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Shine the Light Kenya... Helping make a brighter future for our children.
Rungiri Primary
Our hearts are for Kenyan schools...
Mr. Joseph Ngwaci was commissioned as an elder to Rungiri in 1925.The Rungiri Church started in 1902 as one of the many evening classes started in the Kiuyu district by a Scottish missionary Minnie Cumming Watson. The church moved to a nearby location and thereafter, Joseph Ngwaci was the Chairman and First Elder, and a mason by profession. He led and participated in building the Rungiri Primary School.

These students come from almost all the 42 tribes in Kenya, to name a few, Kikuyu, Meru, Luo, Luhya, Akamba, Kisii, Embu, Maasai,kalenjin and some are from Zambia.

Their parents are economically challenged and mostly work as casual laborers, peasant farmers and some run small businesses. They earn very little and live from hand to mouth. About a quarter of the school,(200) children are orphans. They live with guardians and grandparents who can barely put food on the table.

This school at present has about seven hundred sixty (760) students in attendance. 
This school runs from grade one to eight. Each class has 48 students and the school hours are 7.00 am to 5.00 pm. 

Students' performance is greatly affected by the fact that the parents or guardians are unable to raise required resources. In 2010, in the Primary School National Exams the schools' mean score was 241 out of 500 and in 2011 it was 218.2 out of 500.This means that most of these students did not proceed to high school and most likely became casual laborers, or found other (sometimes illegal) ways of earning a living.

The government provides 250 Kenya Shillings ($2.94) or less per child (per year) which is not even enough to buy one text book. Each child needs six text books according to the different subjects taught in the school curriculum. Students also lack pencils and notebooks, and most desks are broken.

This school has numerous needs, among them water, proper toilets, activity/sports, equipment, school uniforms, shoes, a meal program, electricity, girls' personal needs and many more.

Shine the Light Kenya's main goal is to ensure that each child learns in a safe, loving environment. We hope to see them achieve high grades in national exams in order to proceed to high school and college. We know this will break the poverty cycle in this community. This will keep the light shining through education as the early missionaries and church elders envisioned years ago. 

Please join us in this challenge.