Feb 3, 2015

Bridge Educational Gaps for Orphans Girls

Solar Lamps
Solar Lamps

Late happy new year dear supporters. I am sure you are eager to know the progress of our project. Since we started this journey together in November 2013, we have recorded a remarkable achievement. Although we have not reached our financial target yet, the project activities have been going on smoothly.

At the moment, we are supporting 30 orphans girls who are in their 5th - 8th year of primary education. The girls have adequate books, stationery and a solar lamp which is really helping them and their siblings in their studies at home and reduce their families expenditure on kerosene.

In addition to the 30 orphans girls, we are also providing remedial education for 68 girls who are  in the final year of primary education. The teachers have been supplied with additional resources and guidance to help them deliver engaging and effective lessons. They are very appreciative of your kind donations which have made this possible. Thank you on their behalf.

The positive impact of the project has been noticed already. Although we did not provide remedial support to girls in the final year of the primary education, project activities such as electricity installation, renovation of classrooms and books for teachers have enabled the school to make a remarkable improvement in last year's primary education examination, Kenya Certificate of Primary  Education (KCPE). The school's mean score increased from 187 in 2013 to 252 in 2014, well above the county's average of 182.  In order to reward their hard work, encourage them to continue with secondary education and also motivate this year's candidates, we organised an award ceremony on the 25th of January 2015.  Elwak Girls Primary School community, education officials and our project staffs had a fantastic day to celebrate the wonderful achievement made by the pupils. The achievement was down to the hard work of the girls, teachers and parents, especially mothers who were very active and keen to see their daughters succeed.

The event was held at Elwak Girls Secondary School for lack of appropriate venue at the primary school. Despite numerous challenges the school faces, inadequate teachers, teaching and learning resources, lack of water, high poverty level amongst the parents and illiteracy, the school management, parents , school management committee and GENCAD are determined to see the students' attainment and achievement increases in the years to come.

Because of the positive improvement in the school's academic performance and increase community interests and awareness of our work, a local hotelier has already promised extend financial support to the project. We shall late you know the exact amount in our next report.

All these wonderful achievement we have witnessed so far and more to come wouldn't have been possible were it not for your generous donations and the believe that girls education is crucial for societal development. Thank you once again  and we shall continue to update you on the process. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to know specific information regarding the project which may not have been covered in this brief report. Thank you once more and please bring our project in your conversations with friends, families and colleagues at your workplaces. Thanks and I hope you have had and continue to have wonderful 2015. Regards.

 

 

Books being issued
Books being issued
Books 2
Books 2
Awards ceremony
Awards ceremony
Awards ceremony 2
Awards ceremony 2
Head Teacher meeting with parents
Head Teacher meeting with parents
Oct 23, 2014

Bridge Educational Gaps for Orphan Kenya -Report3

Najma-Home Study time
Najma-Home Study time

Pupils at Elwak Girls Primary School have a reason to smile. Eight (8) of their classrooms now have electricity and display boards. The display boards will soon be used to showcase their work and commercially produced teaching and learning aids.

This was made possible by your generous donations to our project; Bridge Educational Gaps for 100 Orphan Girls. Thank you.

The school allowed us to utilise the eight (8) classrooms for free to support the project. And since the intervention lessons takes place in the evenings, having a regular supply of electricity is crucial. The classrooms are used four (4) evenings a week by us for the project and the rest of the students at the school.

Most of the children attending Elwak Girls Primary School come from traditional Somali houses called 'herio'. Because of the nature of these houses and high level of poverty, most families cannot afford to install electricity in their houses. In addition, there are no proper tables or chairs that could be used for the purpose of studying.

Now that the school has a regular supply of electricity, large number of children who live closer to the school compound come to the school to study at night.  Going to their own school in the evening to study was a godsend opportunity for most of the students. In the words of the head teacher Mrs Zainab Issack;

 'We have witnessed a massive increase in interests to study amongst our pupils. Definitely installation of electricity is one of the major reasons. We are confident that in two years, our students will show an improvement in their examinations performance'.

 The last three months, the intervention lessons have progressed well. Many of the supported girls have shown a remarkable improvement in their tests scores compared to non-beneficiaries.  Their attitude and confidence levels have gone up.  Their attendance of both remedial classes and regular school has improved.

The pupils now have benefit of having electricity at school and regular supply of free electricity at home. The solar lanterns has helped many of the participating families cut down the cost of fuel (they normally use Kerosene lamp as a source of lights at home) by using solar lanterns provided to the girls.  This fantastic achievement was made possible by your generous donations and we thank you on behalf of the wonderful girls at Elwak primary school.  As Maria Eitel of Nike Foundation said, "Girls' education isn't 'really nice'. It will change the course of history."    We are confident with your support, we can change positively the live chances for these girls. Thank you.

Quresha-Home Study
Quresha-Home Study
Intervention Lesson
Intervention Lesson
Electrical wiring -8 classrooms
Electrical wiring -8 classrooms
Lessons in progress
Lessons in progress
Jun 30, 2014

Bridge Educational Gaps for 100 Orphans- updates 2

Lesson in progress
Lesson in progress

We have some fantastic news to share with you. In April, we organised a meeting for the main project stakeholders, i.e., the parents of the beneficiary girls, teachers, and members of the school management committee, local leaders and education administrators.

Fortunately, before this meeting, an educational conference was held in El-wak Town, the project location. The objective of the conference was to bring together different education stakeholders to deliberate on the poor standard of education in El-wak Sub-county. The conference helped raise the awareness of the community concerning underachievement of children both at the primary and secondary level.

By the time we organised our April stakeholder meeting, the local community, especially the parents of the direct project beneficiaries, are determined to support any effort to improve the standard of education in the region.  Among the support we received towards the project included the following;

•             The local primary school kindly allowed us to use their Classrooms to conduct intervention lessons for the three key subjects of Mathematics, English and Kiswahili

•             Five volunteers from the local community joined us to provide mentoring services for the children and support the training the School Management Committee.

•             Support from the local business communities with discounts on books, Stationery and transport

•             Support from local leaders and individuals with future fundraising for the project.

Since our last report, several activities have been completed.

•             The selection of project beneficiaries- Because we have not reached our target of £31,000 to support the initially planned 100 Orphan girls, we started with 30 orphan girls (10 -14 yrs) from El-wak Girls Primary School.

•             All the 30 girls have received a solar lantern, School Uniform, books and stationery to support their studies.

•             Four Classrooms, an Staffroom and Head Teacher office have been renovated (replacement of doors, painting and fixing Notice boards) and electricity installed. This will help with night time intervention lessons for older children and also the opportunity to use Computers and other audio-visual resources.

•             Three competent teachers from neighbouring schools were selected and will receive additional training and support during the course of the project.

•             The girls are receiving 12 hours of lessons outside the normal school time 

Because of your generous support, 30 Orphan girls have now the opportunity to realise their dreams. They have school Uniform, writing and reading books, lights for reading and the opportunity to receive support in small groups ( Max 16) compared to the normal class sizes in the local primary schools (average of 100). In addition, the solar lanterns are being used by the whole family saving them money and the risk of fire and pollution coming from the fumes of kerosene lamps.

In addition, girls living closer to the school now have the opportunity to study at night since the school has electricity. This was made possible by your kind donations and support, and we thank you sincerely on behalf of our beneficiary.

Lesson in Progress 2
Lesson in Progress 2
lesson in Progress 3
lesson in Progress 3
Student receiving Solar Lanterns and uniform
Student receiving Solar Lanterns and uniform
Solar and Uniform distribution
Solar and Uniform distribution
 
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