Nov 30, 2020

YOU HAVE PUT A SMILE ON OUR STAFF

Feeding Program staff at Work
Feeding Program staff at Work

When COVID-19 lockdown threatened to end a vision that we have pushed for the last 18 years by abruptly forcing the entire 60 staff in both our projects in Nairobi and Kisumu Counties, we were stranded and wondered what to do. From March upto October 2020, they were at home and we could not give them anything to give them hope. To make it worse by the time of lockdown we were already in arrears in salary payment. Adding to the effect of lockdown our situation was made worse.

However, we thank God for GlobalGiving fundraising platform. During the September Little by Little fundraising campaign, our appeal to you our donors was on how to help us give hope to our staff. During the campaign our target was US$18,000 which we had anticipated to help in cushioning our staff and give them hope as we were uncertain how long the lockdown would last.

On behalf of Sheepcare Community Centre, I take this opportunity to thank you for putting a smile on the face of our staff at least for the month of October 2020. The total remission from GlobalGiving for month of October was US$4206.67 (Kshs. 420,667/=) which we used to clear part of the arrears from a total of Kshs767,000/=.

The Kenya Government started school re-opening in phases from October 2020 where candidate classes namely Grade 4, Grade 8 and Grade 12 were recalled back to school. This made us to recall a total of 20 staff plus other staff who were recalled earlier working in other departments apart from education. Now we have a total of 34 staff in both Nairobi and Kisumu Counties. Having that number of staff and no income means more arrears is being accrued and our committed staff are still suffering particularly realizing that November month is already ending.

We sincerely thank you but urge you to commit at least US$10 monthly to make sure we retain our staff. Our greatest need is on how to motivate and sustain our staff. No organization can exist without staff. Thank you so much and with your support, we will fulfill our vision.

Chemistry Grade 12 Teacher at it.
Chemistry Grade 12 Teacher at it.
Grade 12 candidates listening keenly
Grade 12 candidates listening keenly
Purified Bottled water staff
Purified Bottled water staff
Kisumu Mother and Orphans not yet in Grade 4
Kisumu Mother and Orphans not yet in Grade 4
Kisumu Staff with some Grade 4
Kisumu Staff with some Grade 4

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Oct 28, 2020

DISRUPTED BY COVID BUT NOT DISCOURAGED

Grade 8 candidates after gradual school opening
Grade 8 candidates after gradual school opening

COVID-19 pandemic totally disrupted the learning of the pupils and since 15th March 2020, they were sent home. We kept hope alive by provision of food items whenever we could. We kept counselling lessons to avoid pupils particularly girls not to be lured to early marriage or giving in to sex predators.

We also introduced crocheting having used the talent of one of the Sheepcare Alumni to start training girls on crocheting with the hope that it would turn out to be a  means to get a livelihood. 

However on 14th October, the Government of Kenya annoucned that the Candidates classes had to resume school. This caused alot of concerns as we had to ensure our teachers who were involved with the candidates classes had to be recalled. Recalling them without paying them anything was an uphill task but due to commitment to serve the community they agreed to report to continue teaching. We managed to have the grade 4, grade 8 and Form 4 back.

Feeding program being one of the incentive to keep a child in school, had to begin as soon as the pupils and students resumed classes. We have opened with a total of 19 Form 4 students, 2 are yet to report. We have 17 grade 8, only 1 is yet to report. For grade 4, 16 pupils are already in, 4 are yet to report. Currently we have a total of 52 pupils and students with 28 members of our staff back including teachers, other community projects workers and subordinate staff.

During this reporting period we have received only a total of US$ 101 in our FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL (43021). We sincerely request you and our other donors and friends to be our recurring monthly donors targetting a total of US$ 2,000 per month. This will help us go along way in ensuring we keep the feeding program without which many children would drop out of school. If we can get 20 donors giving us US$100 every month, this would be of great significance.

We also need to inform you that the new normal as our Government opens schools gradually have increased our expenses as the requirement of COVID-19 containment must be put in place. We have three hand-washing stations with the liquid soap and sanitizers including thermogun which we realized fail after taking a maximum of 60 people. We are glad that water is available in plenty from our borehole and pupils and staff adhering to wearing masks and social distance in the classes are kept.

Attached are the pictorial evidences of our activities to keep hope alive and ensure our pupils continue staying in school in order to complete their education.

 

Gratefully Yours,

Luke Jakoywa - Project Leader.

Secondary Candidates
Secondary Candidates
Crocheting Skills
Crocheting Skills
Crocheting Class
Crocheting Class
Plates of Veges and Ugali
Plates of Veges and Ugali
Lunch - Primary Class
Lunch - Primary Class
Lunch - Secondary Student
Lunch - Secondary Student
Lunch Que - Secondary
Lunch Que - Secondary
Sep 22, 2020

CONTINUED LOCKDOWN MESSING GIRLS

Crocheting skills
Crocheting skills

The Kenya Government statistics indicate that many girls who were in school before the pandemic may not come back when the schools will be opened likely early next year 2021.

Over a period of three months in lockdown due to COVID-19, 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls became pregnant — a 40% increase in the country's monthly average. These numbers, from early July, are some of the earliest pieces of evidence linking the COVID-19 pandemic to unintended pregnancies. Some of the girls have also opted for early marriage in the hope of surviving during this pandemic now that they were not sure they will ever go back to school. The reason of these desperate and unfortunate move is a fact that when a human being cannot satisfy the basic needs of food and clothing they can do anything for survival.
During this reporting period we received approximately a total US$1,400 for the last four months from the GlobalGiving. This is an average of US$ 350 (35,000/=) per month. This amount could not be enough even to buy some food for the targetted households of our 100 girls even for a month. 
Sheepcare Community Centre together with some well-wishers have however, continued to assist the very desperate families with food, train in lifeskills, provide sanitary towels and help in the fighting COVID-19 pandemic by supplying free water to the community to over 600 households. This has been possible because of our good water yielding boreholes. Water provision has enabled the poor to have water to drink, wash clothes and use for domestic purposes. We are also very grateful to our local networks who value Sheepcare works. They have occasionally come to give our girls sanitary towels and motivational talks on how they can survive the pandemic and come back to school.
Our staff of 60 members who were also sent home due to lockdown have suffered without any payment and our hope is that they too will not give up but come back when the schools are opened, so as to continue giving hope to our school going children including our girls.
 
It is our sincere hope that the schools will be opened. It is when this is done, will we know how many of our girls are affected. We sincerely make appeal to our supporters and well wishers that we continue to work closely and ask many to commit to contributing towards our girl fund monthly to make sure we keep these girls in schools when the schools will be opned next year. Some of them who have not yet given up will have hope and don't follow the way of their colleagues who have opted for early marriage. This is possible if they are told that they will be assisted to continue their schooling.
Outcome of Crocheting Training
Outcome of Crocheting Training
Girls Studying - keeping hope
Girls Studying - keeping hope
Food assistance
Food assistance
Well-wishers sanitary supply
Well-wishers sanitary supply
Training girls on Keeping pure
Training girls on Keeping pure
 
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