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Corner of Hope – New Canaan started Term 2 with 140 children in the Children’s House environments and 20 in Elementary. Whilst the Certificate of Registration is pending, the school...

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The autumn term saw an increase in the number of children at the school at New Canaan: 140 in the Children’s House and 12 in Elementary, bringing to a total of 152. With the school...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Loise’s presentation brought to light the challenges facing girls in Kenya in relation to receiving education. Loise began working at Senior Chief Mutunke Primary School, a rural government run school. The school building was an unstable structure that had 3 toilets that were shared between 91 children, 10 teachers and 3 additional workers at the school. After six months, the building collapsed leaving 91 children without a structure. Loise’s first priority was the safety of the children, as well as being concerned about them being prone to infection and disease. Parents in the community were earning between $10 and $ 50 per month and when approached for fees, would often remove their children from the school. Through fundraising and donations, Loise acquired timber, iron sheeting and stones to rebuild the school. Out of several proposals that she sent out, only 2 received a response. This did not deter her from her goals for her community. Noticing that girls would have regular absenteeism once a month, Loise found out that when the girls were menstruating they were staying at home, effectively missing an average of 40 school days per year. Government provided the school with sanitary pads, however they fell short on delivery. Again, Loise approached her friends and organized delivery of sanitary pads in six month intervals for the girls. The positive ripple effects of having these items provided was that when government finally did deliver sanitary pads, they could be sent home to be provided to the mothers who also cannot afford to buy the products for themselves. Currently the campus consists of 5 classrooms and an admin block with extra toilets provided.
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The school in New Canaan started the summer term with 133 children in the Children’s House and 9 in Elementary. More children will be ready to move into elementary in the autumn term by which time...

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The children of Corner of Hope tell a poem about learning with the Montessori materials.
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Naomi Wangui talks to Lynne Lawrence about the new Montessori school in Kisima-Njoro
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Samwell Njoroge speaks about the children of Corner of Hope.
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The Children of Class C of Corner of Hope present a short rhyme.
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The Corner of Hope is a pilot project to help vulnerable people such as those in refugee, transit and IDP Camps build a community using the principles of the Montessori approach. It is based on an ethos of self-reliance not dependence, community not school, self ownership and control, dignity and self worth which all play an important role in overcoming the effects of trauma experienced by the inhabitants of the camps. It has the added advantage of building for the future and creating transferable skills that will accompany both adults and children wherever their final destination may be. The initial project includes a school for 520 children within the Transit Camp in New Canaan, near Nakuru. The following video shows the construction of the school, training of the teachers, provision of the Montessori materials and joy of the children.
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Children work with Montessori materials in one of the Corner of Hope classrooms.
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