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Strem Donates Equipment to School Lab in Kenya

Building on previous local community service initiatives to nurture young scientists and support science in schools, Strem Chemicals recently had the opportunity to extend its efforts across the globe to Kenya by partnering with the Greater Newburyport-Bura Alliance (GNBA).  The GNBA is a non-profit organization, affiliated with Sister Cities International, Inc., fostering friendship, cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect between the people of Newburyport, MA and Bura, Kenya.

While Strem Chemicals’ community outreach efforts typically involve sending their chemists into local classrooms to give demonstrations and inspire a love of science in students, this recent opportunity involved direct support to Kenyan teachers and educational facilities. The connection to the Ngami secondary school in Bura began last spring, when Strem hosted Kenyan science teacher Chris Kisulu at its headquarters in Newburyport. The relationship continued with Strem’s donation of laboratory equipment, including glassware, Bunsen burners, pipettes, microscopes and laboratory accessories, to his school.


Upon receiving the laboratory contributions, Kisulu expressed his gratitude for Strem’s generosity, which benefitted several science departments: “The laboratory equipment all arrived safely and the community here was very happy when we received the equipment. The students are making good use of this equipment. You can be of much help to this institution especially in terms of technology. We are embracing the use of technology in teaching. The biology department was also very happy to have received microscopes, which they are using in the research besides the chemistry department.”

The positive impact of this most recent contribution has reaffirmed Strem Chemicals’ commitment to foster students’ interest in the field of science and support their access to equipment and materials - tools for the hands-on learning they need to succeed.



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