Solar Panel InstallationMembers of the Sat Nam Foundation spent some time at the Nambale Magnet School in September 2019 and raised money for a photo voltaic array. The Sat Nam Foundation also donated solar panels to assist the school in becoming independent for a very unreliable grid. Power outages are common place in areas of rural Kenya. The power outages are unpredictable and can last for days ... [ more ]
Borehole Well, Grey Water Recycling & IrrigationA massive drought has created food shortages in addition to a water shortage that caused operating expenses for the school to go through the roof. Water insecurity is unimaginable to first world countries but a harsh reality in many parts of Africa. Water has become the gold standard in most third world countries. For this reason, Rotary international decided to make water projects on its list of global priorities and granted Nambale Magnet School $128,000 for a water project which includes a new well, water tower, gray water filtration system and bio-digester ... [ more ]
Waste to Fuel (Biofuel) Biodigester InstallationThanks to a Rotary International grant we have raised enough money to begin construction on the Nambale Magnet School's biodigester. It will handle waste from the animals and humans effectively which will greatly assist the school in waste disposal and management. It will also be a source of methane gas (biofuel), which will be tapped to the kitchen and thus save cost... [ more ]
Internet Booster Mast Antenna (WiFi) InstallationMartine Nolletti, the Chairman of the Cornerstone Project, made a site visit to the Nambale Magnet School in May and discovered that the Internet connection was so sporadic that a transaction or communication over the internet could be next to impossible to complete. The internet connection is so unreliable in this rural area and can be down for days at a time. The difficulties communicating have a serious impact on the schools operations... [ more ]
Electrical Generator InstallationThrough the generous gifts of some repeat donors, we were able to fund at long last a generator for the School. With infrastructure in the region fragile and power outages a common occurrence, this generator has been on the wish list since the schools inception.Cornerstone Project was able to assure that the lights will stay on and learning will not be interrupted... [ more ]
Additional Dairy AnimalsWith the School enrollment up to 327 learners, there was a pressing need to increase the dairy animals to keep up with the schools consumption. The farm and the livestock provide the children at the Nambale Magnet School with the highest nutrition through a balanced diet of daily fresh food. This measure ensures level of quality and sustainability that has become a benchmark of the school's commitment to excellence... [ more ]
Eighth Grade Teacher and Support Staff TrainingWith the children entering the pivotal 8th grade year, it was important to give the teachers the training to help the students achieve their goal. The training covers a holistic approach involving teaching skills, motivation and team building practices. These young talents teachers were inspired by the training and passed that enthusiasm to the children... [ more ]
Head Teachers HouseThe Head teacher, headmaster, headmistress, head, or principal is the teacher with the greatest responsibility for the management of the Nambale Magnet School and therefore it's only fitting the construction of the head teachers house. His location, adjacent to campus, will allow him to be easily available to teachers and students... [ more ]
Computer LaboratoryThanks to the generosity of the Federico Foundation we now have computers for the Nambale Magnet School! As technology continues to lead society's future, computers in the classroom are a common sight. For those who have used computers in the classroom, the benefits are unquestionable... [ more ]
Chicken Coop & ChickensA chicken coop or hen house is a building where female chickens are kept. Inside hen houses are often nest boxes for egg-laying and perches on which the birds can sleep, although coops for meat birds seldom have either of these features. This was another vital component to the school's farm and ecological and financial sustainability... [ more ]
Dairy Unit & Milking CowsAfter construction of the dairy unit, several cows were purchased and the school began farming activities. The dairy unit supplies fresh milk for the children daily and the excess milk is sold to the community to support the school, adding to its sustainability. The dairy unit and the school's farm is also a teaching tool enabling the students to learn about modern methods of farming and animal husbandry. [ more ]
Roof Rainwater Collection SystemIn order for the school to be functional as a boarding facility for orphaned children, the school needed a steady reliable way of providing water to the school via rainwater collection. In the interest of ecological sustainability, it was decided to harvest rainwater, store it in cisterns and pump it to a storage tank where it would be sand filtered. This solution provides the school with clean water through the dry season... [ more ]
Sand Filtration SystemWe were able to connect with a man from Seattle, Washington who travels the world installing inexpensive and efficient sand filtration systems which purify fresh rain water and run off providing clean, potable drinking water to communities. Clean water is an issue in third world countries and this provided a very sustainable solution. Sand filtration is used for the removal of suspended matter, as well as floating and sinkable particles... [ more ]
Cornerstone Project, Inc.
The Cornerstone Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that transforms and sustains marginalized communities by educating, nurturing, and empowering their most vulnerable members. Founded in 2008, the foundation is a primary benefactor the Nambale Magnet School in Western Kenya which provides education, shelter, and support for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children.
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