Our School News Log

Recent news + school activity

over the years.

Visit by County Regional Director of Education

On the 13th July a preparation meeting was held at Patmos Cottage School ahead of the visit by the County Regional Director of Education (RDE) on the 15th July.  The meeting was attended by Directors of APBET schools within the Hospital ward Mathare. 

APBET schools (Alternative Providers of Basic Education and Training) are a significant provider of education in Kenya; particularly in urban, informal settlements. 

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 The Founder and Director of Patmos Cottage School, Mr Richard Wanjala Manya,was the school host for this meeting.  July 2022

School Maize Farm -Update

 

In July the maize farm manager reported that this year due to insufficient rains, the bean crop has only just been planted.  The cost of fertiliser has risen significantly and is now double last year’s price.  Therefore, in an attempt to get the best results from fewer bags of fertiliser, the farm worker has had to space the maize crop out this year.  The beans  will be intercropped with the maize. The Founder of Patmos Cottage School plans to visit the school maize farm in mid August.

 

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The maize and beans grown at the school maize farm are used in the School Feeding Program.  July 2022  

The Day of the African Child

On the 11th July, 2022 two pupils from Patmos Cottage School represented the school at The Day of the African Child event which was hosted by The Alliance Francaise in Nairobi.  The theme of this event was 'Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children : Progress on Policy Practice since 2013 and promoting children's rights and welfare issues'.

 

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is celebrated at the same time every year and is a time for the world to reflect on the progress made towards children's rights, as well as the barriers they continue to face.

    

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The Day of the African Child event hosed by The Alliance Francaise in Nairobi.  July 2022

End of Term Assembly and Awards Ceremony

On the morning of 1st July, 2022, during the end of term school assembly, an awards ceremony took place for those pupils who had significantly improved their academic performance during the term.

 

In the afternoon, parents and guardians of the children were invited to attend the school where they were updated on school matters and were given the opportunity to ask questions.

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The Founder and Director of Patmos Cottage School, Mr. Richard Wanjala Manya, presenting the awards.  July 2022

School Head teachers and Directors Seminar

On the 30th June, 2022 the Headteacher of Patmos Cottage School, Peragia Masinde, alongside other school teachers, attended a seminar organised by Plan International in conjunction with AstraZeneca.  The seminar focused on awareness and the prevention of non-communicable diseases among school children.

In 2010 Plan International partnered with AstraZeneca, a global, science-led pharmaceutical company, to become a founding member of Young Health Program.  The global program empowers young people to live healthier lives and create change in their communities.  

 

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 The Head teacher, Mrs. Peragia Masinde, attended the Head teachers and Directors seminar organised by Plan International.  June 2022

The President of Orphan Outreach USA visits School

 

On the 28th June, 2022 the  President of Orphan Outreach USA, Mr. Rey Diaz, and the Vice President of Programs, Katherine Cheng visited Patmos Cottage School.  They were accompanied by Breann Schwasinger who works alongside Katherine as well as Yatima Outreach corporate staff.  The guests were given a guided tour by the Founder of the school, Mr Richard Wanjala Manya, and the Head teacher Peragia Masinde.  The visitors were very impressed with the school and the efforts of the staff to provide good educational and pastoral support to the children.  Orphan Outreach have been supporting and working alongside Patmos Cottage School  since 2012.

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In June the President of Orphan Outreach, Mr. Rey Diaz, visited Patmos Cottage School.  June 2022

Student Council General Elections

On the 10th June Patmos Cottage School held elections to appoint pupils to the Students’ Council.  Among those elected were the President, Vice President as well as  Senators and Governors for the various classes.

 

Thereafter, on the 14th June an induction session was held by the deputy Headteacher when the roles of the incoming prefects were outlined.  

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In June Student Council Elections were held at Patmos Cottage School.  June 2022 

National Research Foundation Consortium

On the 3rd and 4th June, two senior teachers from Patmos Cottage School attended the State House Girls’ Secondary School, Nairobi where a National Research Foundation (NRF) Consortium event was held. 

 

Patmos Cottage School had previously participated in a collaborative research project with NRF on enhancing mental health and psycho-social support to address the effects of covid-19 among primary and secondary schools.  Feedback from the research project was provided to the teachers and they were empowered to support pupils going forward based on the findings.

 

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Two senior teachers from Patmos Cottage School attended a National Research Foundation event.  June 2022

School Healthcare Program                   2022

On the 7th and 8th June, 2022 Dr. Daniel Busela, a local doctor in Mathare who has been supporting the children at Patmos Cottage School over many years, carried out health checks on 210 children at the school.

The children were also given oral vitamin supplements and deworming preparations.

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 Dr. Daniel Busela and his nurse carrying out health checks on the children at Patmos Cottage School. June 2022

Patmos Cottage School welcomes Mr. Stephen Spencer

 

On Friday the 3rd of June 2022, Patmos Cottage School was delighted to receive a very distinguished guest.  Mr. Stephen W. Spencer, who donated the funds for the construction of the new school building, visited the school and met with the staff and children.

Mr Spencer was accompanied by the Director of Yatima Outreach Mr Tom Wambulwa and the Founder of Patmos Cottage School, Mr. Richard Wanjala Manya.

 

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Mr. Stephen Spencer being presented with the plaque by the Founder and Director of Patmos Cottage School, Mr. Richard Wanjala Manya. June 2022

Library Books donated by Yatima Outreach.

