A major project to develop our 7th partner school, funded in partnership with Hazel’s Footprints Trust. This project will include the construction of new facilities and the completion/renovation of existing buildings. The final school will consist of 8 classrooms, a dedicated pre-school, a multi-purpose hall and kitchen, staffroom and offices and a library/computer room. It will also include new/improved solutions for water and electricity supply, and hygiene and sanitation.
Cost: up to $150,000
Makwasinyi classrooms (Phase III)
This project will include the reconstruction of a block of classrooms at the school. An existing block of five classrooms will be demolished, one classroom at a time, and ultimately replaced by a block of four larger classrooms. This represents the final phase of work to improve classroom environments at the school - Phase I included the construction of a block of three entirely new classrooms and Phase II (on-going) involves replacing a block containing the old staffroom/offices and three classrooms with a block of four classrooms. Upon completion of Phase III, Makwasinyi will have a total of 11 identical classrooms.
Cost: approx. $45,000
Kisimenyi development (Phase II)
Following on from the two-year first phase of our project (completed in Sep 2013) to construct a new school at Kisimenyi, we will return to the school in 2015/16 to undertake a planned second phase of work. This will include the construction of four additional primary classrooms, a single classroom extension to the nursery school, the creation of staff housing and improvements to utility supplies (water and electricity).
Cost: approx. $85,000
We will continue to deliver our feeding programme at least at current levels. This currently involves providing a daily hot lunch to 1,200 of the 2,400 children across our partner schools, including all 400 or so nursery children. The programme supports all children at the three smallest schools (by enrolment) and nursery children at the three largest schools. To extend the programme to all pupils at just one of these three schools would cost an additional $11,000 per annum, on top of the $36,000 cost of the programme at current levels. To extend the programme to support all pupils would cost a total of around $65,000 per annum.
Cost (2015): approx. $35,000
This project will see modern furniture supplied to the last remaining classrooms currently using old-style timber workstations.
Cost: approx. $30,000
Building work has started in the last couple of weeks on our inagurual staff housing project, involving the construction of a single staff house at Jora Primary. This flexible, reconfigurable building will provide accommodation for up to three teachers in three two-room units. The house will be built to high-quality specifications, and include electricity and lighting, along with shared outside toilets and washrooms. We expect to start work on a similar project at another partner school in the coming weeks, using the $18,000 that we recently raised for this purpose.
As an added incentive to this project we are delighted to have again been accepted to take part in the BigGive Christmas Challenge, a matched funding event that offers our supporters the opportunity to have donations doubled. We have a maximum of $12,000 available to us in matched funding and we are therefore targeting raising $12,000 in donations over the 3 days of the challenge in Late December.
With our partner schools in Kenya now on holiday for the summer of 2014 until late September, we are taking the opportunity to get on with some major projects without causing any disruption to learning. At Makwasinyi we have started work on what is the 52nd classroom we have built or renovated since our inception in 2008, while elsewhere work continues apace on our inaugural staff house. We are also making arrangements for our feeding programme for next term, which will involve the purchase of over 15,000kg of maize, rice and beans for 1,200 pupils, whilst we continue to work on plans for two exciting major infrastructure projects, including at a new 7th partner school !
In Kisimenyi following more than two years of tireless construction work we opened the first part of a brand new school this summer. This includes twelve spacious classrooms, a dedicated nursery school, a library plus offices and a staffroom, along with safe and hygienic sanitation facilities, 80000 litres of rainwater storage capacity andmore than 4000 textbooks and reading books.
On Saturday 26th April Kids4Kenya held a Car Wash to support the Kisimenyi Schools building project in Towson, MD raising $760 - 100% of which will go directly to the Project.
Given that the cost of feeding one child is $0.10 for each school lunch, the amount raised will enable 30 children to be feed for an entire year at Kisimenyi.
The work in Kisimenyi continues - with two complete classroom blocks and many other facilities now operational, the 550 students at Kisimenyi are seeing the many benefits delivered through the building and operations support provided by Kids4Kenya and African Promise
Those are the words of a pupil that has benefited from the transformation of Kisimenyi Primary School, where the opening of the new school in September 2013 has had a profound impact.
But 2013 was not just about our work at Kisimenyi. It was also the year we launched a major pupil feeding programme. And supplied a record number of books and desks. And raised more funds than in any previous calendar year. In fact, whichever way you look at it, 2013 was the most successful of our six years as a charity.
We're grateful to the many of you who played a part in that success. We have our eye on even greater achievements in 2014. But we cannot get there without your continued support; we hope you will be able to help us.
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