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DEs Build School in Kenya for Students with Special Needs
Friday, May 11, 2018 7:00 AM

DEs Build School in Kenya for Students with Special Needs

The latest Credit Union Development Education (DE) Project undertaken by Brent Rempe, AVP of Credit Union Development at WEOKIE Federal Credit Union and DE Association Advisory Trustee for the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, crowdfunded more than $10,000 USD to build a three-classroom addition at Don Bosco Special School in Likuyani, Kenya.

Don Bosco serves students with physical disabilities who are children of small-scale farmers. More than 25 DEs from across the U.S. contributed financially to the project. 

The project began in June 2017 when Rempe was one of 16 U.S. DEs who were guests of the African Confederation of Co-operative Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA), the continental credit union trade association in Africa, for the first International DE Workshop in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. After visiting Don Bosco Special School and seeing firsthand the need for additional resources and upgraded facilities, Rempe felt called to action and confident he could mobilize the DE network to achieve the fundraising goal.

Mount St. Mary (MSM) High School in Oklahoma City manages donations and is a significant partner in this DE project. MSM started the Rehema Na Vitendo Project (Swahili for Mercy in Action) to establish a partnership with Don Bosco that extends beyond classroom walls.

MSM intends to bring a small group of rising and graduating seniors to Don Bosco in 2019 to enhance the global citizenship and intercultural competence of its graduates. Groundwork will be laid when three MSM teachers serve on a team of six Oklahoma educators hosted by ACCOSCA to spend two weeks at Don Bosco this summer. The team will work with students on reading and mathematics, provide teachers professional development, and assist the school in setting strategic goals to fill identified gaps.

Learn more about Rehema Na Vitendo.

ACCOSCA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Don Bosco classroom addition on May 1, and footings were poured on May 3. The building project will be completed in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the MSM teacher visit this summer.

About the DE Program
The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ nine international operating principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”

Since 1982, more than 1,800 credit union advocates from over 34 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned. This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the world.

Visit ncuf.coop/how-we-help/de/about/about.cmsx to learn more about DE.