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Help Benard Rebuild Kapsigot

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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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Hello friends,

I hope this good news find you well. I am so happy to inform you that our journey, which we started mid of March this year, when we started raising funds for the Kapsigot classroom project, is done!!!! We have built three complete classrooms within four months. At first we were targeting two classrooms and when we were able to raise the funds for the two classrooms, people were still excited about the project and we changed our target to be three classroom project.

I am really grateful of the kind of support that you gave me to realize my cause. When I thought of this project at the beginning, I doubted if we were going to even build one classroom. The end didn’t look the way it is now. I had never led a fundraiser before, and I did not know how much work it demands. This project has taught me how much it means to have a caring community to accomplish much more than one thinks of or imagine. We had 993 shares on social media and 6738 views during the whole campaign. If it was not for the connections I had directly or indirectly, this project would have not been a success story as it is now and I appreciate all those connections.

When I got back home in June, the school and my community were in support of the project and they gave me all the support I needed to do the project. We looked for a mason who headed the building process and assembled the required building materials. Once we had some materials to start the project, the building process started mid of June.

When the first two classrooms where almost ready, I was running out of my time in Kenya because I needed to start my Watson Fellowship at the beginning of August in Ghana. I had to get someone to run the project while I was gone. I am thankful of Madam Lucy Kipserem, who was my teacher while I was at the primary school and currently the school’s Deputy Head teacher, who volunteered to manage the remaining part. She supervised the finishing of the first two classrooms and the building of the third classroom. She took her time during the school holiday to run the project and I really appreciate that.

This project also created a ripple effect in my community in that the alumni of the school, current parents of the school and friends ran a separate fundraiser that enabled them to build one new other classroom, which was built simultaneously with the third classroom. Within a period of almost four months, the school has four new classrooms which is a very big change turn around. This is the largest number of classrooms built in this school within a very short time. I would like to thank fellow alumni of Kapsigot for this fourth classroom.

The school commenced at the beginning of last month and the children are happy to have new, conducive, classrooms to study in. When Godwin Kipchumba and Michelle Jepchumba, grade 4 pupils, were asked what it meant to be in a new classroom and they had the following to say:

Godwin
“I am happy to have moved to the new classroom. We were suffering in our former classroom because it was very cold and we used to smear using cow dung. During the rainy seasons, we studied in a wet classroom until the end of lessons. We are thankful of you for helping us get a new classroom.”

Michelle
“I want to thank you for helping us get a new classroom. We had suffered so much because the classroom was not good and we used to smear, which made our clothes very dirty. During the rainy season, the classroom used to be cold because some of the timber on the wall had come out. We thank our donors very much for listening to our cries and we promise to work very hard at school.”


The school Deputy Head teacher, Madam Kipserem, had the following as well on the same question of what it meant to have these new classrooms at the school:

“On behalf of the school and our community, I would like to express our gratitude to friends of Benard who assisted us to improve the state of our classrooms. Our pupils had suffered a great deal health-wise, especially during the rainy and windy seasons, where in most cases pupils contracted pneumonia. Some pupils used to skip Friday lessons due to general cleaning, where they were required to smear classrooms. They did not want cow dung and mud to smear classrooms and some opted to skip those lessons. This new facility will provide a very conducive learning environment for the pupils in acquisition of knowledge. Pupils smearing classrooms has become a story of the past now. We express our sincere thanks to you, who have helped us get the new classrooms, which have made our pupils comfortable at classrooms and concentrate now more on their studies. I want to assure you that the academic performance will change on a positive index. On the same note, I do register our sincere appreciation to the alumni of Kapsigot for teaming up to construct the fourth classroom. May the grace of God be upon you always as you impact change in the livelihoods of the challenged communities.”

This project will provide a better studying environment for about 135 pupils, who will study on those three classrooms for three terms, every year. Together with the fourth classroom built by alumni of Kapsigot, parents and friends, this project will serve about 180 pupils. So your support will really go a long way in supporting pupils at my village.

I would like to say a special thanks to the Colby African Society, Colby X.C & T.F Teams with alumni and their families, My Coach Jared Beers, my Colby friends, Track Yack, Colby Professors, Colby Finance team, Kapsigot Diaspora, my family, Teachers at Kapsigot, Kapsigot alumni, Kapsigot community, the overall mason Nyabuti and his team and everyone who participated in making this project a success. Each dollar and support you gave contributed into making this project successful. Thank you so much for your help and be blessed a lot.

Regards,
Benard
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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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