Staff Spotlight: Nashon

Written by lauren. Posted in Education

Today’s spotlight is on one of our group of amazing teachers: Nashon.

Nashon

 

Nashon (pronounced like nation) started out as a student at Heritage Teacher’s College, an experience he says was a really good one. He said he felt like the certificate program really helped prepare him for the classroom, and he was grateful to be sponsored to complete the program. He officially joined the staff at Heritage in 2012.

Before coming to Heritage, Nashon taught grades 4 through 8 in the local public schools. In the public schools, he said he struggled with a lack of material and time to teach the kids in his classroom. At Heritage, Nashon is pleased to have more material and more time to teach his students. Because his eighth graders all live on campus, he can do remediation and further learning opportunities in the evening, meaning he can bring his students’ performance levels even further up. He says that his greatest challenge at Heritage is engaging students and getting them interested in math. But he seems to be overcoming that challenge with many of his students. He has an easy way of connecting with the kids, and many say he is one of their favorite teachers at the school. Nashon says he feels such pride when he sees some of his students out in the shops with their parents applying some of the principles they’ve learned in his classroom. He hopes that what starts in his classroom benefits his students beyond the classroom, not just in the shops, but on their exams and future efforts in high school and university. When we asked if there was anything he needed to help achieve this, he said he’d like more implements and manipulatives to use in the classroom to help students further understand mathematics principles.

Nashon in the classroom

In addition to being an excellent math teacher, Nashon is also an excellent spiritual leader in our school. He was raised in a Christian home, one of seven kids, and he became more involved in faith exploration when he was in high school. As he’s gotten older, serving the Lord has become one of his greatest joys. He exudes this joy, and students often come to him with faith-related questions. He’s glad to advise them, and his greatest piece of advice is always: “Above all… trust upon the Lord.”

Nashon hopes to continue to improve himself and further his education. His goal is to earn his bachelor’s degree somewhere in Kenya. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Nashon would come back to Heritage to teach, but he’d be open to teaching anywhere in the world.

We’re so fortunate to have Nashon’s dedication and enthusiasm for our kids as part of our community. It’s teachers like Nashon that make our school the success that it is!

Sunday Spotlight: Brian Kavogi

Written by Village Project Africa. Posted in Children, Education, Sponsorship, Stories

Today’s spotlight is on Brian Kavogi.

Brian came to our school in 2013. When his mother remarried and moved away, Brian was left behind to live with his uncle, an experience not uncommon for children whose mothers remarry. Not long after she left, Brian’s mother died, leaving him a total orphan.

There was never enough money for food, much less school fees in his uncle’s house, and Brian found himself hungry in two ways: for food and for opportunity. A chance encounter with Director Davis Otieno Reuben’s mother opened just the sort of opportunity Brian was seeking to feed his hunger in both ways: she brought him to Davis, and Brian immediately found a home at Heritage Academy.

Brian was placed in the boy’s dorm and was introduced to the music program at Heritage when the choir director, Titus, singled him out and introduced him to singing. Brian had never performed before, but he had heart, passion, and rhythm. After much practice and hard work, Brian has become one of the lead singers, and he hopes to continue singing, dancing, and playing the drum as he gets older.

At Heritage, Brian has flourished. He says that he is learning well and that all his needs are being met. He gives credit to his sponsor and to God for providing the means for him to work toward becoming the man he hopes to be. He is grateful, and so are we, for how far he has come and all that he has and will continue to do.

Sunday Spotlight: Belvin Soli

Written by Village Project Africa. Posted in Children, Education, Sponsorship, Stories

Today’s spotlight is on Belvin Soli.

Belvin has been a part of our school for a long time. He is now part of our high school as a ninth grader and is looking for a co-sponsor to help cover the costs of this advanced level of education.

