About seven years ago, Alice Laimbeer from Highland School, Virginia and Rick her husband, came to Kenya as tourists on a visit to Ol Donyo Wuas Lodge. During their stay, they had a chance to visit Enkijape Primary School at Mbirikani village in Kajiado District. From this first visit, Alice and her friends were impressed by the hospitality of the school children and their teachers. Despite the meager resources at the school, the enthusiasm to teach and learn is remarkable. A strong friendship was established, and Highland school – through Maasailand Preservation Trust (MPT) – formed a partnership, that seeks to provide support to the school to improve the quality of education.
The support from Highlands School – thanks to the dedicated generosity and sacrifice from Alice and her team – has grown over the years. Among other things, it includes providing teaching and learning materials, funding salaries for 3 teachers, boarding fees for 9 students, building and repairing facilities and providing playground/sports equipment and high school sponsorship for top final exam (KCPE) boy and girl every year.
For three days (15-17th June), MPT and Enkijape hosted Alice and other visitors from Highland School in Virginia. The visiting group is made up of seventeen people in total. During the visit, various exciting activities were carried out at the school including planting trees within the school compound, building desks for teachers, painting murals and teaching.
Among the guests were Kathryn Kulick and her son Nicholas who came to launch the Eagle Project. The project includes installation of a solar system provision of computers and internet at Enkijape Primary School. Kathryn and Nicholas brought with them a top-of-the range Mac lap top and three Ipads. The Eagle Project was launched successfully with students and teachers being taught how to use the technology for communication, learning and teaching.
There was excitement among pupils and teachers as we trained them how to use the Ipads to read books and work out sums. This will put the school on top of technology as they will be able to chat with friends from Highland school at a click of a button.
The climax of the three days visit was a vote of thanks from the school; the guests were given Maasai beaded gifts in appreciation for their support. Finally, a football match was organized at the school dubbed Kenya Versus America. America lost 0-1.
We take this opportunity to thank Alice, the Highland School team, Kathryn and Nicholas as well as other guests visiting with them for their generous donations and support to the school. We are grateful for helping us build such a great partnership and invite our bloggers to emulate them and to give us whatever support they can.