Wednesday, July 30, 2008

LitWorld Founder Jenny Koons visits Red Rose

Jenny Koons, the Associate Director of LitWorld, is in Nairobi for nine days as part of a pilot partnership program between her organization and the Children of Kibera Foundation to bring the latest approaches to teaching reading and writing into practice in Kenya. LitWorld, is a non-profit organization based in NY, whose core belief is that "words can change worlds" and a mission to achieve literacy across the globe.

Ms. Koons is visiting Red Rose and other schools in Kibera. She and LitWorld director Pam Allyn will conduct a two day professional development workshop for eight teachers from community schools that serve nearly 500 children in the slums of Kibera. The goal of the workshop will be to train the teachers on the methods for helping their students become better readers and writers. We are all very thankful and happy to have these members of LitWorld at Red Rose and we look forward to working with them in more projects in the future. Thanks to Ken Okoth and Children of Kibera Foundation for making the connection between LitWorld and the schools in Kibera.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


New Computer Room at Red Rose:

The visiting board members of Children of Kibera inaugurated the fully equipped computer lab at Red Rose last week. The Dell D610 computers were donated by St. Lawrence University in Canton NY.

Potomac-Red Rose Teacher Exchange Launched

Ms. Cindy Cheadle, a second grade teacher at Potomac is the first exchange participant, spending two weeks this summer in Nairobi working with the teachers and students at Red Rose. The plan is to get a Red Rose teacher to go to Potomac School in the Spring of 2009. Children of Kibera Foundation will be raising additional funds to cover the cost of bringing the Red Rose teacher for about three weeks to the USA.

Children of Kibera Foundation Board Members at Redrose.

Merrell Cherouny, Children of Kibera foundation's executive director and Mittie Rooney, Children of Kibera foundation's secretary along with Ken Okoth are spending two weeks, helping out at Red Rose School, visiting other schools and projects in Kibera that serve vulnerable children and getting a better insight into the scope of the challenges the children face and how best to help them in the future. The board members had a meeting with the guardians of the 46 children fully sponsored by the foundation and also treated the children and teachers to a field day that included a visit to the National Museum. The children were also given new shoes that had been donated by friends of Children of Kibera Foundation, this really brought a big smile to the children most of whom had worn out shoes a big ASANTE SANA! from me on their behalf.

Below are some of the pictures from Merrell,Mittie, Cindy and Kens stay here at Redrose.