I recently returned from my 13th trip to Kenya. I was in Miwani, Western Kenya. That’s where our local partner, the Miwani Community Based Organization (MCBO) led by Pastor Joshua Atieno Auka, and the high school STARS are based. During my 10 days there, we conducted leadership development sessions with the STARS. I also met up with STARS alumni who came to be with me and mentor the current STARS […]
What picture forms in your mind when you hear “high school”? Do you think of homeroom and lockers, eating with your friends in the cafeteria, attending multiple classes and waiting for the bus while it’s dark? Maybe school activities like drama club or attending football games comes to mind? If you attended an American high school, you likely experienced some of those things. What’s High School Like in Kenya? High […]
In November 2018, I traveled to Miwani, Western Kenya for a week to be with our current STARS, STARS alumni and our partner. Each time I visit, it is a time to connect and mentor them, discuss next steps with our partner and participate in the lives of the community I’ve been to Kenya 12 times. Each time is special. Each time is different. Here are five highlights from my […]
May is a big month for students: thousands are graduating and thousands more are celebrating them. $5.32 billion will be spent in this endeavor them according to the National Research Federation. Why do Americans spend so much to mark the milestone graduation? Because it’s a really big deal. A high school or college graduations represent the cumulative achievement of many years of study, the investment of family members and mentors […]
I am counting down the days to Thanksgiving. The day after Thanksgiving, I depart to Kenya. My thoughts are on the STARS. There are college graduates. Others are in their first term in college. Younger ones are in high school. All are known by name and are thankful for their supporters. There are future STARS taking the mandatory national Kenya Primary School Exam this month. Receiving their scores at the […]
Fredrick wrote: I never knew but now I have known that all those difficulties were never stumbling blocks, they were climbing blocks towards achievements! GOD IS GOOD! Fredrick is a graduate in education to teach in high school the subjects of history and economics, and to be a counselor. I will meet him, and other STARS, in 2 weeks!