The Olives Rehabilitation Centre (ORC) was established in 2001 by local resident Stevens Were in order to address the lack of access to primary education for children living in Bombolulu and the resultant low levels of literacy. The centre operates as an independent, not for profit primary school, offering free or affordable education to children identified as the most needy, in an area where government primary schools are too few and understaffed to accommodate the children of Bombolulu.
In January 2012 a ten year dream for Olives Rehabilitation Centre was realised thanks to the dedicated staff team. Extra classes have been built for the "baby" classes, meaning the school has the space to retain Standard 8 (the final year of primary school education in Kenya)
In March 2012 the Standard 8 students submitted all required registration documents, birth certificates and photographs to register for the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education examination in November. Lack of formal identification is a common barrier to students in slum schools being formally registered for certification and without the assistance of the school leaders it would have been impossible for the students to gather these documents. Being able to sit KCPE exams will mean the students will have the basic formal qualification required for further studies and employment in Kenya.
Donations to this project help to cover the costs of the school feeding program at our two schools in Mombasa, Kenya. Donations help towards the costs of food, transport, cooking materials, utensils and cooks wages. Thanks to this support we are able to supply meals for 250 children, Monday to Friday.
GVI Project manager Nikki explains:
"The feeding scheme is a vital programme for the children. The children continue to benefit with improved health, fewer absent children and improved academic results. Thanks to regular donations we are able to keep the feeding programme going throughout 2012.
Food prices continue to rise in Kenya pushing up the costs of the feeding scheme. GVI is actively looking for additional donors who will help us to achieve this goal. GVI are committed to continuing the feeding programme for the long term.
Thank you for your continued support of the feeding scheme."
Thanks to your amazing support for this project you have helped us to achieve an important and long held goal at the Olives Rehabilitation Centre. Recent donations have been used to build movable classrooms on the ORC church property, these classes will be used for junior Kindergarten classes making way at the main school for the first ever Standard 8 Class! I would like to share a report from GVI Kenya Country Director Tessa Doogue in relation to this development: 'The impact of this donation cannot be overstated. Since it’s inception in 2001, Olive Rehabilitation Centre’s goal has been to somehow hold on to their students to the end of standard 8. Standard 8 is a significant year because at the completion of the year, students are eligible to sit their Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KPCE). Without this basic qualification, it is extremely difficult to enter into the most basic paid work roles after school (for instance unskilled labour, house cleaning or the hospitality/tourism industry). Up until now, at the end of standard 7 students had to leave ORC due to a lack of space to hold another classroom. For the first time in ORC history, they will now have a full class of 20 students sitting (and hopefully obtaining) this qualification. In the words of Principal Michael Nyundo, this is “truly a dream realised”. Upon obtaining their KPCE, it will also set these students up as ideal candidates for high school sponsorship, something which has been extremely difficult to achieve without their KPCE qualification' This really is an incredible step for GVI and our partners, thank you to everyone who has supported this project to make this possible.
It has been a very busy time on the project in Kenya with generous donations to the GVI Charitable Trust helping the projects to continue growing with amazing results.
At Precious Vision School recent donations funded text books for students in the new standard 7, a very simple but hugely beneficial development. Project manager Louise Elard explains:
‘This will allow the teacher to deliver a complete lesson and focus on the content, rather than waste precious time writing up the lesson in the form of explanations, exercises to copy, etc, from the blackboard.
Next academic year - January through December 2012 - will be a crucial year for current Standard 6, soon to be Standard 7. They will be one standard away from sitting their KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) in December 2013. They will need to pass this exam to qualify to enter high school and continue with their education. With one book between two, this will allow for the children to truly focus on the lesson and give them the best possible chance to pass these exams. GVI strongly believe that this donation of text books, combined with a weekly high achievers class run by former volunteer, Nicky Williams, will help them to achieve this goal.’
This is the first time that students at Precious Vision have had the opportunity to sit their KCPE, a huge milestone for these deserving students. Many thanks for everyone who has supported this projects and helped to give these children opportunities which earlier students were denied.
The team in Kenya are currently hard at work installing a new water connection for the Precious Vision School thanks to support for this project. So far the pipes are being laid and we have installed a tap at the front of the building and a water tank. Unfortunately even the mains water is unreliable so having a tank to store water will ensure a consistent supply.
This seemingly simple improvement will have a huge impact in the school saving both time and money.
The water connection will save on time as the children will no longer need to carry out the chore of collecting water in jerry cans from the local village tap. This means they can spend more time in the classroom learning.
The connection will also be more cost effective that the current system. Our community and school leader Madam Jane forecasts that the monthly amount spent on water will decrease. In addition it will also reduce her work load and she will no longer need to constantly monitor water levels which she is very happy about!
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager