May 18, 2021

DETERMINED TO FINISH WELL

Girl Child fed as incentive to learning
Girl Child fed as incentive to learning

Our determined girls came back and over 90% re-opened when the Kenyan Government resumed the opening of schools in the beginning of January 2021 only to be rudely interrupted once again with another lockdown from 19th March 2021. Luckily during this reporting period, the Government has once again opened schools with strict adherance to the COVID-19 rules on 11th May 2021.

Beginning this week (17th May 2021) we have seen a number of our girls coming back to school and the actual number are yet to be known in the next two weeks. Among 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls reported pregnant during the first lockdown only 5 from our schools were reported not coming back but whether due to pregnancy or some other issues, we are yet to establish.

We want to thank you and some other local donors for enabling us to raise a total of US$3,461.78 of which US$ 2,456.36 were donation from you and our other supporters with a matching of US$1,005.48 from the GlobalGiving Foundation for "Help 100 Girls to Complete School project" during the March 2021 campaign. We received another US$1,496.00 as one among the eight (8) organizations in the cohort of Girlfund. We will continue to assist the girls in giving them lifeskills through crotcheting training, provision of free clean water for both domestic use and drinking.
As soon as they have all come back in the next two weeks, we intend to purchase some sanitary towels for the girls and provide according to the needs some eductaion writing materials. Provision of food is a necessity for these girls to complete their education and we have already purchased items for the feeding program which will be enough for the entire term.
We are glad that despite the problems of the COVID-19 pandemic which had been a real threat for our survival, things are settling down and our wish is that we shall have no more interruptions due to this pandemic. We continue to appeal to our supporters and well wishers for their consistent commitment every month to enables us continue giving these girls hope and ensure they complete their education.
Girls showing their Crocheting work
Girls showing their Crocheting work
Counselling Session
Counselling Session
Food as an Incentive to learning
Food as an Incentive to learning
Girls life skill training
Girls life skill training
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
 
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