NYAKONGO EDUCATION CENTRE (NEC)
P.O. BOX 106-40303, RANGWE, KENYA
I am humbled to take this wonderful opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support of this project (Educating 80 Girls and Orphans in Kenya) over the past two years. Your kindness and generosity has enabled to reach and even surpass our initial objectives. We have made tremendous strides in improving the lives of orphans and girls in our community, and as it is evident, the living standards of the community members as a whole.
Your contribution to our project through Global Giving has resulted in a transformation of our educational system for girls and orphans and the community at large. We see this as a new beginning and believe more progress is possible if we all remain together and continue to work in the same unwavering spirit. Wagire community is ready to make a change in its young generation. This means a future full of promise and hope. Our wish is that these benefits reaped as a result of relentless toil of a small community like Wagire could be emulated elsewhere in neighboring communities
The initial project objectives have been fully achieved. Below is a report on our progress on follow up objectives:
On 31st December last year, we held a successful graduation ceremony which saw 32 pupils graduate to class one from pre-unit. Among them were 20 girls. All of them had attained the school pass mark (see photo).
We also opened three new classes; class two, three and class four. We are conducting interviews for new pupils for class three and four which is currently ongoing.
We have employed three new teachers with p1 training beginning this term to take care of the additional classes and the added number of pupils (see photo). In addition, one of our pre-unit teachers with only ECD (Early Childhood Education) training will undergo training to upgrade to P1 (Diploma) starting in March/April 2012.
In line with the increased enrollment of pupils, we have increased facilities as follows:
We have built 30 new desks for the pupils
We have made two new blackboards for the new classes
We have purchased 20 new plastic seats for the library to cater for increased usage
We have plans underway to do minor repair work on the library. We intend to have larger windows and improve on ventilation and lighting to make the reading area more homely.
As part of expanded usage of the library, we are putting up structures to enable us avail electronic media to the users. This will include use of 5 computers to access internet and audio and visual media devices.
We have also commissioned the fencing of the school compound. This will take form of a live fence reinforced with barbed wire. This follows the successful demarcation of the half acre piece of land on which the school lies.
We got quotation for our electricity connection from Kenya Power. We have made a down payment to that effect and we expect to be connected to the grid in the next three months. This will enable us to have electricity power for 24 hours a day, and given that we have an already functional solar power system, our usage will be low.
Your contributions have made an enormous positive impact on our community. We are energized to continue improving life for our children, especially the girls and orphans.
Wagire, Kenya, October, 2011
Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our community project (Educating 80 girls and Orphans in Kenya) (see photo). In the last three months we have continued to focus on improving the lives of children in our community, especially in providing educational opportunities for orphans and girls. The community has been working together cooperatively to ensure the success of this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project. We are so grateful for your support and generosity.
This project is the first of its kind in our community. There has never been any influx of money for improvements; this money from Global Giving/PATHWAYS is the first. We are doing our best to make the most of this opportunity. Your contribution has changed lives, and will continue to have a positive impact on especially children, well into the future. The initial project objectives have been fully achieved. Below is a report on our progress on follow up objectives:
We have completed the refurbishment of our kitchen at a cost of Ks. 3,670.This included putting up a wall and repairs to the roof.
Completion of construction of a bookshelf to help store the library books, at a total cost of Ksh. 5,000.
We employed one more teaching staff member to help handle the increased numbers of pupils. We currently have 150 pupils in our four classes and the number keeps increasing day in day out. Our orphaned children population has also more than doubled. We currently have 35 total and partial orphans. We have a total of six members of teaching staff and three members of non-teaching staff to help keep up with the increasing numbers of pupils (photo). We have plans underway to construct and equip three additional classrooms by the end of this year. We also plan to relocate our library so as to allow more study space to users as the usage/utility of our library has risen sharply of late, and we have had increased demand for more reading material and reading space, so we also deliberated to add to our existing collection of reading materials, especially now that we are approaching the end of the year when most students sit for their final examinations.
We set plans in motion to have the school connected to the national electricity grid so that we can reduce our expenditure on electricity. We have our own solar power, funded through the generosity of Global Giving donors, (photo) however, this has not been adequate to supply power for 24hours a day. We will still have a low power consumption as we will rely on the power generated by the solar panel for consumption.