On the 13th May, 2022 Patmos School received a consignment of Grade 6 text books from Yatima Outreach.  These books are for the pioneer Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) program. 

 

There are seven core competencies in CBC.  These are: communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, imagination and creativity, citizenship, learning to learn, self-efficacy and digital literacy.  The competencies are embedded in all the learning areas at all the levels. 

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The donation of Grade 6 text books for use in the Competency Based Curriculum at Patmos School.  May 2022 

Visitors from the USA 

On the 28th April, 2022 two visitors from the USA , David Hamitton and Mark Nsimbi spent time at Patmos School during a recent trip to Nairobi.  They are already working with a local organisation and were very interested to see the infrastructure at the school and to learn and understand more about working with vulnerable children.

Guiding the visitors through the school curriculum and programs were Tom Wambulwa of Yatima Outreach, Richard Wanjala Manya, the Founder and Director of Patmos School, and the Headmistress Peragia Masinde.

 

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The visitors from the USA met with the Founder and staff at Patmos School and spent time with the children.  April 2022

The Start of the new School Term - April 2022

In Kenya, schools resumed on 26th of April for the 2022 academic year after a 7 week school break that the government declared. During the long holiday, Patmos school organised several non-academic activities that were aimed at keeping children productively occupied during the school break.  This included a mentorship and graduate program as well as a  Vacation Bible School event amongst other activities 

 

Patmos School also continued to provide daily meals for the children under the School Feeding Program.

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 The start of the new school term.  April 2022

Congratulations to Vivian!

 

A 14 year old girl from Patmos School who in April scored the highest grades in the school in her  KCPE exams, has been offered a place in one of the most prominent girls’ schools in the country.

 

We are also delighted to report that all 13 children from Patmos School who sat their KCPE exams attained the requisite grades and were offered places in  secondary schools. We wish Vivian and all the children all the very best for their future studies.   

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This young girl from Patmos School has just been awarded a place at a prestigious secondary school in Kenya.  April 2022

Maize Farm Project 2022

During the April school break, the Founder of Patmos School, Richard Wanala Manya, visited the school maize farm.  He reported that he had been able to secure a new area with fallow land and had negotiated a cheaper rental payment for this land. The soil is arable and good for agriculture.  As the cost of fertiliser this year has doubled it was decided to rent only 4 acres of land in 2022.  

The maize and beans grown at the farm help to support the School Feeding Program.

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The 4 acres of land at the school maize farm bring prepared ahead of planting.  April 2022

Vacation Bible School

During the last week of March 2022 Patmos School children attended a Vacation Bible School (VBS).  This is an outreach event and the purpose is to incorporate themed activities that entertain children with the chance also to learn about God.

 

Vacation Bible School is a popular end of year/term activity for Christians and non-Christians alike. Churches generally run VBS for a week, and each program has its own theme that children can explore in a fun way through lessons, games and activities.

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Children of all ages from Patmos School attended the VBS event held in March 2022.

Patmos School children achieve outstanding KCPE results!

 

 In March 2022  children in the Grade 8 class at Patmos School sat their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams (KCPE).  

It is with great pride that Patmos School can announce that these children achieved amazing results in those exams and Patmos School an unprecedented mean score of 322.64

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 The pupils who in March 2022 sat their KCPE exams and achieved amazing results!

Graduation Ceremony for pupils in PP2 class

 

The Graduation Ceremony took place on 9th March, 2022 at 11.00 am. with a procession marching from outside the school compound all the way to the playground on the second floor of the school building.  It was led by the graduates, fellow pupils, parents/guardians and teachers.

The 19 graduates were aged between 6 - 7 years.

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Pupils graduating from the Infants to the Juniors at Patmos School.  March 2022

Orphan Outreach donate funds for stationery

In February with funds provided by Orphan Outreach (Yatima Outreach) pencils, rubbers and exercise books were distributed to some of the children.  The children are allocated these items as and when they are needed rather than distributing a full set of stationery to each child at the beginning of every term as used to be the case. 

This has proven to be a more cost effective way of ensuring best use of funds that are donated to the school.

 

 

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Patmos School children receiving pencils and rubbers with funds provided by Orphan Outreach.

Parents/Teachers Evening at end of term.

At the end of term, the Head teacher and staff at Patmos School organised a Parents/Teachers evening for the parents and guardians of Patmos School children.

 

Present at that meeting were the Founder of Patmos School Mr. Richard Wanjala Manya together with the Head teacher Mrs. Peragia Masinde and heads of departments.  The head of the school  social work department was also in attendance as well as the Yatima Outreach High School Sponsorship officer and the local village Elder.

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A parents/teachers evening was held at Patmos School at the end of term.  

End off Term School Ceremony

 

On the 4th March, 2022 Patmos School children had a fun day at the End of Term Closing Ceremony.

 

Staff had organised lots of activities for the children including poetry recital, dancing and singing.

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 Patmos School children had a fun day on the last day of term.

Prayer Service held for pupils sitting KCPE exams

 

In February a Prayer Service was held at Patmos School for those pupils in the Grade 8 class who were sitting their KCPE exams. The service was attended by parents and guardians of the children.  The children expressed confidence and had high hopes of performing well in the exams.

To help best prepare the pupils for these important exams, teachers have been running Saturday classes at Patmos School.  This was to ensure that the pupils had all covered the syllabus in full and to allow for revision of subjects.

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A Prayer Service was held for those pupils sitting their KCPE exams.

