To our generous donors,
Our full community continues to be grateful for your generous support of this project! Thanks to your contributions we have transformed educational opportunities benefiting many children with opportunities that will continue to help them have a better life well into the future. The central achievement during the last few months has been continued development of the school project because of its immense impact on and lasting value to the children of the village. Additionally, we also have made progress on the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, recognizing the need for economic support
to help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.
The school has had substantial progress in the last few months. As word of the improved facility spreads, more children are applying to attend and the school population is growing each month. Our dedicated and skilled teachers, Ruth, Mary, Cecilia and Naomi are so happy with the new building and seeing the children have a place where they can work and learn comfortably. They can directly see the improved performance of the students. One of the teachers, Mary Wanjiru states ” I see a great future for my son and the other children because of the opportunity to attend this school. ”
The progress on this school project has been made possible by all of you for generous contribution which has helped us give children in Elementaita quality education hence shaping their lives. To the teachers (all women) who are working there, that is a source of income for them so their economic status has improved. We cannot thank you enough for your great support, the benefits of which are shown by the assessment of one of the parents of a student, Ben Githinji , who reports ”I always believed that quality education is only for high income people until I brought my daughter here. Since the school fees have been supplemented by Global Giving and PATHWAYS donors we are able to afford sending our children to a school like this where they are getting quality education. Thank you to all who have supported the project”
This is an rewarding period for the community as they enjoy seeing their children for the first time in the new school building, with multiple classrooms, and come to realize the value of an improved educational opportunity. And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.
Rabbit Keeping Project
The rabbit project is slowly and carefully rebuilding after it suffered a setback several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in several nearby communities as well. The rabbit-rearing group of some 40 women is split into five groups, and has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population. Additionally, we are beginning to acquire additional rabbits with the goal of having each group with a sufficient number (at least five per group).
We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income. As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families, especially helping them to pay the school fees.
Girls Sanitary Project
Progress on this component has been modest as competing obligations attract group members. Girls have been recruited into the project and have been taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads. Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated. Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically. The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project.
With my sincere thanks and best wishes for the holidays.
Murang'a County, Kenya
I just wanted to update you that many groups have been visiting us for training on cassava cultivation. We are very happy that we are able to spread the word and help others grow this drought resistant crop that can prevent famine. I wish to present a photo of our group's officials that was taken during such a training session last week.
In the photo are the group's office bearers, from left:
Michael Murigi - Patron
Jane Wainaina - Chairperson
Lydiah Ndegwa - Secretary
Julius Kamande - Vice-Chairperson
Alice Njoki - Vice Secretary
Racheal Wanjiku - Treasurer
Also captured in the photo, are cassava made food products. That is cassava porridge in the container, cassava doughnuts, chips, crisps, chapattis and ugali in the flasks. In the background, is a cassava crop growing in a garden.
Thank you very much for your continued support,
Global Giving Report #3
Thank you so much for supporting Dennis Mutwiri, Nafisa Ayuko, and Michael Murigi, all bright but needy students who are PATHWAYS Scholars at the University of Nairobi. Each has continued to succeed academically awhile simulataneously leading a community project. Please see below from them what is going on with their projects, It is exciting to see young people like them develop into leaders to help their country.
My project is doing quite well. Thirty girls have benefited from the sanitary towels in Nabwani primary school. A packet of 8 sanitary towels were given to each girl to support her for the next 2 years. It was very difficult for the girls to purchase the sanitary towels, so we decide to give them for free to needy students because keeping them to sell does not help when a girl is missing school somewhere because of lack of the sanitary towels. The girls are very happy and we intend to teach them the simple skills in making the sanitary towels so that they can make their own.
The sewing machines are continuing to help the women in acquiring the skills in sewing, although it is taking them a while to learn. They all appreciate the fact that their daughters can go to school without any difficulty because they have the sanitary towels. Their sons also benefit because they can sew uniforms, bags, and other clothing for them cheaply. The women are really owning the project.
The goat/sheep rearing is also thriving. Families are able to get milk. Other community members are happy that when the number of the animals increases, they will own a cow, goat, or sheep.
Women in our group are happy about all of skills they have acquired including making the compost from manure in their farms. Our group is continuing to grow and we are comparing and looking at which food crop to adopt so that we can be able to solve any cases of hunger in the community.
You have really changed lives in my community! Thank you!-Nafisa
My community group members have made a great effort and completed the fencing of the fish pond. The pond now looks great and is secure, thanks to all of you!
We have embarked on loaning out solar panels to group members who are willing and cannot afford them in cash. We are also planning to buy more solar batteries and let members access them on credit. They will be paying a commitment fee of Ksh. 1000 and thereafter Ksh. 715 monthly for 8 months for a 20watts solar panel. A member is required to bank the money in the group's bank account and present a banking slip to the treasurer; this will counter misappropriation and defaults. The first loan-out will be on 15th September this year. We hope all will go well per the plan.
We have started some fresh tree nurseries following the drying up of the previous one during the prolonged drought. The current one is doing well and we hope it will be fruitful. The micro-credit project is thriving with members benefiting more and more from the flexible and convenient access to funds. I went to see the projects in person and when I asked them of their regard of the micro-credit, they all said it was a big boost to them individually, and their families too. Most of them are farmers. Once they get the loans, they invest the money in agriculture. However, one of our members opted to start shop in the village to add to the income he was getting from farming. He borrowed Ksh. 8 000 and started off. He is so far doing good. Another member borrowed sh 5000 to purchase a solar battery from the group's green energy project and now she uses solar energy for lighting and powering her phone, radio, etc. She says that her family is now more comfortable with unlimited power and how economic the solar power is.
Many thanks for your kind donations!-Dennis
I wish to inform you that our project has continued to attract the attention of the media. The Royal Media Services, the biggest media house in Kenya, prepared a documentary about the project last month. This was meant for broadcast on its 9 vernacular radio stations that target the rural populations of the various tribes. They aired the achievements of the project in enhancing food security in our community. Women provided testimonies on how cassava has revolutinized their lives.
As the project leader, I was invited to Inooro FM for their breakfast show on 23rd, September 2011,to discuss the influence of cassava on the rural economy based on experiences from my community group. It was quite an honor.
My goal, with your help, is to transition the entire country from growing primarily maize (not drought resistant) to growing primarily cassava (drought resistant) to make sure we do not have to experience famine in this country again.
Thank you for helping with this project!- Michael