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Live to Give: The Nambale Magnet School

The Nambale Magnet School received a $1,000 grant from the LIve to Give program in 2018. 

By Martine Nolletti

Besides the obvious, which is that one more deserving child living in abject poverty has a chance in life, the ramifications of the generous gift by 3HO Foundation goes way deeper. The goal of this project is to actually uplift the entire community to self-sustainable prosperity.

The model of the Nambale Magnet School is to educate the most destitute children in the community. The school is a premier school providing a good home and first class education. The subsidized students are educated alongside paying students. This ensures sustainability for the school and eliminates the stigma associated with being homeless in the eyes of the community.

The children are no longer viewed as a pariah to the community—a sad admission about the brokenness of a system.

The students assist the community through community service days and this empowers them and their community. Adult education classes in computer science are also available through the school. This aids with the school’s sustainability and ensures that the community will have more of its residents with a skill set that will afford them a living wage.

The Nambale Magnet School also has a school farm for feeding the children and selling food to the community. There is also a sewing center for sewing uniforms for the students. It will also become a financial sustainability component—not just for the school but for the community. There are many such micro economies associated with the school that benefit both the students and the community at large.

So you can see, this generous gift from the 3HO Foundation creates support for an entire living organism of a community, not just the education of one student. Like the pebble in the water creates a ring of ripples, so does the support of the 3HO Foundation.

We are very good stewards of your donation. We are strictly grass roots and no one gets paid. 100% of your donation is going straight to its intended purpose. The only things Cornerstone Project* pays for are stamps and printing, and usually that is donated as well by its board of directors.

Through the exposure that we have received since being awarded this gift, the yoga community has reached out in such tremendous support. I was astounded at the reach. We heard from people all over the United States and even someone from Australia! Cornerstone Project has made many new wonderful friends and supporters through this exposure and I am humbled by the outpouring of support.

Yours is a formidable organization with yogic principles at its core and positive action as its engine. Blessings to all of you for your works and your concern. Satnam.

*Cornerstone Project was founded to provide education for AIDS orphans in Kenya. It is the primary supporter of the Nambale Magnet School.

Martine Nolletti has a background in sustainable design and real estate. She is extremely committed to philanthropic endeavors. Martine has been assisting the Nambale Magnet School since its inception, having met Evalyn Wakhusama when she first came to the USA while earning two advanced degrees at Yale Divinity School.

Martine first volunteered with WIKS USA Inc., a Connecticut charitable corporation that was also engaged in fundraising efforts for the Nambale Magnet School. In addition to fundraising, she also served as an advisor on environmental stewardship, prior to establishing Cornerstone Project Inc.  In 2007, Martine flew to Kenya to join in the celebration of the ground breaking ceremony for the Nambale Magnet School, which served to further deepen her commitment to the success of this project.

Martine has been a Kundalini Yoga practitioner since 1999 and was urged forward with this project by her friend and teacher Anne Novak.