School is a place for growth. I have seen so much growth in my students and myself as we have dug deep and planted the seeds of knowledge in the classroom.
I cannot think of a better example of growth than Neema Nuru Academy. Literally out of the dirt, like all good plants, the school community at Neema has blossomed. Look at how amazing the physical community looks in the picture above, but the most amazing part is the academic community.
Like American schools, Neema is faced with high stakes testing and used to be one of the lowest ranking schools in the area. Yet through the commitment of students, teachers, parents, and the community at large to growing the school, Neema was ranked in the top four schools for grades 1-4 at the end of 2013. Needless to say, the title of “Most Improved School” was a honor and a no brainer.
When I was in the village in 2012, the Neema I saw was a small, budding community of learners and teachers. Now through pictures and stories I have watched as the community blossomed and is now thriving. I cannot wait for the chance to walk through the gates of the school to be greeted by the cheerful faces of a school community and continue to share the story of growth that God has started at Neema.
Please be praying for:
- The continued growth of Neema and ending the poverty cycle in Rionchogu.
- My future students in Kenya.
- My support discovery journey to get to Neema.