It has been an amazing 5 months.
With 185 children in school getting an education, this is something to be proud about.
The children are getting 2 meals a day, 5 days a week in partnership with Caring for Kenyan Kids.
We are currently doing a literacy assessment to determine the level of literacy of the students. The assessment are two fold: one is to determine progress of students who have been at the school; the other is to determine lvele of literacy of new students who have recently joined.
This will help us determine how to proceed with them during our Reading Intervention Program
During the assessment I asked one of our students called Alex if he knows how to read. His response was almost disheartening. He said to me." I don't know how to read."
After the assessment I was elated- because though he had said he did not know how to read- Alex could read beyond what he thought and what I thought as well. You see he had come in 3 months previously- in February and did not know how to read at all.
Alex owes it to the teachers, and to you...that he can now begin to understand his lessons. And can read. His score was like this:-
He read 263 words; He had 33 errors. He took about 5 minutes. Ths may not be much but given where he was at the start of the term, this is great progress. Thanks to you partner.
Let's give more children the needed skills- move them from Basic literacy to functional literacy.
And because these children are in school, some have been able to develop their skills; On JUne 2nd will be the District Athetics Championships and two of our students will be competing.
June 1st, we had a local family and friends visit the school with learning resources- the event falling on the day Kenya celebrates self rule was dubbed "Freedom to Learn". The children received reading, writing, revision packs, food packs, sanitary towels and mentoring and counselling.
Thank you for making change happen.
Acres of Mercy has reached a new milestone! 180
180 children are being helped through our programs now and there could have been more. Talking to one of our teaching staff last week, she said "We had to turn away many more children because we do not have the space to take them in." Most of the children we took in were from public schools. To paint the picture of part of the problem you and I are working to solve we have children who have gone through pre-school, class 1, two, three, four, and five but yet CANNOT READ. Because no one cared enough to teach them well and their parents could not afford extra money for the remedial classes sold to them in public schools.
The teacher was right. Resources are yet few. Our classes are yet unfinished and we are short of teaching staff, but the program still continues with the little we get from friends like you. And we are making progress on them as you will see from the photos from January 2015.
With a little more extra giving we can complete four other classes within the year. I will keep you posted of how we can do this through globalgiving campaigns coming up. This quarter I joined their Online Fundraising Academy to grow in how to raise more people and resources to make a difference together in the lives of these children.
Thank you for making it happen each month and please consider additional giving or recurring giving to help make more impact and reach more children.
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.
This is a quick update on where we have reached.
Work to be done
Complete electrical wiring of the new class. We obtained a quote of what is needed.
Part of the funds will go towards re-routing the current electrical line which passes underground right where the new class foundation lays.
To re-route and fix the new route would cost about $412 (Ksh 35,000)
Completing the two class superstructure would be the next phase.
Let's take advantage of the Partner Reward Bonus Day on where donations will be matched at 40%.
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
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.
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