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
Nov 4, 2013

The New Plan- Msingi Bora Learning Centre

School Building 3D
School Building 3D

Dear friends and partners, 

Thank you for keeping the faith and walking this journey with us. Your support is encouraging. As promised during the last report we have been able to put together a revised strategy on focusing efforts on helping over 150 Children Stay in School through building better classrooms and strengthening our education program at Acres of Mercy.

As you may well know the students within our Education program are either orphans, children from single parent led families, children from families with absentee parents, children from homes with abusive parents, children exposed to families engaging in selling illicit brews, children from very poor families with incomes of less than 2 dollars a day, children from homes where fathers are absent. These children face different vulnerabilities and risks when they drop out of school and even while in school due to poverty. These include early pregnancy for girls increasing vulnerable single child mothers, risks of contracting HIV, increased cases of child labour, increase in the number of girl children engaged in sex work, increased cases of child molestation, engaging in harmful economic activities. Our program seeks to help our children avoid the above situations so they can have a better chance in succeeding in education and breaking from the vicious cycle of poverty and thus have better lives.

 How does the Program Work?

The program carried out at Msingi Bora Learning Centre has three main components:-

Teacher Training and Capacity Building

  • Internal trainings
  • Supporting Professional development

Student Interventions

  • Education and Literacy
  • Mentoring and Counseling
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Talent and Skill Development
  • Savings for transition into secondary school

Parent and Guardian Support

  • Adult literacy
  • Parenting skills
  • Economic Empowerment

We believe that a holistic intervention program like this would greatly reduce children’s vulnerabilities and provide them with a firm foundation o which they can build better futures upon. This would enable breaking the vice that poverty has on poor families and vulnerable children. Our goal is 100% transitioning and starting life adults successfully. After three years the program will have reached a point of meeting 70% of its operation costs from its projects and services to other members of the community who can afford set fees. The program targets to enrol 40% of paying students.

We have obtained building plans and 3D rendering of the school. The Bill of Quantities has put the project at Ksh. 625,000 ($7352)  monthly over the next two years. (see msingibora.blogspot.com) for more details,nformation and progress stories

How do we do this?

We must mobilize about 40 partners who can commit to saving $7 daily, the cost of a sandwich, to make it possible to give these children an education for their lifetime.

For us to do this we are calling on all friends and partners to make a commitment to give in this way and to form giving teams of freinds and families to make this vision a reality. (see pictures)

Progress

On 9th November 2013 parents and  the local community will gather at Acres of Mercy in Nguluni for a fundraising event. Their target is to raise Ksh 100,000 ($1176) on this day.

Another supporting this event takes place on our Virtual Facebook Fundraiser for Kenyan Friends on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/583889798326600/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

So far friends, and the community have raised a total of Ksh 257000 ($3023) for the building project in cash and Over 150 feet of stone and 1 tonne of ballast in kind.

Way Forward

I would like to call on you to rally with us on this project and to help push it to the end.  I will keep you posted on all events we are organizing and their results. We will put up a thermometer on our website at www.acresofmercy.org to help us track progress.

Ideas, suggestions and other input are welcome. Simply email on joluoch@acresofmercy.org or tweet #acresofmercy

Once again thank you and best of effort and great resolve as we embark on this great work of giving together.

"Lets Do it"

School 3Dii
School 3Dii
Current Classes 4-6
Current Classes 4-6
Cement Donations
Cement Donations
Student Learning
Student Learning
For their Future
For their Future

Links:

Jul 9, 2013

Saving Lives One Meal at a Time

Greenhouse Tomatoes at 2 weeks
Greenhouse Tomatoes at 2 weeks

Dear friends and partners,

Yesterday Monday 8th I met with a section of the women in the Tupendane Group in Nguluni. This was a follow up from the viist by Farley Sawyer of Global Giving. The purpose of the meeting was to inspire the group to work more together so as to build momentum in providing help to those members in the group who need help.

