

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

URGENT MESSAGE from StoneHouse Ministries L.E.A.R.N. Program:


February 15, 2013

Yesterday I was approached by a 17 year old young man with a plea in his heart. I was at the land where we are building a new home for StoneHouse Fellowship Church to meet. This young man had been working hard in the blazing, equatorial sun, all week long to clear the land and make ready for a tent to go up so we will have a temporary place to meet. I was wondering why he wasn't in school. I found out why. He doesn't have enough money for school fees. This is his last year in school and the deadline to enter is only 2 days away. Without school fees, no school. He will have to wait until next year to try again to enter school. A year is a long time and he will lose momentum so that even if he’s able to start next year it will be difficult to catch up.




This is Abram working on the land.

This story is repeated over and over again here in Nakuru. I now know of at least 10 kids in this situation. They work hard in school and know the value of a good education. There are more children kicked out of school in Kenya than there are drop outs in America. This is not their choice.


Nellie wants to finish school this year.






We need your help. This is urgent. Monday, February 18th is the deadline. They will stand in long lines to pay their school fees so please donate today so we can have time to get the funds to these young people.

You can make a difference with a onetime donation or you can become a sponsor. No amount is too small. We are grateful for any amount and your prayers are more than appreciated.
If you can help please donate online from our blogsite:

If you need more time please send a pledge to our email and tell us the date you will be able to fulfill that pledge:

Thank you for considering this urgent request.

Monday, January 21, 2013





Here are the stories of some of the children we would like to help with schooling. As I read their stories I was overwhelmed by the extreme need these children and their families have. Many are homeless. Many are victims of the post election violence of 2007. They depend on “well wishers” to aid them in their desperate situations. Many of the “well wishers” are other Kenyans who have a heart and desire to help their own people. They provide food and shelter randomly as they are able.






All the children live in slum areas and are going to the primary school established by 
James and Beatrice Nyaga to help these extremely needy children. 










They not only get an education but many days their only meal is what they get at the school each day. 



Grace and Mercy Center was established in 2009 in an effort to help those in need after the post election violence. 









There are now almost 90 students with 5 teachers and 1 cook. 











They are in need of a larger building, teaching materials, desks and chairs for teachers and students.







Please consider becoming a “well wisher” to help these children with their education. You can sponsor a child or make a onetime donation. If you want to choose one of the children listed below please advise us of who you would like to sponsor. Be assured you help will be directed to the appropriate channel to make sure the children receive 100% of the benefit of your giving.
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Tina Anoni – age 7
I am Tina Naoni, seven years old. I am the only child in the family. I live with my grandmother who is financially disabled. My mother died and left me when I was three years old. Before joining this centre, (Grace and Mercy School), I had not attended any school. I am going to work hard to become a doctor in the future, so as to fight against the deadly disease – AIDS – that took away my mummy.












John Kibaki – age 9
My name is John Kibaki. I am nine years old. I am an orphan, left alone by my parents, who both died of AIDS. I live with my aged grandmother who is unable to support me both financially and most of our basic needs. We depend on well wishers. In my life I wished to be in school always reading, writing and playing with other kids, but I am on and off the school due to lack of school fees. I would like to be an army officer to help those people who live in places prone to violence.









Dianna Kagea – age 8
I am Diana Kagea, eight years old. I am the first born in the family of three children. We stay with my mother who is a widow after the death of my father who died due to post election violence. My mother is sickly and unemployed thus unable to support us materially and financially. We are homeless and depend on well wishers even for shelter. This has really affected my learning due to frequent migration, simply looking for a secure place. We still have the post election violence tension. When I grow up I would like to be a teacher to help those children who have need for education but unable to get due to financial strains.

This dear child had no reason to smile for the picture. Your help can put a smile on her face.




Mishell Anyango – age 7
My name is Mishell Anyango. I am seven years old I am the only child in the family. I stay with my mother who is a widow after my father died of the deadly disease – AIDS – My mother is ever sick, unable to support herself and myself, so we all depend on my grandmother who is a widow and aged. She is financially unstable and sometimes we depend on well wishers. Attending classes has been a big problem on my side. I am on and off going to school because of lack of school fees. In the future I would like to be a business woman to help my family.







Ester Nyambura – age 10
I am Esther Nyambura, ten years old. I am the first born in a family of three. We live with my mother after the death of my father who was severely burnt to death during the post election violence. My mother is physically challenged. She is jobless thus unable to meet our daily needs. We are depending on well wishers for survival. In the future I would like to be an engineer to repair roads for easy transportation of the sick people.










Miriam Wangari – age 9
I am Miriam Wangari, nine years old. I am the second born in the family of three. We stay with my mother after the death of my father who was burnt to death during the post election violence (in 2007). My mother is physically challenged. She is jobless thus unable to meet our needs. All along we’ve been depending on well wishers. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor to help the patients who suffer from fire like my father who died after severe burning.










Senetor Obama – age 6
I am Senetor Obama, six years old. I was named after the American President – Obama. I am the second born in my family. My mother is a widow after my father died of AIDS. She is under medication and most of the time she is sick. She is poor and jobless unable to pay the school fees for me. When I grow up I would like to be a doctor.












Ivy Muonja - age 7
My name is Ivy Muonja. I am seven years old. I am the second born in the family of three children. We stay with my mother who is a widow after the death of my father during the post election violence. Being jobless, my mother is unable to support us materially and financially and most of the time she is sick. Shelter has become a big problem on our side. We are homeless, so we find ourselves migrating every now and then looking for safety because we still have the election violence tension. Frequent migration has really affected my learning. I would like to be a sells lady to be able to support the rest of my family.






