Lisa’s School in Samburu Kenya

I recently attended a fundraising event in the Swiss village where I live. Organised by my neighbours Lynda and Gianni Pasini, all donations went to support “Lisa’s School” in Samburu, Kenya. The school is named after the late Lisa Veron-Brunner.

Samburu is a poor village in northern Kenya. Located in a semi-desert environment, the village consists mainly of huts and most residents eke out a living from goats and cattle.

Lisa (top right) when working in Africa

In March 2012, thanks to Lisa’s parents, sponsorships and the work of good-hearted people, Lisa’s school opened its doors to young Samburu children aged 3 to 6 years. The school was named in memory of Lisa, a British-Swiss aid worker for the World Health Organisation. In 2005, Lisa was murdered in Africa whilst on duty working for the eradication of tuberculosis.

Currently, the school accommodates 60 young children in three classrooms. Because the children don’t have much to eat at home, the school provides them with a daily meal. All donations pay for the wages of three teachers, one cook, one assistant, the daily meals, basic maintenance, school supplies and equipment.

Lisa loved Africa and she loved children. I am proud to support Lisa’s school and all the volunteers who work hard to keep it running. If you are interested in donating to Lisa’s school, please visit: lisasschool.org.

Children having lunch at the school
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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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