Orphan Outreach donate funds for school uniforms

In February with funds provided by Orphan Outreach (Yatima Outreach) school uniforms and warm sweaters were distributed to those children who were most in need of a new uniform. 

 

In total 15 dresses, 9 shirts,  6 pairs of shorts and 22 woollen sweaters were given to the children.  All these items of uniform were made by local people in Mathare.

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Some of the Patmos School children wearing their new school uniforms.  February 2022

Officials from MOE carry out Covid 19 impact survey

On the 17th February, 2022  officials from the Ministry of Education in Kenya attended Patmos School to carry out a quality assessment exercise.  This was  in connection with Covid 19 impact data they are collecting from schools in the Nairobi region. 

 

Pupils and staff were all asked to participate in the assessment procedure and were encouraged to give their experiences of how the covid 19 pandemic impacted them.  

 

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Officials from the Ministry of Education engaging with pupils at Patmos School during their quality assessment visit.

Strategic Planning Workshop February 2022

 

On the 10th February, 2022 a Strategic Planning Workshop (School Strategic Plan, Development and Methodology) was held at ACK Guest House in Nairobi.   Leaders and Heads of Departments from ACK Madeleine School in Bungoma, The Naroshi Foundation in Narok and Patmos School (Yatima Outreach) in Nairobi attended this workshop. 

Mr. Ombado who is an expert and consultant in strategic planning for community organisations presided over the event. 

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 Bishop George Mechumo, Leaders and Heads of Departments who attended the Strategic Planning Workshop in February.

The Start of a New School Term - January 2022

 

The new school term commenced on the 4th January, 2022.  Patmos School children and staff were happy to be back at school after a short break.

Because of the disruption to the normal school calendar as a result of the covid-19 pandemic these past two years, this term will be slightly shorter than usual with schools closing on the 4th March.  The end of term exams will take place at the end of February.

We wish all the pupils and staff well for the 2022 school year!

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Patmos School Children happy to be back at school in January 2022.

School Maize Farm Project 2022

In November 2021 a total of 87 x 90Kg bags of maize were harvested at the school maize farm.  The maize and beans which are grown at the farm are used in the School Feeding Program at Patmos School.

 

This year the school will continue to rent 5 acres of land and the maize will be intercropped with beans.  

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Founder and Administrator of Patmos School, Richard Wanjala Manya, with some of the sacks of maize.

End of Year Staff Meeting and Party.  

On 17th December 2021 Patmos School staff held an end of year meeting at which each member of staff was encouraged to share their thoughts, observations and recommendations.

 

There were closing speeches from the Headteacher, deputy Headteacher, Head of Social Work, Assistant Administrator and the Head cook. 

 

All staff were served with snacks and  lunch to celebrate the  end of the school year.

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Patmos School staff attending the End of Year Meeting and Party.

End of Year Parents Meeting and Staff Awards

 

On 17th December, 2021 Patmos School held a parents meeting at the school from 2pm-4pm.

 

As well as discussing matters of school policy and pupil and school academic performance, awards were presented to members of staff in recognition of long service and dedication to the school.

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 Parents and Guardians attending the Parents Meeting and Staff Awards at Patmos School.

Kenya National Education Council organise Projects

During the last week of term various activities and projects were organised by the Ministry of Education through the Kenya National Examinations Council   (KNEC)  country wide for Grades 3, 4 and 5.

 

The projects included cultural activities outlining the importance of a wholesome diet, this was done using traditional songs and dances and improvised market scenes.

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Patmos School children enacting a traditional market scene.

Patmos School Christmas Party 2021

On Saturday 18th December, 2021 Patmos School held the Christmas party.  In total 206 children attended this event as well as school staff.

 

A wonderful day was had by everyone and events included face painting, singing, traditional dance and dance competitions and culminating in a lovely meal.

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Children and staff at Patmos School enjoying the Christmas party.

Patmos School Healthcare Program December 2021

 

On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th December, 2021 Dr Daniel Okal Busela, a local doctor in Mathare, carried out the second of the twice yearly health checks on children at Patmos School.  In total the doctor and his nurse examined 181 pupils.

 

The children were also given oral vitamin supplements and deworming preparations.

 

  

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 Patmos School children receiving health checks from Dr Dan and his nurse.  December 2021

Orphan Outreach supporters donate funds for text books

 

On the 30th November with funds donated by Orphan Outreach supporters a supply of text books were purchased.  There were sufficient quantities of text books to ensure every child in each of the Grades were able to access a copy.  Story books were purchased for  children in the younger classes.  We are delighted to report that the school library is now well stocked and children and teachers have no problem accessing school text books. 

 

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Headmistress of Patmos School, Mrs. Peragia Masinde (right) receiving text books from Yatima Outreach staff.

Two day Team-Building and Leadership Skills event.

On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November, 2021 there was a Two Day Team-Building Event which was organised by Yatima Outreach for the Management and Heads of Department at Patmos School.  The event took place at Ufungamano and Oak place respectively and members consisted of a team from Yatima Outreach and Patmos School and Yatima Corporate office staff and ACK Madeleine School from Bungoma. 

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Staff from Yatima Outreach, Patmos School and ACK Madeleine School, Bungoma attend two day Team-Building Event. 

Daystar University Nairobi run Two Day Training event

 In October a team from Daystar University, Nairobi  visited Patmos School and conducted a two day training event focused on Child Protection in the interest of safeguarding the school children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect.  The target group for this training was Patmos School teachers and social workers.

