So what has happened since your generous donation to the Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) Matuiku Primary School Water Project? Firstly KRA would like to thank you sincerely for your contribution — it means so much to us and to the school children. We successfully met our target of $4,000 and in fact raised $4,774!! We now have a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website and so we can continue to work hard to raise the remaining money to reach the full project cost of $17,210. We have also had two corporate partnerships develop as a result and we have a US-based school charity interested in sending pen-pal letters to the school. We had the chance to meet the children and the teachers recently, read on to find out more...
Kenyan-themed dinner parties took place in Singapore, the UK, France, and Kenya to raise much-needed cash for the project. Dinner party revellers made Kenyan recipes, listened to Kenyan songs, and celebrated the wonder of water, whilst raising money for our cause. Thank you for spreading the word and engaging your friends and family in support of KRA.
On the 6th October 2011, KRA and local health provider, AAR, went to visit Matuiku Primary School to meet the children and the teachers. AAR learned about the project during the August Challenge and have pledged to help support us with the tree-planting aspect of the project. They will provide tree-seedlings combined with a bi-annual de-worming programme for the children.
Head Teacher, Mutuiku Primary School, Mr. John Ndegwa said on our visit day: “‘We will commit ourselves to changing things and we will change this school. We have a shortage of water and the river is very far, and dangerous for children to collect from due to a steep slope.”
Tile and Carpet Centre Ltd., a Kenyan company, donated a 10,000-litre plastic 'Top Tank' for Matuiku School. The word got out via the August Challenge and they decided to help. The tank will supplement our 50,000-litre cement tank.
You might be wondering when our project will start? We plan to begin work in early 2012, once we are fully funded. We are actively seeking partnerships to match the funds, and still continuing to promote individual donations via GlobalGiving. US-based school water charity, H2O for Life, has decided to partner with our school and the first step is a pen-pal letter exchange with Matuiku School. This then can lead to fundraising activities so we are hopeful! The US children will write about their lives, hobbies, favourite school subjects, and how they get water each day. Matuiku school children will then write back, promoting global awareness-raising of water and development issues.
On Wednesday 19th October 2011, GlobalGiving will launch another match funds day — this time matching all donations to our project, 30%! Now we are permanently on the Global Giving site, we can benefit from this offer. If you know anyone else who might like to donate, please do forward this to them—any donation between 7am UK time and midnight qualifies.
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