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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

Protein Project a Big Success

posted Aug 11, 2018, 5:17 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 11, 2018, 5:18 PM ]

It has just been about a year ago when we started to add protein to the daily porridge for our preschool and kindergarten students. Geoffrey informed us that they have had the healthiest year ever with fewer illnesses, trips to the hospital, runny noses, fever and coughs. Thank you to Catherine Survillas's brother, Keith Simmons, and his wife Jelena Simmons for funding this program. After visiting the school last August they loved spending time with these little ones and wanted to do something special for them. I think they found the perfect program.

Young students with fortified meal

Young students with fortified meal

Young students with fortified meal



An Amazing Journey!

posted Aug 11, 2018, 4:59 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Aug 11, 2018, 5:02 PM ]

Since 2012 we have awarded 47 scholarships to deserving students to attend Secondary School which costs money most of these families can not afford. Eleven of our students have graduated and 7 are attending University with another two making application. If you would like to join in helping provide an education for a student please let us know. It is a four year commitment and is $800 per school year. You can find out more information at here on our "Donate" page. Currently we have 6 more scholarships promised for the 2019 school year. Beatrice (below) in Grade 5 is already studying hard hopeful to earn a scholarship in three years.

Beatrice studying for a scholarship.



Catherine Survillas Speaks at International Peace Conference

posted May 9, 2018, 10:53 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated May 9, 2018, 10:53 AM ]

Catherine, president our board, recently had the honor of being one of the guest speakers at the 27th Annual International Peace Conference at California State University, Sacramento. Here is what she had so say about the experience:

What a honor to have been included on this panel to share our projects and how we help promote Peace in Africa. I was very impressed with the conference that was held over a three day period at California State University Sacramento, specifically the College of Health and Human Services and the Office of the President hosted. The key note speaker at the Dinner was the current President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Afuko-Addo who spoke passionately about the need for transparency in his Government to fight corruption and also about the challenges of population growth and work opportunities for the youth. 600 people attended the dinner, the majority Africans who were dressed in the colorful cultural dresses from their country. Drums and African cuisine added to the joyful festivities of this event. This conference was the 27th International Peace and African Diaspora Conference put on by the Center For African Peace and Conflict Resolution and partnered with Rotary International District 5180 which was awarded a Peace Award for its work internationally toward the goal of Peace. I was humbled to play a small part in this conference.

conference poster

Picture with other speakers
Catherine (far right) with other speakers.

Improvements Over Term Break

posted May 9, 2018, 10:26 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated May 9, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

It’s term break at Iruri so our non profit is funding more improvements. Take a look! Stairs added to the administration building and they are receiving a new printer/copier, their first!!! Classroom walls are also being painted and some ceilings being added to enhance the lighting. 100% of our donations go directly to our project to help this school.

New Steps and Windows

Classroom improvements


Plants Donated to the School

posted Mar 5, 2018, 11:15 AM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 11:16 AM ]

We got some great news and pictures from Geoffrey Kerigu, head teacher, today: "Today very early in the morning one of our community stake holders donated many flowers and trees for us to plant. He planted a palm tree near our new modern toilets. He is very proud of what has been achieved. Geoffrey." Thank you, Mzee Jack Githui!!! It is really wonderful to see members of the community excited about the school and wanting to help, too.

Jack Githui and students with donated plants

Mr Jack Githui and students with some of the donated plants.


















Getting Ready to Plant


Getting ready to plant.





















Thank you, Jack Githui



Asante sana (thank you), Jack Githui, for your donation to the school!

Meet the New Scholarship Students, Class of 2021!

posted Jan 3, 2018, 12:30 PM by Bill Rathfon   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 10:11 PM ]

Our 16 new scholarship students were announced at The Feast in December. This is the most scholarships we have ever awarded and we are so proud of our students as they continue to improve their mean score on this Government issued exam.  We don't have pictures of all the students yet as you can see below.  We have more information about each student on the "Class of 2021" page under the "Our Student Scholarships" sidebar and will update that page as we learn more.


 
Ian
Ian
 
Emma
Emma
 
Edward
 



Alex
 
Rose Wanjiru
Rose W.

 



Wilson
 
Charity
 
Gideon
 Faith

Jackson
 Jackson



 Douglas
Rose Mumbi
 Rose M.
Duncan
 Duncan
Michael

 Michael



 Eunice M.



 Eunice W.

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