 

The event ran from the 4th – 6th October 2021 and the sessions comprised of lectures as well as practical sessions. A total of 20 staff attended this training event.

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Teachers and Social Workers from Patmos School with their Champions of Child Protection Certificates.

Children receive new school uniforms

 

On the 30th September, 2021 Orphan Outreach supporters kindly provided funds for school uniforms for some of the children who desperately needed new school sweaters, dresses, shirts and shorts. 

 

In total 35 pairs of shorts, 20 dresses, 12 shirts and 20 sweaters were distributed to children.  

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 Orphan Outreach supporters fund school uniforms for some of the children.  September 2021

Women in Action visit Patmos School

 

On the 24th September, 2021 a team from Women in Action (WIA), an organisation which is based in South Africa, visited Patmos School. 

The month of September was 'Cancer Awareness Month' and the team from WIA were visiting schools and colleges throughout the region with the aim of promoting cancer awareness with a particular focus on cervical cancer.

 

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Women in Action visit Patmos School during Cancer Awareness month.  September 2021

Patmos School Feeding Program.  July 2021 

At Patmos School under the School Feeding Program we aim to provide  all children with a breakfast of porridge and a daily meal.  At the start of the new school term in July 2021 Patmos School introduced boiled eggs into the diet.  Currently once a month all the children receive boiled eggs as well as porridge for their breakfast. School meals protect vulnerable children from hunger and offer a regular source of nutrients essential for the mental and physical development of young children. A full stomach gives children an opportunity to focus on learning at school.

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A pupil at Patmos School receiving a boiled egg for breakfast.  The children are also served a bowl of porridge. 

The Start of a New School Term - July 2021

Lessons resumed at Patmos School on the 26th July, 2021.  Because of the disruption to the school learning calendar in 2020 as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the first term will finish on the 1st October, 2021. 

There are currently 12 teaching staff at Patmos School, including the Headmistress Peragia Masinde.  This term 32 new children were enrolled at the school in July taking the total number of pupils to 209 (115 girls and 94 boys).

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Headmistress Peragia Masinde and the teaching staff at Patmos School.  July 2021

Grade 8 Pupils graduate to Secondary School

Patmos School pupils in the Grade 8 class received their results from the KCPE exams which they sat in May.  We are pleased to say that in July they were all  awarded placements at secondary schools.  With the help of supporters from Orphan Outreach, as well as sponsors from the United Kingdom, who helped to fund secondary school tuition fees as well as uniforms, stationery and books, all these children were able to continue with their studies into higher education.

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 Grade 8 pupils receiving stationery and other items ahead of commencing their studies at secondary school.

Presentation Ceremony on last day of term

 

In July Founder/Administrator of Patmos School Richard Wanjala Manya addressed the pupils and staff.  He delivered a speech designed to encourage and motivate the children to make good use of their time at home before the resumption of studies.   Richard then proceeded to present certificates to children in all age groups who had worked particularly hard this last term to improve their grades.

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Founder and Administrator of Patmos School, Richard Wanjala Manya addressing pupils at a presentation ceremony on the last day of term.

Medics Without Borders visit Patmos School

 Patmos School was grateful to Medics Without Borders (MSF) who recently sent a community outreach team to the school.  The team conducted a week long event on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and children from all the classes were involved in  age appropriate sessions.  MSF have been working on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in  Mathare for over a decade.

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Medics Without Borders visit Patmos School to deliver Gender Based Violence awareness event.

Patmos School children play scrabble

In July Patmos School purchased some board games for the children to play including snakes and ladders and scrabble.

It is hoped that by playing these games and teaching in a fun way, it will help to improve the children's spelling and their numeracy skills.

 

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Patmos School  children playing scrabble with their teacher.  July 2021

Headteacher's Report

July 2021

In November 2020 Patmos School were delighted to welcome Mrs. Peragia Masinde as the new Headteacher.  

To read her report on her experiences in the old school building and the transformation to learning the new school has brought, please click below.

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 Headteacher Peragia Masinde who joined Patmos School in November 2020.  

Student Council Elections 

 

In June 2021 Patmos School held Student Council Elections. Children were nominated and put their names forward on a chart for the various positions to be filled, namely President, Vice-President as well as departmental prefects.

Children were eligible to vote from the Grade 1 class to Grade 7.  One of the aims of the Student Council is to develop leadership skills.

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In June 2021 Patmos School held Student Council Elections.

Patmos School Healthcare Program May 2021 

 On 20th May, 2021 Dr. Daniel Okal Busela and his nurse Joy visited Patmos School where they carried out  health checks on 172 children.  The children were checked for signs of malnutrition and for those children who were found to be suffering from minor ailments such as fungal infections, they were prescribed the necessary medication.  

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Dr. Daniel Okal Busela and his nurse Joy carrying out health checks at Patmos School May 2021.

Patmos School distributes water to families in local community

Patmos School is still playing a vital role in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing access to the school bore hole to families.

 

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Patmos School distributing water from the school bore hole to families in the community.  April 2021

Computer lessons at Patmos School April 2021

We are delighted to report that with funds kindly donated by Orphan Outreach supporters, Patmos School now has internet connection and a number of computers and is able to include computer classes in the school curriculum for the first time.

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 Computer lessons at Patmos School.  

Vacation Bible School 

 

During the last week of April 2021, pupils at Patmos School attended a Vacation Bible School event at the school.

Vacation Bible School, or VBS, is a fun-filled program many churches offer, usually during the summer (“vacation”) months, to connect with the children and families in their communities.

