Project #4168

Educate and Feed 85 At-Risk Kids in Kibera, Kenya

by St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization
Mar 15, 2010

December Graduation and January Commencement

------December Graduation---------- In December 2009, the St. Vincent de Paul Nursery School graduated 30 of our students from the program. We are pleased to report that following graduation, the entire graduating class was qualified and enrolled into local primary schools -- a huge success! In 2003, the Government of Kenya made primary education free to all children. Despite this important step, families continue to face significant barriers to sending their children to primary school due to two main factors. First, while enrollment in school is free, the costs associated with attending school are burdensome to many families, particularly those in Kibera where x% live on less than $1/day. Without funds to purchase uniforms, textbooks, and other supplies, children are not allowed to attend school. Second, as a way to control overpopulated classrooms, government run primary schools are allowed to turn away prospective students that are not considered to be adequately prepared for entrance. To be admitted into primary school, students must therefore go through a rigorous interview process. According to a 2003 study by Oxfam, 37% of school-going age children in Kibera were not even in the educational system and 70% of the children attending school only have limited access to informal schools and community centers. It is within this context that we understand the significance of the 100% primary enrolment of the St. Vincent Nursery School graduates. Enrolment of the entire nursery school class indicates that all students were successful in passing the interview process. Additionally, this high enrollment is due also to the motivation of nursery school parents who must identify funding for the purchase the required materials for their children to attend school. -----January Commencment--------- In January, the nursery school welcomed our newest class of 30 students (17 boys, 13 girls), keeping our total enrolment to 87 children. Global Giving funds are used to purchase uniforms, shoes and food; provide teacher and staff salaries; purchase educational supplies; pay utility bills; and pay for the enrolment of 47 children who are unable to pay full tuition. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY: On Tuesday, March 16th, Global Giving will be matching all donations made to our project by 30%. If you were considering making a donation this month, we would love for you to do so on Tuesday so that your impact can be even greater. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization

Location: P.O. BOX 56486-00200, Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lucy Kayiwa
Nairobi, Kenya

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