Eagle Crest Elementary’s New Partner School

DSC_0030Eagle Crest has definitely made a difference, and now we’re looking forward to a new adventure, new friends, and helping in new ways.

Over the past couple of years, we have raised over $5,000 to help Mapampi School children in Zambia. We assisted in getting them tables, chairs, locks, school supplies, sports jerseys, toys, sports equipment, and even helped with building a house to successfully attract a qualified teacher! But, because of Mapampi’s remote location, communication has been difficult.

Empakasi Primary School is located in the Nairobi National Park in Kenya.  We are looking forward to meeting our new friends through pen pal letters!  There are 350 children and 9 teachers there. They all speak Swahili. Most students are a part of the Masai Tribe, and some may not have a permanent home. They move from place to place, raise cattle and goats, and make lots of jewelry.

Students and staff at Empakasi Primary School face many challenges. They do not have a lunch program. There is poor security. They have no running water or electricity. Transportation is difficult there. Every day, some students have to walk over 3 miles to get to school. On their way they might even see a wild animal and have to turn back!

Eagle Crest students have spoken up about how they’d like to help!  We would like to assist with getting a self-sustaining lunch program started. Students believe gardens or an egg-layer program would be very helpful to the community there. It will take a lot of planning, however, because we don’t want to attract wild animals to the school!

We are very much looking forward to building our new relationship with Empakasi Primary School students and teachers. Our hope is to someday Skype with students there, or even invite a teacher there to visit our school here in Colorado!