KUEF partners with the Kithoka community in Meru, Kenya to develop
to improve education for those living in poverty. "Urithi" (pronounced: oo-re-dee) in the Kimeru language literally means "to feed, nurture or nourish".
Tunaweza Kulea Watoto Wetu"
Kiswhaili translates to "Together We Can
Nurture Our Children".
continuously looking for ways to improve access to and quality of education in
the Kithoka area. After numerous discussions with Principals and teachers at
BLISS, Gichunge and Kithoka Primary schools and some baseline research
conducted by our Research Interns, KUEF decided in 2011 to support the development
of a school feeding program to provide enriched porridge at the two primary schools. |
|These schools could not afford to serve any meals to students. Many children came to school having only a cup of tea for breakfast and then nothing to eat all day. Our research revealed that almost 38% of these primary school children were malnourished and alarmingly, some were "wasting" - or severely
malnourished. You can help feed these
children. Consider a donation to this program and literally NOURISH young
lives. Currently KUEF provides a 1/2 liter of enriched porridge to over 750 children every school day.|
|Go to the project page to learn more about the school gardens and plans for sustainability. |
|Hear about the
impact of the Feeding Program from a Kenyan Primary School Student.|
Wasichana kila Siku"
Kiswhaili translates to "Education for Girls
|This project plays an important role in keeping young women in
school every day. Typically Kenyan girls miss one week of school every month.
This program launched in June 2011. Currently we are able to provide feminine
supplies for 500 young women in Kithoka at four schools to keep them in school everyday.|
more about this program and plans to make the project sustainable.
Join us in our 2015 holiday fundraiser!
We hope to raise money to purchase two sets of underwear for all female students at our partnering primary and secondary schools. During recent focus group discussions we learned that one of the challenges female students experience during their period is a lack of underwear. Our goal is to raise enough funds by February, 2016. Thank you for your support!
|Learn about Larry Dittmar's ambitious endeavor to initiate a Band and Orchestra
program for the Kithoka community. BLISS
is one of few secondary schools in the nation to have a band. This is a remarkable accomplishment for a Day School focused on educating the rural poor in Kenya. |
|This significant program was honored fall of
2010 at the Nairobi TEDx event. Learn
more about the BLISS band and the Meru Music Project. |
|Shar Music from Ann Arbor, MI donated fifty
violins to launch our newest primary string instrument program in January 2011.|
BLISS Facility Building Fund
|KUEF is partnering to expand the BLISS School Campus to alleviate overcrowding and increase enrollment. |
|Current Building Plans include: |
|(1) Second Classroom Building (COMPLETED IN 2014)|
(2) Second Science Laboratory Building (CONSTRUCTION START LATE 2015)
(3) Multi-Purpose Building to be used for Music Program, Student Dining, and Community Events (FUTURE).
Teacher Development Grants
crucial role that teachers and staff play in student success, KUEF has set up
a fund for additional training for
BLISS staff and support toward acquiring advanced degrees. All donations go
directly to BLISS.|