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Help Benard Rebuild Kapsigot

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Raised by 185 people in 4 months
Hello! My name is Benard Kibet, a graduating Colby Senior. My journey to Colby College and interest in the development sector, started with Kapsigot Primary School in the small community in Kapsigot, Kenya. This school has made a permanent mark in my life, as it gave me a caring, educational, and resilient background that has enabled me to climb the ladders of education and to seek ways of developing my community. I am continually moved to reward this school by making it a better place for other students to realize their potential and opportunities in their lives, which will benefit the community at large.

Kapsigot is center of excellence. In last year’s Kenyan Primary National Exam, Kapsigot Primary was leading in our region and 6th in the Sub-county. Moreover, 100 percent of its students were accepted into good high schools across the country, Kenya. The school’s excellence in the national exams comes from the commitment of the school, parents, and hard working students who see education as the only way of bringing change in the community.


I started giving back to this school after I joined high school as a mentor. During my first 2 years at Colby, I won the Davis Projects for Peace  grant twice, which I used to build a new classroom for kindergarteners and to develop a water project to serve the school and the community.

New Classroom for kindergerteners. (Summer 2015)


Water Project (Summer 2016)

Yet, there remain more challenges to work on. Half of the students are still studying in mud-floor classrooms that need to be smeared with mud every week. During the rainy season, students have to scoop the rainy waters that seeps through the “wooden walls” and flood the classrooms. The openings on the walls, as shown by the picture below, make classrooms environment chilly during the cold seasons. This makes class environment unfavorable for studies. Therefore, the school still needs four classrooms to have better facilities for all its students.
One of the four Classrooms

After graduating next month and before I start my year as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in August, I would like to help build two of the four classrooms. I would like to seek your support to facilitate this project. This project will need $15, 000 to build two classrooms, $7500 for each class. If we go beyond the target, we will build all the four classrooms and if we are below the target, we will build one and use the remaining amount to buy classroom facilities.

Every dollar will count and my community will really appreciate your help in creating a better learning space for the students. This is a challenging task but any contribution you make will go a long way in supportining my community. 

Thank you for reading this and supporting me in my cause to realize the dream of providing better studying environments in my village. I hope that one day, students will follow their path and realize that with every successful stride comes the responsibility to create opportunities for others. 


Here is the link to my two projects in my village:
  https://www.colby.edu/magazine/maji/
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Hey friends of Kapsigot,

It is almost two months since we kicked off with the building of classrooms and I have been amazed by how much we have accomplished together. The first two classrooms will be done this week and the building of the third classroom will start this week as well

The school and the community is really grateful and thankful of the impact you are creating by changing the classroom environment for the students at our school. The students have gone for their August break and when they come back in September, things will not be the same again for them. They will not smear some of their classrooms. There will be two new concrete conducive classrooms to use and the third one will probably be ready as well. You will have made a great impact on generations of people in my community.

As we approached the completion of the first two classrooms, we realized that there was a substantial amount of building materials that remained and about $3500 in cash. The school administration and I decided to use these remaining resources to build the third classroom. We think that these remaining materials will take us to almost completion of the third classroom. We still request you for the support you can to enable us complete the third classroom. We think that if we raise $2000, we will be able to complete the third classroom. Know that your support will really have tremendous impact in my community and we will really appreciate your support.

This week again is very special to us as youth because it is the week of The International Youth Day which is on the August 12th. As this week begins, as a youth, I ask you to support my fellow youths at Kapsigot Primary School to archive their goals by having a conducive learning space.

Thank you so much for your support and let’s look forward to completion of first two classrooms and the start of the third classroom.

Thank you,
Benard
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Hello friends,

I hope you are doing well. Once again thank you for the support you gave my village in trying to provide a conducive learning environment. I would like to share with you the progress that we have made with the school project.

We started building the first two classrooms when I got back home mid of June and we are almost done with the first two classrooms. I think by the end of this coming week, the two classrooms will be done.

After we finish these first two classrooms, we will see if the remaining funds will be able to finish the third classroom or we buy the materials for these two classrooms. We tried to raise funds for the third classroom and we are $1650 away from finishing the third classroom. If you are still able to contribute towards this remaining amount, you are still not late and my community will really appreciate.

This project will go a long way in giving an opportunity to the students at my village to fully get their potential in education.

Thank you for your support and let’s look forward to the completion of these first two classrooms by the end of next week.
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We hit our target of two classrooms yesterday!!!! You have allowed about 70 students every year to study in a conducive learning environment. This will be of great impact in my village!!

I am very thankful of your generous donations and your caring aspect. As indicated in my proposal, if we go past our target, we can target one more classroom but if we are not able to raise enough money for the third classroom, we will use the remaining amount in buying classrooms facilities like desks, tables and chairs.

So if you have not had a chance to donate, your donation is welcomed and will be of great impact in my community.

Thank you again for your generous giving. Let’s continue to request our friends to support us as we target this third classroom. If you have any question send me a text and I will be happy to answer.


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Hi friends,

We are at 97% of our target of building two classroom at Kapsigot!!! We have done an incredible job to get here and I am sure we can get our target.

I really appreciate your donations towards this project. Lets finish it strong and meet our goal that we can give students at my village an opportunity to study in a conducive classroom environment.

Each dollar you donate will have an impact on education in my village. If you have any question, I will be happy to answer.

Thanks,
Benard



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