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.
All the best
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.
GVI supports a school whose local teachers are unable to receive a Kenyan minimum wage because of the 'slum' conditions they live and work. Despite this, the dedication these teachers have to their students education is unwavering. They consistently work throughout the school term and Holiday periods. More often than not, the teachers and the students live in the same communities with poor living conditions and high unemployment rates (reaching 80%). Their wages, to our standards, are considered low, but the teacher's are ever grateful for a guaranteed and reliable monthly income as this is not always the case for teachers in similar schools in the area of Shauri-yako and Bombolulu.
These teachers, with their dedication and work ethic, are one of the schools greatest resources and are needed to guarantee the schools ongoing success. With Nyota becoming a registered school this year (July 2013) their students are able to sit their Kenyan Certified Primary Education Exam (KCPE) and teachers are tirelessly working towards preparing their students and supporting them with review lessons. The students have benefited from the effort by their teachers as well as the consistency of the staffing of the school. With less turnaround, students get the benefit of a teacher who knows their strengths and weaknesses and can better cater their lessons to their student's needs. With the Nyota students are benefiting from consistent local teachers, our volunteers and our relationship with the school has grown to an all time high. With less turnaround on the local side, and more long term volunteers signing up to work with our project, the teacher/volunteer relationship is getting stronger with a shared passion for teaching and for the success of the children of Nyota.
Without your donations, these teachers would have to live from pay cheque to pay cheque and not knowing when those pay cheques will be coming in. It is unfortunately far too typical in Kenya to work and not know when you will be paid for your efforts, forcing you to take loans and seek alternative means of income and employment. With these donations, a guaranteed monthly income ensures the teacher to have to worry less about their finances (as they can now plan for their rent, food, personal items and medical costs) and focus on a more positive life and the students in their classrooms. These donations are the main reason why we have been able ensure a consistent teaching staff at Nyota and a stronger brighter education for the students in our school.
Thank you for continuing to support this project!
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