We are in advanced stages in securing the land title deed for the school lot. (photo) This should be completed by the end of the year.
Our community is committed to help alleviate poverty among us with a special focus on girls and women. We aim to empower the community through recognition and initiation of programs targeting the neglected members of the community.
As you may remember, PATHWAYS supported my medical school education and I am now midway with my internship, currently doing my rotation in Paediatrics an am enjoying it immensely. My goal in life is to help children.
Thank you for helping me help my community and helping them make much needed improvements in the educational facilities and resources and infrastructure, like power, so that they can generate their own new opportunities in the future.
You are changing lives for the better- thank you!!
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Progress Report: July 21, 2011 - Update from Project Director Isaac Ngere (PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress scholar and 4th year medical school student at the University of Nairobi)
Project Location: Kenya, Nyanza Province, Homaby District, Rangeway Division, Gem West Location, Kanyanjwa Sublocation, Wagire Village
Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our community project (Educating 80 girls and Orphans in Kenya) (see photo). In the past three months we have focused on improving the lives of children in our community, especially in providing educational opportunities for orphans and girls. To achieve this objective, the community has come together to work cooperatively to ensure the success of this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project. We owe so much to you for your support and generosity.
I want you to be assured that this project has made a huge impact on the lives of my community members. Your contribution has changed lives, and will continue to have a positive impact on many in the future. The initial project objectives have been fully achieved, as is reported below, and the community is energized to continue and expand the project as I describe in the final section.
Progress to date:
The original project objectives included installation of a solar panel, construction of a school with three classrooms, and establishment of a library on site. The first 2 objectives have been accomplished, with the library scheduled for completion in December 2011. The project has had a very positive impact on the community leading to additional efforts to generate income, in part to sustain the educational activities.
The solar panel generates 100 watts for 12 hours each day, sufficient to power 12 energy saving bulbs for 4 hours and for charging up to 30 cell phone batteries daily (see photo). This allows for additional study time for students and library users and for essential use of cell phones. It should be noted that although this community lacks direct connection to a power grid (but see below under plans), cell phone use here, as elsewhere in Kenya, is both widespread and critical to many everyday functions (e.g. banking) otherwise made difficult because of distal locations. This is the first project in the region that has provided access to solar power. Community feedback on the usefulness of the project in solving has been very positive. One student says "It is so much easier to do my school work with the lights.” (see photo)
The second goal, construction of three classrooms, has been accomplished with the acquisition and installation of a modular building housing the three class rooms and is fully in use on a regular basis (see photo). A director has been appointed (see photo) who, along with three teachers provides daily instruction to students from pre-school through the eighth grade, and over 100 students are enrolled. The parents are enthusiastic regarding the addition of the school and the opportunity it provides to the students. Many of the children must walk a considerable distance to reach the school, nonetheless enrollment has grown and attendance is consistent showing that the school is highly valued by the community. Daily student-teacher contact time has increased from 6 hours to 7.5 hours. Feedback from the children, parents and guardians of the orphans has been very positive. Eunice, one of the teachers talks about one of her students who is an orphan,"... She feels like she has a home in this school, she receives breakfast and a supportive structure....". (see photo)
The third objective was to establish and improve a Library with dedicated space, shelving and an array of suitable books. This has been accomplished with space prepared and over 100 books acquired (see photo). There are presently some 50 registered library users and access has been improved via the solar panels providing additional hours of light for study. The pupils at the Nyakongo Educational Centre also use our library facilities. We are waiting for more book shelves to be constructed for our books. After that, we can finalize the library building.
The success of the project to date has been positively viewed by the community and motivated them to begin other activities to improve the economic status of the community to, among other goals, help parents to pay for school fees and uniforms so they may fully benefit form the educational opportunity now available to their children. As I mentioned earlier, we are initiating more activities:
-Crop production e.g. farming in drought resistant crop varieties like cassava (see photo).
-Animal husbandry e.g. goat and rabbit rearing.
-Organic farming practices to reduce pollution.
-Forestry (tree planting to reduce erosion).
