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Fourth Annual Fall Festival and Auction!

October 4-13, 2020 - The Cornerstone Project's Annual Fall Festival is happening again - and this year it's online!   The pandemic has put a damper on many things, but we're not going to let it take away our fundraiser for the Nambale Magnet School and the children in Kenya!  Join us online for perfomances by renowned recording artists Ari Hest and Bobby Jo Valentine, school updates from special guest Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama, all followed by a week-long Online Auction! ... [ more ]


Seeds to Sunflowers Fundraiser!

July 9, 2020, 7:30 to 8:30pm - Cornerstone Project board member and yoga instructor, Kimberly Deloreto, will be conducting a virtual somatic yoga healing class via Zoom at Izzy Hache Fitness.  While there is no charge for the session, any donation will confirm registration to the event. Come de-stress with us and catch some instant good karma! ... [ more ]


Eighth Grade Graduation

October 31, 2019 - All the hard work and studying is finally over for this group of eighth graders. The results of the exam will determine the children's academic future. They did very well and NMS remains one of the top schools in the Busia county. This was a group effort of dedicated teachers and hard working students ... [ more ]


Rotary International Water Project Approved!

October 18, 2019 - We are so grateful that the Rotary International water grant has been approved! Global warming created a very serious drought emergency this year in Nambale. Even as water was becoming an issue due to the growth of the school and the school farm, the rains just stopped. The children had to go to the river to collect water in order to meet the most basic water needs. [ more ]


Autumn Celebration Benefits Nambale Magnet School Plans

September 25, 2019 - by Veronika Jelenik - The Voices - NEW PRESTON, CT - The Cornerstone Project, a grassroots nonprofit that works to provide education to vulnerable children, will host its third annual Autumn Celebration to benefit the Nambale Magnet School from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 3, at Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Rd.  For $25 in advance or $30 at the door, guests may enjoy food donated by local eateries, wine, music by Devon Eddie and The Settlers, a raffle, a silent auction, photography, fine art and lots of good company ... [ more ]


Third Annual Fall Festival!

Join us for our Third Annual Fall Festival to be held at the Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, CT. Food · Wine· Music · Raffle · Silent Auction!   Musical entertainment by Devon Eddy. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door ... [ more ]


Visiting Teachers

We were joined at the school by Dr. Nancy Murray a member of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) a professional teacher honor society who has recently started a partnership of teachers exchange with the Nambale magnet School. [ more ]


Become a Sustaining Donor

Please consider becoming a monthly sustaining donor so that we may forecast when and from where donations will come. This allows us to plan. Currently we are requesting monthly sustaining donors for two causes specifically... [ more ]


Sat Nam Foundation Provides Solar Enery for School

September 6, 2019 - A group representing the Sat Nam Foundation performed a week of fellowship and service at NMS. Through their fund raising efforts, they were able to raise enough to supply the school with a solar energy system that will be constructed in early 2020. This is an ecological win and will bring operating costs down significantly while offering a more reliable source of electricity ... [ more ]


Celebrating 10 Years!

It's the School's 10 year anniversary and the event was commemorated by a walk through the streets of Nambale. This event was designed to involve the community, spread good will, and allow the students to show their school spirit as they have ranked #1 again, this time for the entire Busia County! [ more ]


Friends of Football International Sports Equipment Grant

June 15, 2019 - The Friends of Football International granted the Nambale Magnet School the gift of new sports equipment for the students. The sports equipment was presented during sports day and was extremely well received. Outdoor activities are an integral part of the School's daily activities. [ more ]


Cornerstone Project 2018 | A Year in Review

January 24, 2019 - It was our most successful year in terms of fundraising to date raising over $228,000 towards the Nambale Magnet School. Thanks to the approval of a long awaited sanitation grant from Rotary International including a full cycle water system and waste to fuel biodigester. [ more ]


Third 8th Grade Class Graduates with Flying Colors!

