Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Solar Lamp Distribution Ceremony June 2016

The Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program team was informed of the following: Nairobi, Kenya branch of Sunny Money Solar Aid no longer stocks/sells the DLight S2 Solar Lamps that we purchased for the students at Dagoretti Nyakinyua Primary School, Molo, Kenya in 2014.  However, they did provide us with a discount on ‘JSL01,’ which is an alternative that is similar to the S2.  The ‘JSL01’ Solar Lamp comes with standard, as well as, additional features:

  • Up to 8 hours LED lighting
  • Integrated Solar Panel
  • 360 degree rotation
  • Portable
  • Water resistant
  • Safe, clean 
Accountability
As stated in our previous update, we are pleased and very grateful to report to you that, with the help of our very generous Contributors, we raised enough money to purchase lamps for the entire Candidate Class (67 students), as well as, 33 lamps that will go to the next class behind the Candidate Class.  That’s a total of 100 lamps.  We have raised a total of $880 U.S. dollars.

  • JSL01 Solar Lamp - $7.00 (each)
  • Lamps Purchased – 100 (6 cartons)
  • Transport Cost ($20/carton) (from Nairobi to Molo)
  • Go Fund Me Fee – $38
  • Total Funds Used - $858 U.S. dollars
  • Funds Leftover - $22 U.S. dollars

***Leftover funds will be used to purchase vegetable seeds for the school campus farm.  The cost to deliver 3 additional lamps would exceed the amount we have leftover.
Obviously, the Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program team did not reach our goal to raise $4256 that was required to purchase Solar Lamps for the 912 students/560 Nyakinyua households. BUT, we are forever THANKFUL for the lamps we have been able to purchase for students, with the help of a few generous contributors and of course through our own efforts and donations. 
Every step forward is always a step in the right direction. 
Our objective has always been to empower the students of Dagoretti Nyakinyua Primary School and the Nyakinyua community.   Any funding shortages we have encountered along the way have only served as opportunities for participating students to enhance crop production/sales from on-campus farming.  
Hard-working student farmers turned their club into a profit-making agribusiness.

Agribusiness Club participants are quickly learning that they will need to increase crop production in order to increase their crop sales.  Increase in sales equals Increase in profits.  Increased profits equals more Solar Lamps for Dagoretti Nyakinyua Primary School.  

THANK YOU Generous Contributors!
  • Angela Holloway
  • Johnna Mason
  • ZaZa Geordon
  • Marcia Coleman
  • Mary Peeples
  • Alicia Singleton
  • Jennifer Franklin
  • Martha Kimbrough
  • Swayzene Douglas
  • Kent Williams
  • Jlin
  • Bisnah Kiwara
  • Donna Patton
Again, we wish to give our sincerest THANK YOU to Dagoretti Community Empowerment Program team (Bisnah Kiwara,Donna Patton, and Jlin) and to every other person who contributed their funds to help us purchase JSL01 Solar Lamps for 100 of the 912 students at Dagoretti Nyakinyua Primary School, in Molo, Kenya.  You made a huge difference, and your love and support for the Students and Community of Nyakinyua means so very much to all of us.

Peace and blessings,
Nyakinyua Rise!                     
Donna Patton
6/08/2016
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program

Founders

Dagoretti Nyakinyua Primary School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana  
USA


Sponsor
Jlin  (USA)


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Solar Lamp Project 2016

Preamble
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School is located within Nakuru County in Kenya.  Nyakinyua is an agricultural area where most of the parents are small scale farmers.  Most families own land, subdivided in portions of one acre each.  Up to 100 percent of the people in the community live in semi-permanent houses.  These structures can last up to 10 years before they become unstable and collapse.  Such houses lack basic necessities like running water and electricity.  For the majority, having even two meals a day is not possible. 

The average Nyakinyuan household earns around 200 Ksh (Kenyan Shillings), which is approximately $2 U.S. dollars, per day for the entire family.  From this meager income, parents are expected to feed, clothe, house, and educate their children, in addition to funding other family needs.  Providing lights for their children to do their homework is thus an insurmountable task.
 