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Children at Patmos School attending a Vacation Bible School class.  April 2021

Easter break at Patmos School 

On Friday 26th March, 2021 Patmos School children started their Easter school break having completed their first term in the new Patmos School building.

This will be an extended school break this year with schools not returning until 10th May, 2021. In Kenya the  Grade 8 pupils will be sitting their KCPE exams in April and schools will be used as examination centres.

We give thanks to the teaching staff and all the staff at Patmos School for their hard work and dedication. 

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Headmistress Peragia Masinde and the teaching staff at Patmos School.

Patmos School children return to school 

On the 4th January, 2021 Patmos School children were delighted to be able to resume their education in the brand new Patmos School building.

 

To read about the incredible journey Patmos School has taken from its humble beginnings to the present purpose built school building, please click on the below link:

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The new Patmos School building which was completed in the autumn of 2020.

Patmos School Christmas party

On the 8th December 2020 Patmos School organised a Christmas party for the school children and staff.

The party was held in the brand new Patmos School building.  To read all about the event and to see some wonderful photos please click on the link below:

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 Patmos school children enjoying their Christmas meal and delighted with their presents which were donated by Orphan Outreach. 

Patmos School Maize Farm Update

At the end of December 2020, Richard Wanjala Manya visited the school maize farm and reported that a total of 53 x 90Kg bags of maize and 2 x 90Kg bags of beans had been harvested.  

The Covid 19 restrictions which have been in place throughout Kenya in 2020 have impacted some farming activities and this has unfortunately resulted in a reduced harvest for 2020. 

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Photo of Richard Wanjala Manya with the maize crop which was harvested in December 2020.

UK Supporter donates funds for food

 In November with funds received from a supporter in the UK, the school was able to purchase 106 x 2kg bags of maize flour and 106 x 1kg bags of rice.  The school was able to distribute food bags to over 100 families.

During the lock down, Patmos School has continued to provide food, water and other essential items to families of the school children.

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Patmos School distributes bags of maize flour and rice to families.  Our thanks to the kind donor who made this possible.

International Photographer Ronnie Mosley from the USA visits Patmos School

In October 2020 renowned photographer, Ronnie Mosley from the USA who is a good friend of Orphan Outreach, visited Patmos School and spent several days meeting with some of the children and their families as well as members of staff. 

 

During his time in Mathare, Ronnie took videos and photographs of the children in the new Patmos School building which was completed this year.

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Photographer Ronnie  Mosley from the USA visited Patmos School in October 2020.

Joy FM Radio Station listeners raise funds for meals.

In September, listeners of 99.1 Joy FM in Missouri participated in an on-air fundraiser to provide meals to families in Latin America and Kenya. Orphan Outreach USA  were overwhelmed by their generosity and have distributed thousands of meals to children and families affected by COVID in Guatemala, Honduras, and Kenya, including Patmos School. 

The food parcels were distributed to families at Patmos School and each bag had a personal message label from the donors to the recipient families.

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 Donors from the USA funded food parcels for families in Mathare.  

Parents Teacher Association

meeting held in September

On the 25th September, 2020 a Parents/Teacher Association meeting was held at the new Patmos School building.  Over 100 parents and guardians attended the event.

In September some of the classes were able to return to school.  Teachers devised safe systems of tuition at the school which enabled a small number of children to receive instruction at different times of the day. 

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Parents and Guardians attending the Parent/Teacher Association meeting at the new Patmos School building in September 2020

Patmos School Maize Farm Update

Unfortunately this year with the covid-19 restrictions in place throughout Kenya which limited movement of people and transport, farming activities have been severely impacted.  This has meant that instead of cultivating 6 acres of crops we have only been able to plant maize and beans on 3 acres of land. 

The first bean harvest earlier in the year  yielded 2 x 90Kg bags of beans.  The maize is due to be harvested in late October.

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Photo of the maize crop taken in late August 2020

Patmos School provides much needed Breakfast of Porridge

In September Patmos School re-commenced providing a daily breakfast of porridge for at least 50 school children.  They also increased the amounts of food being distributed to families in the community which take place twice a week.

Under the Covid-19 restrictions schools are currently closed in Kenya.

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 Patmos School is providing a breakfast of porridge to some of the most vulnerable children during school closures in Kenya.

Patmos School - update on new school building

 In July and August work progressed at speed  with the installation of the solar panels on the roof being completed.  The carpenter finished work on the classroom shelves and kitchen cupboards and delivery was taken of school desks,  chairs  and benches.

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Solar panels have been erected on the roof of the new Patmos School building.

Patmos School Children receive Health Checks

On the 13th August, 2020 a total of 152 children from Patmos School were seen by Dr Daniel Okal Busela in the hall of the temporary school building  where they each received a health check  as well as oral vitamin supplements and

de-worming preparations. 

 

Dr Daniel who was assisted by his nurse Carolyne and teachers, diagnosed 36 children with fungal infections and the children were given treatment for those conditions.

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Dr Daniel Okal Busela giving health checks to Patmos School children. 

Patmos School Teachers organise assessment tests

During the period 20th July through to 10th August, 2020 the teachers at Patmos School conducted assessment exams for all the school children.  Because of the social distancing restrictions which are still in place in Kenya, the school organised three sessions a day at the temporary school building during which three children from each of the 11 classes could sit the exams at given times.  The results of these exams will help the teachers determine those areas of the curriculum that need to be focused on when the Distance Learning Program resumes in September.

