Thanks to the support provided by you and our other amazing donors, construction for two new classrooms at Nangina Primary School was completed by the end of May 2020. In June, your cotinued support meant that the Collective for Orphan Care and Education (COCE) raised enough money to purchase desks to fill both classrooms.
Please check out our latest blog to hear from the local school Chairman about the impact these two classrooms will make on Nangina and surrounding communities.
In Kenya, the academic year begins in January and ends in December. Usually the second term would begin for our primary school students in Nangina Village in June. Like many other countries, COVID-19 resulted in school closures across Kenya in March. However, Kenya made a decision in July to keep all Kenyan schools closed until January 2021. All children will repeat the grade they began in January 2020. This will further exacerbate gaps in educational attainment -- particularly for poor children in the rural villages COCE serves.At COCE, we have set up a Student Assistance Fund here on GlobalGiving to raise money that helps support young people in the rural villages while they wait for schools to reopen.
We are moving forward on having desks built by local tradesmen. We have had two prototypes constructed and are making decisions this month so we can move forward with construction. When children do return to school this January, they will have a desk to support their learning. We will send an update with pictures when they are completed.
Additionally, we are beginning to fundraise and plan for a community library to better meet the educational needs of children in this rural area. Next week, September 14th-18th, we will be participating in GlobalGiving's Little x Little campaign, where every donation between $10 and $50 made to our project will be matched at 50%! We hope you will check out our GlobalGiving project page to learn more.
Thank you for being part of our collective. It truly takes a village to ensure healthy growth and development for all of our children.
For the past two months, we have been busy at the Collective for Orphan Care and Education (COCE).
We participated in the GlobalGiving Project Accelerator from March 9 through March 25 and raised just over $10,000.This was a huge success because it meant that we were able to begin construction for not one but twoprimary school classrooms in Nangina Village, Busia County, western Kenya. These classrooms will serve up to 90 students each year, many of them young girls who will not otherwise receive an education.
Construction for the classrooms started on April 1, 2020 and substantial progress has been made.The goal is to have both classrooms ready for the summer semester. We are continuing to raise money to cover the roofing, electrical work, and painting costs and to pay the building manager who has been working countless hours for free.
Once the structure itself is completed, we will need to purchase desks and collect donations for school supplies.
We will keep you updated as things progress. Your generosity in this time of uncertainty is making primary education a reality for at least 90 rural Kenyan children in 2020. This may be the most precious gift we can give these children.
Thank you for your continued support as we complete these classrooms and assist children in their educational pursuits.
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