Thanks to donations from International Needs, 15 families were given chickens soon after Christmas. This will provide a small amount of income and some basic food for the neediest families. It is hoped that this chicken project will be multiplied in the future.
Much of Kenya has been in partial lockdown because of Covid. However, the village has been protected from the disease. Many families have struggled with loss of income and the effects of lockdown. This has put extra pressure on the school to provide food and basic supplies (such as soap) to students and their families.
The school calendar in Kenya has been significantly altered which has impacted on the delivery of the school curriculum. In spite of these difficulties, the Year 8 students have recently sat their national exams and have achieved the usual pleasing results. There is uncertainty around when the Secondary Schools will be starting for the year.
We look forward to sharing some celebrations with you in our next Ark Quest Blog update.
Happy New Year to all our Ark Quest supporters near and far. We are greatly blessed to live in New Zealand during this time.
Ark Quest Education Centre has now resumed classes for 2021. While there are no cases of Covid 19 in the village, the Kenyan Health Guidelines for schools have put extra pressure on the staff with social distancing and hygiene requirements. Covid 19 has negatively affected the progress and teaching programmes at the school. Calvine wishes to express his gratitude for the continued support that has enabled Ark Quest to be such a great blessing to the community, providing for needy families as many have faced increased financial pressure over this period.
This year we are planning to publish the blog only every 3 months. However, please feel free to email us if you have any questions. Ark Quest Trust will continue to meet monthly to monitor and support the school.