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Our IESC team at the grand opening of the labs. There is no way we could have accomplished so much much without the incredible support of our colleagues, project partners, and families. There are many, many people we need to thank but to call out a few specifically:  

- Moses, Andrew, Emannuel, Ben, Victor, George, Beryl, and all of the World Vision staff in Matete for turning to office upside down supporting this project
- Lou from World Vision US for your never ending energy and enthusiasm
- Dennis from World Vision Kenya for your calm and quiet leadership
- Paul from Greenbridge Computing for your amazing contributions to teaching, the donation of your precious servers, and keeping us all well fed
- All of the SCDF partners who have put in many months (and years) of work ahead of this project laying the groundwork for our success
- Intel (and Luke) for giving us this opportunity

Asante sana (thank you very much) to you all!

Our IESC team at the grand opening of the labs. There is no way we could have accomplished so much much without the incredible support of our colleagues, project partners, and families. There are many, many people we need to thank but to call out a few specifically:

- Moses, Andrew, Emannuel, Ben, Victor, George, Beryl, and all of the World Vision staff in Matete for turning to office upside down supporting this project
- Lou from World Vision US for your never ending energy and enthusiasm
- Dennis from World Vision Kenya for your calm and quiet leadership
- Paul from Greenbridge Computing for your amazing contributions to teaching, the donation of your precious servers, and keeping us all well fed
- All of the SCDF partners who have put in many months (and years) of work ahead of this project laying the groundwork for our success
- Intel (and Luke) for giving us this opportunity

Asante sana (thank you very much) to you all!

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"Our vision 2030 has come in 2013 with the nice new computers. Our school Chenjeni is sooo cool. No longer remote. We are digital. We stand tall."

— Performance by students from Chenjeni Primary School

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After the opening ceremony World Vision arranged for lunch for all of the students, parents, teachers, and VIPs who had attended. The kids were already playing with the new soccer and kick balls. As we began to say our good-byes to Maturu - we all left with a huge sense of optimism and excitement for the children and community of Matete!

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Our team used the ceremony as an opportunity to present certificates to each of the teachers who attended the IESC training. Markus spoke on our team’s behalf and shared a story of a girl who walked into the computer lab on one of the very first days and said, “I want to learn”. He asked the teachers to embrace that thirst and never turn anyone away. He also shared the teachers nicknames from class providing a good laugh to all of the attendees - especially the students. The teachers presented us with necklaces and bracelets and had us join them in a dance.

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Each school was able to send a delegation of students to the opening ceremony. The students from each school provided some type of performance - songs, dances, poems, speeches. The students from Chetambe expanded the welcome song they performed for us when we arrived at their school for the ceremony and Winnie performed her poem about computer literacy. The students from Chenjeni had a song/poem that was so moving they were asked to perform again later in the ceremony. Videos to come!

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The real celebration was held in three large tents in the field at Maturu. One tent for parents and teachers that was overflowing with many parents sitting on school benches outside of the tent. All of the teachers from our training class were able to attend the opening. All six head teachers sat together in the front row. They have coined themselves “the digital six” and plan to work together to integrate the computer labs into their schools and communities.

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The opening ceremonies continued at Maturu Primary School. Maturu was the first lab we installed and played host for our teacher training. It felt like our home in Matete. Many print and TV journalists came to see the lab at Maturu so we asked some of the Class 8 students to come in and demonstrate the lab in action.

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The grand opening of the labs was an unforgettable celebration. First we had the formal opening of the lab at Nzoia school. Distinguished guests from all of the project sponsors (World Vision, Intel, Microsoft, British Council, Greenbridge, and the Kenya Ministry of Education) all traveled to Nzoia for a tour of the lab and ribbon cutting.

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Our final day of lab implementation went amazingly well! We were able to finish all six labs with a combination of batteries, generators, and help from the power company. Everyone is feeling great about what we have accomplished. When we got to the first school this morning we found one of the teachers from the training working on her excel grade book and three of the class three girls practicing with a typing game. Mission accomplished!

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Now I’ve seen everything. We’re in Kenya, on the equator and we’re in a hail storm.