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Learning Centre

The Viruoso-Upchurch Learning Centre


In 2013 AmericaShare inaugurated its Virtuoso-Upchurch Learning Centre, dedicated to special needs children, gratefully named for the Virtuoso travel network and its CEO, Matthew Upchurch and his wife Jessica. The professionally staffed VULC replaces a brave but hot and overcrowded classroom with an airy, modern new building with bright wall murals, tiled floors, new desks and chairs, separate boys and girls bathrooms, specialized learning materials, and a small fenced courtyard which gives the children a pleasant and safe place to play and enjoy their lunch.

It almost--but not quite--goes without saying that special needs children have a terribly difficult time in an up-and-coming, but still poor country like Kenya. The VULC is a refuge, a solace, a helping hand, a beacon of hope for these children.

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Above, a comtemplative moment; below, a frequent presence in the learning centre are AmericaShare's Doreen Orega and Justus Okeyo, a beneficiary of Micato-AmericaShare sponsorship for secondary and medical school.

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 A look at the construction...

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    Building Site for Virtuoso Upchurch Learning Centre

  • Virtuoso-Upchurch Learning Centre groundbreaking ceremony

    Virtuoso-Upchurch Learning Centre groundbreaking ceremony

  • Foundation excavation begins

    Foundation excavation begins

  • Perimeter excavation

    Perimeter excavation

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    Digging three-foot trench

  • Transporting cement bags

    Transporting cement bags

  • Preparing to mix concrete

    Preparing to mix concrete

  • Women carrying water from borehole

    Women carrying water from borehole

  • Filling barrels for concrete mix

    Filling barrels for concrete mix

  • Mixing concrete with shovels

    Mixing concrete with shovels

  • Transferring concrete to wheelbarrow

    Transferring concrete to wheelbarrow

  • Pouring concrete

    Pouring concrete

  • Leveling concrete base

    Leveling concrete base

  • Laying out bricks

    Laying out bricks

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    Work continues as bricks and mortar set

  • Leveling ground for construction of subfloor

    Leveling ground for construction of subfloor

  • Foundation bricks in place

    Foundation bricks in place