Aug 17, 2021

WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN GIRLS EDUCATION

Girls receiving new school uniforms
Girls receiving new school uniforms

Dear friends,

I hope you are all safe, and that the Covid 19 situation is getting better in your respective countries. We are all safe and continue to support our girls despite the pandemic. There has been a sharp increase in covid 19 cases and deaths especially in Kisumu City where we are.  Counties in western Kenya including Kisumu are being watched closely and restrictions have been placed on all public gatherings, non food markets etc to curtail the spread of the disease. 

We are focussing on supporting our girls in their classrooms where we are observing social distancing and limiting class sizes to under fifteen students. We are immensely grateful to God for keeping us all safe and providing all the girls needed to stay in school despite the prevailing circumstances. 

We are particularly grateful for your generous gift of $3,714 which you have helped us raise over the past 6 months. We are very grateful for the 41 donations we have received from each one of you. We thank everyone who has taken their time and donated $10 or more towards helping us keep our girls in school. We are also deeply thankful for the recurring donations we continue to receive from you. 

With the funds, we have kept the girls in school by paying our teachers, buying school supplies including stationery and food, utilities as well as meeting our statutory obligations. 

Because of your support, we were able to keep over 50 needy girls at the Akili school and effectively support our 8th graders who sat for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCPE) exams in April 2021. 

We are excited that with your help, we have managed to transition 15 girls to high school this month! They excelled in their primary school exit exams and have joined high school for the first time. It is a dream come true for many of them who never thought they would ever join high school to continue their education because of their poor backgrounds. Thank you so much for giving to keep their dreams alive. We are honored to partner with you to play a small part in giving these wonderful girls an opportunity to access education that will no doubt transform their lives and give them a better future for them and their families. 

Through our partnership with  Daraja Academy http://www.daraja-academy.org , one of our girls was able to be admitted to this prestigious school that offers free high school education to economically marginalized girls and nurtures them to be the next community leaders. We are keen to scout and establish partnerships with such schools so that our girls can access free high school education.  

We have enrolled the rest of the girls to affordable and reputable day schools which cost about $150 per student annually. Our goal is to raise $1500 to sponsor 10 girls this year and a further $3000 to support 20 girls in 2022. 


We recently participated in a research that sought to establish covid 19 related barriers that are likely to prevent girls from returning to school. The research established that teenage pregnancy (largely caused by transactional sex for basic goods such as food, menstrual hygiene products, clothing and lifts to school) was the main barrier causing girls to drop out of school. We are working hard with all our partners to remove these barriers and ensure that  girls #ReturntoSchool and continue learning by supporting sustainable school lunch programs and  providing free school uniforms, sanitary pads, underwear/panties, as well as bicycles for girls to cycle to school. We were able to transition 586 boys and girls to high school this month (August 2021) by giving them school uniforms and shoes; a barrier which has traditionally held back many students from progressing to high school.

We are keen to mentor our girls and nurture them to be the leaders that champion sustainable change  in their communities. We plan to hold leadership camps during school holidays once the covid situation eases.

We can't thank you enough for being there for the girls and for all of us at Riley Orton Foundation. We are blessed to have such a wonderful community of friends like you. Again, thank you for keeping the doors of education open to the needy girls in our community. May God richly bless you all!

Regards,

Students in old school uniforms joining highschool
Students in old school uniforms joining highschool
students in new school uniforms
students in new school uniforms
Akili girls interviewing with Daraja Academy
Akili girls interviewing with Daraja Academy
Akili Girls in High School
Akili Girls in High School
Happy high school students in new school uniforms
Happy high school students in new school uniforms
May 25, 2021

AKILI GIRLS SHINE IN NATIONAL EXAMS!

girls sitting exams
girls sitting exams

Dear friends,

Despite the covid 19 pandemic , we managed to return 617 girls and 433 boys back to school by providing them with complete school uniforms , giving free bicycles to 17 girls to cycle to school, distributing 3600 sanitary towels to disadvantaged girls to stay in school during their menses and supporting school feeding programs. 

