Aboard Noah’s Ark


Photo courtesy Noah’s Ark Academy  

InterestEng. unexpectedly found Noah’s Ark last summer and happily hopped aboard. On this present-day Ark in Kenya are some 144 children who, for the first time, are receiving a good education, 1 good meal a day, and the vision and means of learning to work hard and help themselves.  



“All that was needed was a revolution of mind and attitude; for them to learn to recognize and under- stand how best to utilize the qualities they possess. To make them start to think differently about them- selves in order for them to become masters of their own destinies.”
— Churchill Butalia 

Photos above: children at Noah’s Ark Academy learning hand, word games with Skype tutor.


     Noah’s Ark Academy was started about 10 years ago by a re- markable gentleman, Mr. Churchill Butalia, who has been untir- ing in his efforts to help his country. In addition to the academy, his work includes providing local communities with the skills and equipment needed to solve the problems that have kept people so long impoverished. The goal is self-reliance and long term well-being, including programs to conserve and restore local ecosystems. 

     In our years of working with schools around the world, we have seen tremendous courage and determination everywhere. And yet, Noah’s Ark Academy has stood out to us as unique. We have been touched by its willingness to work rather than wait for help. It compelled us to want to support the young school in ways that would benefit both giver and receiver.
     Here are some ideas: 

1.) e-Doves:  an Ark pen-pal program for homeschool families or creative grand- parents with curious grandchildren.  Kids here and there write one e-mail to each other per month. If you are interested in having a child participate in this project, a modest donation helps pay the school’s internet costs.  This project has a specially designed website for children and their families to learn more about Kenya.   https://koolkenya.blogspot.com    

2.) Adopt a writer. Writing InterestEng. stories helps the Ark’s children increase their skills and confidence while increasing your understanding of Kenya. A gift in support of a young writer helps pay monthly food expenses on the Ark.           

3.)  Adopt a teacher.  The teachers on the Ark, we learned, are rarely able to be paid. (This is true for much of Kenya and Africa as a whole.)  They teach until they finally need to find work to put food on their family’s table and then return when they can   to the Ark. (A Skype tutoring program run by the wonderful Invictus Institute helps assure daily lessons.) A donation to this worthwhile cause keeps a teacher at the school.  

4.)  Just a good deed.  If you just feel in a “good-deed-day” mood and want to send along a simple donation, that would be wonderful too.

     To know more about any of the above projects, send me an e-mail . . . or a dove with an olive branch.  
     The “how to contribute” info is below.   

                                                                   — Mrs. Chips

P.S.  InterestEng. has never solicited funds for itself or any other worthwhile cause. However, we regularly get notes from people asking if there isn’t some way they can support our work. Noah’s Ark Academy would be both worthy—and very grateful for your support. 


                                  “THE HOW TO” 

     Thanks to the Invictus Institute, a U.S. based 501(c)3 that currently supports schools in 8 countries (including Noah’s Ark Academy) through online tutoring, you can make contributions toward any of the above projects. The Invictus Institute is 100% volunteer. The organization is charged a small fee to wire money to Kenya but, other than that fee, 100% of your gift will go to Noah’s Ark Academy.  To send a contribution, use this link:  


     After you click an orange “donate” button just above the photos, a form (like at the left) will appear. Near the bottom of the form is a space to write in a donation of any amount and also a write a comment box.  Click that box and specify:


 ©preInterestEng. July 2013  §  The stories in the magazine portion of the site are written by English language learners. Stories are corrected by a native English speaker.  § Photos are staff or used with permission.  §  To contact us:  go.gently.on@gmail.com