Aug 3, 2020

Desk for all!

What an amazing summer it has been! At the Collective for Orphan Care and Education (COCE), we began raising money in March to build two classrooms in Nangina Village, which is located in rural western Kenya. By the end of May, both classrooms were built. Then came the task of filling them with desks and chairs. On June 1, 2020, we started our crowdfunding project "Donate a Desk and Change a Life" and as of July 1, 2020, we met our goal of $3,800!

Having this microproject fully funded means that students will not only have an individual desk to sit in, but we can also support the local economy through our purchase of materials and labor. In August, we will work with a local carpenter to buy materials and begin building the 90 total desks needed for students using these classrooms. When the desks are completed, we will send an update with photos so you can see the final result.

We want to thank all of our donors for their generosity because, without you, children would be sitting on concrete floors to learn. Your investment in children and their education means the world to them, and to us at COCE.

While COCE will have the desks constructed this fall, the Kenyan government has mandated that schools will not reopen until January 2021. Virtual learning is not an option for most students in Kenya, due to lack of internet access, electricity, and technology devices. Moreover, many poor students are struggling to survive due to lack of food as a result of COVID-19. Rural Kenyans do not have access to food pantries or safety net programs. At COCE, over the next several months we will be working to establish a Student Assistance Fund to support students and their families through the provision of food, hygiene, and basic health care needs. As we gear up for this new project campaign, we hope that you will consider joining us in these efforts.

Thank you for your continued support of our children. You have made a difference beyond what you can even imagine.

Gratefully yours,

Aug 1, 2020

COVID-19 relief update

At the Collective for Orphan Care and Education (COCE), our mission is to support and empower vulnerable youth to gain the knowledge, resources, and skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives. We began this COVID-19 relief project in April, when many children in rural villages were sent home from boarding schools that shut down. The connection between having basic needs such as food, nutrition, and hygiene met and being able to concentrate on educational pursuits is well-established. Not only were children no longer able to attend school and many adults unable to work, but poor families now had additional mouths to feed each day.

Many people in the U.S. and elsewhere can relate to this situation. However, in rural western Kenya, there are no food pantries, no safety net programs to alleviate some of the financial stress. The situation in rural western Kenya remains dire, and youth will not return to school until January 2021.

We are so thankful for contributions from donors like yourself, who have invested in the health and well-being of children. With the donations received thus far, we were able to provide food and basic needs for 4 children for one month. This was a relief to the families and the children. At COCE, we will continue to support children and families in rural western Kenya and hope you will consider doing so as well.

Gratefully yours,

May 14, 2020

School classroom update

For the past two months, we have been busy at the Collective for Orphan Care and Education (COCE).
We participated in the GlobalGiving Project Accelerator from March 9 through March 25 and raised just over $10,000.This was a huge success because it meant that we were able to begin construction for not one but two primary school classrooms in Nangina Village, Busia County, western Kenya. These classrooms will serve up to 90 students each year, many of them young girls who will not otherwise receive an education.
Construction for the classrooms started on April 1, 2020 and substantial progress has been made.The goal is to have both classrooms ready for the summer semester. We are continuing to raise money to cover the roofing, electrical work, and painting costs and to pay the building manager who has been working countless hours for free.
Once the structure itself is completed, we will need to purchase desks and collect donations for school supplies.
We will keep you updated as things progress. Your generosity in this time of uncertainty is making primary education a reality for at least 90 rural Kenyan children in 2020. This may be the most precious gift we can give these children.

Thank you for your continued support as we complete these classrooms and assist children in their educational pursuits.

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