Aug 22, 2016

Field Report

Assessment Test in Progress
Assessment Test in Progress

Dear friends

Our intervention programme at Elwak Girls Primary School and Al-Uweis Primary School is going on well. The project activities have continued to attract the attention of Elwak Town's residents. The number of volunteers willing to help has increased in the past three months.

The recent outbreak of dengue and Chikungunya fever in Mandera County has affected the entire population. High teacher and pupils absences during the intervention lessons and normal school days have had a negative  impact on the programme this term. However, we have managed to run the intervention lessons uninterrupted albeit high level of absences. Despite the many cases of pupils and teacher absences as  a result of the outbreak,  pupils performance in both the termly and continuous assessment tests have continued to improve thanks to the determination shown by the  teachers and project staff who have pushed themselves to come to lessons at times using a walking stick ( Chikungunya affects joints making walking difficult). We are proud of them all.  

In addition to the ongoing remedial lessons, both schools have received a set of class readers for their mini -libraries which will be used during literacy week starting next term. We hope to boost the school libraries with more books to be shipped to Kenya in December. 

The revision preparation for this years' standard 8 candidates ( end of primary cycle) is going well and we have a lot of hope their performance in the final exam will be better than the previous years. The scholarship GENCAD provided to the 8 girls who transitioned to secondary school last year have increased the motivation level for the current pupils to do well in their studies. GENCAD is determined to ensure that lack of school fees will not act as a barrier for our girls to the transition to secondary school.  

I happy to report also, the environmental club at Elwak Girls Primary is going strong. The dedication shown by the pupils to look after their trees, watering them and keeping away animals from eating the trees is quite amazing. The trees are doing well and hopefully within a couple of years, the school compound will be transformed thanks to the pupils and teachers at the school.

I hope you will continue extending your support  to our project.

Thank you.

Termly Pupils, teachers and project team meeting
Termly Pupils, teachers and project team meeting
termly meeting 2
termly meeting 2
Proud environmentalist looking after her tree
Proud environmentalist looking after her tree
A pupil proudly tendering her tree
A pupil proudly tendering her tree
Al -uweis Head Teacher meetin gparents
Al -uweis Head Teacher meetin gparents
Scholarship recipient  Elwak Girls sec school
Scholarship recipient Elwak Girls sec school
May 12, 2016

Progress Report Number 11

Distribution of supplies 1
Distribution of supplies 1

In our 11th progress report, I would like to share with you a story of one of our beneficiaries. A story which I hope would bring to light the positive impact you have made possible through GENCAD. It gives me a great pleasure to share with you Ramla's story.

Ramla joined our intervention classes in 2014. At the time, according to her mother, she was struggling with  her studies and she resented going to school every day. Every morning Ramla has to be persuaded to pack her school bag, eat breakfast and make her way to school.

It isn't that Ramla hated school always. In the past, she liked school and even did well in the key subjects of English , Kiswahili and Mathematics.  According to Khadija, Ramla's mum, the passing of her dad affected her emotionally which led to a continuous decline in her interest in school and therefore affecting her performance. Since the school has no support systems for children with emotional needs, and there is no organised intervention to support those falling behind, Ramla's educational performance continued in a downward spiral. Fortunately, our intervention came at the right time for Ramla and other pupils in similar situations. Ramla's performance is now on an upward trend and her interest is at all time high. Since the start of the intervention, she has consistently scored above 200 marks out of 500, and her class position is now above 10. Good results in the intervention subjects coupled with improved interest in school have led to better performance in none intervention subjects too. Khadija attributes her daughters turn-around to a number of things. Firstly, small class sizes in the intervention lessons meant that Ramla and other pupils receive better support from the teachers. Secondly, the supply of textbooks, solar lantern, uniform, continuous assessment test and homework have focused her mind. She now revises her work independently without the need by her mum to nag her.

Such a positive story wouldn't have been possible without your kind support. The many girls whose future educational prospects now look brighter to a large extent owe it to you and the many other wonderful supporters who have joined us in this journey. A journey to radically reduce gender inequity and marginalisation of girls and women in Northern Kenya more generally and Mandera County in particular. Thank you.

Last month, we provided 100 girls with school uniform and books, 79 girls with solar lamps and shipped to Kenya books donated by UK schools to the region. The books will be donated to the local library which is under construction. The books will be used by the local residents and pupils in the local primary and secondary schools in Elwak Town. 

Distribution of supplies 2
Distribution of supplies 2
Distribution of supplies 3
Distribution of supplies 3
Distribution of supplies 1
Distribution of supplies 1
Distribution of supplies 5
Distribution of supplies 5
lesson 1
lesson 1

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Feb 12, 2016

Project Reports- a milestone for Orphans girls.

Results of 2015
Results of 2015

Dear friends,

On behalf of our beneficiaries, trustees, staffs and volunteers, may I start by wishing you a  late happy new year. As the famous adage goes, it is better late than never.

With the grace of the Almighty and your support, we completed 2015. In our last report, I mentioned that our girls were about to sit their national examinations, Kenya Certificate and Primary Examination (KCPE). In total 72 pupils sat the exam, and I happy to report that all of them have passed their exams and secured admission to their local secondary school. Girls who were not able to read simple sentences only two years ago have now started their second leg of their education journey. Thank you for making that possible.

The performance of the school was much better than 2014 academic year. As you can see from the table attached, all students achieved above 200 marks as a result of improved performance in the three key subjects of Maths, English and Mathematics for which intervention was offered. In mathematics which traditionally one of the worst subjects for girls in the local schools, Elwak Primary Candidates of 2015 improved the subject's mean score by 27%. According to the Head Teacher of the school, the performance of 2015 candidates will have an impact on this year's can candidate to do better and also improve their interest in the subject at secondary school.

To encourage the transition to secondary school, GENCAD has sponsored seven orphan girls fully for one academic year. To reduce the burden on their mothers who are already under financial pressure to support their families, the girls were also given money to help them buy books, stationery, and uniform.

The parents, school administrators and members of the local community are appreciative of your kind donations. The demand for the projects has truly increased and we have increased the number of beneficiary orphans to 100 girls. The new girls selected were drawn from 4 neighbouring primary schools.  This was made possible by your generous donations over the years which has helped has leveraged further support from other trusts. Recently, we received a grant of £10,000 from GlobalGiving UK. Without your initial support, this wouldn't have been possible. Thank you once more.

Scholarship letter & pocket money being given out
Scholarship letter & pocket money being given out
Scholarship letter 2
Scholarship letter 2
scholarship letter 3
scholarship letter 3
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