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!
Food programs have always been an important focus for the projects in Kenya, as GVI Kenya Country Director Tess Doogue explains 'You cannot separate nutrition and education; they really go hand in hand. Any investment in education risks being wasted if there are not accompanying investments in the student’s nutritional needs'
With food programs recently donations have been focused on three main areas:
Term time for the children
One of the major obstacles the schools is facing right now is feeding the children. At present lunch is provided to the children, however as the schools continue to expand in the number of children attending each day, the lunches are becoming more and more watered down as they struggle to accommodate everyone. It is quite common for a volunteer to come home saying that their students had complained that, despite having eaten, they were still hungry. The most common cause of primary school drop-out in Kenya is hunger. If schools cannot provide lunch for the children this has a detrimental effect on the students being able to concentrate on learning for the entire day, and being able to focus on lessons proves too much. Consequently they end up dropping out before they reach high school age.
For many students, the meal given at the schools are their one guaranteed meal of the day. With this additional money being used for the lunches, the school is able to bulk up the food and give the children a more substantial meal, thus allowing them to be able to concentrate, resulting in increased academic performance. Furthermore, the increased nutritious meals served will improve the health of these students. Lack of adequate nutrition results in compromised immune systems which is a concern particularly for these children as a) they do not have access to medical facilities due to lack of funds and b) do not live in hygienic conditions. The extra food they receive each day will go a long way to improve their health. The children are livelier and happier with food in their bellies each day, a benefit which is impossible to put a money value on!
During the April holidays lunch was provided for the children the schools, Monday to Friday. This was done to encourage them to come to school for a number of reasons: 1) to get extra tuition 2) to keep them out of trouble - with nothing much to occupy them in the slum, the children out of boredom often fall into a bad crowd as they get older; and 3) to ensure they ate that day – the majority of the children at the schools come from impoverished families. The result was phenomenal: 150 children were turning up each day as opposed to the 40-50 children that have turned up in past holiday programmes.
In June 2011, a medical camp was held at the Olives school to provide free professional medical advice and treatment to the Bomboluluu community. Despite the bad weather this was a successful and busy day. Approximately 500 people from the local village were seen by the doctors, nurses and professional medically trained volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to help local people that would not be in a position to afford to pay for this professional service. Donations to this project helped to provide the volunteer helpers with a basic lunch.
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager