ST. JOHN SIGOWET SECONDARY SCHOOL

ELDORET, KENYA

A quote from a student, “ You have helped me from nowhere to somewhere….”

 

St. Paul's Anglican Church, Rothesay, has been raising funds to help finance the growth of Sigowet Elementary School in Eldoret, Kenya since 2006. Our relationship started with Rev. Sam Githinji's visit to Rothesay followed by the enthusiasm of his friends at St. Paul's supporting his idea of a better life through education for the many orphans in his home area of Kenya.

 HISTORY 

When the Rev. Samuel Githinji Wamahiu  first came to Canada in 1998 he spent a month in Rothesay, making many friends, before returning to Kenya. He came back to Canada in 2001 on a two year scholarship to Trinity College of the University of Toronto, graduating with a Master of Theology degree in 2003.  

 

Recognizing the plight of the many orphans left by AIDS and extreme poverty in the very poor part of Kenya where he grew up – particularly the girls who were often left to fend for themselves or married off very early, leaving them open to abuse and the continuation of disease - he wanted to give them a chance through education for a better life.

 

It quickly became the dream of a whole community. A plot of land, with no water, was donated by their church. A committee made from members of different tribes was formed. Rocks were crushed by hand and water carried by donkey cart for 5 km.  As 60% of Kenyans exist on $1.00/day and bricks cost 15 cents apiece it was a long process that required plenty of faith, hope and determination.  In late 2007 Sigowet Secondary School opened with 4 students!

 

Following the terrible carnage after the election in early 2008 the infant school was forced to close. Many people were in hiding and there was no money to pay the teachers.

 

In March 2009 the school was able to reopen with the encouragement of funds raised by Rev. Sam’s friends at St. Paul’s, Rothesay.  The building of two more classrooms was started and 25 students were sponsored.

 

In 2011 a girls’ dormitory was opened. It can accommodate 52 girls (six bunks to a cubicle). Girls who had to walk 2 ½ hours each way every day now have a place to stay with 3 meals a day.

 

Work is gradually coming to an end on a Dining Hall and permanent kitchen. Two large water tanks were installed in the Fall of 2013 so clean water is now available.

 

In Spring 2013 the first graduation took place with 36 graduates-19 of whom were fully sponsored by St. Paul’s!  2014 is the first year for all four years of secondary school.  The enrolment has  now climbed to 210 students and 35 of these students are being sponsored by us. There are many more waiting for a chance to change their life!

 

$425.00 will board a girl (including uniform) for a year and $275.00 will pay for a boy.

 

Major Fund Raiser

 

Sounds for Sigowet, Nov. 15, 2015

St. John’s School Sigowet

The school in Kenya is growing and it is meeting an important need in the community. Registration in the Secondary School is now over 200 students, equally spread over the four grades. St. Paul’s has been an important link in developing both the infrastructure of dining halls, dormitories and classrooms, and in providing financial assistance to needy and deserving students. We are preparing for our 7th Annual Sounds for Sigowet Benefit Concert on Sun, Nov 15

 

Sounds for Sigowet, Nov. 2014

This is the 6th annual benefit concert in support of Sigowet School. Sigowet School is a secondary school in a rural and poor part of eastern Kenya. It especially has a mission to provide education for orphans and orphaned girls. The enrollment at the school is presently at 216 students. The goal of the parish is to sponsor 20 boarding students, and at least 10 additional day students. We need the help of the entire Parish for this concert to be a success. Isabelle Fournier (violin) and John Buckley (cello) will be presenting an inspiring concert in the intimate setting of St. Paul’s Church. The concert is followed by scrumptious desserts and libations in the parish hall, with a silent auction. Tickets are $20 and are available from the Parish office.

 

January, 2015 Report - The Mission Beyond the Parish Committee is preparing their support of the Sigowet School in Africa. $17,593 was realized in 2014 in support of the school: $7020 from the concert; $6795 in bursary donations; $3778 for building projects. We are waiting to hear from the school regarding their most pressing needs and hope to transfer funds by the end of January. 

Funds To Sigowet School Jan. 2015

The Mission Beyond the Parish are thrilled to announce our financial support to the School for 2015. The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) St. John’s School Sigowet Secondary School was established eight years ago to provide high school education to needy and deserving young people, especially, orphaned girls. The school was the inspiration of the Rev. Samuel Githinji, and from modest beginnings, it will begin a new school year this week, with 214 students in the four year high school program. Viola Korir is the Principal, with Julia Macohia as the new deputy Principal. This year they will welcome 5 practicing teachers from nearby universities. St. Paul’s receives donations from parishioners and members of the community and beyond, the ACW, the Endowment Fund and through the Sounds for Sigowet Concert. All of this grows and comes together, and enables us to respond to the needs of this school in the rural area of Eldoret, Kenya. This year St. Paul’s will sponsor 36 students: 25 are girls who will board at the school, and 11 are boys who live at home. The school does not have the capacity to welcome boys to board. 30 are returning students and 6 are just beginning their Form 1 (grade 9) education. The total cost for the sponsorship of students is $12,725. In addition the Parish will be sending $6000 to assist in completion of the dining hall/kitchen. It is with gratitude to everyone for their interest, prayer and financial support of the school that we can make this announcement. May God be pleased to bless these gifts and the lives of those who receive them. Thanks be to God. 

Sigowet School Confirms Receipts of Funds for 2015

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Dear Albert, Greetings in Jesus name.

We are doing well here in school, our students are continuing with continuous assessment test (CAT) which started last week on Thursday, February 19, for Form 4s and Form 3s and Monday, February 23 for From 2s . We negotiated on the rates and agreed at Ksh 70 per Canadian Dollar, this sum up to

Ksh 1,310,538.15. We are very grateful for your contributions. On behalf of sponsored students, they are very thankful for supporting them to continue with their education. The school community are also thankful for your support towards construction of dining hall which will assist in the expansion of the school. Pass our sincere appreciations to the people of St. Paul’s, Rothesay May God bless you

Mrs. Viola Korir PRINCIPAL 

 

UPDATES


A LETTER FROM SIGOWET SCHOOL - May 2014

Dear Albert,
I hope that you are doing well. We opened our school yesterday May 5, where boarders turn up 99% and Day scholars reported today May 6 at 7.00 am. We manage to give them entry examination, this will go through out this week. Next week on Monday, we will start teaching.
Albert, our weather is terribly bad, we have not seen rain for a long time. The grass are now dry. Wells are also drying up. We are sincerely praying God to give a little rain to quench our thirst. Now, I am worried about my students whom we need water to run the Kitchen and for washing. We planted maize as well but it has taken long to germinate. Farm are still bare even though it has been planted. Soil dust are blown up to the sky by the wind.
Receive greetings from teachers and students.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Mrs. Viola Korir 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING NOTE WAS SENT TO FATHER ALBERT FROM THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL, SPRING 2014 

We are doing well here in Eldoret. We had a very wonderful Thanks Giving Day for KCSE 2013 results (national exams) on April 10. The day after was full of tears of joy as everyone was not expecting that we can send 3 graduate students to University.

I was kept reflecting on the fact that the results we got majorly belong to you, for without your support this school would be somewhere very far behind .... I am glad to inform you that we received a school Chaplain a week ago, Rev. Andrew Tarus; he was Chaplain in the Kenyan military. For the few days we have spent together, he is a blessing to us.

We close our school on April 11 for Easter holiday and we are opening on May 5. In Eldoret, it is also a planting season and my staff who exercise farming, go and plant maize and beans. We are expecting long rains after Good Friday.

We send greetings to all of you and may God bless you, friends, as we enter these blessed Holy Week.

Yours in Christ,

Viola Korir, Principal. 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER SENT TO FATHER ALBERT FROM THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL, WINTER 2014 

Dear Albert,

Greetings in Jesus name. I hope your lent season is taking you closer to our Father in heaven. I know it is a long time since I wrote to you. It is because of unavoidable school activities that limited my time to spend with friends like you. We are doing very well here in school. I hope all is well with you.

Albert, the last year results was quite encouraging. The school had a mean of 4.78 with the most improved subjects as science sub- ject which sometimes are disliked by the students. This was a positive deviation of 0.70. Last year, the school had a mean of 4.08. Albert, this year we have managed to register fifty (50) students to sit for national examination. It is a large number we have ever had. We are working hard to ensure that they perform to the expectation of their parents. The teachers have put in place the strategies that we have started implementing for the success of this year. We are in need of your prayers.

The school received forty three (43) form one class this year. Our target was eighty students, and we are yet to investigate the reason for getting a smaller number this year. The school Director of studies will carry out the exercise, after compiling the report, I will let you know.

