Mar 26, 2021

OUR STAFF OUTLIVED THE COVID-19 SCARE

Staff training on COVID-19 containment
Staff training on COVID-19 containment

The threat that COVID-19 posed to our survival cannot be overstated. With our entire 60 staff sent home forcefully on March 2020 due to the pandemic lockdown with no pay and with no hope when to resume work,  we were not sure how many would ever come back when finally the lockdown is lifted, so when the Kenya Government allowed full re-opening of schools and other institutions on 4th January 2021, to us it was pure miracle that out of sixty (60) staff, fifty three (53) managed to come back. This ensured continuity since it would have been very expensive to look for other qualified  staff.  The retention in both locations where we are currenttly working were as follows:

a)      Staff Retention - Nairobi County

The total number who reported back were 44. Out of this 13 teachers for Primary and 9 for the Secondary School while the rest from other departments. We have restructured and now forty four (44) staff managing the Nairobi's work. This was also necessary because of the effect of lockdown on our sources of finances.

 b)      Staff Retention - Kisumu County

In Kisumu county, we have a total of nine (9) staff, eight (8) teachers and one (1) foster mother working in the children Rescue Home. All the staff in Kisumu county came back despite the long days of suffering without any pay.

Staff Remuneration Challenge

Our greatest challenge now is the staff remuneration. Generally the entire economy of the nation is affected, money is hard to come by, businesses are closing down and the circulation of cash is limited. Many parents and guardians cannot afford to take their children to school and paying the staff is now a very uphill task. Those of our parents who were able to pay some little amount to help us subsidize are now not able. The need of us taking care and ensuring children are in school is paramount but this is impossible if staff are not retained. To retain the staff, they need to be paid regularly, something that we are struggling with due to the effect of COVID-19.

Staff Motivation

The fund that our supporters enabled us to collect in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic was a sure motivation, for this money was paid to the 60 staff who were by then staying at home. The money came as a surprise to them and this must have contributed to the majority reporting back. The effect of pandemic is seen by the many institutions which totally closed down. We know of some non-profit organization who could not survive.

For us we want to appreciate you, our donor for your contributon. You are the reason for us to continue serving this year 2021. Thank you for making us have hope that our vision of transforming the poor communities is on course.

Staff Budget Deficit Appeal

Our  total budget per month for staff remuneration is Kshs 550,000 ($5,500). Of this from our analysis since January we are able to meet comfortably from our own internal income generation 40%. We are appealing to you to commit monthly to help us meet the remaining deficit to help us retain the staff. No institution can be effective without qualified committed staff.  Our appeal is that it is now we are feeling the effect of the COVID-19, our sources of income have gone down and unless we find an alternative source of subsidizing the staff remuneration, it would not be easy keeping the staff. 

Thank you for choosing to support us and we trust that our partnership will continue. Please feel free and share our work with your friends, family and networks. Attached also are the photos to help you understand more of our work.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Luke Jakoywa.

Kitchen staff at Work
Kitchen staff at Work
Kisumu County Staff planning to build an office
Kisumu County Staff planning to build an office
Milele purified water staff at work
Milele purified water staff at work
The need of qualified staff
The need of qualified staff
Feb 24, 2021

FEEDING PROGRAM INCENTIVE TO PERFORM

Children to Feed in our rural project
Children to Feed in our rural project

The importance of continuous feeding program to give a child hope and be comfortable staying in school cannot be over-emphasized. In the slum where we are operating, Feeding Program is key if the pupils will stay in school, otherwise they would go back to the streets scavenging for food in the dustbins.

We are very grateful to our supporters who have come in to help us keep the feeding program going, however sometimes it has been quite challenging. When schools were fully opened in the beginning of the year after the lockdown was partially lifted, we have had an influx of pupils seeking admission into our schools. The reason is that many schools who were also having the feeding program closed down and could not continue.

Now the need is overwhelming and our monthly budget to feed 425 pupils in Nairobi and 95 in Kisumu is US$ 2,650 per month. We thank you for choosing to support us.  Last disbursement we received only US$ 35.50 from our supporters on the feeding program yet as I said we have to keep these 520 children in school. My sincere appeal to you is to help us meet the feeding budget otherwise since feeding program is a priority we will lose the children and their future hope will be gone.

Thank you for your support and we ask that you share the fulfillment of seeing a future for a child that could not have made it had you not come at the right time to support. Please talk on our behalf to your Networks to support us regularly (Monthly).

Attached see photos of some impact made as some of our Alumni who recently graduated from various credible Universities in Kenya came to encourage the candidate class sitting this year 2021. Apart from the motivation talk, they presented each candidate with a gift of pen and a rubber.

Forever Gratefull for choosing to be being part of us.

Blessings,

Luke Jakoywa - Project Leader.

Pupils in Nairobi projects
Pupils in Nairobi projects
The Alumni Graduates who motivated the candidates
The Alumni Graduates who motivated the candidates
Candidate receiving Gift from Alumni
Candidate receiving Gift from Alumni
Lunch Hour time - Secondary Students
Lunch Hour time - Secondary Students
Alumni together with the candidates
Alumni together with the candidates
Jan 20, 2021

SLOWLY GIRLS ARE REPORTING BACK

Our girls Back to School
Our girls Back to School

With the full resumption of schools by the Kenya Government, after two weeks we have not received back all the giirls that have been in our schools. This is not strange since in normal cases even when there is no Corona pandemic, the poor in the slums change their status of residence depending on their economic status. Some even travel upcountry and never come back to the city if they get some better livelihood in the rural area or some are not back because of lack of fare. But we have began in an encouraging note.

We are yet to know if any of our girls are among those 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls who became pregnant during the lockdown. Our policy is that even if they are pregnant they need to finish their education. Education being the basic right of every citizen need a combined effort to ensure these precious girls finish the school.
During this reporting period September - November we received a total US$1,185 mainly from Girl Fund account since we are among the eight (8) organizations in the cohort of Girlfund. Whenever we could manage we have continued to assist the girls through giving them crotcheting skills, provision of free clean water for both domestic use and drinking. Water provision has enabled the poor to improve on their health and cleanliness. We have provided our compound as a venue for continuous self study for those who could come.
We are glad that despite the hard 10 months, most of the staff are back and we have managed to replace the three who did not make it back.  We continue to appeal to our supporters and well wishers to commit at least US$10 every month and enables us continue giving these girls hope despite the devastating effect of COVID-19 which added already to their desperate situation of gender inequality, abuse and other disadvantages girls already suffer. It will be your joy and mine, if we can shape such lives like the lives of the two girls I have taken a photo with (see the photos) who have gone upto university level. I am so proud of them that now they are self reliant and are giving back to the community. Join me in doing this noble work.
University Graduates- Sheepcare products
University Graduates- Sheepcare products
Livelihood crocheting Skills
Livelihood crocheting Skills
Nairobi School - First Day
Nairobi School - First Day
Kisumu School - First Day
Kisumu School - First Day
 
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