2019 we had a target of reaching out to 40 needy students, we can report that our program directly benefitted 12 students, this is far below the target we had set. In 2020, we remain with the target of 40 students directly benefiting from the project.
The 12 students we supported in 2019 are happy with the support and we plan to continue with the support and ensure that they finish school with good grades. One of such students (Purity) who sat for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education scored 391 out of 500 and set to join Our Lady of Fatima secondary school this January Another pupil who was at Baba Dogo primary school courtesy of the programme scored 355, he is set to join Ruaraka High School.
We are happy the project is a success as more children finish primary and secondary school with a high level of literacy. We envision that by the end of 2020 we shall have reached our target of 40 students benefitting from the program and more than 30 students recording good performance in the national examinations.
We would like to take this moment to thank all our donors who made this possible by supporting education of these students. We request you to be continually engaged with our work by starting a recurring donation and by adopting a student and following up on their individual performance. We thank you for all you have done for educating the needy students in Kenya, and we look forward for your continued support.
Oct 7, 2019
Meeting the target
By Paul M - Project Leader
We are convinced that education plays a key role in the struggle against poverty. That is why Progressive Volunteers is working on all these projects to support needy students and help schools in economically and socially disadvantaged areas in our community. Education is imperative to tackling poverty. When individuals have the chance to learn basic life and literacy skills, economies grow faster and poverty rates decline. When people go to school, they are able to eventually earn more money and support their families
Despite the elimination of school fees in Kenya it has been common practice for primary and secondary schools to collect additional money or resources from parents to fill in the gaps left by the limited government allocations. Other associated costs such as transportation and uniforms have rendered school education inaccessible to the poorest and vulnerable. The most affected are children living in the slum areas of the city and rural areas. With the help of numerous donors, our community library with 2,330 books for all ages, school books, literature and fiction, numerous magazines, newspapers have offered students a place to read from and get academic assistance from a pool of volunteer teachers and mentors.
In 2019, we had a target of reaching out to 40 needy students, we can report that we are far below average and have to work extra hard in the remaining 3 months to meet the target. We have devised a method of making good use of our community lilbrary to reach out to many more students to read from.
One of the schools heads we have partnered with for 6 years had this to say about the support to his school: “Since St Joseph Education Centre received the books, student population has increased, and teachers have found it easier to teach. Our children are happy with the support and here is a comment from one pupil (Purity, a class seven): "My performance has improved, both my teachers and parents are happy with me. I used to get 297 marks out of 500, but now I score 385 marks out of 500.. I hope to perform better than this next time. I will be the best in my final exams in class eight’’.
Jul 1, 2019
By J Mzee - Project Lead
Every quarter we feature a beneficiary who has benefitted from this programme and excelled in his/her studies. Last quarter we featured Aketch and this quarter we briefly share about Hannington. Hannington is from a single parenthood and has since his birth depended on his single mum for his upkeep. Unfortunately, the mum passed away early this year and left him in the hands of relatives to take care of his basic needs and his education.
The adopt a student, change a life programme identified him as one of the needy students in the society and has taken up his education. Currently, he is in class 8 at Baba Dogo primary school in Ruaraka and courtesy of the programme, he is continuing with his studies and is expected him perform better in the end of the year Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and be enrolled in the secondary school programme in 2020.
We would like to take this moment to thank all our donors who have made this possible by contributing to sponsorships. We request you to be continually engaged with our work by starting a recurring donation and by adopting a student and following up on their individual performance. We thank you for all you have done for educating the needy students in Kenya, and we look forward for your continued support!