-Fish farming, taking advantage of a government initiative to dig small ponds and stock with fingerlings. (see photo)
Future Plans: New initiatives adopted by the community and added to the original scope of the Global giving/PATHWAYS Project:
-Connecting the village to the power grid now feasible because the government has brought power lines to a few hundred yards from the village. This would also provide power for pumps to allow for irrigations and thus improve crop yields.
-Sponsor one of the school teachers to obtain a teaching certificate that would make her eligible for government salary assistance to the school.
Thank you so much, you are changing lives for the better!
Progress Report: April 22, 2010 - Update from Project Director Isaac Ngere (PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress scholar and 4th year medical school student at the University of Nairobi)
Thank you for supporting our community project (Educating 80 girls and Orphans in Kenya) In the past year we have made great strides in improving the lives of orphans and girls in our community. The community has come together to complete our objectives for this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project. We owe so much to you and your generosity.
I want you to know that your donation has made a huge impact on the lives of my community members. Whether you donated $10 for a book or $1000 for the classroom building, your contribution has changed lives, and will continue to have a positive impact on many. Evaluation is important to any project, so below I have listed some of the specific outcomes for each sub-project.
Project One: Installation of a Solar Panel
We have been able to evaluate this project as follows:
Number of units connected to the solar electricity grid- 6 units fully light with one unit also heated.
Amount of power we are able to produce from our system- 100 watts for 12 hours, lighting 12 energy saving bulbs for 4 hours, charging up to 30 cell phone batteries daily.
Total number of job opportunities created so far- 6 people directly employed.
Community feedback on the efficiency of the project in solving their problems- we have enjoyed good support from the local community who say that this is the first initiative of its kind run to obtain power cheaply from the sun. Barret Odhiambo, a student who has been using our library for reference purposes and studies, says " There are many good books at this library and there is even electricity so that I can read at night.”
Project Two: Construction of three Classrooms
We have been able to evaluate the success of this project as follows;
Number of children in each class at the end of the year- Numbers have risen from previous 25 per class to an average of 40 per class.
Total number of pupils we are able to accommodate per year- from a previous 100 to 140 currently.
Total time the orphans spend in school compared to the time they spend at home- with opening of the new classes, we have more teachers-pupil interaction time from six hours to seven and a half hours per day.
Feedback from the children, parents and guardians of the orphans has been very positive. Viviane Awuor, a student at the new school says,"... I am so happy to be in this new school and work to be at the top of my class. I love it here because the teachers and staff are very friendly...." " when I grow up I want to be a teacher like her (the headteacher)".
Employment opportunities- three new teachers.
Project Three: Improvements of proposed Library Building
Library attendance in the most recent month - total of 40 people were registered as regular users. All pupils at Nyakongo Educational Centre also use our library facilities.
Employment opportunities- one attendant, planned to rise in the course of the year to seven.
Feedback from the library users has been very good.
Barret, student, says "My school has a library but it is far and I cannot study there every night. The new Global Giving funded library is near my home and I can study there every night and on weekends... ." "... My dream is to become a lawyer and I know I can achieve that, this library will help."
Utilization of library facilities – our facilities are at the moment over utilized due to limited book inventory (although you provided funds for many) and very high demand. We hope to find an organization who can send us used books.
Provision of vocational training and learning resources to orphans, girls, women and other disadvantaged members of the community during school breaks at the educational center. For this to be a reality we have already embarked on plans to identify and recruit trainers and tutors who can help facilitate such learning. Such vocational training will cover the following areas:
-Crop production e.g. farming in drought resistant crop varieties like cassava (see vegetable garden photo)
-Animal husbandry e.g. goat rearing, rabbit keeping (see goat photo)
-Organic farming practices to reduce pollution
-Forestry (see tree nursery photo)
-Cottage industry ideas e.g. assembling solar panels, making sanitary pads, basketry, tailoring
Please see the attached pictures of some of the girls and orphans who are benefiting from your generosity – additional pictures of the library and other aspects of the project will be included in our final report in the next few weeks.
Thank you, you are changing lives!
Barrett, a student, says, " There are many good books at this library and there is even electricity so that I can read at night!”
