Rehema Na Vitendo- Mercy in Action
At Mount St. Mary Catholic High School we always encourage our staff and students to put "Mercy into Action". At MSM, Mercy is simply a way of life! Mrs. Beth Rempe is a current MSM Math Teacher. Together, Mrs. Rempe and her husband, Brent Rempe have initiated the project "Rehema Na Vitendo" which means Mercy in Action! Learn about their story and project below!
WHAT IS THE PLAN?
Your tax-deductible donation will help in two ways:
1. Fund the addition of a community library at Don Bosco Special School in Likuyani, Kenya.
2. Provide the support needed to send a group of ten Mount St. Mary students and five educators to Don Bosco in June 2019.
The plan for the Rehema Na Vitendo project is to travel with a group of Mount Saint Mary students and teachers in June with three purposes:
1. Work in collaboration with the international credit union movement to establish a community library at Don Bosco Special School.
2. Offer a service learning and cultural immersion for the MSM community:
a. Work with Don Bosco students on literacy (English language and reading). We intend to use children’s literature in the newly established library to provide instruction and activities across all academic subjects.
b. Lead Don Bosco students in physical activities such as soccer and field games.
c. Spend time in fellowship with the local Likuyani, Kenya community Provide professional development to Don Bosco teachers regarding child development and developing a school-wide reading culture.
Your tax deductible donation will be managed by Mount Saint Mary High School in Oklahoma City, OK, a registered 501(c)3 organization.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW THE REHEMA NA VITENDO PLAN BEGAN:
Beth Rempe, MSM Math Teacher, and her husband Brent have worked tirelessly to establish Rehema Na Vitendo at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School.
Don Bosco serves students with physical disabilities in a rural village of Western Kenya. David Mategwa, board chair of Kenya Police SACCO (credit union), introduced Brent to the school in June 2017. Brent was one of 16 U.S. credit union professionals who attended an international credit union development education workshop in Kenya. Mategwa first became a benefactor of the school by donating wheelchairs following his Africa Credit Union Development Development Educator training.
After Brent returned from Kenya in 2017, the Rempes mobilized their Mount St. Mary and credit union networks to successfully crowdfund over $14,000 USD to finish a three classroom addition at Don Bosco and reduce the cost of travel for the team of Oklahoma educators to visit the school in June 2018. Mount St. Mary High School in Oklahoma City managed donations in the U.S., while the African Credit Union Development Foundation managed the building project in Kenya. Classroom construction broke ground on May 1, 2018 and was completed by the time the team visited Don Bosco in June 2018.
Three teachers from Mount St. Mary H.S. joined the trip to Likuyani: Rachel Jones, foreign language teacher; Beth Rempe, math teacher; and Magi Whitaker, science teacher with early childhood and special education certifications. Judith Dickson, school counselor at Union Public Schools in Tulsa, also joined the project.During the visit, Dickson and Brent focused on working with students while Jones, Beth Rempe, and Whitaker provided professional development workshops to teachers. The group also met with administrators from Don Bosco and the African Credit Union Development Foundation to identify gaps at the school and help set strategic goals to address those gaps.
Whitaker’s expertise in early childhood education was especially useful in building the human capital of Don Bosco’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers.
“[Whitaker] has a passion for helping those with both specific and general learning disabilities," said Caroline Andobe, Don Bosco lead ECD teacher. "She was very creative in making relevant teaching aids that helped students learn by engaging multiple senses.”
Ten Mount St. Mary students and five teachers will participate in Rehema Na Vitendo in June 2019. The students will spend five months prepping for the trip, meeting one Sunday a month for a course on African studies. The Mount St. Mary team will head to Likuyani to work with the Don Bosco students, provide additional professional development to Don Bosco teachers, and join credit union development educators from around the world to help establish a community library.
Thank you for your support of the Rehema Na Vitendo project! We hope to partner with you in the future!
Brent & Beth Rempe