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
Jun 2, 2015

Mid 2015 Milestones

A student taking a Reading Fluency Assessment
A student taking a Reading Fluency Assessment

It has been an amazing 5 months.

With 185 children in school getting an education, this is something to be proud about.

The children are getting 2 meals a day, 5 days a week in partnership with Caring for Kenyan Kids. 

We are currently doing a literacy assessment to determine the level of literacy of the students. The assessment are two fold: one is to determine progress of students who have been at the school; the other is to determine lvele of literacy of new students who have recently joined.

This will help us determine how to proceed with them during our Reading Intervention Program 

During the assessment I asked one of our students called Alex if he knows how to read. His response was almost disheartening. He said to me." I don't know how to read."

After the assessment I was elated- because though he had said he did not know how to read- Alex could read beyond what he thought and what I thought as well. You see he had come in 3 months previously- in February and did not know how to read at all. 

Alex owes it to the teachers, and to you...that he can now begin to understand his lessons. And can read. His score was like this:-

He read 263 words; He had 33 errors. He took about 5 minutes. Ths may not be much but given where he was at the start of the term, this is great progress. Thanks to you partner.

Let's give more children the needed skills- move them from Basic literacy to functional literacy.

And because these children are in school, some have been able to develop their skills; On JUne 2nd will be the District Athetics Championships and two of our students will be competing.

June 1st, we had a local family and friends visit the school with learning resources- the event falling on the day Kenya celebrates self rule was dubbed "Freedom to Learn". The children received reading, writing, revision packs, food packs, sanitary towels and mentoring and counselling.

Thank you for making change happen. 

Teacher Taking a student through the paces
Teacher Taking a student through the paces
Students receiving critical learning supplies
Students receiving critical learning supplies
Student practicing for high jump
Student practicing for high jump
Keen Listening to a counselling session
Keen Listening to a counselling session
More resources
More resources
Apr 28, 2015

Daniel's Turning Around Because of You

Children Reading
Children Reading

Dear Partner

It's another time to share the changes that are happening and the impact that you are creating here in Nguluni through your giving.

We had new enrolment of about  36 new students coming in from surrounding public school syatem. These were students who had been mostly repeating classes because of low academic achievement brought about for the simple reason that they did not know how to read and understand. They have also had discipline challenges in their former schools . We have now placed them in our reading program where they are being taught how to read and at the same time being counselled.

So we are seeing children like Daniel who came in February not knowing how to read, write well and had discipline problems in class and a chronic truant settling in to become a better student. 30 days into the program, he is reading simple sentences, he has not missed school once and he is happier. "He has changed," remarked his parent during one visit to see Daniel's class teacher.

The teachers are encouraged by the progress and are more motivated. We hope to keep their motivation up by more training and mentoring to help children like Daniel. 

But all of this work is because of the partnership that we are having and the giving recurring and one time gifts that is making the impact possible. Thank you very much, on behalf of the children, their parents and the teachers.I also want to thank you on my own behalf and the Board of Acres of Mercy- I celebrate you.

And this May, 13th we have an opportunity to make available more resources to these children and their teachers. GlobalGiving will be matching every donation made and I am asking you to consider taking part. It is a great time to have us double the impact we are having.

Your giving is changing the world, one child at a time. That is real. Thank you...

Children 3 Vs Text Book 1...We must change this
Children 3 Vs Text Book 1...We must change this
Faces of Hope
Faces of Hope
Children Reading at Acres of Mercy
Children Reading at Acres of Mercy
Class Session
Class Session

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Mar 9, 2015

180 Children Now Being Impacted

Classes in January 2015
Classes in January 2015

Dear friends,

Acres of Mercy has reached a new milestone! 180

180 children are being helped through our programs now and there could have been more. Talking to one of our teaching staff last week, she said "We had to turn away many more children because we do not have the space to take them in." Most of the children we took in were from public schools. To paint the picture of part of the problem you and I are working to solve we have children who have gone through pre-school, class 1, two, three, four, and five but yet CANNOT READ. Because no one cared enough to teach them well and their parents could not afford extra money for the remedial classes sold to them in public schools.

The teacher was right. Resources are yet few. Our classes are yet unfinished and we are short of teaching staff, but the program still continues with the little we get from friends like you. And we are making progress on them as you will see from the photos from January 2015.

With a little more extra giving we can complete four other classes within the year. I will keep you posted of how we can do this through globalgiving campaigns coming up. This quarter I joined their Online Fundraising Academy to grow in how to raise more people and resources to make a difference together in the lives of these children.

Thank you for making it happen each month and please consider additional giving or recurring giving to help make more impact and reach more children.

School Parade
School Parade
Learning Going On
Learning Going On
Classroom Progress
Classroom Progress
Classes Roofed
Classes Roofed
Classes Almost Complete
Classes Almost Complete
 
   

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