The schools polytechnics have had a good but busy 3rd term. The term was very short and the agribusiness club members had to work extra hard to balance their course work and the project activities. They did not have much to do on the gardens as most of them have harvested their crops before breaking for August holiday while others harvested between August and September. They were all excited to have their own products from their school gardens project which motivated them a lot and most of them have established kitchen gardens in their homes. They are also training others on how to establish kitchen gardens as well as school gardens in secondary and primary schools. We appreciate their efforts and we keep encouraging them and supporting them where possible. There were plans to conduct trainings on value addition and marketing as earlier reported, but due to tight schools’ program and short term, we did not manage but we hope to do so in next term when we will also be integrating new club members. Most of them will be closing school next week for their long December holiday. As usual they have shared duties and responsibilities for their projects during the long December holiday. We take this opportunity for the support given to our youths and we are happy when we see them progressing and making efforts to achieve their goals.
Oct 29, 2018
Build School for 80 Students in arid Kachuru Kenya
By Lucy Mathenge - Project assistant
All is well in Kachiuru and they have had a good short 3rd term. They have closed school for long December holiday and the candidates are ready to sit for their final national exams starting 2nd November and we wish them all the best. The pupils continued working in their school garden after their August holiday although the area has been a bit dry. They have been irrigating their school garden at least to ensure they had vegetables for their school feeding program throughout the time. We are also happy to report that one of our partners has extended his support on school feeding program to accommodate porridge for the pupils as their breakfast. This will be an important initiative as many children have been attending school without breakfast and they had to wait until lunch to get something to eat. We sincerely thank our partners and we really appreciate every support given to our communities. As earlier reported we were planning to construct an additional classroom in Kachiuru and am happy to report that we successfully constructed a nice classroom to accommodate more pupils and to improve learning environment again thank you to our partners for this initiative. The classroom will be in operational in January 2019 but we don’t have enough desks for the pupils and we request our well wishers and partners to consider contributing for the school furniture to ensure that in January the pupils will have good learning environment with the necessary learning materials and furniture. We thank all our partners, friends and well-wishers for their generosity and we are happy to see the good face of Kachiuru and appreciate where we started and where we are now. The school has really developed and we hope we will achieve even more.
Oct 16, 2018
Support 2000 Kenya school girls with reusable pads
By Lucy Mathenge - Project assistant
As earlier reported, we intended to raise funds in order to support more girls from PCEA primary school with sanitary towels but unfortunately we have not managed to raise the required money to support the many girls in this school but we will continue fundraising and at this point we kindly request our global giving friends to consider donating some funds in order to support girls in PCEA primary school with re-usable sanitary towels. The money we had raised was not much and we felt that we don’t want to repeat the previous mistake of supporting some girls and denying others. We are therefore requesting people to support this initiative by contributing some money through global giving platform.
I conducted monitoring and evaluation in schools where we had distributed sanitary towels to find out how the beneficiaries are benefitting and to find out if there are challenges that rrquired immediate or special attention and am happy to report that we received very positive feedback from the girls and teachers where the teachers said that girls classroom absenteeism has really reduced and most of them have not been missing classes compared to the previous years. They also reported that their performances are also improving and they are optimistic that they will continue performing well. The girls on the other hand gave us positive feedback although with challenges here and there and in our capacity we have tried to solve some of these challenges. Girls reported that they were happy as they don’t have to bother their parents when they are on their days and they don’t miss classes when they are on their periods. They also reported that the pads are very use to and maintain and they appreciated the talks given to them from different organization. We will continue fundraising in order to get more resources to improve the situation. Thank you all for contributing and supporting our girls.