Newsletter for the 2nd & 3rd Quarter of 2009


Dear friends,

Receive warm greetings from Compass school,

We are happy to be releasing this newsletter highlighting the progress we have had since the last update.  We are continuing our work at the school and are pleased to be able to share our progress.

 

Education

Due to the sponsorship of trained teachers by our partners, Compass has been offering quality education and the MSS has improved from last term’s standing. Also this is an examination term, where the 8th graders will be sitting for the final exam of their primary school education before joining high school next year.  The rest of the students shall be finishing the syllabus and doing the exams to qualify them to go to the next grade come next year.  We are optimistic that the students' performance will continue to improve.

MSS per Class

Nursery

Pre-Unit

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

Class 7

Class 8

264.0

358.5

299.0

259.0

294.0

257.0

234.0

232.8

246.84

276.0

 

The mean examination marks of the classes listed above are actually much higher than the MSS of most of the local public schools.

 

 Feeding program

The feeding program is going very well, though Kenya has experienced a major drought.  Compass has provided all the children with food everyday and that has helped to keep them in school. We have striven to provide them with a balanced diet.  Last week, Carol McWilliams and her Church in Morristown, New Jersey provided food for one month for these children.

By provision of food to these children, we have been able to keep them in school at to ensure they have the energy they need to grow and to learn.

   (above) recently painted mural-- "The Tree of Life" 

Income Generating Activities (I.G.A.)







Rabbit Keeping

This project is also progressing well and it has also become an excellent opportunity to Compass students; they are learning how to take care of animals.

 




Chicken Project

Food for the Hungry, Kenya has also begun supporting our cooks by buying them chickens; this helps them to generate some income when they sell the eggs. These chickens are kept at Compass school. tther

 

 


Fish Farming

This has been one of the best success stories of all the income generating activities, since the government has proposed to take up our project as a pilot project for educating farmers since it is the only one here in Kikuyu. Recently the government came up with an economic stimulus package to boost food security, and educating communities about fish farming is a major aspect of this package.

Farming has been considered as one of the economically viable projects.

Compass has reared Tilapia fish which are highly nutritious and the government might construct for us more ponds and bring us even more fish.



 

Bus

We have successfully been able to operate between Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha Tanzania on daily basis apart from the weekends. The income generated has been able to meet 25% of our budget here at Compass and we project that at the onset of high season in November and December, the income from this project will support 30% of our budget.

Tailoring

This project has now been commercialized and we are getting small orders and come January, we might end up having more orders. 

 



Trees and flowers Nursery

This project has really come into it's own. Because the team of engineers and teachers that came from Ireland in June-July to work at Compass and to build the dispensary connected water for us, we have been able to raise hundreds of tree species that we sell to the local community and beyond. The flowers are planted around Compass compound.

 

Dispensary

Although we have had a deficit of resources, good strides have been made towards completing the dispensary.  In December we are organizing the biggest medical camp in the area, where we are projecting to have over 2,000 people, and so far 5 doctors, two humanitarian organizations, and the ministry of medical services shall also participate, among others.

The theme for this medical camp is “afya yako ni nguvu ya Jamii” (your health is the strength of the community). It shall also be an excellent opportunity to officially launch the dispensary. Hopefully by that time we shall have been able to finish it.

 

Bible class

This class has targeted the kids whose guardians don’t go to Church; Antony has reached out to them and teaches them every Sunday.  He has also organized some special events for the children, and would like to thank the students from Alliance High schoolfor their assistance.

 

 

Upcoming events:

Carol Service

Other than the medical camp in December, Compass music and Drama club are organizing one of the finest Carol Services here in this village, preparations are underway and the teachers in that department have also invited some talented and skilled people in that field to help them out.

 

Soccer league

Our soccer team the Compass Warriors has reached the semi-finals of the "Under 16 Soccer League" here in our constituency. Hard work and discipline has seen them reach these heights and we are very proud of them.  We believe they are headed to the finals. We also compliment their ability to maintain the proper balance between education and soccer.

 

Prayers for the 8th graders

Compass fraternity here in Kenya shall be holding prayers for the eighth graders who shall be sitting for the National exam during the second week of November.

 


We would like to thank God for bringing us this far, and our partners for their enduring dedication towards this Cause, the board members for their endless commitment, the teachers for their diligence and drive, the guardians for their support, the community leaders for their goodwill, the local churches for their prayers and encouragement, and the government of Kenya for its effort to empower this project, and the children of the Compass School for their discipline and hard work.

As Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38  “…………The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send workers into His harvest field.”

We thank God, for He must have sent you.

May God bless you all as you continue to support this cause and to give hope to these children. 

Sincerely,

David

Chief Administrator,

And

Joshua

Projects Director,

Compass Foundation.