Karibu Nairobi

It’s been another busy two weeks with several visitors from the States. NHI Directors, Sandy and Karen Baird, arrived with a team from Texas to volunteer with our school and business project. It’s always a joy to have the Bairds in town. Also, I was happy to host my friend, Julie, from Atlanta and show her my beloved Kenya. In addition to working in NHI’s Kibera projects, Julie and I relaxed in Limuru at a local tea plantation and went on safari. I’m very grateful this friend would travel half way around the world to visit me!

Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru - beautiful region in Kenya

Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru – a beautiful region in Kenya

Then, my good friends, the Jepsens, arrived. Bob and Pat are on the Board of New Hope Initiative and are here not only to visit our work but to do some work themselves. It is such an honor to have them here, but it is also a lot of fun! They have been sorting through test scores and attendance records and piles of hand written papers to analyze the performance of our school. This will help us to identify areas of academic improvement and student learning gaps and to communicate with our donors how our school is improving. It has been such a blessing to have them here working alongside of our Kenyan staff.

Our class 8 students are currently preparing for the KCP (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education). This exam determines if and where they will attend high school. It is the most important test they will take. It sets the course for the rest of their lives. Though today is a Kenyan holiday, the class 8 students came to school to study. The Jepsens tutored them in math and science for several hours. Please be praying for these students. The exam starts November 3rd.

Both engineers and former ExxonMobil employees, the Jepsens know how to tutor in math and science!

Both engineers and former ExxonMobil employees, the Jepsens know how to tutor in math and science!

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