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Patmos School children attending for assessment tests and instruction in the temporary school hall.

Patmos School reaches out to Families in Mathare with further Food and Water Distributions 

 

In June, July and August further supplies of rice, flour and water were distributed to families of Patmos School children as well as families in the Mathare 4B District.  

School social workers also organised counselling sessions for some of the older pupils.

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 Photograph showing families receiving water supplies from the school bore hole.  

Distance Learning Prog and Pupil Support during Covid-19 alert

 

During this time of temporary school closure, as well as providing outreach support in the community in respect of food and water supplies, the Headmaster together with the teachers and school social workers have also  continued to try and  provide a holistic approach to ensuring the general well-being of the children.  Teachers have also tried to ensure wherever possible that the children have sufficient revision and  home work to do whilst the school is closed.  

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A pupil receiving home work from one of the teachers under the Patmos School Distance Learning Prog.

UK Sponsor donates funds to Patmos School for food

In June, a long standing UK supporter who has been sponsoring a pupil at Patmos School for many years, kindly donated funds to enable the purchase of 10 large sacks of flour, each sack contained 12 x 2Kg bags of flour.  The 2kg bags  were then distributed to families of Patmos School children. Patmos School is incredibly grateful for this donation which has made a huge difference to the children, many of whom only receive one meal a day when the school is closed.

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The 2Kg bags of sifted maize flour being distributed to families in Mathare.

Rice Distribution to families of Patmos School children

On 13th and 14th May  the Headmaster organised further distributions of  rice to families of Patmos School children.  In total 80 families received 2Kg of rice each.

Since the Kenyan government ordered the temporary closure of schools on 15th March, 2020 the Headmaster and his team have been actively supporting  people in the community. 

 

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Rice being distributed to families in the Mathare 4B District.

Additional land purchased for Patmos School

 

In April with funding received from an Orphan Outreach supporter, an additional piece of land was purchased for Patmos School.   The land is situated adjacent to the new school building and will provide much needed additional space for the school.  

 

Land for sale in Mathare does not come on the market very often and therefore it was important to purchase this land for the future security of the school.

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 Photograph showing the area of land which has just been purchased.  The dilapidated shack will be demolished.  

Food, Sanitisers and Soap Distribution to Families in Mathare

 On the 15th March, 2020 the Kenyan government, in response to the threat of coronavirus , ordered that primary  and secondary schools be closed with immediate effect.  

Since Patmos School temporarily closed  the Headmaster and staff  have been reaching out to the families  of the school children with food supplies, hand sanitisers and bars of soap.

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The temporary school building is currently being used as a distribution centre for food, sanitisers and soap for families in the community in Mathare.

Update on new Patmos School building

We are delighted to report that work on the new Patmos School building has been progressing well over the last few months.  There is still some internal work that needs to be completed before the school can officially open but we can confirm that the third floor playground has now been completed.  

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The new Patmos School building due to be completed soon.

Ecology and Conservation trip to Giraffe Centre

On Friday 13th March, 2020 a total of 48 children from Patmos School, accompanied by 1 teacher and 1 school social worker, went on an Ecology and Conservation trip to the Giraffe Centre in Nairobi. 

 

Each year the Education department at the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (Kenya) AFEW, allocate places free of charge to school children who would otherwise not be able to take part in such trips. The Ecology excursion is a special and exciting day’s outing for the children. It starts with a trip to the Nairobi National Park and Animal Orphanage.

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Patmos School children enjoying an educational visit to The Giraffe Centre in Nairobi.

After School Clubs at Patmos School

 

In February 2020 a Scouts Club was formed at Patmos School.  The club is aimed at instilling the fundamental basics of Scouting  in the young person and fostering the spirit of fellowship,  respect for God, and patriotism. The scout movement is  dedicated to building character and giving young people the skills to be better people and citizens. 

Patmos School runs many after school clubs including an Environment club and a Music and Drama club.

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 Patmos School children attending the newly formed  Scouts Club.

Orphan Outreach and individual donors help former pupils attend secondary school

 We are delighted to report that all the children from the Grade 8 class last year have now taken up places at secondary schools.  Our thanks to Orphan/Yatima Outreach for providing some financial assistance to help these students with their secondary school fees and requirements.   We are also extremely grateful to those individual sponsors who have supported children at Patmos School and who continue to help those children with their secondary school fees.

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Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya, parents and some of the former Patmos School pupils who started secondary school this year.

Registration of Patmos School with the MOE

On the 21st February, 2020 the Headmaster finally received notification from the government that Patmos School has now been officially registered with the Ministry of Education as a private primary school.  

It has taken Headmaster Richard and his colleagues a lot of hard work to achieve this registration certificate but it now means that the school can go ahead and register as an examination centre which will enable the children in the Grade 8 class to sit their KCPE exams at Patmos School.

 

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The Grade 8 children who will be sitting their KCPE exams this year.

Parents/Teacher Meeting

On the 24th January, 2020 the first ever Parents/Teacher Association meeting took place at Patmos School.    Present at the meeting were over 100 parents/guardians together with teachers, school social workers and community leaders.  Parents of newly enrolled children were also invited and were made aware of the school rules and regulations.

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The Headmaster addressing the parents and guardians at the PTA meeting.

Dedication Ceremony for the new Patmos School

On Monday 20th January, 2020 a Dedication Ceremony was held in Mathare for the new Patmos School building.   There is still some work on the new school that needs completing before the children can finally move in,  but it is hoped that it will be ready by May when the official opening ceremony will take place.  

