It's another time to share the changes that are happening and the impact that you are creating here in Nguluni through your giving.
We had new enrolment of about 36 new students coming in from surrounding public school syatem. These were students who had been mostly repeating classes because of low academic achievement brought about for the simple reason that they did not know how to read and understand. They have also had discipline challenges in their former schools . We have now placed them in our reading program where they are being taught how to read and at the same time being counselled.
So we are seeing children like Daniel who came in February not knowing how to read, write well and had discipline problems in class and a chronic truant settling in to become a better student. 30 days into the program, he is reading simple sentences, he has not missed school once and he is happier. "He has changed," remarked his parent during one visit to see Daniel's class teacher.
The teachers are encouraged by the progress and are more motivated. We hope to keep their motivation up by more training and mentoring to help children like Daniel.
But all of this work is because of the partnership that we are having and the giving recurring and one time gifts that is making the impact possible. Thank you very much, on behalf of the children, their parents and the teachers.I also want to thank you on my own behalf and the Board of Acres of Mercy- I celebrate you.
And this May, 13th we have an opportunity to make available more resources to these children and their teachers. GlobalGiving will be matching every donation made and I am asking you to consider taking part. It is a great time to have us double the impact we are having.
Your giving is changing the world, one child at a time. That is real. Thank you...
Dear Friends and partners
2015 is here! It would be however an injustice if we do not look back at what we achieved together in 2014.
Indeed together- you, the teachers and other partners alike gave the GIFT of EDUCATION to 173 children throughout the year 2014.
The following are a few highlights:-
1. Construction of 1 New Classroom in January through May.
2. Talent and Skill Development in March & May (over 60 children participated in athletics, soccer and other field games)
3. Mini Health camp (Treating Bilharzia & Deqorming) March
4. Chicken & Rabbit Project Economic Empowerment for 180 Guardians/Children April through June
5. Over 30 students graduate from mentorship class in August
6. Students work together to work on a school fencing project (local resource use) October
7.173 students graduate to next class- Another year of getting educated for 173 children (November)
For all these things we are grateful for your committment, generosity and consistency in giving to our cause.
We have plans to go many steps better this year 2015 and together we will each achieve more.
Thank you so much TEAM !
It was a good year. Thanks to you.
(Attached are a few pictures)
Picture beautiful faces of children beaming with joy as they receive learning materials, play materials and other other basic hygiene stuff. Hear their rapturous appplause as they thank those who have brought these gifts to them, 170 or so of them.
We have seen the impact continue through the month of July. We received disbursements for the project of $ 613.75, which was approximately Ksh. 52169. Thank you to all you partners and friends who made these donations posibble.
We have had three big milesstones with some of our partners. GlobalGiving has seen the children's education program supported by Ksh 52169 or $613.75. These funds enabled us to provide a safer environmnet in regard to the girls toilet so they would not be sick. Many children were going to the toilets which were always wet with urine. These children had no proper shoes and so working on the toilets ensured we got the children to be in class more. Some of these funds about $ 376 supported the teachers salary payment. During this period upto August the school was able to pay all the teachers without any arrears. This improved their morale and transalted into them concentrating more giving their best to help students improve learning outcomes. Students such as Luke and Kelvin who are orphans have been able to attend school through out the last term because of this kind of support. So has John and 3 of their siblings whose single parent mother's daily income is less than $2.
First Baptist in Michihgan through Caring for Kenyan Kids supported the children with learning and play material worth over Ksh. 50000. These included toys, flashcards, coloured pencils, teachers biro pens and sports equipment. There was alos over 50 packs of toothbrush and toothpaste that were used to teach the children about hygiene. This was done with the lower classes duringtheir science class in August.
Through the local community including parents and other local organizations, lower primary children were able to get 3 weeks supply of ten o'clock porridge and beans supply for lunch which worked towards improving the children's health and levels of concentration in class. The levels of parental involvement has improved especially after we gave all the children animal inputs to improve their economic outcomes. As such parents who are contributing has moved up from 40% at the beginning of the year to 47% in October 2014.
Many of the students still lack enough llearning textbooks with 1 textbook being shared by 15 students for all the subjects. Students have found ways to work in study groups to share the available resources. Independednt study is limited though. Having sufficient textbooks would support these children's independent study.
A complete set of compulsory textbooks would cost $30. This is to support the current class seven who would be sitting national exams in about a year. There are 17 students in this class. $ 476 would be sufficient to provide them with these textbooks and thus improve their motivation to learn.
I would like to encourage you to consider raising your recurrent giving so as to help cover these and also support the teaching staff payments. You could also ask friends tosupport the textbooks project and thus give lasting gifts for the better lives of these children.
Again, Thank you for your kind donations and sacrificial support.
Dear partners and friends,
Thank you for your continued support epecially with regard to supporting to give the gisft of education to a needy child.
We have had local volunteers coming in to support this aspect of the project through in-kind giving.
The biggest one being a group of 20 Medical Practitioners in Kenya, from Kitui Town supporting the school with food and writing material to 178 children.
They sent three reprsentatives to deliver grain worth $ 118 and pens and pencils enough for 178 students. It was also a time to encourage the students, motivating them to pursue learning despite the challenges they might be facing knowing that their effort would yield lasting fruit- a better life in future.
I would like to call upon partners who can mobilize in kind support in the same vein to make such support working with local partners. partners can mobilize in kind e-book donations to support our reading program, learning software and other resources like text books and sports/games equipment since the need is huge.
We also welcome ideas to achieve the objectives of this program. email to email@example.com.
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