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
Jun 11, 2014

One Classroom Up!

Hard core to fill in Foundation
Hard core to fill in Foundation

It has been a great first half of the year. Together we have been able to give students at class 7 (7th grade) a class to call their own. To our friends, and partners-Bravo! And Thank you! We are indeed delivering the classes stone for stone.

Over the past few months much progress has been made with the classroom building project.

We have received disbursements more consistently namely Feb, March, and now June. This means that we have been receiving more donations that have enabled us meet the processing amounts.

I want to thank you for your generous giving.

Through these efforts we have been able to do the following

  1. Complete 1 classroom- complete with plastered floors and walls, roofing and installation of windows and door; we were also able to complete conduit work for the electrical wiring.
  2. With the last disbursement we will be able to do the following:
  • Complete payment of the contracted mason for previous work completed.
  • Fill in two foundations with hardcore
  • Complete electrical wiring of the new class.
  • Complete the installation of windows

The impact has been amazing with our current class seven able to have enough learning space. We have been relieved of space constraints to a great extent. The class was able to move from a garage space they were using since the beginning of the year at the right time as the cold season set in.

Though our lower classes are still constrained for space I believe we will be able to work to complete two more classes at least by end of August 2014.

To do that would require us to make close to $4000. This will complete the two classes (see foundation stage) and also start the work on a second Block with 4 classes.

I would like to request you to consider doubling your giving and mobilization from friends to enable us meet the $4000 mark and deliver the two classes just as we did deliver the complete one over an impressive time of four months.

I believe with all of us chipping in with double efforts we can do the two classes in two and a half months.

This way we would be able to separate the baby class, nursery and pre-unit  who are currently sharing one class and class one and two who are currently sharing our office block-which we converted into classrooms.

Once again I would like to ask you to ask friends, family, work colleagues and business associates to support the work down here, to make for significance. This way we can double the speed of the work and the impact we are making together.

Thank you!

The next two classrooms- Foundation stage
The next two classrooms- Foundation stage
The New Class 7
The New Class 7
Front View
Front View
Students Entering Class
Students Entering Class
New Foundation Area- Block B
New Foundation Area- Block B
Mar 24, 2014

Building Children's futures Stone for Stone

New Block to the Left
New Block to the Left

Dear friends and partners,

Once again it’s my pleasure to report that we are making good progress on the project since we changed focus.

The following has happened since our last reporting:-

Three Classes Being Built Already

We redrew the plans to a simple 9 class school with an administration block and kitchen at a cost of $ 470. These were approved by the Town Council and the Public Health Department at a cost of $348.

The redrawn plans ensured we would be able to have classes at a cost of $53000 instead of the initial plans that would have been $ 200,000 as per Bill of Quantities estimates, a quarter of what we initially planned with.

 So far we have laid the foundations of three classes and completed the outer structure of one class up to roof level. (see pictures)

Total cost of the building part of the project so far has been approximately $1023, and includes digging up the foundation, laying the bricks, purchasing ballast 7 tonnes, sand 14 tonnes and 800 feet of stones and labour.

 

April 2014 Target

We have a target of April 30th to complete the super structures of the three classes and install windows and doors and complete the floors. And also begin the foundation of the kitchen and three other classes to be completed by end of August 2014.

 

Thanking You for Continued Support

I would like to thank you for your continued support in giving towards these projects. You are making a difference with every dollar given. At the same time I would like to encourage you to consider increasing your recurring giving by $ 20 to enable us receive disbursements monthly rather than bi-monthy  for that is how long it has been taking  for us to get to the disbursement limit of $200.

Also encourage friends and family to support the project to help us get to $588 a month for the building so we can have the classes standing by end of August 2014.

 

I want to thank you sincerely on behalf of the children and the Board of Acres of Mercy for your continued giving despite the many circumstances and all the things that clamor attention. Thank you for making Acres of Mercy and its work a key part of your life. We are honored and privileged to be part of such a difference making team.

Class at roof stage
Class at roof stage
Class Status-4th February 2014
Class Status-4th February 2014
Nov 4, 2013

Closing Chapter- Starting Another

Setting a Bed
Setting a Bed

Dear friends and partners,

It has been months of  hard work. Together we have been able to make some strides in providing better health for families affected by HIV.

We have continued to provide care and treatment to family members and to those affected. We continue to support pediatrics within our school and also home based visits.

In the last two months we were able to provide psychosocial support to at least 3 families affected. Sadly one of the women we had been trying to get help for in terms of accessing health care attempted suicide and could not recover. She passed on. 

On the other hand we were able to mobilize support for one of our beneficiaries to access psychosocial csupport by purchasing beddings and food items. We also supported the daughter who is in secondary school with tuition so she could not miss school in the third term.

It has been tough especially with the realization that self stigma is still a reality in our community. The structure of our incubatee psychosocial support group crumbled because of unrealistic expectatioons that we were not able to bridge and this has led to the group project suffering a lack of co-ordination and ownership.

Natural climatic conditions have also meant we need to write a new chapter of interventions that will not be subjected to such changes as frequently. The green house project held for only one month until the well ran dry. (see pictures). The group was involved in very little of its management and maintenance and ended up pulling out of the partnership.

We have since made a conscious decision not to support in the meantime group project but to run it as an organization and channel the proceeds where the need is highest.

As one community health worker, who is also a beneficiary put it," we had made good progress, but we cannot let it suffer.We will find a way together to deal with stigma."

On behalf of these individuals and families I would like to thank you fellow partners and changemakers for making it possible to do the much we could with the available resources.

We would however want to close this project and focus on the Education Project that is holistic and will still cover children's health.

We will shift in working more with Community Health Workers and individuals on a need for need basis. This would enable us reach the most deserving families. 

We want to thank you for the $ 852 raised for this project. 

We were able to support the families with inputs for economic activities within the green house and school fee support as well among others.

On  behalf of these families our heartfelt thanks.

For those who had recurring gifts, it is my rquest that you shidt it to the project Help Keep 150 Children in School in Nguluni, annually. The giving will support a vulnerable child's future, see msingibora.blogspot.com

Thank you

Bed for PLHIV
Bed for PLHIV
Old bed being replaced
Old bed being replaced
Dairy goat input
Dairy goat input
The set bedding
The set bedding
Greenhouse Harvest-Students
Greenhouse Harvest-Students

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