New Dawn

Since 2006 New Dawn School has delivered quality Christ-centered secondary education to underprivileged youth. It is located in Huruma village, near Nairobi, Kenya, and serves the youth of several surrounding villages. New Dawn is led by director Irene Tongoi.

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind
    Throughout Nairobi, Kenya millions of people are living as squatters. The government of Kenya allows villages of squatters to live on government land, but they are provided no services, and at any time the government could force the squatters off this land. Most squatters work as day laborers, earning low and irregular wages. The people of such villages are voiceless, powerless, and forgotten. Tucked away in the wealthy neighborhood of Runda are two such squatter villages: Githogoro and Huruma. More than 20,000 people are living a life of instability, fear and deprivation while surrounded by the lavish wealth of their Runda neighbors.
    A Simple Plea, A Simple Effort
    In 2005 a women's group from a local church began engaging the youth of Huruma and Githogoro, and discovered their desire to pursue their secondary education. These youth had finished their primary education in the free local public school, but there was no secondary education within walking distance from their villages. Led by the Holy Spirit, Irene Tongoi assembled a small staff of dedicated teachers. In the borrowed space of a local church in Huruma, and with the blessing of village leaders, New Dawn began educating the youth from several surrounding villages.
    So Much Accomplished, So Much to Overcome
    In six years, New Dawn has developed its campus to include two buildings with classrooms, staff workspace, a library and science labs, and and auditorium. The school also operates two boarding facilities. The staff and student populations have swelled, and they prepare to graduate a fourth class of graduates in November of 2012. With all of the growth, success and miracles, the physical realities of poverty continue to grip the students and their families: insufficient nourishment; crowded, noisy and unsanitary living conditions; risk of assault.
    Uprooting Poverty from the Mind
    While New Dawn is unable to change the physical realities of the students' home lives, they are able to influence the students' ways of thinking. Pairing regular Bible study, prayer and service with traditional education, these youth are being trained to think about themselves in a new way:
    This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun.
    2 Corinthians 5:17
    By the power of God's Holy Spirit, New Dawn has helped transform these youth from being hopeless and downcast to people of dignity!

 

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New Dawn Foundations

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy....

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end....

The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7