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 His Grace, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit presided over the Dedication Ceremony for the new Patmos School Building.

Donation of stationery and other items

 In January at the start of the new  year Orphan Outreach kindly donated supplies of stationery and food to the school. There was also a donation of under garments for the children which were donated by a kind supporter of Orphan Outreach.

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Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya with some of the stationery supplies.

Donation of School Uniforms and Shoes

In January with funds donated by a kind  supporter of Orphan Outreach the Headmaster was able to purchase school uniforms and shoes.  In total 174 pairs of shoes and socks were distributed to the school children as well as 84 sets of school uniforms.  The girls received a dress and warm sweater and the boys a school shirt, pair of shorts and a sweater.

 

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Patmos School children of all ages received uniforms and shoes.

Maize and Bean harvest 2019

In late December the Headmaster visited the school maize farm and reported that the total harvest from the farm for 2019 yielded 106 x 90Kg bags of maize and 2 x 90Kg bags of beans. 

 

Some of the maize will be used in the School Feeding Programme and the rest will be sold to raise funds to finance the land rental for 2020 and the purchase of fertiliser.  

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To read about the background to the school maize farm click here

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Some of the 106 x 90Kg bags of maize harvested in 2019.

Christmas Party held at school

On  the 6th December, 2019 Patmos Junior School hosted the annual Christmas party for the school children.  It was indeed a colourful and enjoyable event.  Nancy and Carolyn the school cooks, purchased the food items for the party from the local markets, these included rice, chicken, beef, flour, oil, and potatoes.  They also bought ingredients to enable them to make a special pilau  and chapatis which are favourites of the children. 

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Patmos Junior School children enjoying a special Christmas dinner.

Update on new School Building

 In November work was progressing well on the construction of the new  building with the plastering of walls and installation of windows well underway.

We are delighted to announce that the Dedication Ceremony of the new Patmos Junior School  will take place on 20th January, 2020 at 10.00 am.

 

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The plastering of the classrooms walls is well underway.

Combined Graduation and Farewell Party

On the 31st October, 2019 Patmos School held a combined  "Graduation and Farewell Party".  The graduation party was for those children progressing from the pre-school to primary school in January 2020 and the farewell party was for the 12 children in the Grade 8 class who sat  their KCPE exams last week and who will be  leaving Patmos School at the end of the year.

The school was decorated for this special occasion and brightly coloured gowns had been hired for the event.  Each child received a graduation certificate. 

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The children with their Graduation Certificates.

School Healthcare Program

On  the 27th and 28th November, 2019  133 children at Patmos School attended at the clinic of Dr Daniel Okal Busela in Mathare where they each received a health check-up  as well as oral vitamin supplements and deworming preparations.

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Dr Daniel Okal Busela administering oral vitamin supplements to one of the children.

Visit from Parklands Baptist Church

 On the 25th October, 2019 members from the Parklands Baptist Church Nairobi visited Patmos School. 

 

The team was led by Walter and three teachers from the church accompanied him.  During their time at the school they donated several Bibles as well as other reading materials which illustrated the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

 

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The Headmaster receiving Bibles and other reading materials from members of the Parklands Baptist Church.

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Rey Diaz advising the teaching staff on the writing of profiles for the school children.

Patmos School Build Project Update October

The Clerks of Work has reported that with regard to the main school building that progress has been made on the main structure and that they are currently preparing to cast the second floor slab next week. 

The foundations and columns have also been completed for the tank tower and that the construction work is also progressing well.

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The new Patmos School building is progressing well.

School Trip to the National Museum of Kenya

On the 11th October, 2019 a total of 44 pupils from the Grade 4 to Grade 7 classes went on an educational school trip and visited  the National Museum of Kenya and  the Snake Orphanage.  The children were accompanied by 5 teachers and one of the school social workers.

 

In the National Museum the children were able to learn about the history of Kenya including information about the migration of different communities in Kenya.  There was also an archive of the wildlife and birds of East Africa.

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Children from the Grade 4 to Grade 7 classes visiting the National Museum of Kenya.

Combined Birthday Celebration Event

 On the 4th October, 2019 a party was organised to celebrate the birthdays of those children who were born between September and December. As part of the celebrations the children were to enjoy a special meal  which consisted of  rice, meat and potatoes.  Two large birthday cakes had also been baked for the occasion and three children assisted by one of the teachers  were given the honour of cutting the cake and blowing out the candles. 

 

The main school room at the temporary school building was decorated with banners and balloons.

 

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Some of the children who were celebrating their birthdays about to enjoy a slice of birthday cake.

Orphan Outreach donate funds for stationery.

In August Orphan Outreach kindly provided the fund s for the Headmaster to purchase the third term’s stationery requirement. 

The  items bought included exercise books, pens, pencils,  chalk, crayons and paper.

Orphan Outreach have been supporting the school for many years now and without their help and funding the school would not have the resources to be able to provide a good standard of education.

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Some of the children with the stationery supplies provided by Orphan Outreach.

Headmaster visits goat farm

During the recent school break the Headmaster visited the goat farm to check on the health of the goats.  Three of the goats were due to give  birth in September.  With funds raised so far this year from milk that has already been sold on the farm, the Headmaster plans to purchase school uniforms for some of the children at the school whose uniforms are in disrepair. 

