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Soccer Field Leveled

posted Jan 13, 2019, 5:09 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 5:09 AM ]

What excitement there must have been at Iruri Primary School as the big equipment came in to level the soccer field today, a promise by our local Member of Parliament!!! Thank you Moses, our Kiswahili and Technology Teacher at Iruri for sending the photos! Wish I had been there to see the excitement of our students!!!

Soccer Field Leveled 1

Soccer Field Leveled

Soccer Field Leveled





Promised Improvements Arriving at the School

posted Jan 13, 2019, 4:57 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 4:57 AM ]

Iruri on the Move! During our 2017 Feast the newly elected Member of Parliament made a promise to the entire community that he would provide funds to repair the Kindergarten classroom roof that was leaking and grade the soccer field! This morning I received news that 1.5 million Kenyan schillings, about $15,000 has been distributed to Iruri to put new roofs on EVERY classroom and the soccer field will be leveled!!!! Sometimes, as we all know the wheels of Government are slow..... but these projects will be completed!!!!

Parlament Member

Parliament Member


New Scholarships Announced for 2019 School Year

posted Jan 13, 2019, 4:47 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 4:48 AM ]

Iruri Primary School is delighted to announce that we have awarded 12 new Secondary Scholarships to our top performing students on the recent KCPE Government exams for Grade 8 students. This year it was all about the girls! We awarded 10 scholarships to girls and two for the boys! Esther Kinyua Kagure was our top girl and earned a 383 on her exam. She will be sponsored by Molly Jones Taniguchi. All have now been accepted into a private Boarding School and will begin their new school year January 7, 2019. We congratulate all of our students and wish them well as we will follow them throughout their Secondary School Journey. And thank you to the sponsors who so generously support and mentor them through this life changing opportunity.

Top Students Go on Safari

posted Jan 12, 2019, 5:50 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 12, 2019, 6:11 AM ]

December 5th was a Wildlife Day for our top performing students at Iruri Primary School. The top three students in class 1 thru 8 were awarded by our non profit Iruri Primary School Sharing a Vision to a full day of Safari, lunch at Sweetwaters and a conservation lesson with each student planting a tree. Congratulations!!!! The day began with rain but cleared up. They saw lots of animals, visited Jane Goodall’s Chimp Sanctuary and the Rhino Sanctuary. A wonderful day!

Rob Bechtel and a student
Dr Rob Bechtel and and top student on safari.

Dr. Rob Bechtel and students
The top students for the 2018 school year.

Students planting trees
Part of the conservation lesson is the planting of trees for reforestation.

Stop at the equator
As they left Sweetwaters they saw a stalking lion! They had not seen one yet so they were thrilled as we headed to the Equator sign for a final photo. The lion had been walking this direction so we ran for a quick photo and ran back! They were so excited! Until next year.

To see more pictures of Wildlife Day, view this album.
Wildlife Day Album


Another Exciting Year-End Feast

posted Jan 10, 2019, 8:02 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 10, 2019, 2:28 PM ]

The 2018 school year was celebrated with another Feast at Iruri Primary School.  There was dancing, lots of food, and inspiring speakers to help the crowd of students, parents, guests, and visiting safari members enjoy the end of another successful year at the school.

food prep for the feast
Let the feast begin!  Preparing the vegetables.

Setting up help
Our scholarship boys helping to carry the heavy pots of beef, rice and vegetables in beef broth.

Dining
After four years Geoffrey has the serving of over 400 people going very smoothly. The children all bring their bowls and utensils from home.

Jensen speaking
Benson, the Naturalist from Mountain Lodge also came with his encouraging words. He attended Iruri Primary School long before we began to make all the improvements. He was most entertaining and encouraging.

Dancing
Let the dancing begin. Grade 7 leads the way.

Florence Speaking
Catherine Survillas's friend Florence came to inspire our students with her words of wisdom. She had the students and parents mesmerized with her passionate words.

Want to see more pictures of the Feast?  View this album.
Feast Album


Vision Project a Success

posted Jan 8, 2019, 6:28 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 6:53 AM ]

In late November, members of our board were joined at Iruri Primary School by Dr. Rob Bechtel to assess the vision needs of students at the school, ultimately resulting in the providing of 13 pairs of prescription glasses for students. Thank you to those who made this possible by your financial support.

Members of the team: Maxine, Donna, Catherine, Geoffrey, Rob Bechtel, along with two physicians from the local Rotarian Club of Nyeri.
The Team

Donna, students and eye charts.
Donna and Charts


Rob assesses a student.
Rob and Student 1

Agnes is getting new glasses too. She was the only one in school who had them prior to our project. Dr. Bechtel found them to be sub par, so she will be getting new glasses.
Rob with parent and student



Catherine, Rob and Donna with students.
Cat, Rob, Donna and students


To see more pictures, view this album.

Vision Project Album

New Gate for the School

posted Oct 30, 2018, 1:34 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Oct 30, 2018, 1:34 PM ]

And here it is: the almost completed gate and stone work. Need to paint school information on the stone work. But looking smart!!!!

closeup of the gate

larger view of the gate



New floors and walls for 6th grade

posted Aug 30, 2018, 1:19 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 30, 2018, 1:20 PM ]

Term 3 began today and the students in Grade 6 are very excited to have new tile floors, plastered walls and a ceiling in their classroom!!!

The Floor
The new beautiful tile.

kids in chairs
The students approve!

The Students and the Floor
The new floor and freshly plastered walls.

Before
And just for reference, a before picture of one of rooms that has not been tiles or walls plastered.




New Upcoming Project: Vision Testing, Frames and Lenses

posted Aug 20, 2018, 3:37 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 3:37 PM ]

We have a very exciting new project that will take place in November! Agnes, to the far right below, is the only student at Iruri out of 370 who wears glasses. We have a pediatric Ophthalmologist coming from Pennsylvania who will be assessing the students’ vision. We are now raising money for lenses and frames. Iruri continues to be on the Move!!!
Eye Glasses Project


End of Term 2 Celebration

posted Aug 18, 2018, 7:41 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 18, 2018, 7:42 PM ]

Let the End of Term 2 Celebration begin. We are all here to honor the soaring academic achievement!!!

Top students are recognized in each class, their proud parents called up to stand with them, a practical gift given out and then a big cheer from the students. Students also received recognition and a toothbrush and treat if their test scores improved. That was about 2/3 ‘s of the 370 students! Impressive results.

A student receives his gift.
Receiving a prize

Parents and students to be honored.
Parents and Students


Six years ago there might have been just 10 parents in attendance. But today there is so much to celebrate with student achievement soaring.
Parents crowd



And now it is time for a well deserved 3 week break! Off we go!!!!
Off on break

To see more pictures from the event, click here.
Album of pictures

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