We also distributed over 5000 underwear to both boys and girls to ensure that they can go to school with dignity.

ROF partnered with 3 schools i.e Akili Girls Preparatory School (primary/elementary), Ndegwe Mixed Secondary school (high school) and Wagai Mixed Secondary School (High school) to make the distributions and returning girls to school possible.

All the Akili girls have reported to school for the third and final semester of the year. We are glad that the girls are able to report to school despite the pandemic. The teachers will be working with /coaching the next group of 8 graders as they prepare for their K.C.P.E examinations early next year.

The first group of  8th graders at Akili school sat for their primary school exit exams in April 2021. The girls performed very well registering an average score of 316 marks out of the possible 500. Five of the girls scored 381, 361, 347, 346 and 339 marks out of 500. The other 3 scored 266, 260 and 230 out of 500. All the 8 girls will join high school in July 2021. We are excited to see these girls transition to high school after 8 years of primary education at Akili school.

We have established Akili Girls Scholarship fund to support these marginalized rural girls through high school and collage and empower them to realize their dreams.

We are currently assisting the students to apply for scholarships/sponsorships and for admission to reputable high schools run by some of our non profit partners.

We sincerely thank you so much for partnering with us to send these girls back to school from last October , enabling them to stay in school, access three nutritious meals a day, school uniforms, stationery, sanitary pads and all they need to thrive. It is because of your support that all these girls have managed to concentrate in class, stay in school, excel in their academic work and are now moving on to the next phase of their education at the high school. Thank you so much for supporting them and giving them the wings to fly.

May God richly bless you!

Akili school candidate class
Akili school candidate class
8th graders
8th graders
prayer day for the candidate class
prayer day for the candidate class
Vaccination of teaching staff - Covid 19
Vaccination of teaching staff - Covid 19
7th graders back to school May 2021
7th graders back to school May 2021
Mar 23, 2021

Akili Girls Transitioning to High School!

Akili Girls in 2015
Akili Girls in 2015

Dear Friend,

We hope this finds you well. It has been about 3 months since we reopened school following COVID 19 related closures. Despite a 3rd wave of the Covid 19 being reported in Kenya, we are grateful that we have successfully kept all our girls safely in school without experiencing any major challenges. As the students go back home to spend the April holidays with their families this week, we cant thank you enough for partnering with us to care for these needy girls who would otherwise not be in school due to the poor backgrounds the come from and the inability of their parents to effectively provide for and educate them.

It has aslo been 8 years since we opened our doors to the first group of girls in preschool. These girls are currently sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams which will enable them to transition to high school in July 2021. We are so proud of them and the empowered girls they have become. It has been our joy to receive them when very young and to nurture them over the years with your incredible support. 

Our goal is to continue supporting them through high school by providing scholarships, school uniforms and mentorship. 

At Akili school, your support enabled us to provide food, pay teachers and meet the running costs of the school. We were also able to engage the girls in gardening. How wonderful it has been to see all the remarkable work they have put in growing their own healthy vegetables and improving nutrition at the school!

We have seen a huge difference in the performance of these students with 90% of the girls scoring above average in their monthly continuous assessment tests. School attendance at Akili school has been 100% this semester! 

As we were distributing school uniforms to our partner high schools, we met girls who have been forced into transactional sex for sanitary pads, food and money to support their struggling families. It has been very devastating listening to them narrate their stories and hardships they face every day to survive. 

We are more than encouraged to continue working hard to connect them to all the resources they need to thrive and access education which will one day emancipate them from poverty.

Thank you very much for walking this journey with us. 

We look forward to continuing partnering with you to support these girls again next semester which starts in May 2020.

Again, thank you for investing in the lives of our girls.

akili school farm
akili school farm
Girls working on their multistory gardens
Girls working on their multistory gardens
gardening at akili school
gardening at akili school
Sanitary pads distributions
Sanitary pads distributions
akili girls school  feeding program
akili girls school feeding program
school uniform distributions
school uniform distributions
8th graders at akili school
8th graders at akili school
note from a student 1
note from a student 1
Letter from a student 2
Letter from a student 2
 
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