Over the last 18 months we have looked at multiple pieces of land both in Bombolulu and in the surrounding areas. While we have found several pieces of land that were suitable and within our price range, our lawyer was unable to find the correct title deeds, meaning there was no proof that the land belonged to the person who was selling it to us. Other plots have, upon surveying, proved smaller than they appeared in the title deeds, deeming them too small to build a school on. The price of land in Bombolulu and its surrounding areas has risen drastically in the last few years as the area is becoming more developed. It is an incredibly difficult climate in which to purchase land.
Going forward, Olives have had to review their options. The first was to come to an agreement with the landlady and create a two year plan. Olives have a signed a three year rent agreement stating that the rent will not change for the agreed period of time. We are using a portion of the donations to renovate the existing structure. Making improvements on the roof, which will help to block out sounds from other classrooms, install glass slat windows to allow more light into the classrooms, and re-plaster the walls and put down new floors in the classroom.
A monthly contribution will be made over the next two years towards the teacher’s wages. This would mean that Olives’ teachers would remain consistent, which in turn has a positive impact on student academic results. Grades and results are extremely important to Kenyan parents, and improved grades will mean that parents are more likely to keep their children in education. Supplementing teachers’ wages frees up money that can then be used to pay school fees for children who come from impoverished families and are unable to afford them. Olives aim is to create a 60:40 balance, with 60% of the students paying the minimal school fees (£3.50/$6 per month), while the other 40% are supplemented. Families’ circumstances change day by day, so every month Steven reviews who is able to pay the fees, and who isn’t. The fees generated from those capable of paying go towards the teachers’ wages.
The remaining funds have been invested in to an income generating programme The objectives of the programme is to run an efficient and profitable business that will reinvest in its future to ensure that the business continues and provides regular revenue to help cover the running costs (rent payments) of Olives Rehabilitation Centre. This will enable the school to continue to offer an education that provides their students with a brighter future.
The income generating programme is a Tuk tuk business which is based on owning and renting out of two tuk tuks. Tuk tuks have become an affordable form of transport to many of Mombasa’s residents since their introduction. They take children to school, mothers to market, and families to weddings, not to mention that they are the only practical means of transport in Mombasa’s Old Town
The tuk tuk will be rented to a driver who will subsequently use it to generate an income for his or herself. This area could also be expanded on in future years by buying more tuk tuk’s generating more income.
In this way, we hope to help Olives become self-sufficient while maintaining an environment more conducive to learning.
Thank you for supporting this program.
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Merry Christmas from Mombasa!
We have exciting news this holiday season. Donations from supporters, such as yourself, have been invested into a new self-sustaining business plan for our schools to start generating funds by themselves!
The Tuk Tuk Management Business is to generate revenue to help towards the running costs for Olives Rehabilitation Centre. Olives began in 2001 as a day care centre to children in the Bombolulu and surrounding areas. Since 2001 it has grown into a large school teaching up to 400 children from Kindergarten to Standard 8. The education is centred on the Kenyan Curriculum with an opportunity for the children to sit the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exam in their final year.
The Olives Tuk Tuk Management business will rent out two tuk tuks on a daily basis’s. This will generate enough revenue to cover the running costs of each tuk tuk, the monthly rent payments of Olives Rehabilitation Centre and save for reinvestment to ensure that the business will continue and run successful for future years. All this will enable the school to continue to offer an education that provides their students with a brighter future.
These tuk tuks have been funded through the GVI Charitable Trust from donations and are now registered to Stevens, the Head of Olives Rehabilitation Centre.
We hope you are as excited by this as we are! It is a great chance for the School to move forward.
GVI Charitable Trust
Olives Rehabilitation Centre is a school located in the Bombolulu slum in Mombasa, and caters to the underprivileged children of the surrounding area. Without the school's support, these students would not be attending any formal school institution. With our schools, our students have the chance of writing their KCPE (Kenyan Certificate Primary Education) exam in their final year of primary education in hopes that they pass and move on to Secondary school. This Certification will open many doors for our students from documented work to attaining government support and loans. Our best chance at ensuring our students are prepared and ready for these exams is in providing textbooks that follow the appropriate curriculum as required by the government.
Many students in Olives come from families of very low income. As a result, they are unable to purchase their own textbooks and school supplies. While the school provides textbooks for class time, their resources are also stretched, and the students are unable to take the books home with them to study. As a result, the students, in particular the standard eight pupils are put at a disadvantage when it comes to exam revision. They are competing with other neighbouring schools, where resources are more plentiful and students own their own textbooks.
Thanks to your donation, we were able to purchase "Targeter Combined Encyclopaedias" for each of the 35 Standard 8 students. This book is a compendium of revision for each subject that the students sit in the KCPE; English, Kiswahili, Science, Maths, Social Studies, and CRE. It also includes sample exam papers and answers. The students are able to take these books home with them, which enables them to study and revise whenever they want. It also familiarizes them with the format of the exam they will be sitting in November, which will greatly help them.
As you can see from the photos, the children were delighted with their new books, and couldn't wait to cover them in the plastic wrapping to protect them! Thank you very much for your generous donation.
While the feeding programme has an immeasurable benefit on the 225 students that it feeds every day, it also has a huge impact on two other people, who’s contribution is often overlooked. The two cooks Nyota employs, Irene and Mary, have been with the school for over two years, providing nutritious and filling lunches for the students of Nyota.
Every day, without fail these ladies make and serve porridge at 10.20 and lunch at 12.40. Their hard work and dedication to the school is rewarded, as they not only get a wage, but their children and grandchildren attend the school free of charge. This means that these ladies are free during the day to cook, and do not have to worry about alternative childminding options for their children.
The food that they cook daily benefits the students and teachers as it increases concentration and information retention levels. For many students the meals they receive in school are the only meals that they eat.
The feeding programme is so important to the students of Nyota Ing’arayo, and thanks to your donations, it remains a valuable aspect of school life for these students.
Many thanks for your support.
At the beginning of March 2014, volunteers, using money fundraised by the GVI Charitable Trust, purchased 121 different children's novels, from a variety of reading levels.
In Bombolulu where the average weekly income is about 7 USD, a children’s novel, if found at all, would cost a parent more than a week’s wages. As a result, ‘reading’, often regarded one of the most important aspects in a child’s development is an activity limited to a few devoted school hours each month. In such an environment, a metal box with 121 novels is a treasure, and at the center is proudly called ‘the Olives library’.
Each Monday and Tuesday students from standards 5, 6, 7 and 8 are allowed to take out a library book, and bring it home for the week. The books are signed in and out, and students are held accountable for the books. If the students have not yet finished reading the novel, then they are able to sign it out for another week, as long as they bring the book in and show it to a ‘librarian’ on the assigned day. If the students have finished their books, they are allowed to choose another.
While this is offering students the opportunity to read, many come from homes where one or both parents are illiterate. As a result, if they were to come across a word or phrase they did not understand, they would be unable to ask anyone at home for help. To combat this, each student is given a notebook, where they can write down words that they cannot understand, and ask a teacher the following day.
While 121 different novels go a long way, the library is very popular and novels will be in high demand. For children from a low-income area, books have the potential to fuel the imagination by transferring people from their everyday life into magical and exciting fantasies. They help increase the students' knowledge of the world around them. As the famous American children’s book writer ‘Dr. Seuss’ put it in one of his books ”The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
We are hoping further donations will enable us to let the library grow.
Thank you for supporting this project.
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