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Feb 11, 2019

New Feather in the Cap!

Project of the Month: February 2019
Project of the Month: February 2019

Project of the Month:

We have incredible news!!

The Rahul Kotak Foundation's Project: Give Hope to Kisumu's Underprivileged Children got selected by GlobalGiving as the Project of the Month for February 2019. We are absolutely ecstatic to have received this honour!

Please read the entire report by GlobalGiving CEO, Alix Guerrier here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-of-the-month-club/reports/?subid=122016  

If you would like to make a contribution to our project as part of the Project of the Month Club, you can do so in the link shared above. The money we receive from being selected as the Project of the Month will be used to boost the various programs we implement within schools in the slums and rural areas to achieve the following:

  • Serve over 250,000 meals of breakfast and lunch in the 2019 academic year to over 1,800 students in the slums and rural parts of Kisumu through RKF’s Meal Program
  • Complete our current work of converting a storage room into a library that will hold 10,000 books and 50 seating units that will cater to over 1,300 children in a fishermen community
  • Convert 2 shipping containers into libraries that will hold up to 5,000 books each
  • Provide various learning material like exercise books, pencils, educational toys etc. to all the students we work with
  • Keep all the existing WASH Programs in our schools by ensuring access to soap and running water throughout the year

Other Achievements:

Every year, GlobalGiving recognizes the work every non-profit on the platform does and awards badges. For 2019, RKF received 4 badges: Top-Ranked, Effective, Vetted and Staff Favourite.

These badges show that RKF has been vetted by GlobalGiving, was actively engaged in the GG community and was a top-ranked organization in 2018! We also received a Staff Favorite badge, because our organization was selected by someone in the GlobalGiving team as their favorite! 

Thank you for your incredible support! We couldn't have done this without you... 

Effective Badge
Effective Badge
Staff Favorite
Staff Favorite
Top-Ranked Project
Top-Ranked Project
Vetted Organization
Vetted Organization

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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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