Academic Benefits
The DLight S2 solar lamps that were provided to the candidate class in 2014 completely transformed the lives of Dagoretti Nyakinyua students, as well as for the Nyakinyua community at large.  The class registered was very impressive in performance at the end of that year.   In the five examinable subjects, the mean score improved from 218 to 241.  However in the year that followed (2015) students were not provided with solar lamps, and the mean score sharply dropped to 208.  It is therefore imperative to note that there was/is a direct correlation between student’s performance and the availability of solar lamps. 

Financial Benefits
The second benefit was economic welfare.  Once DLight S2 solar lamps were obtained, no other costs were incurred for lighting houses during the night hours (no need for kerosene).  The Nyakinyua parents were therefore able to save the little earnings they made for uses, other than kerosene lighting.  Families without solar lamps will have to continue to buy kerosene to light their houses.  This is a daily expenditure that impacts heavily on the parent’s meager finances. 

Social Benefits
DLightS2 solar lamps that were provided in 2014 were not only utilized by students, but by the entire household, which, according to parents, brought the families together.  Another benefit of having solar lamps was that they promoted neighborliness.  Neighbors/students without solar lamps would congregate where there were solar lamps, and they too would be able to do their homework at no extra cost to their households. 

Environmental Conservation
Solar lamps do not emit environmentally hazardous gases like kerosene lamps.  Eye diseases have been reduced significantly because the solar lamps do not emit spoke or other forms of gas. 

In Conclusion
Currently, the Dagoretti Nyakinyua School has a student population of 912.  Multiple students in attendance come from 560 single households (Figures reported in previous posts were estimated. Figures on this post are accurate and up-to-date).  As explained above, the provision of solar lamps would not only boost student’s academic achievements, but the overall community, as well.
 
As a school, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to those who have worked with us to emancipate the Nyakinyua Community, by giving hope to our children.  We salute you, Donna Patton, Jlin (Jerrilynn Patton), friends and associates for your generous support up to now.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in positively impacting the lives of our children.  Thank you, again!

Compiled and written by: 
Agribusiness Club, Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community, Molo, Kenya

Nyakinyua Rise!                     

Donna Patton
1/20/2016
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program

Founders
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana  USA

Sponsor
Jlin  (USA)



Friday, February 12, 2016

Agribusiness Club Project On Target

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School Agribusiness Club 2016 Projects

We are barely into the month of February, and the Agribusiness Club participants at Dagoretti Nyakinyua School in Molo, Kenya already have a great deal to be proud of in this year, 2016.  It is our second planting season.  The club’s crop production is proving to be quite successful. 

Despite the academic challenges students are facing this year, they persevere in their efforts to maintain a healthy and abundant school-farming business club.  (Far be it for me to criticize the public school system in Kenya.  However, Kenya, like other countries in Africa and also here in the U.S.A. face challenges of corruption; child poverty/hunger; excessively large class sizes;  funding challenges;  teaching staff shortages; teacher strikes; etc.).

As you can see from the pictures we have posted, all of the crops are growing beautifully, despite the fact that we have yet to dig our burl hole—for irrigation purposes. The weather has been kind to our Agribusiness Club’s food producing crops—sunshine and rain.  We have no complaints, only gratitude.

Goals in Place, and We are on Target   

 Project 1
  • Our Traditional Farming project is well underway (Project started in 2015 with the help of Facebook Seed Donors and others.).  As mentioned, we’re already growing our 2nd set of vegetable crops.

  • As the primary donor, my personal contribution to this particular Agribusiness Club project will be to send funds to Dagoretti School via Mr. Kiwara--Deputy Head at TSU, Kenya--for the ‘digging’ and ‘ground construction’ of our Burl Hole (well).  (Funds for this project will be sent Friday, 2-12- 2016). 

By the time the burl hole is completed, we hope to have the amount of funds needed to purchase a small irrigation kit or two to help during dry seasons.  We are currently investigating 1-of-2 options:

 Project 2
  • The MoneyMaker Hip Pump – It is the latest and more affordable version. It has the capability of irrigating up to 1 acre of farmland.  The latest price listing for the hip pump is $70.

  • The MoneyMaker Max Pump – Is a larger, human-powered, and more durable version that resembles a StairMaster.  It’s cost effective, but also more expensive than the hip pump version (mentioned above).  MoneyMaker Max is capable of irrigating up to 2 acres of farmland.  We will be contacting KickStart to get a quote in weeks to come.


