After personally visiting Morningstar School in Nairobi, a Winnipeg couple were moved to organize a fundraiser to enable the construction of a new classroom in Kenya. Kathy and Gary were particularly impressed by the dedication of the Morningstar staff who meet the needs of the student population of the school, most of whom come from families that earn just $1US per day. With over 100,000 school-aged kids in the area, Morningstar plays a critical role in delivering an education that give hope to children that are at risk.

The “Bud ‘n’ Spud ‘n’ Steak” event raised enough money to fund a new classroom in the rapidly expanding school, located in the Kangemi slum on the west side of Nairobi, Kenya. In partnership with Freedom Through Learning and the Parent/Teacher Organization of the International School of Kenya, the Canadian couple has supported the Grade 5 and Grade 6 classroom expansion of Morningstar School. The new schoolrooms were constructed by locally contracted labour, plus the volunteer efforts of the International School of Kenya’s student construction club.

In addition to building the classroom, the couple also enabled the advancement of a Kenyan high school through the acquisition of a full set of curriculum materials. See the details of this story here.