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!
Click Here to Make a Gift to the Rehema Na Vitendo Project
What is the Plan?
Your tax-deductible donation will help in two ways:
1.Fund the addition of three classrooms at Don Bosco Special School in Likuyani, Kenya.
2.Provide the support needed to send a small group of Oklahoma educators to Don Bosco in June 2018.
The plan for the Rehema Na Vitendo project is to travel with a small group of Mount Saint Mary teachers in June with four purposes:
1.Work with Don Bosco students on arithmetic and reading. We intend to use children’s literature to teach financial literacy through money math. The US dollar is of substantial importance in the Kenyan economy.
2.Provide professional development to Don Bosco teachers regarding child development and developing a school-wide reading culture.
3.Assist Don Bosco administration and faculty identify gaps and develop a strategic plan to fill those gaps.
4.Lay the groundwork for a Mount Saint Mary student service learning and cultural immersion trip in 2019 and beyond.
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:
Hi! My name is Brent Rempe, a credit union professional from Oklahoma City, OK. I am married to Beth, a lovely math teacher serving Mount St. Mary High School.
In June 2017, I visited Don Bosco Special School with a group of Credit Union Development Educators. Don Bosco serves students with physical disabilities. The students are children of small-scale farmers in the Kakamega District of Kenya. David Mategwa, Board Chair of Kenya Police SACCO (Credit Union), has sponsored Don Bosco as a special project following his attendance of the Africa Development Educators program. Despite limited resources, such as tin-walled classrooms, Don Bosco is full of spirit!
Within a few minutes of me exiting the van at Don Bosco, Fr. Peter Nyaki, pastor of Don Bosco’s sponsoring parish, took my hand (as is common in Kenya), and said “you sir are coming back to teach at this school.” My first reaction was “this guy is nuts,” but with my career background in serving the underserved through education, Fr. Peter’s words resonated with me.
I had several conversations with my colleagues involved in the credit union movement in Kenya regarding their plans to help the school develop. I’ve learned that schools in Kenya benefit from partnership with organizations in developed countries. Often times this relationship is the difference between a thriving school and a struggling school. After my return to Oklahoma, Beth and I visited with Talita DeNegri, my wife’s principal at Mount Saint Mary, and she enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to become involved with Don Bosco Special School.
Thank you for your support of the Rehema Na Vitendo project! We hope to partner with you in the future!
Brent & Beth Rempe