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Cornerstone Project 2018 | A Year in Review

2018 was a most productive year for the Cornerstone Project.

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. Additionally, some very generous family foundations supplied funding for a new science lab, eighth grade class room, library expansion and operating costs for 2019.

In 2018 Cornerstone Project events, fundraisers, a grant request from Rotary International as well as generous donations funded the following Nambale Magnet School projects and causes

Full Cycle Water System ($98,600)

Borehole Well, Grey Water Recycling, Irrigation and Sanitation Systems

Waste to Fuel Biodigester ($30,000)

Converts waste from both animals and humans into methane gas used for cooking.

Wireless (WiFi) Internet Tower ($2,500)

Increased internet availability to the school and surrounding community.

Additional Kio Kit Tablets ($7,000)

Increasing students already high level of enthusiasm for learning and education!

School Nurses Salary ($2,000)

Dedicated clinic at the school monitors children who are ill made a world of difference!

High School Scholarship ($1,500)

High School tuition for a year for a graduate of the Nambale Magnet School.

School Operating Budget ($20,000)

The less than glamorous reality of the schools day to day operational costs.

Solar Panels ($1,500)

Installed on the chicken coop to provide electricity for lights and facilities.

Additional Mosquito Netting Fabric ($1,000)

Reducing the threat of Malaria, the leading cause of death of children in Africa.

Construction of New 8th Grade Classroom ($25,000)

As the school grows, so does the need for more classrooms.

School Library Expansion ($12,500)

More space, more books and a better learning experience for the school.

A Science Laboratory ($25,000)

A highly anticipated science lab will allow students to learn new subject matter.

Science Lab Equipment ($300+)

Goggles, lab coats, beakers, Bunsen burners, funnels, flasks, tongs, test tubes and more.

School Farm Expansion ($1,267+)

Ongoing fundraiser to purchase adjacent land to be used for school farming

During this, our third year of candidates taking the 8th grade national exam, found the school the top scoring school in the county for the third consecutive year. Each year our scores improved over the year before and it is now clear that our successes are both consistent and reliable.

Sustainable Farming Takes Root

2018 also brought many visitors from other areas of Africa looking to see how they might implement our sustainable measures to work for their schools as well. The Nambale Magnet School freely shares their methods to others in order for others to be successful and prosper as well. The word of the school farm and its sustainable measures made it all the way to Nairobi and to the front page of the Kenyan National paper. Everywhere the word is out of the schools successes and we are proud to support such and effective model.

None of this would be possible without an enthusiastic base of donors that believe in our formula and support in all ways big and small!

In May of 2018, I made a visit to the campus and found the children in fine spirits, fine health eager to learn. Despite the rigorous academic curriculum, I was very heartened to see that there was also plenty of time on a daily basis for fun and nurturing. It is my personal thought that that the schools success is based on its ability to balance the these factors.

The children seemed full of hope and enthusiastic about their future. There was a great sense of camaraderie among the students with the older children taking the little ones under their wing as mentors innately. It seems to me that there is a sense of family among the students and staff that helps these children prosper.

The children are connected to each other and are encouraged to connect to the community. This is a source of empowerment to the student body to be of service and they are thrilled. There is no room for victim consciousness in this formula. The children are confident, hopeful and look out for one another and their community.

Cornerstone Project is thrilled to be of service to these children and grateful for the incredible leadership on the ground of the schools founder Rev. Evalyn Wakhusama. Her dedication is impressive and her efficiency as a manager is commendable. For this reason, we are able to offer so much for your donation dollars.

Since the foundation of our 501(c)3 in 2008 we have raised over $985,000.00 for the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya.

Because of the grass roots nature of our organization including a staff of dedicated volunteers and the efficiency of the management by the school's founder Evalyn Wakhusama, we are able to assure our donors that at least 95% of our proceeds go directly to programs like you see above. This is our pride and our commitment as good stewards of your donations.

Thank you for all of your support. We need to keep it going until we reach the goal of full sustainability. With your continued support we will reach this goal!

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