Education  Kenya Project #18490

Abundance School in Slums of Nairobi Kenya

by TIBA AFRICA FOUNDATION
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Abundance School in Slums of Nairobi Kenya
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Abundance School in Slums of Nairobi Kenya
Abundance School in Slums of Nairobi Kenya
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Abundance School in Slums of Nairobi Kenya
New curriculum text books for Abundance School
New curriculum text books for Abundance School
Feedback from Andria's Falk's
second visit to Nairobi
to finalise the closure of
Tiba Africa Foundation 

February/March 2019

 

 

Visitting the Tiba  projects was my first priority when I arrived in Nairobi
 

Vincent Oloo was quick to  offer to show me around.  As  Consultant to the Tiba Board  and former colleague of  the Late Daniel Marungu he was the perfect guide

                                                                                                                                                                             

 Joy Baby Care  


  We found that Joy Baby Care was flourishing:  in the safe hands of  Mrs. Elizabeth MBati, Head Teacher of Alpha Glory School and the lovely  carer, Wilkister Khamadi, now back from maternity leave 


Abundance School 
 

It was great to catch up with the children and teachers again - though  a  big shock to find the landlord is constructing houses on the playground.

Head teacher, Fred Chavulimo is very keen to find new premises and to build on what he and Daniel have achieved


 

It was wonderful to be able to  allocate the final outstanding donations  from GlobalGiving donors ($ 1,900) to the Tiba projects


Joy Baby Care: we were able to allocate money  for a further  5 months enhanced salary for the care giver, a new microwave and new potties and emergency nappies


Abundance School:   we  were able to pay for the final batch of new curriculum text books, rent for  the Easter holiday, money to set up  as a self-help group,  exercise books and a first aid kit


Give Me Another Chance AIDS/HIV  Project:   we paid for sponsored places on a public workshop and two designated workshops

And we were able to put $475 aside for admin costs  linked to the closure of  Tiba,  with left-over monies to be shared between the projects.

 

Planning for the future of the Tiba Projects


I  was very moved by the enormous concern and  determination  I found to continue Abundance School and Joy Babycare without the support of Tiba.   Teacher Fred, head teacher of Abundance School  has decided to  set  it up as a 'self-help group',   - a formal organisation with legal status that can fundraise independently.    They plan to  fundraise for a new school building, that is desperately needed.  

Joy Babycare has the resources to run independently for  another 5 months and  Mrs. MBati advises they  will  also need to  fundraise to ensure its future.   

Both these projects are very important to the local community and families that they support.

Vincent Oloo and his breathwork colleagues are also  highly motivated  to  continue to support the 'Give Me Another Chance' project in the short term, and have a further workshop planned  to take place at the end of May.   

Meanwhile, Vincent  has begun to plan for and dream about a new retreat and healing centre in the countryside!

.... let's  envision  the highest good and outcome for   these projects, enabling a strong base, to  build on  Daniel's work.

All the projects will be represented at a GlobalGiving training day  for new projects to learn  fundraising skills, to be held on May 17th in Nairobi.  

  
 

A Huge Thank You 

 

