Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Acres of Mercy is a Non- Governmental Organization registered in Kenya currently working in Nguluni Location, Matungulu District, Machakos County. The NGO is currently working in this area of the country as a starting point to be the launching pad to other parts of Kenya. The NGO is working in three broad areas and include:- 1. Early Childhood Education and Development 2. Health Interventions 3. Community Empowerment and Mobilization
Jan 14, 2015

173 children go through the 2014 school year

Section of Graduating Students 2014
Section of Graduating Students 2014

Dear Friends and partners

2015 is here! It would be however an injustice if we do not look back at what we achieved together in 2014.

Indeed  together- you, the teachers and other partners alike gave the GIFT of EDUCATION to 173 children throughout the year 2014. 

The following are a few highlights:-

1. Construction of 1 New Classroom in January through May. 

2. Talent and Skill Development in March & May (over 60 children participated in athletics, soccer and other field games)

3. Mini Health camp (Treating Bilharzia & Deqorming) March

4. Chicken & Rabbit Project Economic Empowerment for 180 Guardians/Children April through June

5. Over 30 students graduate from mentorship class in August

6. Students work together to work on a school fencing project (local resource use) October

7.173 students graduate to next class- Another year of getting educated for 173 children (November)

For all these things we are grateful for your committment, generosity and consistency in giving to our cause.

We have plans to go many steps better this year 2015 and together we will each achieve more.

Thank you so much TEAM !

It was a good year. Thanks to you.

(Attached are a few pictures)

Working Together
Working Together
Teacher and Student go through the paces
Teacher and Student go through the paces
Class being built in February
Class being built in February
New Classroom
New Classroom
Proud teacher and student graduating
Proud teacher and student graduating
Dec 9, 2014

Thanksgiving - End of Year 2014

Dear friends and partners,

The year is 25 days away from coming to an end.

Throughout the year you have been steadfast in seeing us move towards making this project a success. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for the great work, the support and the giving that has gone on all through 2014.

Though we are yet to complete the extra class that was mentioned in the last report we have managed to keep hope alive. 

We are yet to re-route the electrcity and complete the wiring. The donations that came through since the last report totalled $120. 

We used the amounts to complete part of teachers pay as we wanted to keep their motivation up. The teachers ensured that at least 173 students completed a part of their schooling this year.

As we celebrate Christmas and New Year let us consider supporting the organization by telling friends more about it and the work we do; by thinking through ideas that could bring in earned income, e.g donating professional services; etc.

Thank you once again for your continued support.


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Oct 14, 2014

Continuous Impact through Partnerships

Children Graduating from Mentorship Class
Children Graduating from Mentorship Class

Picture beautiful faces of children beaming with joy as they receive learning materials, play materials and other other basic hygiene stuff. Hear their rapturous appplause as they thank those who have brought these gifts to them, 170 or so of them.

We have seen the impact continue through the month of July. We received disbursements for the project of $ 613.75, which was approximately Ksh. 52169. Thank you to all you partners and friends who made these donations posibble.

We have had three big milesstones with some of our partners. GlobalGiving has seen the children's education program supported by Ksh 52169 or $613.75. These funds enabled us to provide a safer environmnet in regard to the girls toilet so they would not be sick. Many children were going to the toilets which were always wet with urine. These children had no proper shoes and so working on the toilets ensured we got the children to be in class more. Some of these funds about $ 376 supported the teachers salary payment. During this period upto August the school was able to pay all the teachers without any arrears. This improved their morale and transalted into them concentrating more giving their best to help students improve learning outcomes. Students such as Luke and Kelvin who are orphans have been able to attend school through out the last term because of this kind of support. So has John and 3 of their siblings whose single parent mother's daily income is less than $2.

First Baptist in Michihgan through Caring for Kenyan Kids supported the children with learning and play material worth over Ksh. 50000. These included toys, flashcards, coloured pencils, teachers biro pens and sports equipment. There was alos over 50 packs of toothbrush and toothpaste that were used to teach the children about hygiene. This was done with the lower classes duringtheir science class in August.

Through the local community including parents and other local organizations, lower primary children were able to get 3 weeks supply of ten o'clock porridge and beans supply for lunch which worked towards improving the children's health and levels of concentration in class.  The levels of parental involvement has improved especially after we gave all the children animal inputs to improve their economic outcomes. As such parents who are contributing has moved up from 40% at the beginning of the year to 47% in October 2014.

Current Needs

Many of the students still lack enough llearning textbooks with 1 textbook being shared by 15 students for all the subjects. Students have found ways to work in study groups to share the available resources. Independednt study is limited though. Having sufficient textbooks would support these children's independent study.

A complete set of compulsory textbooks would cost $30. This is to support the current class seven who would be sitting national exams in about a year. There are 17 students in this class. $ 476 would be sufficient to provide them with these textbooks and thus improve their motivation to learn.

I would like to encourage you to consider raising your recurrent giving so as to help cover these and also support the teaching staff payments. You could also ask friends tosupport the textbooks project and thus give lasting gifts for the better lives of these children.

Again, Thank you for your kind donations and sacrificial support.

Pre-School Children Enjoy Playing
Pre-School Children Enjoy Playing
School Supplies- Courtesy C4KK
School Supplies- Courtesy C4KK
Learning Material- with C4KK
Learning Material- with C4KK
Play Material-with C4KK
Play Material-with C4KK

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