The uniforms will be made by the women in the Patmos Women's Tailoring group which is an income generating initiative set up to help mothers and guardians of children at the school.

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The Headmaster visiting the goat farm in September 2019

Headmaster visits school maize farm

 During the summer school break, the Headmaster visited the school maize farm to check on the progress of the maize and bean crops.  In previous years we have been able to plant two seasons of beans, one in the spring and one in the autumn.  However,  as there were heavy rains in May the first bean crop was delayed and subsequently not planted as farmers in the region were predicting a poor bean harvest.   The second season bean plant is now under way and it is anticipated that the beans will be harvested this year at the same time as the maize sometime in October/November.

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Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya inspecting the maize crop.

Orphan Outreach fund school uniforms and sweaters

In August 2019 Orphan Outreach provided vital funds for much needed school uniforms and sweaters.  The school uniforms will be made by the Patmos Women's Tailoring Group and the sweaters are knitted by a local woman in Mathare.  In total 59 children will receive a warm school sweater, 10 girls will receive a new school dress and 17 boys will receive a new shirt. 

 

The Patmos Women's Tailoring Group is an income generating initiative which was set up in 2014 to help some of the mothers/guardians of children at the school earn a living.

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Members of the Patmos Women's Tailoring Group

Patmos School Build Project

We are delighted to report that  by  August much progress had been achieved on site and the Headmaster reported that work on the  ground floor walls had been completed and that the next stage would be the casting of the first floor.The second phase of the school building work is due to commence shortly.

 

Both Mike Douris, the President of Orphan Outreach and Amy Norton the Co-Founder and Vice President of  Strategic Partnerships  at Orphan Outreach visited Patmos School in July and they were able to have substantive discussions with the architects, clerk of works and contractors at that site .The new school building is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

 

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An aerial view of the new school building in August 2019

After School Clubs

 At Patmos School the teachers run several after school clubs including a Debating Club, a Music and Drama Club and an Environmental Club.  The teachers continue to provide a Sports and Games Club at the temporary school despite the lack of outside space.  There is also a Photographic Club  which is run by the Mwelu Foundation. 

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The Music and Drama Club, children performing a traditional dance.

Medical Mission Camp at Patmos School

 On the  15th and 16th July, 2019 Patmos School were delighted to receive a team of 26 visitors from the USA.  Among the team were 4 doctors.  A large tent had been hired for the occasion.   The children received vaccinations and  medications for minor ailments where necessary. 

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Some of the members of the Medical Mission group engaging with the children.

Visit by members from The Green House Church USA

On the 8th and 9th July, 2019 members of the Green House Church USA visited Patmos School.  During their time there they conducted teacher training sessions as well as Vacation Bible School classes.  The team also engaged with the children in Craft lessons and played games with them.

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Members from The Green House Church USA conducting teacher training sessions at Patmos School.

Visit by Amy Norton (Orphan Outreach) and Mission Group

In early July Amy Norton, the Co-Founder and Vice President of  Strategic Partnerships  at Orphan Outreach, visited Patmos School with  a Mission Team comprising teachers  and other members from the USA.  During their time at the school the group conducted Vocational Bible Study Classes  as well as engaging with the children in outdoor games.   They also ran craft lessons where the children were given a plain cloth bag and encouraged to personalise it as well as making hats and other fun items. The visit also provided an opportunity for Amy to check on the progress of the new school build project. 

 

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Amy Norton with the Mission Team from the USA

School Trip to Tigoni Forest

On Wednesday 5th June, 2019 which was World Environment Day,  Claire Nasike  Founder of The Hummingbird Foundation took a group of 20  children from Patmos School to an environmental event which was held at the UNEP  (United Nations Environment Program) Centre in Nairobi.  A teacher from Patmos School accompanied Claire and the children. 

 

During the day the children were taken for an educational walk through the forest where they were taught about the various seedlings and  trees.  They also had the opportunity to plant some trees.  Read more

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The children received an educational talk as they walked through the Tigoni Forest.

New School Building Under Construction

On the 14th April, 2019 after all the necessary legal documents and contracts had been signed by all stakeholders, construction work finally commenced on the building of a new, permanent school for Patmos school children.

Before the work started on the demolition of the old school structure and the digging of the foundations, a prayer ceremony was held on the school site which is commonly known as ‘Groundbreaking Prayers’.   Read more

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The Headmaster together with the  Country Representative –Kenya of Orphan Outreach, the Quantity Surveyor, the architect, the engineer, the contractor, the Elder and the Head boy and Head girl from Patmos School.

UK Supporter donates funds for steel plates 

On the 10th April, 2019 with funds sent by a kind donor from the UK, the Headmaster was able to purchase 120 durable steel plates for use by the school children.  Under the School Feeding Programme, Patmos School provides a breakfast of porridge for the children as well as a daily meal of maize and beans.

This kind donor and his family have been supporting the school for several years and have in the past taken part in a Christmas Day Charity Swim to raise funds for the school.

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The Headmaster with some of the steel plates.

Patmos School Children receive health checks 

On the 2nd and 3rd April, 2019, local doctor, Dr.Daniel Okal Busela, carried out health checks on a total of 134 children from Patmos School and administered a course of de-worming tablets as well as oral vitamin supplements to the children. The doctor indicated that in general the health of the majority of the children was quite good.  However, 18 children were found to be suffering from medical conditions including malaria, URTIs and fungal infections.  The children  received treatment for those conditions and will be closely monitored by the doctor in the coming days and weeks.  Read more