Apollo Sibuda and Thomas and Judith Munson teamed up to start a pre-primary school and children’s library in the Bujumba Village of Kenya after the death of their son Dale Munson. Apollo Sibuda, a primary government school teacher, and his family who are from the Bujumba Village, own the land and building and had the vision of starting a new pre-primary school and children’s library dedicated to Dale Munson and for the benefit of all the village children. Three years of sacrifice, development, and survival of natural disasters have brought this wonderful ministry to fruition.
The school, St. Jude Kindergarten, teaches early childhood development and has a nursery and pre-primary classes. The library, Dale Munson Children’s Library, is open to all ages of village children.
Refurbishing the building: The original building was in need of a new floor, doors, windows and exterior plaster. They also were in need of furniture (shelves, tables, chairs etc), books and electricity and had no toilet facilities. It really was just a dream with a need to provide for village children in a safe and productive environment. The Munson family and friends began to provide resources to make some of the needs possible.
UPWARD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS
UIS came alongside in 2017 and provided curriculum textbooks and teacher materials. Our lead teacher trainer, Kristy Sword, traveled from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to remote Western Kenya to train the first teachers. Fourteen Kindergarten and pre-primary students joined the group.