Belvin is doing extremely well in school. He loves the library and his teachers at Heritage. He says that Heritage is the best place for him to be, and he is happy there. He studies hard because he hopes to one day become a pilot. Belvin asks for prayers that he may continue to work toward that dream. In his free time, Belvin likes to play soccer with friends.

Belvin says his favorite Bible story is that of Job because it teaches about having faith in God. He is thankful for the sponsor who has provided so much for him already and he is thankful for the co-sponsor who will step forward to help him continue on the road to his dreams. Belvin says, “I am glad to say thank you, and may God bless you abundantly.”

If you are interested in co-sponsoring Belvin, click here or visit our website.

E-Readers Come to Heritage Academy

Written by admin. Posted in Children, Education, Stories, Village Project Africa

 Guest blogger Audrey Armstrong shares details about the excitement surrounding this summer’s introduction of e-Readers to Heritage Academy.

Hidden ereadersE-Reader Day had finally arrived. The cafeteria was swept, mopped, and decorated.  Chairs had been arranged. Songs and poems had been rehearsed by the students.  Government officials, special guests, community friends, parents, and family members had been invited and were assembling in the hall. Even some guests from Indianapolis were waiting with anticipation as the students and teachers filed in and took their places.  On the table in the front of the room was a huge pile of something, hidden under a cloth.

Children with ereadersThe program started with prayers of praise and thanksgiving followed by welcome songs and speeches from both leaders and students. Finally it was time for the main event!  With loud cheering and clapping the veil was swept aside and e-Readers became visible on the table. Not just a few, but 50—enough for every 6th grader to have one. What followed was truly amazing. First came a demonstration by a few students showing how the e-readers were opened and how they could be read. The remainder of the 6th graders were then handed their e-reader, and with joy and celebration, they moved into the audience demonstrating to their families and neighbors how print appeared on the little screens and more importantly, how they could read their own book. The parents were so overwhelmed with amazement and joy they formed a huge parade and were joined by visitors and students alike. Such clapping and cheering, dancing and hugging!! They all were celebrating the tremendous step forward for Heritage Academy students. The students were proud and excited with anticipation and the parents were amazed at the magic of technology being made available to their children as they continue to master the written word.

Parents with ereadersHow did this all come to be? When a Sunday school class in Indianapolis was presented with the need, they accepted the challenge to help these students get books and raised $10,000 to purchase the readers and provide for the training. What seemed like a large sum was raised quickly when a group of people each gave what they could. Next, VPA partnered with Worldreader to supply the e-readers and program them with text books and other books in both English and Swahili. The Worldreader team came to Heritage Academy, spending a week training first the teachers and then overseeing the training of the students on the use of the technology. (Such an exciting learning curve it proved to be!) The training team completed their work and joined parents and students in celebrating the successful beginning of a new era. The Sunday school class in Indianapolis joined with prayers and anticipation of changed lives and more opportunities for the students of Heritage Academy.

 

An Update from Margaret

Written by margaret. Posted in Children, Education, Health

Wow!  Things are moving forward around here faster than we can keep up! Here’s a quick update about two of our major projects:

The Clinic

Davis, Terry, and I recently took a trip to Rondo to visit the Sabatia Eye Hospital and meet with the director there.  It was a great meeting for us! The director provided us with great information that will be so helpful as we run the clinic in the expansion.  We all came away very encouraged. We head to Nairobi this week to get lab equipment!

They have started painting the clinic with some very bright and beautiful colors.  The reception room is painted, as is one of the doctor’s offices.  Some of the windows have also been painted.  They are already getting the land around the building leveled and ready
for planting!

 The New Well

The well (borehole) is nearing completion!  Oh my, it is exciting for sure.  We got home from Rondo just in time to see them begin the testing phase.  A new truck arrived to test the output and purity of the borehole. They pumped water for 24–30 hours; at first the water was cloudy, but then it became pure and beautiful.  What a gift to the children and the village!  We
should now have plenty of wonderful clean water!

 Love Changing Lives!

Margaret

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