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Success!! Zoom session between students in Kenya and Elk Grove, CA

posted Dec 5, 2020, 5:49 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Dec 9, 2020, 1:56 PM ]

We had a very successful over 90 minute zoom meeting with six students from Elk Grove and 7 students from Kenya last evening. We have sorted out the technical issues and had some great discussions with over 30 questions asked and answered. The students on both sides are so excited and look forward to many more in the future.

Zoom picture 1

Zoom picture #2

Soccer Field Work Continues

posted Sep 30, 2020, 10:52 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Sep 30, 2020, 10:52 AM ]

Iruri Primary School is on the move once again!!! With students home because of COVID the leveling of the soccer field has once again resumed. Thank you Honorable Gachagua for supporting this project. Once school resumes in January, Iruri Primary School will be the proud host of sports events! Thank you Moses for sending the photos!!!

Soccer field project continues 1

Soccer field improvements 2

Soccer field improvements 3

Supplies Distributed

posted Sep 30, 2020, 10:43 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Sep 30, 2020, 10:48 AM ]

Our work continues at Iruri Primary School. While we can’t be there in person we can continue our necessary programs for this community and our students. The call was announced at church for the girls in the upper classes to come to school, masks on, to pick up necessary hygiene supplies. Thank you John Nyaga for organizing this distribution!!!

Distribution 1

Distribution 2

Covid-19 Impacts to our Scholarship Students

posted Jul 20, 2020, 7:51 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jul 20, 2020, 7:53 AM ]

Our new decade 2020 has made quite an unexpected entrance! Not one that any of us could have ever imagined. All schools in the entire country of Kenya, upon the first case of Covid 19 identified, were shut down in March and students sent home. Unlike our students, online education is not a possibility. Many of these students do not have electricity at home let alone laptops and computers.

Our students and families at last report are all safe. Kenya has been able to contain the spread to some counties, including where our students live have been spared up to now. The economic impact with tourism at a halt and so many businesses shut down like ours, has really taken a toll. International travel has been shut down since mid March but will open up beginning August 1. As of today since March Kenya has reported 13,353 confirmed cases and 234 deaths. 

The Government has just in the past two weeks announced the decision for getting students back in school safely. While a difficult one, the decision was made that schools would not resume this school year and that once school begins again in January, 2021 the students will remain in the same class, same year.

We thought these students were going to graduate in 2020 Student: Catherine, Diana, Karen, Marion, Moses, Ruth, Salome, Victor Unfortunately, they will need to wait another year.

New Uniforms for Grade 8!

posted Feb 4, 2020, 7:43 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 7:44 AM ]

New school uniforms for Class 8 who earned them by their performance at the end of term in 2019! Looking sharp! This is a big year for all of you. Begin the new year with your goals to succeed. Thank you Iruri Primary School- Sharing a Vision for the new uniforms!

New Uniforms Grade 8 Girls

New Uniforms Grade 8 Boys

New Scholarships Awarded for 2020

posted Jan 14, 2020, 12:12 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 19, 2020, 10:02 AM ]

Meet our newest scholarship students!!! 10 more awarded this year. This brings our total of sponsored students since 2012..... 69 students all awarded a four year scholarship to a private Secondary School. Congratulations!!!

All new students 2020
Back row Left to right: Eva, Maureen, Ronnie, Paul, John, Rosemary, Isabel
Bottom row: Joyce, Michell, Margaret

At this time of year we begin the process of finding sponsors for our 2021 school year which begins in January of 2021. It is a very rewarding and personal experience as the sponsors and students get to know one another thru correspondence. It is a four year commitment and is $800 per year which educates a student in Boarding School, pays for their room, board, education and activities we promote at Iruri to enhance academic achievement. It is fully tax deductible as we are an official 501 (c) 3. To date we have supported 69 students since 2012 and have graduated 23, many of them now in University. Most, especially girls would not have gone to school beyond Grade 8 which is compulsory. Our mission statement was to give hope that students could follow their dreams about the future and we have done just that. 100% of our fund raising goes directly to our programs. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of our program for next year.

New Glasses Delivered

posted Dec 21, 2019, 11:09 AM by Bill Rathfon

During her visit in September of 2019, Catherine Survillas delivered 13 high-quality sets of prescription glasses to the school.  She said:

Thank you to all who participated in our very successful Vision Project.......Robert Bechtel, our ophthalmologist, Elk Grove Rotary, Nyeri Rotary and Iruri Primary School non profit organization for their participation. I brought 13 pair this visit to hand out. Teacher Rose is so excitied and said she now can see all the way across the campus!

student 1
A student tries on her new glasses with Catherine looking on.

Teacher Rose and her new glasses
Teacher Rose is so excited and said she now can see all the way across the campus!

Student 2 with new glasses
More students are so excited to be able to see well.....

Teacher Magdalene and her new glasses
Teacher Magdalene was ecstatic with her new glasses.

Cat, John and Students
Just in time for the big exams Grade 3 must take this week ordered by the Government Department of Education.... begins today thru Friday. We also have glasses for some of our sponsored students, thank you John Nyaga for notifying the parents of these students.

New Roof and Walkways Covered!

posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:45 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Sep 29, 2019, 4:45 PM ]

New Roof 1

Fantastic news this morning from Iruri Primary School! A new roof for the entire school!!!!! Thank you Honorable Gachagua, Member of Parliament!

New Roof 2

Honorable Gachagua promised Catherine Survillas the roofing would be completed before she returned to Iruri. It’s happened! The walkway between the classes will also be covered! Fantastic progress!

Walkways 1

Work continues on completing the overhang to protect the walkway in between classrooms. It becomes very muddy when it rains! Next project... landscaping throughout the campus. Stairs and cemented pathway much needed!!!

Walkways 2

New Leadership at Iruri

posted Aug 29, 2019, 11:00 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 11:01 AM ]

John Maina Nyaga is the new Head of Iruri and has helped provide a smooth transition after Geoffrey was transferred. How fortunate we are to have had two superb leaders to work with for the good of the students and Iruri community.

John and Catherine 1
Catherine presents John with some Iruri logo wear.

Catherine and Geoffrey
Outgoing head teacher Geoffrey with Catherine.

John and Catherine 2
John and Catherine

New Uniforms for Grades 2 and 4!

posted Aug 29, 2019, 10:35 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 10:44 AM ]

2nd grade

Thank you Patty Kershner for inspiring your Grade 2 students to give back. New Uniforms for Class 2 at Iruri!! Don’t they look smart!

4th Grade

Next our non profit awarded Class 4 with new uniforms after they earned the top results on the Term 1 exams! The school has a new style of uniform so over the next year we hope to provide new uniforms for every class.

To see more pictures of the new uniforms, see this album.

Uniform Album

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