Apr 1, 2021

Ground breaking happened today!

Mary and Florence break ground today!
Mary and Florence break ground today!

Hello,

Thank you for supporting our new Business Hub at our Seed of Hope vocational training centre in Kitui.  Today was a very exciting day as The contractors were in Kitui mapping out the foundations.  Mary and Florence were able to join them for the ground breaking - a very exciting step towards this new project.

We'll share photos of the build as it progresses and are aiming for it being up and running in July.

The new Business Hub will enable graduates to access all the equipment, tools, computers and support they need to launch their business. We'll also run a Business, Financial Literacy and IT Skills training course from the hub and a Computer Essentials course to increase computer literacy in the community. There will also be a low-cost computer cafe for the community to use which will generate income to sustain the Business Hub in the future! 

Thank you once again for supporting this vital project, we look forward to sending you further updates!

Best wishes,

Kirsty 
UK Director
kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk

Marking the foundations
Marking the foundations
Mar 16, 2021

The students are so happy to be back in class!

Students learning how to make mats outside
Students learning how to make mats outside

Hello,

Thank you so much for supporting our Emergency COVID-19 project in Kenya.  

Whilst many countries are vaccinating and looking forward to a brighter future, for many of the people we work with the future still looks bleak. Unemployment is very high which is increasing the number of people living below the poverty line. We're still providing emergency support to families a year on.

Thankfully for the students we work with they have been back in class for a few months now and enjoying learning in the classroom again. We're providing additional meals for the students, as for many the lunch they receive at our vocational training centres is the only meal they'll eat all day, along with food parcels for numerous families still.

The students have just been on work placements to give them real-world experience. We've been training the students on business skills and money management to give them the best possible opportunity to find employment or set up a small business when they graduate next month so they can hopefully support themselves.

We know some students are worrying what will happen to them after their course finishes, particularly as they'll lose their guaranteed lunch every day. We'll be working closely with every student and family to ensure they have all of the essentials they need to get through the next few months. We can only do that thanks to the incredible generosity of people like you, so thank you for standing by these children and young people when they need us most.

I hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.

Thank you once again for your kind support.

Best wishes,

Kirsty Erridge
Director

kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk 

Students repairing one of their woodwork tools
Students repairing one of their woodwork tools
Students showcasing the clothes they have made
Students showcasing the clothes they have made
Jan 22, 2021

After 9 months, the children are back at school!

Gideon and Yvonne during the assessment
Gideon and Yvonne during the assessment

The special educational needs programme had suspended most of the school activities in the last 9 months of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kirunguru special school had closed indefinitely as all learners had gone home, while Percy Davies had 2 young learners who stayed when the rest of the children are taken away by their parents as they have no families of their own. Through your generous giving, Raising Futures Kenya was able to continue to support the school in order to provide specialist care not only to Jedidah and Livingstone but also two vulnerable families who couldn’t afford food, due to the effect of the pandemic.

The good news is that schools in Kenya were all allowed to re-open from January 4th so students have been returning over the last few weeks. Two weeks after school reopening, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) conducted a school-based assessment to assess the learning gaps caused by the prolonged closure of schools due to COVID-19. A selected number of learners from the two special schools participated in the assessment. These learners are in the intermediate class as they have the ability to reason, follow instructions and perform activities of daily living. 

All staff from the two special schools attended a one-day training course on COVID-19 protocols and prevention measures to safeguard the children under their specialist care. The schools have taken all precautionary measures following the guidelines from health and education ministries to ensure that the children will remain safe and healthy throughout the school term.

Both schools have been working on income generating projects to enable them to earn sustainable income and reduce the dependency on external funding for the growth and development of the schools. Kirunguru had planted maize and fruit seedlings on the school farm which was cared for by the support staff throughout the long school break. At Percy Davies, the school had planted mango and orange fruit seedlings which are doing so well. Percy Davies school is now preparing to plant tomatoes and kales in their new greenhouse. According to the head teacher, the funding from Raising Futures Kenya has enabled the school to purchase all the necessary tools and equipment needed in order to start greenhouse farming. They are expecting to go through a training session with an agronomist from the ministry of agriculture on how to tend to vegetables in the greenhouse. Once the vegetables are ready, the school will be able to sell to the local community but also supplement their feeding programme hence provide nutritious meals to the children. 

Apart from the farming, the school received funding in December to purchase a posho mill that will be used to grind maize, sorghum and millet to flour. The maize and porridge flours from the posho mill will be sold to the local people in the community, learning institutions and retail businesses. This will also reduce the expenses for the school as they will now be able to mill flour for their own consumption. The posho mill project also received a boost from a Rotary Club that will oversee the construction of a structure where maize milling will be carried out after the machine is installed.

Raising Futures Kenya is grateful for the generous giving towards the specialist care programme for children with disability. Thank you so much for continued support as we believe that children with special needs have the right to live happily, thrive and reach their potential.

Learners at Kirunguru washing their hands
Learners at Kirunguru washing their hands
Collins
Collins
Huge fruit on a tiny mango tree at Percy Davies!
Huge fruit on a tiny mango tree at Percy Davies!
Manure ready for planting in the greenhouse
Manure ready for planting in the greenhouse
 
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