This week I want to thank Matt Twomey, who is editing a video of Little Rock Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD).
Matt does print and web journalism and documentary filmmaking. He has an MA in journalism from Syracuse University, and served as a writer, copy editor and editor for such publications as Business Week, the New York Post, and the Japan Times. We are indeed fortunate to have such a talented professional helping us spread the word about Little Rock.
John and I have come to the conclusion that to call Little Rock an ECD understates what it does. Yes, it IS a nursery school – and a very good one. It is nurturing, child-centered, and does a beautiful job of preparing these little ones for primary school. We would have sent our own children there – except that we were blessed not to be living in Kibera.
But Little Rock is so much more than a nursery school. Its mission is to support the whole family, and so director Lilly Oyare has reached out to teenage moms, providing a day-care center so these girls can finish school. She has included deaf and handicapped children, preparing them for primary school, finding schools that would accept these children, and – when no school would take them - teaching them the primary school curriculum. She provides a workshop for parents to sew, weave and knit as a way for them to earn income. The Little Rock Library purchases all the primary school textbooks, so graduates can be tutored after school and do their homework. She even fields a soccer team that is the champion of East Africa!
Last February, Lilly spoke about all this in a video we hope to use to raise funds for Little Rock. Matt is doing an amazing job editing this video. We’d love to know if you have any thoughts about it. Please comment here so we can all discuss how it could be improved before we open it to a wider audience.