KickStart – Kenya
P.O. Box 64142
Nairobi 00620
Kenya
Tel/Fax: +254.20.3740176
E-mail: 
kickstart@kickstart.org

Nyakinyua Rise!   
Donna Patton 
02/12/2016

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program
Founders
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana  USA
Sponsor
Jlin  (USA)




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program


Students participating in the Agribusiness Club from Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are continuing in their efforts by fully utilizing designated sections of the school campus grounds they themselves cultivated into farmland last year.  With hands-on instruction provided by local farmers, teachers, administrators, and parents, we are proud to report that participating students were able to accomplish the following goals set in place for 2015:


Dagoretti Nyakinyua School Agribusiness Club 2015 Projects

Students participating in the Agribusiness Club from Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are continuing in their efforts by fully utilizing designated sections of the school campus grounds they themselves cultivated into farmland last year.  With hands-on instruction provided by local farmers, teachers, administrators, and parents, we are proud to report that participating students were able to accomplish the following goals set in place for 2015:

-Cultivated 3 -to- 5 acres of land overgrown with weeds.

Students manually uprooted weeds and turned-over soil.

-Donor seeds were planted into seedbeds and maintained by the students

always with adult instructor/supervision on-hand.

-After seedlings grew strong enough, starters were transplanted from
seedbeds into approximately 3-sectioned acres of school ground
designated for farming.

-School farm continues to this day to be maintained regularly by students
And adult instructors from Dargoretti Nyakinyua School and the
Nyakinyua community.

-After an extensive dry season and a terrifying hail storm that could
have destroyed vegetable crop, little was lost. Our first set of mature crops
was harvested late October and early November of 2015.



  • Some crops were sold within Nyakinyua and neighboring communities. 

  • Funds were used to reinvest into farming & maintenance supplies.

  • Some crops were distributed among students whose families were in need of food.

  • Some crops were used to provide for struggling teachers who went without pay during an extended teacher's strike.


Agribusiness Club Goals 2016:
We are attempting to build up our funds, saved from the Agribusiness Club project, in order to construct a Campus Greenhouse during the late summer or early fall of 2016.  The Greenhouse will provide a controlled environment for crops to grow, despite any potential extreme weather conditions (similar to those experienced in 2015) - drought/flood.  But, before we can start construction, we must first obtain an irrigation system to ensure ground & greenhouse vegetable crops are watered during dry seasons.  We plan to address this issue by tackling the following items of business first:

-Budget and save funds to hire local workers to dig a burl hole (well) in April 2016.  The cost for this project will be approximately $600 dollars, over 6000 Ksh.

-Purchase inexpensive irrigation kits--Money Maker Hip Pump--in which students can extract/pump from burl hole to water vegetables plants in green house and on the ground during dry seasons. A more durable but also more expensive pump option is the Money Maker Max Pump

-Remaining vegetable seed varieties provided will be passed out to students to plant them at their homes in pots/containers. 

-Students will be encouraged to maintain their home gardens, and barter with others students within the Nyakinyua community who will also be growing home gardens. Bartering could enhance nutritional value at mealtime(s) by increasing the variety of foods served per meal.

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School Agribusiness Club students are already making great strides to build up their school and positively impact the Community of Nyakinyua. Both school and community have discovered their own power, and they are using it to provide for themselves and each other.    

Non-Agribusiness Club Goals 2016:

Our 900+ students (approximately 400 - 450 households) at Dagoretti Nyakinyua School are in desperate need of DLight S2 solar lamps. Solar lamps provide a way for students to complete homework assignments during the evenings hours when it is dark outside.  Solar lamps get energy from the sun, are safe, inexpensive (approximately $10 - $15 per lamp), and last for approximately 4 -5 years. The alternative lamps being used today by most Nyakinyua families burn kerosene.  Due to poverty, oftentimes the families are forced to choose between food and kerosene, and students homework suffers.  An uneducated child is least likely to make it out of his/her poverty to a better life.  


Nyakinyua Rise!   
Donna Patton
1/20/2016

Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program

Founders
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana USA


Sponsor

Jlin  (USA)