2021 RESPONSE TO COVID SCHOOL CHALLENGES:
REMEDIAL PROGRAMS INSTITUTED FOR COMPRESSED SCHOOL YEAR
“KUEF support greatly helped BLISS stand in very difficult times. Through the sacrifice and commitment of KUEF, the staff and students were able to emerge from this stage of the pandemic in a positive manner.” Moses Marete, BLISS Principal
Due to COVID, it was compulsory for schools in 2021 and 2022 to incorporate an additional term. Terms, shortened from 14 to 10 weeks, still had to cover the same syllabus. Despite creating enormous stress and uncertainty, the teachers and students faced the challenge head-on.
To effectively cover the required curriculum, BLISS lengthened daily classes to 6pm, and added Saturday and Sunday afternoon classes. Additional learning resources, school meals and supplies were also required.Teaching and support staff dedicated their time and skills without being paid any additional salary. Their commitment to educating BLISS students is exemplary.
KUEF was privileged to address these needs by “filling the gap”.
$13,184 Granted in 2021
OCTOBER 2021 NEWS FROM EVELYN
REGARDING BLISS AGRICULTURE PROGRAM:
Both the farm and the green house are running well. Before COVID we had a plenty harvest which the principal gave to the student to carry home to support them during that challenging time.
Currently our Agriculture teacher, Patrick, is having a project with the form two students and they have planted red onions which are now two weeks old. And our farm manager has really worked hard also with vegetables and maize corns thanks to the water project.
KUEF Board of Director members, Alan Metz and Brian Ward are working closely with BLISS staff to support and improve both the Science and Agriculture Programs at this successful day school offering local youth an affordable alternative to boarding schools.
Photo is of Evelyn, BLISS Science Lab Teacher,
In the BLISS High School student garden.
BLISS CHAIR FUNDING RESULTS
The MARCH newsletter described the need for chairs in classrooms, science labs and the new 1,000-seat capacity BLISS Hall. The estimated total cost is about $50,000 for the entire school.
Total funds raised to date are $32,377.
BLISS HALL: Multi-Year Project Completed
Construction of BLISS Hall started in 2018 and provides space for 1,000 person gatherings for activities integral to the school’s operation and community gatherings. This space provides for whole-school assemblies and events, parent-teacher meetings, student dining, music rehearsal and performance, inter-school events, and national exam taking. No longer do students stand outside in inclement weather for morning assembly and eating lunch.
KUEF grants of $15,598 funded the final finishing work in 2021 for electrical work, gutters for rain management, sidewalks, and cooling vents. Other sources furnished and finished the three adjacent classrooms.
$120,459 Total Granted through KUEF
“GOLD STAR” RECOGNITION
KUEF received a top "Gold Star" rating in 2021 from GuideStar, recognizing our ongoing commitment to nonprofit transparency.