Jun 23, 2020

Project suspension

Dear our wonderful donors,

We hope you and your family members are safe.

As you know, COVID-19 Pandemic have caused massive disruptions across the world. 

Kenya our country of operation has not been spared. All schools are closed leaving millions of children staying at home.

 

In fact, Mandera County is one of the most affected counties in Kenya. There is a curfew in place for almost three months now and some counties including Mandera there is a severe restriction. Mandera has been isolated from the rest of the country with no one allowed to enter or leave the county. There are no buses or flights to the county. These restrictions and school closure have forced us to suspend our intervention lessons until schools resume.

The pupils we support come from vulnerable households and before school closure many of them rely on the school feeding programme for their daily meals. Unfortunately with schools closed and no proper government social protection in place, many children are going hungry. There is a danger many might not resume school once the lockdown is lifted. Many girls are at the risk of FGM and early marriages as a coping mechanism for vulnerable families. The situation is extremely serious and we appeal to you for support so that we can give these little angels something to eat while they at home.

We hope and pray that the pandemic comes to an end soon so that the children can resume their studies.

We are extremely worried that the future of many children in our county appears uncertain. This is a county already suffering from the dismal performance of education due to teacher shortages occasioned by insecurity challenges which have forced many non-local teachers to evacuate the region.  With the government not planning to reopen schools anytime soon, we fear many children will lose soo much of the little they have learnt in the previous terms and also go hungry.

We thank you for your previous support and request you to help us feed them at home.

 

Thank you.

Feb 25, 2020

Good progress at Bulla Afya Primary School

Lesson in sessions1
Lesson in sessions1

 

Dear friends and donors

The pupils at Bulla Afya Primary School are making good progress. Especially, the girls who are part of the tuition or remedial programme have made a remarkable improvement in their school attainment and achievement. Many of the girls who previously lagged behind in their school assessment are now among the top performers. Their progress is so noticeable that the boys are now asking to be included in the programme. Unfortunately due to the project's scope, this is not possible.

I recently visited the school to observe the remedial lessons and review students books and teachers' records. As mentioned in our previous report, the school is new and ill-equipped as shown by the photos. I watched some of the lessons and spoke to some orphaned and vulnerable girls receiving remedial lessons. Their enthusiasms and love for knowledge were evident.

One of the many issues raised by the teachers was the danger posed by snakes to the girls in the temporary classrooms. This term, the teachers killed two huge snakes. The girls are scared and lack concentration during lessons for fear of snakes. As a matter of urgency, we are now seeking support from institutional and individual donors to build a permanent classroom for the girls. The estimated cost of a classroom is £5000 and with a permanent classroom, the girls will be more focused and ready to learn. The school still lacks proper sanitation which is becoming increasingly a health hazard.

Fortunately, we received books donations from Book Aid International which we have delivered to the school to help with reading skills development.

 

Thank you for your support and we shall send a detailed report on individual students' report later next month.

 

Please consider donating to this school so that we can provide our girls with a more conducive environment. 

 

Thank you

May God Bless You.

Lesson in session 2
Lesson in session 2
ED visit
ED visit
Break Time
Break Time
Lesson 4
Lesson 4
Temporary structure
Temporary structure
lesson 5
lesson 5
Lesson 6
Lesson 6
Feb 25, 2020

Remarkable progress to project implementation

Training Session1
Training Session1

Dear friends and donors,

In my last report, I mentioned that we have completed beneficiary selection and was in the process of validating it and collecting baseline data. This exercise is now complete, and we have moved to the next stage; beneficiary training.

 

The past three months, our beneficiaries have undergone a structured and tailor-made basic business skills training provided by Street Business School. We adopted the training programme (eight modules) so that its relevant and easily accessible by the ultra-poor women we are supporting. Although challenging, the training programme was an eye-opener both for us and the women. We have seen incredible changes in attitude and enthusiasm shown by the women during the training and during their graduation. The women received a certificate as a recognition for their hard work and new skills acquired.

 

In addition to the training programme, the beneficiaries also received mentorship support, help with the formation of savings and loans group, group registration and opening of a group's bank account. Also, to help reduce anxiety due to loss of income during the training, we provided the women food packages which were well received.

We are currently assessing their existing businesses (those who are in business) and also map out livelihood options the women could engage in. Once business viability assessment is done, and the women's business knowledge is assessed as adequate, they will receive a productive asset in the form of live animals (goats, sheep cows), donkey carts, sewing machines and stock of goods for those who are keen to start or expand their petty trades. God willing, by the end of March 2020, all women would have received their asset.

We are excited by the changes we have seen so far as the result of the training and we hope that once the asset is transferred, the women will unleash their business acumen and start a sustainable business. Because we know in our community women have played a leading role in providing for their families, we are confident many children who would have otherwise gone to bed hungry will now be able to sleep well. We thank you for having been part of this journey and would love to see you continue with us to reach more women in a similar situation.

As we approach the #IWD in early march, let me take this opportunity to request you for your support as we prepare ourself for the Girl Fund Campaign. Please keep an eye on an email which will go out soon in that regard.

 

We thank you soo much for your support and generosity.

Thank you and may God bless you.

Training session2
Training session2
Graduation match1
Graduation match1
Graduation ceremony1
Graduation ceremony1
Graduation Ceremony2
Graduation Ceremony2
Graduation ceremony3
Graduation ceremony3
Graduation match3
Graduation match3
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Graduation ceremony4
 
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