to everyone  in Kenya and from around the world who supported me at what has been a challenging time for everyone.    To name some of them:  Lillian Omwenga, wife of the Late Daniel Marungu, and  Vincent Oloo and his wife  Ruth for their support, love and hospitality;  to my colleagues in Tiba Africa Support, Sue Geary, Morag Wylie, Julie Ann Horrox , and especially Ange  Leake (who  patiently put up with many late-night phone calls and texts);  to Judith Kravitz, Director of the Transformational Breath Foundation and the Officers of TBF-UK who  believed in the importance of Tiba and  who supported me financially  during my second visit to Kenya;  to  the staff of GlobalGiving, especially Eleanor Harrison, its former London-based CEO, whose professional advice and knowledge of Kenyan non-profit regulations was second-to-none; to the GlobalGiving donors who generously donated to support the projects into the future;   to the Members and Executive of the IBF for their heart-centred concern for Tiba;  to the Tiba Sub-group  who painstakingly  visited and supplied extra information about the projects:  Elizabeth MBati, Stanley N'juguna, and Vincent Oloo;  to the Sisters and staff at Tumaini Centre for their nurturing  care and amazing  admin support;  and especially  to the Chairman,  Rajab Saidi, and  the Board and Consultants  of Tiba Africa Foundation, whose patience and clarity helped us make difficult   decisions in a very short space of time. And. of course, to the Late Daniel Marungu, whose friendship I treasured and whose inspiration and unique vision was an example to all of us.  
Please email andriafalk@blueyonder.co.uk if you would like more information about the closure of Tiba and the future of its projects.
If you would like more information about the closure of Tiba and the future of Abundance School or another  former Tiba project please email andriafalk@blueyonder.co.uk
Abundance School outing - introducing creativity
Abundance School outing - introducing creativity
Andria visits Abundance School
Andria visits Abundance School
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We have now completed  our review of Tiba  Africa Foundation following the sudden death of Daniel Marungu,  our Chief Executive.    After looking at Tiba’s records, consulting widely,  including with GlobalGiving UK,   we are recommending to the Tiba Board that it be closed down in its current form.  Because  Daniel Marungu  had his own particular way  of doing things, we feel that it will be very difficult for the Tiba Board  to continue without his input.  However,   since each  Tiba project has its own community and different needs,  we are recommending that people on the ground with an interest in each project may wish to set up a self-help group to support it and fundraise for it in the future.    We will let you know the outcome of this once the Board has met and decisions have been taken. We are assured by GlobalGiving that each project will be eligible  to apply to it in its own right. 
 
I  will be travelling to Nairobi on 18th February 2019 for two weeks to  attend a Special General Meeting of the Board to support it in making the necessary decisions.   While  I am in Nairobi,  Vincent Oloo and I  will be  running  a number of Transformational Breath workshops including workshops  for people with cancer  and  AIDS/HIV. 
 
We will be asking GlobalGiving to send the last of the money they have been holding for Tiba so that the Board can spend it while I am  in Nairobi, according to the needs  identified for each project.     We anticipate that this may include:   breathwork workshops for people with AIDS/HIV, new equipment for Joy Babycare and extra pay for the carer;   extra books,  equipment  and registration fees for Abundance School.    We will let you know how the money is spent.
 
If you  or your organisation have any outstanding monies put aside for Tiba, or you feel you would like to  support it one last time,  then please could you  donate via GlobalGiving  by   15th January 2019.   After this time we will be asking GlobalGiving to close down the Tiba pages. If you would like to contribute to my costs  in travelling to Kenya please contact me personally.
 
Thank you so much for your love and support to Abundance School.    Please know that your input has touched the lives of  many,  many children and  families.
 
Andria Falk
Patron of Tiba Africa Foundation
andriafalk@blueyonder.co.uk
 
Vincent Oloo
Transformational Breath  Senior Trainer and IBF National Representative for Kenya
vincentoloo7@gmail.com
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Report to  Global Giving Donors of Tiba Africa Foundation

 

Give Me Another Chance

Joy Baby Care

Abundance School

 

This is a poignant time in the life of Tiba Africa Foundation – just three months since the sudden death of our CEO Daniel Marungu. 

The last two Christmases we have focussed on Christmas campaigns championing  the needs of the children at Abundance School:  in January 2017 when the children returned to school  they were each presented with a school bag, pens and paper, thanks to our generous donors;  last Christmas we fundraised to bring more creativity into the school – in line with the Kenyan Government’s new curriculum plans.  Daniel and Teacher Fred launched this in the summer term when all 80 children were able to visit art and craft workshops and take part in drumming, singing, pottery and other crafts.  The rest of the money raised in this campaign has been allocated to bring an artist into school once a month so the children can learn from experts.

 Following Daniel’s death, the Board has wanted to remain true to Tiba’s ideals, although not currently actively fundraising.  From our reserves, we have voted  this Christmas to provide text books for the whole of Abundance  School to meet the new curriculum requirements starting in January 2019. This has required us buying 5 copies for each of our 5 classes of English, Mathematics, Environment, Hygiene and Creativity Books.

The  Tiba Board has also considered the needs of Joy Baby Care based at Alpha Glory School.   In the absence of Daniel, the Head teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth MBati, has generously become one of three new consultants to the Board and she and her staff have taken over responsibility for managing Joy Baby Care on behalf of Tiba.  On Mrs. MBati’s advice, the Board has allocated  money to raise the pay of the care giver  from 3000 to 5000 Kenyan Shillings for six months to ensure stability and to enable it to become self-supporting.  Mrs. MBati reports that this has definitely raised the morale of the caregiver.

