Upendo Pupils Meet their Benefactor via Skype

Elimu Resource Centre
byElimu Resource Centre

It was a first for Arlene Ross and her staff at Global Child Care Services in Canada, when the Skype connection in Malindi put them face-to-face with the students of Upendo School in Kenya. Elimu hosted the Skype event to connect the benefactors and the children who have so much benefited from their ongoing caring support.

Yesterday, the students and teachers of Upendo enjoyed their own first in coming to Elimu Resource Centre for their end of term Closing Day Celebrations. The day itself was made possible by Global Child Care Services. The children divided into various age groups participated in different activities in different rooms of the Centre. With 170 students on hand, plus their teachers, the Centre was a veritable hive of activity all day. The energy was palpable on both sides as the children performed dances in their colourful local dress; sang songs and recited poems for their keen audience in both Swahili and English. Our founder, Nina Chung, commented after the event, “There were a lot of smiling hearts and faces on both side of the equator after that uplifting interaction.”

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

In 2013, Elimu finished building the four-roomed school which was then called Upendo Nursery School. More than 60% of the funding for the school in Sabaki Village came from Global Child Care Services. Since then, the community itself has added one more classroom and expanded from a nursery school to a primary school offering up to Grade 6 and still growing. In the years following, the teachers, parents and staff of Global Child Care Services have continued to raise money through a variety of small and large fundraising efforts.

Their support helps Elimu to take our Mobile eLearning Program to Upendo School every week. The children are now comfortable handle Kindles and eBooks and accessing the educational games on our tablets. Upendo teachers are also growing in their digital proficiency and learning new ways to use technology to improve the experience for children in the classroom.