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Jul 10, 2017

Living a Legacy

Girl's Education
Girl's Education

Dear Friend

June 17th 2017 was a heavy day for me.

It was the day when we would lay to rest the remains of my Dear Departed Grandpa.

Two weeks before, I had the honour to be part of the team that was putting together his eulogy.

Dear Friend and Partner allow me to dedicate this report to the honour of his work in Education…to the man who in many ways reflects what GlobalGiving and its partner organizations around the world are doing-Philanthropy that changes lives and creates lasting impact. And to many men and women and youth just like him today all over the world.

My Grandpa was born James Ezekiel Mbori Yogo in 1932, Grandpa lived his early years in his home village until one day soon after the end of the Second World War -1939-  a man came to his village urging youth to go to school and get an education. I did not get the name of this man, but like many of us today supporting dreams across the globe, he changed the course of a generation.

Eighty-six years on, having sired 24 children and left behind 51 grandchildren many among whom have become teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, bankers, professors and various other professions, Grandpa passed on. But he also passed on a legacy.

It is part of his legacy that Acres of Mercy, Kenya does what it does today…gifting education to children. In our lives path we all are playing our different parts in living behind a legacy of changed lives. June 17th 2017 reinforced my resolve to be part of this generation that is making a difference in Education just like Grandpa did, even much more.

By his example I had my Aunt's rally together to ensure I completed my university education. They gave in ways small and big and when I graduated Grandpa was there to congratulate me. Today, you and I and the teachers working with the children continue giving and supporting children who are not even part of our direct families, yet we know we are part of a bigger global family. 

Today Acres of Mercy continues to provide subsidized education to many children who might not have otherwise gotten the opportunity to be in school. By the end of June 2017, we had 133 children being served by 12 teachers and one support staff. 51% of these children are boys and 49% are girls. Our present intervention has been the drive on getting students to be independent students, problem solvers, creative thinkers.

Perhaps they would be able to do much more that my Grandpa Hon. James E. Mbori, who served his country first as a teacher, a teaching college lecturer, a legislator and a member of the Cabinet but most importantly as a man of integrity who left a mark in his generation.

Together we have been doing it, in your contributions, in your support and in standing with the children that Acres of Mercy supports. Thank you. You are part of the legacy…we are all leaving a fitting legacy in our generation.

Thank you. Thank you

Boys' Education
Boys' Education
Teacher Preparation
Teacher Preparation
Jul 10, 2017

Edging Closer

Teacher Visual
Teacher Visual

Dear Friend and partner,

Yes...we are many steps closer to where our vision is driving us to. We have edged closer to more quality teaching..
The goal to build our students’ writing skills continues. In April we admitted Joe* into Class 6. Joe had been going to school at a public primary school in the local School District. Below is an excerpt of his current essay writing:
“One day I was walking in the road with my sister I saw a boy who was sleeping near the road. I saw a car caming. I told the driver to come and carry the boy. The driver refuse…”
Joe has a few problems compared to many boys his age. Teachers at Acres of Mercy are working to improve the children’s Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency as well as expanding their Vocabulary.
There are many other improvements in key areas of student learning such as independence in learning, reading, writing and comprehension, curiosity in learning, handwriting, improving fluency in certain areas of mathematics as is being testified by some teachers;
“I have been here for about 5 months now and it is amazing what is happening to the students when we started working on developing their curiosity to learn; many of our Science students are now able to read and write their own notes without being pushed”
Teacher S. has been giving extra time to the students, helping them during every free period he has. And the fruits of his and other teachers’ dedication are evident in the way sections of students are approaching their learning, teachers’ collaborating and parents beginning to take greater responsibility for their children’s learning and education.
This work has definitely been possible by the giving support you give to ensuring we have the teachers’ salaries provided for in time. It is this sort of support that has shifted our preoccupation with survival to spending more time in teacher professional development and coaching.
“It is now easier to set targets, with teachers and truly, honestly expect highly of them because our focus has moved from explaining salary delays, to discussing more about how we can all improve our teaching and students’ learning”


Thank you for making this possible.

Teacher And Student Drawing
Teacher And Student Drawing
Teacher Engaging Student
Teacher Engaging Student
Apr 10, 2017

Collaboration- Together Working the T in T.E.A.M

Our Teaching Staff -April 2017
Our Teaching Staff -April 2017

Dear friends and partners, 

It is the second day of April holidays for the children here at Acres of Mercy. The teachers have taken a well-deserved break before reporting back on 14th April for planning sessions for next term. We have made great strides in the last three months as staff so that we can truly say Together Each Achieves More. A volunteer working with us commented and said, "Things are much better now than last year, I think this is a good team. People are working more together towards the vision of the school." 

We have been experimenting with cross class and cross subject teaching and planning to help reduce the achievment gaps especially for English taught subjects. We have a team of four teachers working on giving instruction and assessments across five classes. This is set to continue throughout the whole year with an evaluation of progress in June 2017. 

Staff morale is high, there is more productivity compared to the same time one year ago. For the past three months disbursements have come in by the 28th of every month allowing teachers to get paid in a timely way. Staff are less worried about when they will be remunerated because there are pressing financial pressures. Instead they are more given to finding ways to deliver quality teaching to their students.

The effects are that children are more disciplined because they are more engaged. The teachers show better care towards their academic and personal well being.I could attribute this change in focus directly towards timely pay. Thank you all partners for making it happen. On behal; of all our staff here at Acres of Mercy, Thank You for a great first term 2017.  

 
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