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Student Body Grows; Another Classroom Needed

Mr. Julius Kiprotich

This week’s feature post is a short interview with Julius Kiprotich, one of the teachers at Bishop Athanasius Secondary School of Mugen. The school is located in Nandi county, Aldai region, Mugen Zone in Mugen Village. It is ten kilometers from the main road of Kisumu –Eldoret.

We understand that Bishop Athanasius Secondary School needs another classroom. Would you please tell our readers why there is that need?

By the Grace of God, the school has been a conducive environment for learning. There is an increase enrollment of students due to the good results posted by the students in the last term examination. This has pleased many guardians, so they wish to enroll their students in this school. The number has increased so much the students have been in a temporary classroom. That is not conducive to learning and attentiveness because whenever it rains students and their work gets splashed with water because windows and door s are open. The dirt floor requires students to clean and sweep to prevent jiggers. It is a waste of study time as they are supposed to be taught and not concentrating on sweeping.

This classroom will be constructed alongside the other classroom as preferred by the architecture to ease the movement of teachers and students.

The school is for both boys and girls?

Yes, the school is for both boys and girls. The aim and objective of establishing the school was to make sure that there is an enlightenment in the society. This will only be fulfilled through education for both genders. Education has underpinned civilization and there is a need for accepting it in the society. The Board considers the school as the best place for nurturing the talents of the students and realization of the dreams, through good morals and spiritual growth.

How many graduates, if any, go on to university?

The school is privileged to have candidates this year 2017 as their first students to sit for the placement test to tertiary education. The statistics carried out recently by the teachers report that according to the performance based on the continuous assessment tests they have been doing monthly, there is probability that 80% will be able to join tertiary education through colleges and universities and the remaining 20% will join vocational/technical schools for further studies.

The competition between boys and girls is equal as both students were placed by the similar rank of class during admission.

Thank you, Mr. Kiprotich, for taking time to tell us about Bp. Athanasius Secondary School.  To read further details about the school go here .

Exam Time at St. Innocent Academy!

St. Innocent Academy’s students are taking their end of June exams!

A challenge the Academy has had is preparing and printing sample exams.  Doing so would allow the teachers to better prepare the students on test taking skills and strategies.  Students are given knowledge through teaching in the classroom. As we all have experienced, when the time comes to take the test, the information may be slightly altered to challenge the student to think and reason out the correct answer.  Test taking is an art in which practice helps ensure success in the end.

   

St. Innocent Academy and Father Jonah are making a request for donations with which they will purchase at minimum one, preferably two, laptops and printer.  Teacher, Julius Kiprotich, said, “Two laptops would be ideal. It would allow me to train some of my fellow teachers to improve their typing skills, to assist in test preparation, and expose the students to the workings of a computer.”

St. Innocent Academy and Father Jonah seek $700 for the purchase of one laptop and one printer.  With generous spirits, any additional funds raised will go towards the purchase of a second laptop.

To donate, please visit our donation page here.

 

Progress at St. Innocent Academy

St. Innocent Academy has seen much progress in the last few weeks! Glory to God!

Through the hard work of many people, the concrete floors in the classrooms are complete.  Now the staffroom is under construction with concrete floors being laid also.

Our school students are studying hard.

From ages 2 to 5 years, children are taught the very basics; what their name is, writing numbers, how to correctly hold a pencil, learning the alphabet and the sounds associated with each letter and singing.

Children in lower elementary school, Standard 1 to 3, follow a curriculum called Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE).  They are taught the basics of how to read, write, memorize and dictation.

The Standard 4 and 5 students study the same subjects according to the Kenyan elementary schools, which includes English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Social Studies and Kiswahili (also known as Swahili, the Bantu language, the first language of the Swahili people).

The Standard 4 and 5 students recently took their mid-term examinations, of which there were two.  Despite numerous challenges, they emerged among the best pupils in the zone.  Overall, they ranked 4th among the best schools. Everyone is very proud of them and their achievement. The teachers are happy for the good grades their pupils are getting because of their sacrifice and dedication to their studies.  They are pledging that at the end-of-term examination they will emerge the best through the prayers of the Patron Saint of our academy, Saint Innocent.

Please join us in that prayer!

 

St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church and St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church

Sunday, April 30, Father Silouan (Brown), Director of Orthodox Africa attended Divine Liturgy at St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Following Divine Liturgy, at the invitation of Fr. Paul Coats, Assistant Priest, Father Silouan gave a brief presentation on Orthodox Africa, the mission and purpose, as well as telling the story of several missions.  Hearts were moved to donate approximately $400.

Thank you Fr. Paul and the faithful of St. Anthony’s Orthodox Church for hosting Father Silouan, and for your generous contribution.

Father Silouan’s next stop was St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Father Silouan was joined by OA Team Member Kent.  They met with the Mission Director of the parish ,Tim Klund, who was able to provide a lot of good advice.  They were blessed with several Holy Oil kits which Father Silouan will take with him to Africa during his next trip, which begins on May 9, 2017.

Thank you St. Nektarios for your generosity and time.

Join these parishes and donate to Orthodox Africa. Each dollar helps alleviate the burden on each mission.

Raising Awareness in Georgia

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Father Eugene (Antonov) and the faithful of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Cumming, Georgia hosted Father Silouan (Brown), Director and Maria Powell, Assistant Director of Orthodox Africa.  Following Divine Liturgy, Father Silouan and Maria were welcomed at the parish’s annual picnic at Mary Alice Beach Park.

Father Silouan was blessed to speak to everyone about the Mission of Orthodoxy in Africa which is to aid in connecting the Orthodox Church as one body, through the use of communication and partnering with properly vetted organizations, resulting in sustainable ministry.  Awareness of the Kenyan missions was raised by his presentation.  Though it was a rainy and cold day, a good time was enjoyed by everyone.

Thank you Father Eugene and faithful for welcoming us!  We look forward to another visit!

Photos by Father Deacon. Anton (Kouznetsov) and Barsanuphius Powell.

Drought crisis continues – Impact is high

In its 27 February, 2017 Press Release, the Kenya Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources indicated that the outlook for the seasonable long rains in March-April-May is not good and depressed rainfall will continue.  This is expected over the most of the country and especially the eastern regions.

The impact on agriculture will continue to be severe.  The press release said, “Food security is expected to deteriorate over most parts of the country and more so the northern areas of Kenya.”  Increased malnutrition, cholera, and malaria are possible.  A fourteen year old girl died and “115 hunger stricken villagers” (Daily Nation) were taken ill after a meal of dead camel meat after not having eaten in several weeks.

How is this impacting our Missions?

“By God’s grace and mercy, our missions are not experiencing starvation,” said Fr. Silouan (Brown), Director and Chairman of the Board of Orthodox Africa.  However, “with inflation hitting an 11-month high at 6.9%” (Daily Nation) the cost of food is astronomical.

How can you help?

First of all, pray.  Prayer is key to all help from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  During this Lenten period, as you fast and give alms, consider donating to Orthodox Africa.  Every dollar helps alleviate the burden of each mission.

-Athanasia Ellmore


Sources: 

Republic of Kenya-Min. of Environment & Natural Resources-State Dept. of Environment-Kenya Meteorological Dept., Reference # KMD/FCST/5-2017/SO/01.  13 February 2017.

Andae, Gerald. Expect Less Rain This Year, Met warns.  Daily Nation, 24, February 2017, p 11.