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Annual Fall Festival and Auction is This Weekend!

Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 6:30 PM - Last year's Fall Festival was such a resounding success we are celebrating online again this year!  So, please join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Nambale Magnet School and support the children in Kenya! This is no cost to attend this year.  Featured performances by renowned recording artist Bobby Jo Valentine, school updates from special guest Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama, all followed by a week-long Online Auction! ... [ more ]

New Tents and Solar Array for Hot Water

December 18, 2020 - More COVID safety measures were implemented at the Nambale Magnet School in preparation for a full student body return in January. Help came in the nick of time from the Los Altos California Rotary Club! Tents and solar water heating panels arrived in advance of the full student body opening in January ... [ more ]

Cornerstone December 2020 Newsletter

December 7, 2020 - Greetings this holiday season!  We are delighted to be able to reach out in this new electronic format. As many of you know, this year we challenged ourselves to do things differently.  We went digital and all of you responded with resounding support. It is because of you that we are still relevant and still making a difference. We are humbled and grateful for your support ... [ more ]

Cornerstone Project Year End Appeal

December 1, 2020 - Dear friends, as we all face very challenging times right now, we hope that you and your family are healthy and safe. The pandemic has tested many of us in ways we never imagined and even more so for the most fragile and vulnerable communities including our friends in Kenya.  Through your past generosity, the Cornerstone Project has provided support for the education, care and housing of vulnerable and AIDS-orphaned children in Kenya ... [ more ]

Student COVID Survival Stories

November 13, 2020 - The children who attend the Nambale Magnet School have suffered greatly since its forced closing in April.  Read these moving student stories to help you understand what being at the Nambale Magnet School means to their survival ... [ more ]

Fourth Annual Fall Festival a Wonderful Success!

October 14, 2020 - Our Fourth Annual Fall Festival was a great success thanks to our sponsors, our amazingly talented musicians Ari Hest and Bobby Jo Valentine, and Clearing House Auctions. After the concert, thanks to the wonders of Zoom, we were even able to visit with Evalyn the school's founder in Kenya!  Open this news article to watch the Fall Festival Video or listen to our performers again ... [ more ]

Nambale Magnet School Reopens Amidst Stringent COVID Requirements and Stressful Financial Conditions

October 9, 2020 – Two days ago the Kenyan Government unexpectedly announced the partial reopening of schools beginning Monday, October 12th for students at the primary level in grades four and eight.  With schools closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19 and speculation that classes would be postponed until January or possibly the next school year ... [ more ]

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 ]

Sustainable Fuel for the Kitchen is Now a Reality!

July 1, 2020 - Despite the delays due to the Coronavirus, the Biodigester donated to the Nambale Magnet School by Rotary International is now being implemented. The fuel will be used for cooking and heating water. Previously the School used firewood which is costly and leads to deforestation. The biodigester takes the effluence the school produces and separates it into ... [ more ]

Cornerstone's Postition on Black Lives Matter

June 14, 2020 - The Cornerstone Project's mission is the empowerment of marginalized communities. Thus, we feel compelled to speak out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Right here in our own backyards there are populations that are marginalized by white privilege ... [ more ]

Teen Pregnancy on Rise as Schools Remain Closed

June 1, 2020 - Statistics recently released by the Kenyan government confirm what many feared would be a result of closing schools – that teen pregnancy and forced marriage rates have risen dramatically since March. This spin-off pandemic of teen pregnancies spotlights the importance of keeping girls in school ... [ more ]

Keeping the Children Safe and On Task

May 15, 2020 - As the Coronavirus is shutting down Kenya as a whole, the number of cases continue to climb and are now spiking in the Nambale region.  Despite this, the staff of the Nambale Magnet School are working hard to keep the children safe and on task. Since there is no internet in this very poor community, the teachers have been sending packets home to the children in hopes that they will not fall too far behind ... [ more ]

Coronavirus and the Nambale Magnet School

April 1, 2020 - Late in March, on the Government's directive, the last of the students at the Nambale Magnet School were sent home. Since the Nambale Magnet School was designed to serve children in the poorest and most marginalized segments of the community and children rendered home due to the AIDS pandemic or abject poverty, one-third of the school's population, the sponsored population, have little or nothing to go home to ... [ more ]

NMS Takes Precaution Against the Coronavirus Threat

March 17, 2020 - Since the Coronavirus started making headlines, the Nambale Magnet School has been vigilant about the threat. Our School nurse took the NMS staff through an exercise of mitigating the threat of COVID-19; she emphasized regular hand washing, sanitizing all places, distancing self and created awareness of what to do in the event of a suspected case. Yesterday, following the Government's directive, we released all learners to go back home for a period yet to be announced. We put stringent measures at the gate with a large sign restricting visitors. Anyone coming in must their wash hands at the gate ... [ more ]

Partnering with Kappa Delta Pi

March 6, 2020 – Today the Cornerstone Project met with several members of the Kappa Delta Pi chapters of University of Rhode Island and Fitchburg State University to discuss ways of strengthening our partnership in assisting the Nambale Magnet School. [ more ]

Sustainability Progress at Nambale Magnet School

February 15, 2020 - Two major systems were recently funded through the assistance of the Rotary Internationaland the Sat Nam Foundation ... [ more ]

Test Scores Still Among the Top in All of The Busia County!

January 1, 2020 - The hard work in preparing for the 8th grade exam has paid off once again with the Nambale Magnet School's test scores still among the top of the entire Busia County.  This track record of excellence has done a lot to boost the children's self-confidence and goals for the future. The National 8th grade test determines the future of all Kenyan children's future education ... [ 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 ]

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