Namelok Junior Academy is located in the village of Kisamis in the Kajiado North district of the Rift Valley province, 42km from Nairobi. It opened in 2010 with 10 students, and now enrolls 88 students between the ages 3 – 12. The primary languages are English and Swahili. Namelok is a Maasai term that means “sweet,” which describes the children’s smiles and pride as they learn to read and write.
“From Grass to Grace” is the motto at Namelok. Their first classroom was under a tree, no uniforms, a few books to share, no toilet or school lunches. They had the earth beneath them and the desire to learn. Basically, a few dedicated mothers saw a need for schooling in their quiet village and created the opportunity.
Namelok has the following Active Objectives:
- To drive away illiteracy among the Maasai community;
- To motivate parents to educate their daughters, as well as their sons;
- To give all pupils a structured, caring environment in which to grow in mind, body and spirit;
- To serve the community, sharing their reading and writing skills, promoting sexual education, as well as health and safety awareness, and spreading hope from team sports and the creative expression seen in art, drama, music and writing.
Future Goals include:
- To expand to a secondary school in order to continue the education of their students;
- To see their students go on to university and find prosperous, meaningful work;
- To create economic growth and health awareness in Kisamis through generations of confident, educated young adults who are motivated to give back to their homeland.
Namelok Junior Academy exists because families in the village of Kisamis believe children are the future. They know that educating their youth with nothing is better than giving into illiteracy, boredom, and hopelessness. In less than two years, nearly a hundred students are learning to read and write, opening their eyes to the world and all its possibilities.
In order to achieve government recognition, they must build 5 classrooms, a toilet, and a sports field with equipment. This is their immediate wish list. It is imperative to their continued success. Namelok is eager for your support, and the children can’t wait to share their lives and strengthen their writing skills!
On November 6, 2012, Lift the Lid wired $932.38 (77087.78 KES) to Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya! The money went toward building and furnishing a Grade Four classroom so that the first students to enter the school in 2010 could continue their education. Thank you to everyone who donated!
October 2012, Lift the Lid is running a special fundraiser to complete the building of another classroom in order that the pioneers of Namelok Junior Academy can continue their education. This additional classroom will be Grade Four. The 13 boys and 17 girls range in age from 7-9 years old, and if they stop studying now, secondary school won’t be an option for them.
The new school year will begin this January 2013, which means we only have a few months to raise the $500 necessary to complete the Grade Four classroom. Most of these students walk miles to get to school, many in shoes that don’t fit their feet. But they go. Please donate now and help us to give them an uninterrupted education. It is their only way out of poverty, and into a life of hope, opportunity, and purpose. Come, Lift the Lid!