December 4, 2018 - It is hard to believe that this graduating class marks the third graduating class and the 11th year of the Nambale Magnet School since it opened its doors to the first baby class of 30 three and four year olds. [ more ]


NMS National Exam Scores Highest in Busia County

November 21, 2018 - BREAKING NEWS: The results of the Kenyan National 8th Grade exams that determines the future of the students have just been released... [ more ]


2nd Annual Autumn Celebration Fundraiser Results

October 13, 2018 - The 2nd Annual Autumn Celebration food and wine tasting fundraiser event was held on October 4th at Hopkins Vineyard in Warren, CT. [ more ]


Woodbury Fall Festival Prize Winners

October 1, 2018 - The winners of the "giraffe" at the Woodbury Fall Festival in Woodbury, CT where Cornerstone Project was fundraising for the Nambale Magnet School on Sunday, September 30th. [ more ]


An Autumn Celebration NMS Fundraiser featured in Voices

September 25, 2018 - The Cornerstone Project will host An Autumn Celebration, a food and wine tasting set for 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at Hopkins Vineyard, 25 Hopkins Rd... [ more ]


NMS Sustainable Farming Takes Root

September 1, 2018 - It has become apparent that the word is getting around and the Nambale Magnet School model is working well! [ more ]


Cornerstone Project Gofundme Campaign Launch

August 22, 2018 - To continue in our commitment to sustainability we are raising funds to purchase additional land adjacent to the Nambale Magnet School to be used for cultivating more food for the children and increasing food security. [ more ]


Rotary International Grant Application Accepted!

July 13, 2018 - Rotary International Grant Allows for Construction of Full Cycle Water System and Waste to Fuel Biodigester. The Nambale Magnet School will soon start the implementation of a full cycle water system thanks to a grant request funded by Rotary International. [ more ]


My Trip to the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya

July 2, 2018 - In May I made a trip to the Nambale Magnet School with two teaching interns, Lizzie and Colleen. It was a pleasure to see the school in action and to see how happy and motivated the children seemed to be. The school bustled with activity and the teachers and staff had everything well in hand. The overall feeling that seemed to permeate the school was that of love and gratitude. [ more ]


Two Teaching Interns and One Unforgettable NMS Experience

June 29, 2018 - Lizzie Olmsted and Colleen Bouquot, both teaching interns from the University of Rhode Island recently spent two weeks at the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya and would love to share their experience... [ more ]


End of Term at the Nambale Magnet School

March 29, 2018 - Jambo! This is a Kenyan greeting, meaning hello! The first term at the Nambale Magnet School (NMS) is coming to an end this week. The school has been in session for the last twelve weeks. We received new learners in January, a record increase since the school began in 2009... [ more ]


8th Grade Test Results are in and the Results are Awesome

November 21, 2017 - The First 8th grade graduating class this year was top in the region on the 8th grade standardized test of Kenya. We were able to find scholarships for all of our students! This year's candidates sat for the test and the results are now in. [ more ]


The Nambale Magnet School is Celebrating You on Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017 - As we celebrate another successful year, may I heartily thank you for being a wonderful partner with Nambale Magnet School. I take this time to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day... [ more ]


First Adult Computer Class Graduates

October 12, 2017 - These photos of recent computer class graduates represents a tremendous accomplishment for the Nambale Magnet School and the entire community that houses the school... [ more ]


Prayasam’s Visit to Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya

October 4, 2017 -  Prayasam, an NGO based in India visited the Nambale Magnet School and spent the weekend at the school with learners teaching them life skills, games, songs and dance... [ more ]


An Autumn Celebration Fundraiser @ Hopkins Vineyard

September 27, 2017 - A wine tasting fundraising event to raise awareness and generate support for the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya and will be hosted at the beautiful Hopkin's Vineyard in Warren, CT. The event will feature wine tasting, live music by Devon Eddy, a silent auction and food provided by the finest restaurants in Litchfield County. [ more ]


New Sewing Lab, More Sustainability for the School

August 16, 2017 -  With the generous donation of sewing machines, a sewing lab has been added to the Nambale Magnet School. Now instead of purchasing mosquito nets for beds and uniforms, the school has the capability of making their own. As with the farm, the sewing lab also offers the children an additional learning opportunity. A plan is set in motion to offer sewing lessons to the curriculum for those who are interested. [ more ]


NMS Students Go on a Field Trip to Mbita Point, Kenya

August 2, 2017 - Each year a field trip is planned that widens the children's worldview. This year the children took a trip to the nearest populated area, the town of Mbita Point on the shore of Lake Victoria. While there, they visited another school, an insect research center and a mausoleum of a very historic Kenyan figure. [ more ]



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