Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Acres of Mercy is a Non- Governmental Organization registered in Kenya currently working in Nguluni Location, Matungulu District, Machakos County. The NGO is currently working in this area of the country as a starting point to be the launching pad to other parts of Kenya. The NGO is working in three broad areas and include:- 1. Early Childhood Education and Development 2. Health Interventions 3. Community Empowerment and Mobilization
Oct 14, 2014

Continuous Impact through Partnerships

Children Graduating from Mentorship Class
Children Graduating from Mentorship Class

Picture beautiful faces of children beaming with joy as they receive learning materials, play materials and other other basic hygiene stuff. Hear their rapturous appplause as they thank those who have brought these gifts to them, 170 or so of them.

We have seen the impact continue through the month of July. We received disbursements for the project of $ 613.75, which was approximately Ksh. 52169. Thank you to all you partners and friends who made these donations posibble.

We have had three big milesstones with some of our partners. GlobalGiving has seen the children's education program supported by Ksh 52169 or $613.75. These funds enabled us to provide a safer environmnet in regard to the girls toilet so they would not be sick. Many children were going to the toilets which were always wet with urine. These children had no proper shoes and so working on the toilets ensured we got the children to be in class more. Some of these funds about $ 376 supported the teachers salary payment. During this period upto August the school was able to pay all the teachers without any arrears. This improved their morale and transalted into them concentrating more giving their best to help students improve learning outcomes. Students such as Luke and Kelvin who are orphans have been able to attend school through out the last term because of this kind of support. So has John and 3 of their siblings whose single parent mother's daily income is less than $2.

First Baptist in Michihgan through Caring for Kenyan Kids supported the children with learning and play material worth over Ksh. 50000. These included toys, flashcards, coloured pencils, teachers biro pens and sports equipment. There was alos over 50 packs of toothbrush and toothpaste that were used to teach the children about hygiene. This was done with the lower classes duringtheir science class in August.

Through the local community including parents and other local organizations, lower primary children were able to get 3 weeks supply of ten o'clock porridge and beans supply for lunch which worked towards improving the children's health and levels of concentration in class.  The levels of parental involvement has improved especially after we gave all the children animal inputs to improve their economic outcomes. As such parents who are contributing has moved up from 40% at the beginning of the year to 47% in October 2014.

Current Needs

Many of the students still lack enough llearning textbooks with 1 textbook being shared by 15 students for all the subjects. Students have found ways to work in study groups to share the available resources. Independednt study is limited though. Having sufficient textbooks would support these children's independent study.

A complete set of compulsory textbooks would cost $30. This is to support the current class seven who would be sitting national exams in about a year. There are 17 students in this class. $ 476 would be sufficient to provide them with these textbooks and thus improve their motivation to learn.

I would like to encourage you to consider raising your recurrent giving so as to help cover these and also support the teaching staff payments. You could also ask friends tosupport the textbooks project and thus give lasting gifts for the better lives of these children.

Again, Thank you for your kind donations and sacrificial support.

Pre-School Children Enjoy Playing
Pre-School Children Enjoy Playing
School Supplies- Courtesy C4KK
School Supplies- Courtesy C4KK
Learning Material- with C4KK
Learning Material- with C4KK
Play Material-with C4KK
Play Material-with C4KK
Jul 17, 2014

Progress Report and Matching Funds

Toilet
Toilet

Dear friends and partners,

This is a quick update on where we have reached. 

  • We completed payment of the contracted mason for previous work completed.
  • We filled in two foundations with hardcore
  • Completed the installation of windows
  • Completed putting screen to toilet area

Work to be done

Complete electrical wiring of the new class. We obtained a quote of what is needed.

Part of the funds will go towards re-routing the current electrical line which passes underground right where the new class foundation lays.

To re-route and fix the new route would cost about $412 (Ksh 35,000)

Completing the two class superstructure would be the next phase.

Let's take advantage of the Partner Reward Bonus Day on where donations will be matched at 40%. 

Thank you

Windows
Windows
Windows Back
Windows Back
Students Session in New Class
Students Session in New Class
Two Class Foundations Filled with Hardcore
Two Class Foundations Filled with Hardcore
Jun 11, 2014

Long Lasting Gifts

In Kind Donations
In Kind Donations

Dear partners and friends,

Thank you for your continued support epecially with regard to supporting to give the gisft of education to a needy child.

We have had local volunteers coming in to support this aspect of the project through in-kind giving.

The biggest one being a group of 20 Medical Practitioners in Kenya, from Kitui Town supporting the school with food and writing material to 178 children.

They sent three reprsentatives to deliver grain worth $ 118 and pens and pencils enough for 178 students. It was also a time to encourage the students, motivating them to pursue learning despite the challenges they might be facing knowing that their effort would yield lasting fruit- a better life in future.

I would like to call upon partners who can mobilize in kind support in the same vein to make such support working with local partners. partners can mobilize in kind e-book donations to support our reading program, learning software and other resources like text books and sports/games equipment since the need is huge.

We also welcome ideas to achieve the objectives of this program. email to info@acresofmercy.org.

Thank you.

Children Receiving Support
Children Receiving Support
Volunteer Mentoring
Volunteer Mentoring

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