 The Board is also committing to supporting  a Tiba ‘Give Me Another Chance‘ project organised by  Tiba Breath Ambassador and Vice Chair, Bwana Juma in Machakos County.   Tiba has been asked to provide T shirts for 50 participants in a marathon to advertise the need for young people to be mindful of the need to practice safe sex and to hold a meeting afterwards for young people to alert them to the issues.  Bwana Juma has asked if Tiba can pay for the T-shirts. Because Tiba doesn’t have the funds to pay for this we have used the last of the money held in the UK that had been fundraised for Daniel’s medical care.  We think this is a fitting tribute to Daniel and a good use of the last of the money.

 So why isn’t Tiba actively fundraising this Christmas?  Following the tragic death of Daniel, the Board has come together to find a way forward.  We are liaising with Global Giving to see if we have the necessary resilience and skills to continue and build on Daniel’s work.   Because we found that Daniel had largely been working independently, it is taking us some time to unravel how Tiba has been run and how to proceed.  We will let you know the outcome of our decisions as soon as we can.  As well as support from  Global Giving and our other donor organisations we are pleased to advise that we are benefitting from advice and support from Vincent Oloo, the International Breathwork Foundation’s  National Coordinator for Kenya, Eunice Obenjo, IBF Member and accountant and Mrs. MBati, Alpha Glory School.

We send you greetings and love for Christmas and the New Year.  Please send love and light to Daniel’s family and friends at this time and everyone within the orbit of Tiba Africa Foundation. 

Thank you for your generous support to Tiba Africa Foundation.

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Dear Friends of Tiba,

It is with great sadness that I need to be sharing with you news of Daniel
Marungu, our Chief Executive. As you may know, Daniel was diagnosed with
liver cancer just two months ago. He was optimistic that he would be able
to beat this, but this wasn’t to be, and he passed away suddenly at the
weekend.

Everyone that knew Daniel was aware of the huge heart and vision that he
had for his community, especially the children and people who were
struggling.

As a donor to Tiba via GlobalGiving, you will know better than many people
of some of the great work he has been doing over many years. He leaves a
strong legacy that we need to build on.

Please join me in sending love to Daniel’s family, especially his wife
Lillian and children, and his friends and colleagues.

We will keep you posted about Tiba’s projects as soon as possible.

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Thank you for continuing  to support our Tiba Africa Foundation projects.  We would like to share with you about the success of our recent campaign to introduce creativity into Abundance School.  Thanks to the generosity of donors such as yourself we managed to raise enough money for our creative day.  We had planned an event at school but following the suggestion of one of our parents we decided to take all the children, yes all 75 of them, to visit a centre for the arts where they had the experience of meeting artists and craftspeople in their own work environment. This was an amazing adventure and new experience for our chldren:   we sang together and some of us played the guitar;   we learned how to carve out of wood, how to make beautiful batik pictures, how to make masks - and we danced.  Some of us even visited a dentist's surgery that was part of the complex and learned how to take care of our teeth!

 

It was a wonderful and inspirational day.  From this beginning we plan to have a creative day every month in school, each month inviting a different artist to share their skill and talent with the children.   This way we see our children developng and learning how to access their creativity, have fun and become more confident.   This may even give them a skill for the future to earn a living.  Thank you so much for your support that made our dream become a reality.

 

We hope you will enjoy our photos of this event.

 

Please note that I am unusually posting this report on behalf of Daniel Marungu, Chief Executive of Tiba Africa Foundation.  Unfortunately, Daniel is currently receiving treatment for liver cancer at Eldoret Government Hospital, 300 km from Nairobi, where there is no internet connection at the moment.  I am pleased to tell you that Daniel is in good spirits and optimistic about his future wellbeing. If you would like to follow Daniel's progress with his health or make a donation to support his medical expenses please key in 'Daniel Marungu' on the Go Fund Me  on line website.

While Daniel does have health insurance it unfortunately doesnt cover treatment for cancer.

Thank you very much.

Yours sincerely,

Andria 

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TIBA AFRICA FOUNDATION

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
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TIBA AFRICA FOUNDATION
Angela Falk
Project Leader:
Angela Falk
NAIROBI, NAIROBI Kenya

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