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About the Nambale Magnet School

The Nambale Magnet School is a residential school for vulnerable children often orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in the Nambale District of the Western Province of Kenya. Evalyn Wakhusama, a Kenyan woman who obtained her higher education in the US, is the founder of NMS and it is her vision that this school be designed and constructed in her childhood hometown in Nambale, Kenya to accommodate pre-school through 8th grade, and provides safe shelter for the vulnerable children in a loving and supportive environment. The school will eventually feature a conventional Kenyan primary educational curriculum along with an artisan program to provide education and training in specified career paths including agriculture and light industry.


Founding
Evalyn Wakhusama, a native Kenyan, came to the US in 1999, under scholarship to obtain her masters degree at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

While at Yale, the Cornerstone Project founders met Evalyn and developed a very close relationship with her during the three years she was in Connecticut.

The integrity of her intention to use her education to empower the people of her Kenyan hometown was deeply moving.

She wanted to promote self-sufficiency for those in her community who are living at extreme poverty levels -- a significant undertaking in light of current poverty level and the AIDS pandemic. [ more ]


Why Kenya?
In western Kenya, access to effective education is limited, leaving many children with little or no hope for a future. Millions live in homes with family members who are ill or dying, and have no resources for school fees or supplies and no access to education, the only route out of their impoverished existence. Support services for AIDS orphans are virtually non-existent. Their desperation is overwhelming... [ more ]


Vision and Goals
The Nambale Magnet School houses, educates and nurtures children who are orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.

Creating economic stimulus to the Nambale community, the Nambale Magnet School provides jobs and a stable future for the students and their community. The school provides a safe, nurturing environment for orphans and decreases the burden on their already strained family members... [ more ]


Construction
Construction of classrooms, residence facilities and infrastructure for 3-year olds through eighth graders has been funded and is nearing completion. The facilities are safe, clean and inviting. As the school was being built, the contractors and architects used natural resources as efficiently as possible, keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum... [ more ]


Projects
In our projects we encourage the use of ecologically sustainable approaches to preserve the environment. The specific activities and purposes to be conducted, promoted and carried out include programs and projects aimed at empowerment and education of disenfranchised people, charitable and educational services to children in crisis and services which assist the disenfranchised in achieving economic empowerment.... [ more ]


Students
Students at the Nambale Magnet School a truly the poorest of the poor, arriving at the school with one piece of clothing and no shoes. They come to the school with no resources and often need medical and dental care, and require additional assistance with clothing, school supplies – everything. 

But, after three years at the school these children excel alongside their fee-paying classmates. The Nambale Magnet School is helping to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time... [ more ]



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