Awadi Bande – age 6
I am Awadi Bande, six years old. I stay with my mother after the death of my father during the post election violence. My mother who is HIV positive and jobless is unable to meet our daily needs. We are homeless and depend on well wishers even for shelter. Frequent migration has really affected my learning. When I grow up I would like to be a shopkeeper.











Other children from different areas of Nakuru are also being helped by the LEARN program. Although they are not as needy as some, they all have a desire to help their fellow Kenyans in the future, as they grow up and are able because of their education.



Emmanuel Mwaniki – age 9
Hello. I am Emmanuel Mwaniki. I am in class 4. I would like to go to school so that I can learn things that are important in life. I want to go to school because when I will grow up I would like to be ‘a enginia of eloplane’. I hope God will help me to have that work. I will praise him. I like to sturdy hard so one day I would like to come to America. Thank you for your help.











Purity Mwaniki – age 12
Hello! I am Purity Njeri and I am 12 years old in grade 7. I would like to go to school so that I may learn things that are important in life because this days life is too hard, When I grow up and become an uldalt I would like to be a doctor, in order for me to be a doctor I should study very hard, and I would like to study very hard so that one day I would like to come there in America. 


Thank you for your help. God Bless!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting started for the New Year


We’re busy launching the LEARN program for the year 2013. In 
Kenya the school year starts in January. We are overwhelmed by the need of so many children to be able to go to school. Even public schools require school fees and uniforms. This makes it difficult, to say the least, for families who are struggling just to pay rent and put food on their tables.




These are the children who already have sponsors. We will have pictures and bios on more needy children very soon. Please consider helping at least one of these children. For only $80 three time a year you can give a child and education. You will be able to write letters and see pictures of your sponsored child and interact with them. They are always so grateful for the help we give them.



This is a family we have helped for the past 2 years. They have 5 children and we have been able to support them for schooling all five children. We have also been able to rescue them out of the slums. Patrick has become our grounds keeper, gardener, and security guard at our home here in Nakuru.


Flora is almost 18 years old now and still has those big brown eyes and that beautiful smile. Sunday morning she came to my room short of breath and wheezing. I listened to her lungs with my stethoscope and was concerned with the wheezing and tightness I heard. She had been to the hospital two weeks ago and was given medication which she had stopped taking. I gave her some Resco (herbal combination for respiratory problems) and one of her pills (bronchodilator). She was better, so we went to church. We talked to her parents and we decided to help them get her to a doctor so we can manage her asthma without always coming to a crisis.
So Monday we found a good health clinic.  The medicine the doctor prescribed will cost about 1,600 ksh ($18) every two months but it will control the asthma and help prevent a crisis. I liked the doctor and the clinic. It’s nice to know there’s someone we can trust with our medical needs. We also got a note from the doctor to her school principle to help them understand the seriousness of her asthma. She has had problems in the past with being made to sweep the school room, even when the dust caused her respiratory distress. The teacher thought she was faking. That won’t happen again.


‘Delightful Dianna’ is sweet and quiet as always. She is a lovely young lady, 15 years old now, almost 16. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand and her smile will turn anyone’s frown upside down.





Lewis is 12 years old and growing up fast. He still loves to take things apart and put them back together again. He’s our main ‘gate keeper’, which means he opens the gate for us and lets visitors in. Kuja, our german shepherd, loves him and plays with him. He also helps his dad in the ‘shamba’ (garden), and also teaches us Swahili.




Lynn is 11 years old. She’s doing very well in school and is helpful with household chores. She’s growing up to be a beautiful young lady, very sweet and tender hearted.









Faith, also known as ‘Toto’, is the baby of the family. She’s 8 years old and loves the doll we brought her. She carries her on her back in the back pack Yashana made. She’ll be a good momma one day. 






All of the children have increased their grades in school. Coming out of the slums has brought them a peaceful and safe way of life. They are all hard workers and learning skills to become self sufficient. It’s noticeable that their new life has brought joy and gladness to them and us as well.




This is Joshua. Joshua is a very kind, and honest single man. His desire is to help orphan boys who are caught in the cycle of poverty in the rural areas near Nakuru. He would like to eventually have a boy’s home and school. We are now supporting 2 of the 10 boy’s he wants to help.




Jimmy and Sammy are both orphans and live with their grandfather on a farm. 
They have never been able to attend school until last fall. 










They have both done well and are 3rd and 5th in their classes. They are very thankful for the support they've been given by their sponsors.









Jesse is the son of a single mom. This little guy is a lively young boy, and smart too. His grandmother told us, with tears in her eyes, how happy she is that Jesse can go to school. 






These are just a few of our kids. We will soon bring you more stories and pictures. If you are interested in sponsoring a child please contact us. We will answer any questions you have and give you opportunity to select a child to sponsor.

Thanks for reading our blog. We hope to hear from you soon.


Sponsor a Child for a Full Year - $240

Sponsor a Child for 1 Semester - $80

Donate to LEARN - Click Here - Any $ Amount

If you would like more information please email us at:

info@learn-nakuru.org
or write to: 
L.E.A.R.N. 
c/o RCV Ministries 
999 Lola Whitten Road
Selmer, Tennessee 38375