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Jan 15, 2019

Empowering the Girls of Lutheran Special School

Student listening carefully during the workshop
Student listening carefully during the workshop

To kick off the new academic year in Kenya, RKF implemented the Sanitary Pads Program at Lutheran Special School in Kisumu. As a part of this, 21 girls received the AFRIPads Deluxe Menstrual Kit that will last them 12 months and ensure they can carry on with their school activities even when they are menstruating. Each kit contains 4 re-usable sanitary pads, a small bag and a Girl Talk Booklet.

The Senior Teacher of the school conducted a fun, hands-on workshop in Luo (the local dialect) that gave the girls an opportunity to learn through demonstration and ask any questions they had.

The Sanitary Pads Program was started to address the issue of poor attendance of girl students across various parts of Kenya due to lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. When we first visited the students of Lutheran Special School in late 2016, we were made aware of this issue and we hope this program will help address it. We look forward to receiving feedback from the girls and improving the Sanitary Pads program and further implementing various other programs.

After the success of the pilot program last year, we are really excited to scale this program to reach at least 200 girls in the first academic term of 2019. More update coming soon.

Practical demonstration by Senior Teacher
Practical demonstration by Senior Teacher
Reading the Girl Talk Booklet
Reading the Girl Talk Booklet
Celebrating the new pads
Celebrating the new pads
To new pads!
To new pads!

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Nov 21, 2018

New Shoes for the Students of Soko and Valley

Students of Soko Primary School
Students of Soko Primary School

Through our partnership with a local NGO, COHESU (Community Health Support Program), we have been able to ensure that the students of the schools we work with receive new school shoes at least twice a year through the TOMS giving One for One project. This program was introduced to combat soil transmitted diseases such as hookworms and jiggers (Tunga penetrans) amongst children in the Lake Victoria Region of Kenya. This also makes the morning walk to school a lot more comfortable and eases the financial burden on parents/guardians who may not have been able to afford a pair of school shoes for their children.

This year, the students of Soko Primary School in Nyakach received 147 new pairs of shoes as a result of this partnership; this included students starting from PP1 (age 3) all the way to Standard 8 (age 15). Another 80 pairs were received by the Students of Valley Academy.

We have big news! The Rahul Kotak Foundation is one of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact! Look for us under Honorable Menitons on the list: https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-nonprofits 

GlobalGiving has found that nonprofits that listen to their stakeholders, act on what they hear, and learn from the results of their actions are more effective and have a greater impact in their communities. This is a great moment for us, we’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to effectiveness and impact.

We will be fundraising for our programs and projects of 2019 on Giving Tuesday (27th November 2018) and during the Year End Campaign (28th November to 31st December 2018) on GlobalGiving. SAVE THE DATE! Your donation will be up for matching making your contribution during the holidays count even more. Upto $150,000 will be available for Matching!

Putting on new shoes
Putting on new shoes
Off to the field with new shoes
Off to the field with new shoes
Old shoes out, new shoes in!
Old shoes out, new shoes in!
Young student at Soko receiving new school shoes
Young student at Soko receiving new school shoes
Putting the new shoes to test
Putting the new shoes to test

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Nov 14, 2018

Using Mobile Phones for Education

Installing the Shupavu platform on to their phones
Installing the Shupavu platform on to their phones

To help students with revision and learning beyond the classroom, we partnered with Eneza Education, a mobile-education SMS/Text Message Service, to give students access to their curriculum content in a more engaging way.

To achieve this, we bought vouchers for 160 Standard 8 students across two schools: Soko Primary School in Nyakach and St. Vitalis Nang'a Primary School in Dunga, who were preparing for their KCPE (Kenya Certificate for Primary Education) National Exams. These vouchers give the students free, unlimited access to the Shupavu Platform which offers:

  • Kenyan curriculum lessons & assessments in all subjects
  • Chat with a live teacher (Ask as many questions to a teacher)
  • Revision papers

Other than these features, students also have access to stories, an encyclopaedia, an interactive educational game and a calculator through the SMS platform. Through its interactive approach it encourages students to learn from trying and competing with other students on the platform across the entire country.

It is our hope that this pilot program will help the students improve their performance in their upcoming exams and that we can make more vouchers available to even more students across all the schools we work with in the 2019 academic year.

We have big news! The Rahul Kotak Foundation is one of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact! Look for us under Honorable Menitons on the list: https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-nonprofits 

GlobalGiving has found that nonprofits that listen to their stakeholders, act on what they hear, and learn from the results of their actions are more effective and have a greater impact in their communities. This is a great moment for us, we’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to effectiveness and impact.

We will be fundraising for our programs and projects of 2019 on Giving Tuesday (27th November 2018) and during the Year End Campaign (28th November to 31st December 2018) on GlobalGiving. So save the date! Your donation will be up for matching making your contribution during the holidays count even more.

Learning the ropes of the new application by group
Learning the ropes of the new application by group
Students at Soko Primary waiting for instructions
Students at Soko Primary waiting for instructions
Trying out different features of the platform
Trying out different features of the platform
Carefully going through the instructions
Carefully going through the instructions
Mohit (Co-Founder) running a workshop at Dunga
Mohit (Co-Founder) running a workshop at Dunga

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