Members and or their caregivers fall sick and they need moral support. They need someone to teach them to eat well and the past few weeks have been sad especially seeing one or two members' health not improving due to lack of proper balanced nutrition.

At the meeting it was inspiring to hear members planning their visits to members' homes so as to find practical ways to meet health needs. 

It is my hope that we would get a few friends to help us provide the following meals to about 3 members currently who need consistent support with food and nutrition even as we await the sales from the green house which is doing well. In the next three weeks the first harvets will be sold and the monies used to secure a constant supply of healthy vegetable to affected families.

We can do this through obtaining recurrent giving of at least $50 from 10 friends to help provide a balanced diet to 3 families every month. This will provide a daily provision of fruits, vegetables, proteins , carbohydrates and vitamins to 3 families with 5 members who are affected or infetced with HIV. The nutrition will go a long way in helping save a few lives. This will give a rich meal as in picture 3and not  waht we are used to seeing and eating as normal meals o in picture 2

Thank you for heeding the call and thank you for the kind hearted support you have continued to give our programs at Acres of Mercy.

Let us join in this one to save lives even if it is one life. This is precious.. .this is what makes you and I everyday heroes to the communities we have come to live in, share with and hope for.

Together let us save lives one meal at a time.


Normal daily Maize Beans Meal
Normal daily Maize Beans Meal
Our goal of balanced meals
Our goal of balanced meals
Jul 9, 2013

Classrooms for 150 At Risk Children

Education- The Strong Foundation
Education- The Strong Foundation

Dear Partners and friends,

Since the start of our project the time has never been ripe as it is now to talk about a few challenges that we have been facing. The key being inadequate physical infrstructure from whre we can provide quality education to our children.

We begun by providing food and this has been going on quite well with all our children now being fed through our school feeding program 98% of the time they are in school. This has been made possible through the collaborative partnership with the local sub-county administrative office.

The needs have since evolved and the governmnet requires us to have beetter infrastructure to better take care of the education and developmental needs of our students. Initially we had thought to exit them from the program because of lack of sopace but we knew doing this would mean most would never continue with their primary level education successfully due to the costs involved in taking children to public schools especially becuase of their guardians situation and the public perception of the children we have been stnading for.

Early in the year in April we had a visit by the District Quality Assurance Officer who adviced us to better our facilities if we were to be allowed to continue having the children within our programs. We had since started the process of obtaining architectural drwaings for our new school buildings that would have better learning and educational management facilities. This would help us truly have the children stay in School now and in transition as we hope to take them through our current Class 6 to Class 8. failure to have these facilities would mean dropouts from the education system for various reasons including economic contsrints of parents, not coping with change in teaching methods in public school system especially for children who have had reading and learning difficulties which we are currently remediating as opposed  to public school systems which spend little or no time remediating challenges like these.

The facebook link below shows a picture of the plans we are working on

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=610603025622885&set=pb.190853274264531.-2207520000.1373401112.&type=3&theater

For the above reason I would like to inform you as partners our desire to redirect giving to the building project over the next two years and would like to as for more support in helping us raise our target. We would revise the project and targets this September to have one campaign for the sake of the keeping our children in school and helping them transition to high school for a better future. Help them Build a foundation on which they will build better lives and better futures for themselves. Away from the poverty cycle and risks facing them.

It is my hope that we will all join together in making this possible.

We would welcome suggestions and comments even as we plan for September Open Challenge. Ideas on events that you could hold either as individuals or groups to help us arise to meet this new challenge to keep our children in school.

Thank you


 


Proposed Building Plans
Proposed Building Plans
Inside the Wooden Classrooms
Inside the Wooden Classrooms
Temporary Classes
Temporary Classes
This building holds 3 classes and a school office
This building holds 3 classes and a school office
Class 4 Students in Partitioned Class
Class 4 Students in Partitioned Class

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