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)
Project Location: Kenya, Nyanza Province, Homaby District, Rangeway Division, Gem West Location, Kanyanjwa Sublocation, Wagire Village
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!
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