Community member and her daughter
Wagire, Kenya, October, 2011
Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our community project (Educating 80 girls and Orphans in Kenya) (see photo). In the last three months we have continued to focus on improving the lives of children in our community, especially in providing educational opportunities for orphans and girls. The community has been working together cooperatively to ensure the success of this Global Giving/PATHWAYS project. We are so grateful for your support and generosity.
This project is the first of its kind in our community. There has never been any influx of money for improvements; this money from Global Giving/PATHWAYS is the first. We are doing our best to make the most of this opportunity. Your contribution has changed lives, and will continue to have a positive impact on especially children, well into the future. The initial project objectives have been fully achieved. Below is a report on our progress on follow up objectives:
We have completed the refurbishment of our kitchen at a cost of Ks. 3,670.This included putting up a wall and repairs to the roof.
Completion of construction of a bookshelf to help store the library books, at a total cost of Ksh. 5,000.
We employed one more teaching staff member to help handle the increased numbers of pupils. We currently have 150 pupils in our four classes and the number keeps increasing day in day out. Our orphaned children population has also more than doubled. We currently have 35 total and partial orphans. We have a total of six members of teaching staff and three members of non-teaching staff to help keep up with the increasing numbers of pupils (photo). We have plans underway to construct and equip three additional classrooms by the end of this year. We also plan to relocate our library so as to allow more study space to users as the usage/utility of our library has risen sharply of late, and we have had increased demand for more reading material and reading space, so we also deliberated to add to our existing collection of reading materials, especially now that we are approaching the end of the year when most students sit for their final examinations.
We set plans in motion to have the school connected to the national electricity grid so that we can reduce our expenditure on electricity. We have our own solar power, funded through the generosity of Global Giving donors, (photo) however, this has not been adequate to supply power for 24hours a day. We will still have a low power consumption as we will rely on the power generated by the solar panel for consumption.
We are in advanced stages in securing the land title deed for the school lot. (photo) This should be completed by the end of the year.
Our community is committed to help alleviate poverty among us with a special focus on girls and women. We aim to empower the community through recognition and initiation of programs targeting the neglected members of the community.
As you may remember, PATHWAYS supported my medical school education and I am now midway with my internship, currently doing my rotation in Paediatrics an am enjoying it immensely. My goal in life is to help children.
Thank you for helping me help my community and helping them make much needed improvements in the educational facilities and resources and infrastructure, like power, so that they can generate their own new opportunities in the future.
You are changing lives for the better- thank you!!
Books in library
Solar lighting in new school building
Pupils attending school in new school building
Pupils in school building
Latrine on school lot