We understand that Covid 19 is a big concern for all of us at the moment, and this is also the case for Kenya. While the outbreak has caused the closure of schools (including Ark Quest Education Centre), there are no identified cases of Covid 19 at the village. All the support staff continue to work at the school. This includes the cooks, security, farm workers and those that manage the animals. Their food stocks are very low, which is a concern since the school continues to support the community through this current crisis.
We understand that, at this difficult time, it may be a challenge for some sponsors to continue their support. However, as a trust we are committed to supporting the school through this time. If you are unable to continue to provide support during this period, could you please contact the trust. firstname.lastname@example.org
Increased sponsorship this year has allowed Ark Quest to pay all their government annual permits, monthly rates and obligations on time, for the first time. We are so grateful.
Some sad news. An original crack in the wall of one of the old school buildings extended, and because the block was in danger of collapsing, 4 rooms have had to be demolished. However, the children were not at school, and so were safe. The construction of the new building will help enormously.
Regarding the new classrooms that have been built, these are very nearly complete. Steel windows, doors, frames, internal fixtures and fittings are all that are required to see these classrooms completed. Any contributions towards these needs will be gratefully received.
We trust that you are well and coping through this crisis which we all hope and pray will be over very quickly.
Thank you so much to all our generous donors. All the students who were featured in our website blog now have sponsors. Currently 26 primary students at Ark Quest Education Centre are sponsored, and 9 secondary students are financially supported to attend high school. Calvine is overwhelmed by the response which makes a tremendous difference to their ability to provide quality education for these children.
Some of you may have been aware of the reports of a locust plague in Kenya. We are relieved to be able to report that so far Ark Quest Education Centre has not been affected. Please pray for their continued protection, as locusts would cause serious damage to food sources for both the children and the cattle.
Recent photos show the progress on the first stage of the permanent school buildings. We look forward to seeing students beginning to use these facilities.
We are excited about the year ahead. Already opportunities are in the pipeline for greater support for Ark Quest Education Centre, and we believe that this will be a year of tremendous growth for all associated with the school. We are already seeing the first fruits of this with our student sponsorships. Thanks to generous sponsors, 6 student have been able to take up places at secondary schools. This is a record! Also, a number of Ark Quest primary students are now benefiting from sponsorship. What a blessing for the school and these families!
Steady progress has been made on the building of the first 3 permanent classrooms. The roof of the first floor will be completed very soon.
Teachers and students have recently returned to school after the summer break, and the year has begun well.
We hope that you have had a refreshing summer break. We thank you for your continued support and hope that 2020 will indeed be a year of plenty for you too!