Nov 13, 2020

The Candidates are in school

Akili Girls in Class
Akili Girls in Class

Dear friend,

I hope you are keeping well during this pandemic.
I want to thank you so much for partnering with us to bring underprivileged girls back to school in rural Kisumu, Kenya. Thanks to your generous contribution, we together raised $1,641 which has enabled us to bring back our candidate class (8th graders) to school since October. With your support, we have purchased food, menstrual hygiene products, stationery and are paying our teachers and support staff as they prepare our girls for the primary school exit exams scheduled for March 2020. We are also offering life skills training and psychosocial support to girls from our partner schools. 
We have also installed handwashing stations and purchased face masks for the girls. We can't thank you enough for partnering with us to create access to education for the rural girls who need it most.
As we wait for the rest of the students to reopen school in January 2021, it is our hope that despite these uncertain times, we will continue to mobilize the much needed resources to empower girls in our community. Thank you for walking this journey with us.  God bless you richly! 
food items/maize for the girls
food items/maize for the girls
students sitting for exams at Akili school
students sitting for exams at Akili school
Life Skills session at Oyiengo Primary school
Life Skills session at Oyiengo Primary school
Nov 17, 2017

Akili Water Project Final Report

Dear  Donors,

We have come to the successful end of the final semester of the year at Akili School. We thank you all so much for your incredible generosity that saw us provide clean water for all the 44 girls at the boarding school for the entire school year. For the entire year, no student at Akili School fell ill due to contaminated water as was the case in the preceding years. Your generous donations ensured that we installed massive water tanks and harvested over 50,000 litres of water for the girls. We also had enough water for our gardens and through sustainakility club, the girls grew different vegetables and sweet potatoes thereby providing 100% of the schools vegetable needs! The girls learnt a lot about small scale farming and sustaining their school. 

We saved upto $200 that we used to spend to purchase water every term. This was directed to meet other important costs of feeding the girls at the boarding school.

As we prepare to welcome 15 more girls to the boarding school, we feel that the current water will suffice. We are now directing all our attention and energies into building a LITERACY GARDEN aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and talents of marginalized rural girls and children to promote literacy, food security, environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyle and nutrition through establishing a literate environment for girls and children in a farm setting in South West Kisumu Kenya.

 

Riley Orton Foundation is committed to improving literacy and through this contributing to nation building and sustainable development. This project will provide a safe and inspiring space; an open library in a garden setting where girls and children can meet everyday after school to improve their literacy skills, learn how to write, share their stories with the world, and learn how to value their own and other people’s stories. They will also learn how to grow food using simple small scale solutions based on permaculture and other regenerative agriculture practices. They will have the opportunity to prepare different meals in the farm kitchen, reduce stress through yoga at the garden, develop their talents in music, drama, dance and public speaking, and learn numeracy skills through pretend play shops at the garden.More info about this work is available here https://www.rileyortonfoundation.org/about3.html

 

We invite you to continue partnering with us by giving here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/akiligardenandsports/

Thank you so much for your partnership and commitment to create access to free education to underprivileged girls. We couldnt have done it without you!

Girls preparing potatoes they grew at the school
Girls preparing potatoes they grew at the school
girls happy with their harvest
girls happy with their harvest
girls at school
girls at school
Aug 21, 2017

Akili School water project

watering gardens
watering gardens

Dear Friends,

“My school looks smart and it is big. First we have green vegetables and green trees in our school. We also have classroom block, kitchen and dorms. In our school we like watering the plants like mango trees and oranges. We drink clean water and bath with clean water. In our school we always use water carefully we don’t waste water like those who don’t use common sense." says Jovlet when asked about her school.

Jovlet is 9 years old and in 4th grade, this being her 2nd year since she joined Akili Girls Boarding School. As a member of Sustain-Akility Club, Jovlet and her friends have learned how to grow their own food to sustain Akili School.

With the help of Akili staff, the girls have reclaimed land from rocky ground at the school and established small garden plots where they grow capsicums, kale, spinach, common night shade, cow piece, tomatoes, beans, sweat potatoes, comfry, lemon grass, mangoes, papaya, oranges, zucchini and water melons.

Last term, 100% of the vegetables used at Akili school were produced by the girls themselves.

The water tanks at the school have ensured that we can harvest rain water which the girls use for drinking, bathing and watering their gardens.

The about 50,000 litres we harvested and stored lasted us almost 3 months. We ran out of water one week to the end of school semester and were forced to close the school and send girls home since we dint have funds to purchase water to support extended stay of the girls. We were lucky that the girls had just finished their end of term exams and the elections were also around the conner.

We therefore continue to reach out to friends and wellwishers in the hope that one day we will be able to drill a well at the school and provide a permanet solution to our water crisis.

We thank you for your continued support.

Thank you

drawing water from the tanks
drawing water from the tanks
butter nut
butter nut
 
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