I wish you all gracious lent season. May the Lord God bless you. Yours in Christ Jesus,

Mrs. Viola Korir 

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER SENT TO FATHER ALBERT FROM THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL, SUMMER 2014 

Greetings from Sigowet School, Eldoret, Kenya

Greetings in Jesus name.
We have resumed for our third term of 2014. This is a very important term in our academic calendar. We have not written to you for some time because we were waiting for release of end of term two mock examination so that we send it to you.
The school is progressing well. Our fifty candidates are now revising and preparing for their national examination which will start 17th October 2014. Their current mean grade is 5.2. Our school target is a mean of 5.5 which is an improvement from 2013 results.
Our dining hall is at the second lintel. The roofing phase is yet to be done as we are waiting for the Board to meet and come up with ways of getting more funds for the same in their next meeting.
The sponsored students in other classes are progressing well and the most recent exams of all the students in each class are attached to this mail. We will send to you more photos and some letters from sponsored students early next week.
May God bless you.
Greetings to the church members.
Yours faithfully,
Viola Korir 

Winter 2015 (1)

 

Albert, Greetings in Jesus name.

We are mourning our school matron who passed away on Saturday morning, 31 January 2015. I was too shocked to an extend that I forgot to write to you immediately. It paralyzed the school activities. Matron was a nice person to everyone who come across her. She was ever smiling person whom one is hard to quarrel with. She liked our students and treated them as her own. The incident stroked our boarders more than any other because she was not sick until Thursday, 22 January 2015 that she complained of the chest. She went for treated whereby the samples was taken for laboratory tests. Monday, 26 January 2015, she went for results and she informed

the school administration that she was diagnosed for Tuberculosis (TB). She was released on Tuesday morning, 27 January 2015 for further treatment. We communicated with her on daily basis following up her well-being and she seem to be in good condition. On Saturday morning, 31 January 2015, I was called to be informed that she was no more. I later learn that she woke up that morning save and sound and some few minutes she complain of acute stomach ache where she was rushed to hospital. Those who took her reported that they reached the hospital only to be informed that she was no more. Our beloved matron will be laid to rest on Friday, 6 February 2015 at her ground in Sugoi. Her body will be brought to school church today Thursday, 5 February 2015 for last respect service to be conducted by Right Rev. Bishop Simiyu, school chaplain Rev. Tarus and other invited clergy and the school community.

May her soul rest in peace. It is really painful.
We are requesting for your prayer at this hard times.

May God see us through

Mrs. Viola Korir PRINCIPAL

 

Winter 2015 (2)

Greetings to you in Jesus Name.
We thank you very much for you have always cared about our well fare. We are going on well. We did the interview for the six form ones to be sponsored and it was a bit challenging because we hall many applicant with good KCPE marks and really needy, we managed to award as per the levels of needs as follows; 

James Kariuki Kanyi - KCPE: 374

 Khatsini Terezia - KCPE: 336

Ruth Jepkorir  - KCPE: 313
Mitchel Jerop - KCPE: 329
Evans Kipkorir - KCPE: 308
Oduor Billiance - KCPE: 328

 
Allow me to thank you again for the support. Thanks to the parish in general for contributing towards the sponsorship of these young and needy Kenyans. We are checking the bank regularly but it has not yet reflected. We are going there today (Monday) to check as well. Immediately the account is credited we will let you know. Sorry for the weather you are in currently, we are praying for you. May God bless you, Albert and the people of St. Paul’s, Rothesay.

 Mrs. Viola Korir - PRINCIPAL 

 

Sigowet School Confirms Receipts of Funds for 2015

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N O T E S

Dear Albert, Greetings in Jesus name.

We are doing well here in school, our students are continuing with continuous assessment test (CAT) which started last week on Thursday, February 19, for Form 4s and Form 3s and Monday, February 23 for From 2s . We negotiated on the rates and agreed at Ksh 70 per Canadian Dollar, this sum up to

Ksh 1,310,538.15. We are very grateful for your contributions. On behalf of sponsored students, they are very thankful for supporting them to continue with their education. The school community are also thankful for your support towards construction of dining hall which will assist in the expansion of the school. Pass our sincere appreciations to the people of St. Paul’s, Rothesay May God bless you

Mrs. Viola Korir PRINCIPAL 

WINTER 2016

SIGOWET SCHOOL is fully underway with their new year. There are 95 grade 9 students, total 307 students, 41 of these students are sponsored through our parish..