We have been working hard as a community to complete our objectives for this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project. I want to tell you about the progress we have made in the last few months. You can't imagine the difference you are making by supporting this project! Thank you!
Solar Panel Project Progress We have now purchased a single solar panel of rating 100-watts and its other components and set up a lighting and heating system (see photo). This has enabled us to light all of the classrooms and library. We plan also to buy a heater for use to provide warmth to chicken in our poultry yard utilizing the solar panel. We have set up the following enterprising units within the educational center:
-Barber shop which serves pupils in our centre and the surrounding schools and communities.
-Phone charging business which helps our members to charge their phones, torches and domestic lights. (see cell phone recharging photo).
-Battery charging business.
-Phone repair and electronics repair.
Plans are underway to teach use of solar energy to the local community so as to reduce over-reliance on wood fuel and oil for the purposes of cooking and lighting. This we will accomplish by serving as a model of efficient use of solar energy to cook, light, heat and irrigate lands to enhance food production. A sub-sect of the community group has been tasked with coming up with ways that this can be achieved on a large scale so as to help as many community members as possible.
Future Plans:Opening a computer school and tailoring school to train locals especially women and girls who have dropped out of schools in the surrounding area and a technical training institute in beauty, engineering and craft to train youths who fail to get a chance to join government polytechnics and universities so as to make them be self reliant.
Classroom Project Progress
We have constructed three classrooms measuring 25 by 20 feet which on can accomodate up to 72 pupils. Completion of these three new classrooms has enabled us to accomplish the following:
-Increased enrollment of children to the school from a previous figure of 100 pupils to 140. This has enabled us to help more orphans and girls.
-Better learning conditions for the orphans. We have been able to move them from the previous mud-walled classes to a permanent building which has little dust and hence lower rates of respiratory tract diseases. This has resulted in them spending fewer days at home or at the clinic hence improved academic performance.
-Increased employment opportunities to the members of our community group and locals in the surrounding area (see photo of security guard). We recently recruited three new staff members to cater for the increased numbers of pupils.
-Improved standards of learning due to less congestion as a result of the additional space for learning.
-The additional space has enabled us to employ more teachers so that teacher-pupil interaction is improved. This has resulted in improved performance as witnessed in the good class average attained in our end of year examinations.
Future Plans:Provision of vocational training and learning resources to orphans, girls, women and other disadvantaged members of the community during school breaks at the educational center. For this to be a reality we have already embarked on plans to identify and recruit trainers and tutors who can help facilitate such learning. Such vocational training will cover the following areas: crop production e.g. farming in drought resistant crop varieties like cassava (see vegetable garden photo), animal husbandry e.g. goat rearing, rabbit keeping (see goat photo), organic farming practices, forestry (see tree nursery photo), cottage industry ideas e.g. assembling solar panels, making sanitary pads, basketry, tailoring, business entrepreneurship.
Library Project Progress
We have renovated the library building and stocked close to 300 books and reference materials. We have also employed a library attendant to assist in running the library. Examination candidates from the surrounding community are registered in the library and they get access to our library facilities for seven days a week including at night.Community members have been very receptive and a number have even donated a few reading materials to benefit everyone. Completing the library renovation and stocking has enabled us to accomplish the following:
-Improved learning conditions for pupils at the educational center who are now able to access reference materials locally.
-Empowerment of school going children and community members through provision of quality reference material and conducive reading environment has been made possible. We expect reduced crime, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS rates in the areas because youths are kept busy with academic work
-Increased employment opportunities to the locals. We have directly employed one library attendant and we expect to indirectly employ up to five more in the course of the year.
Future Plans: Because there is only one other community owned library in our Homa-Bay District, our plan is to expand our library to match the need.
In closing, your contribution to our project through Global Giving has resulted in a transformation of our educational system for girls and orphans and the community at large. We see this as a new beginning and believe more progress is possible if we all remain together and continue to work in the same unwavering spirit. Wagire community is ready to make a change in its young generation. This means a future full of promise and hope. Our wish is that these benefits reaped as a result of relentless toil of a small community like Wagire, could be emulated elsewhere in neighboring communities. It is our noble role to make sure that this happens, and therefore, the support of our loyal donors, well wishers, local administration, community members and members of our community group is much appreciated.
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