Education  Kenya Project #40575

Help A Child Get Back to School

by The Ngao Foundation
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
Help A Child Get Back to School
students discussing about sex education
students discussing about sex education

The Covid period has affected many families in Kangemi economically to the point whereby they are not able to provide education to their children. Most of these children roam the streets aimlessly leaving them exposed to harmful malpractices. This is where The Ngao Foundation came in to provide education support to those who are most vulnerable.

This report will give an update on the progress made for the months of January, February, and March, During this period 2, the students did national exams to complete primary school. Five secondary students did the Kenya Secondary Certificate Exams (KCSE). There are also 4 students in TVETs and one of them is graduating on 13th April 2022, Since March all the students are on long holidays. 

During the holidays the organisation engages them in topics such as drugs and substance abuse, peer pressure, personal hygiene, self-confidence, dancing, games, reading storybooks and arts & crafts etc. These topics are designed to equip them with knowledge so that they are able to cope with life challenges. These education activities also prevent them from engaging in harmful activities such as drug and substance abuse, stealing or sexual exploitation.

Challenges.

There are so many vulnerable children in Kangemi who are not in school but due to limited funds, we are unable to take them to school or even sustain some of them. A donation of $70(tuition fees) monthly is able to sustain the education of secondary students while $50(tuition fees) can sustain a student in primary school for 2 months. Any kind of donation will be highly appreciated because it will enable us to keep these children in school avoiding them being sent home.

young girls being taught about sex education
young girls being taught about sex education
Children reading some story books
Children reading some story books
Children showing their arts after the session
Children showing their arts after the session
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secondary school supported students.
secondary school supported students.

The help a child get back to school project was created to support children living with disabilities, rescued children and orphans living in informal settlements. Since the project started The Ngao Foundation has managed to select 10 (9 girls and  1 boy) vulnerable students for support for September, October and November. We also managed to provide lunch to 15 primary school children, through the donations given. During this period, through your donations, we have managed to provide shopping, tuition fees, uniforms and other stationeries for these students. Also, The Ngao Foundation managed to secure full scholarships for three students namely Whitney, Konkwa and Logan through your kind donation.

During this period 5 students(2 male and 3 female)  recently joined TVETs instates to study for various technical courses such as electrical engineering, plumbing, cosmetology and procurement.  We also had one candidate who graduated with a diploma in cosmetology and now she managed to secure a job, this couldn’t have happened without your support as our donor.

Psychosocial support has also been provided to these students. They attend guidance and counselling sessions Mondays and Thursdays every week. They also go through the mentorship program, this program aims to help them cope with life challenges and come up with solutions when needed.

One of the biggest challenges that we have faced is insufficient funds to support these children. Among the 16 available students, only three have managed to secure a full scholarship at the moment. No child should sit at home due to a lack of tuition fees.

one of our  primary school student beneficiaries
one of our primary school student beneficiaries
mentorship session taking place.
mentorship session taking place.
a cheerful student after clearing fees arrears.
a cheerful student after clearing fees arrears.
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matt making group showing their final product
matt making group showing their final product

Women form the key part of our society, and when you provide business skills to a woman you are empowering and improving the whole household’s livelihood. The long term goal of this project is to ensure that 1500 women and girls are empowered with business skills and knowledge which will create a positive impact in their lives.

The donations given have been able to impact the lives of these women and young girls, we appreciate the donors for continuing to support us.  This project has been divided into 4 main activities.

  • Hairdressing.
  • Matt making.
  • Tailoring.
  • Soap making.

In hairdressing 7 women recently graduated with certificates. We are currently recruiting another group to start in September. Our goal is to ensure that by the end of the year 350 women shall have acquired certificates in the field of hairdressing.

Matt making. In this activity, the first group of 15 members have concluded their training, with our assistance, these members are in the process of searching the market for their products. Part of their earnings shall be contributed to a kitty, this is for the sustainability of the project. Similar to hairdressing, The Ngao Foundation is in the process to recruit new members of this activity, to commence their training in September.

Tailoring: this is ongoing training, the learners are taught different types or forms of training, members meet every Saturday morning to afternoon. The group comprised 19 members.

Soap making: This activity has been able to benefit 20 women and the target is to reach 100 before the end of the year. This activity aims to provide knowledge and skills on how to make liquid soap local. Once the group members have completed their training new members shall be recruited.

graduates from the hairdressing group
graduates from the hairdressing group
hairdressing certificate handover ceremony
hairdressing certificate handover ceremony
a beautiful matt courtesy of the matt group
a beautiful matt courtesy of the matt group
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Women empowerment program is one of The Ngao Foundation’s pillar programs. It involves activities which are aimed at empacting women with knowledge and skills to make them better. The women use these skills to improve their livelihood and the general family’s wellbeing. These activities include: soap making, hair dressing, tailoring and mat making. Each activity has its own group members.  This report will highlight the progress made in each activity.

Hair Dressing: This group consists of 21 members and 2 trainers. The trainers take the entire group through the course outline. The group members meet on a daily basis, Monday to Friday. The Foundation provides learning materials and training facilities to ensure that no one is left behind especially those interested.

 During the sessions not only does women learn about hairdressing. It also provides platform for them to talk and share ideas on various issues affecting them in Kangemi slums, topics like gender-based violence especially on women are discussed.

Mat making: The mat making group consists of 15 members they meet every Monday and Thursday. One of the members volunteered to teach fellow colleagues about mat making. In this group, members have completed majority of the workload. The Ngao Foundation is in the process of providing them business training skills so that they can create their own market once they have completed mat making process.

Liquid Soap Making: The aim of this activity is to provide knowledge and skills on how to make liquid soap local. The women are involved in selling the product. This activity has been able to benefit 20 women and the target is to reach 100 before the end of the year. Women search for the market themselves, the money gained is split into two, where a small portion is returned to the foundation for the purpose of purchasing raw materials.

Tailoring group:The Tailoring group consists of 19 members, they meet every Wednesday and Saturday. At first these women were taught how to operate the sewing machine since majority of them were knew to all of this. So far, they have gained the basic skills on making Hemmings and button holes. These women are also offered a platform to interact with each and discuss ways in which they can improve their lives either by establishing a saving group or learning how to invest.


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In a constantly changing environment, the girls having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life.Girls and young women growing up in Kangemi, an informal settlement in Nairobi, face vastly many challenges. The Teenage pregnancies has been a key concern during this pandemic period, with an estimated one in five teenaged girls between the ages of 15 and 19 being pregnant or having already given birth (KDHS). Girls in the informal settlement are more vulnerable now than ever before. Ngao's focus in the last three months has been to enhance practical skills for the girls not only to be busy but significanly engaged their thought process, using the activies to learn about ways of problem solving, building self confidence. 

Before COVID-19, girls depended on school-based programs to meet their basic needs, such as food, sanitation, sanitary towels and more importantly the socialization.When schools closed in March this year due to the pandemic, they lost access to this support, placing them in an increasingly precarious position. At Ngao,  we provided an avenue for girls and young women to creatively make several things using locally available materials, waste paper, magazines and old clothes to make creative items now a source of income for them to navigate through the above challenges.

In the last three months, we have served more than 332 girls aged 9 to 17, equipping them to fight for their rights and to handle the challenges they face daily. Through direct mentoring we focused to support girls on WHO AM I? WHERE AM I GOING and HOW DO I GET THERE. This facilitated them to unearth their potential, abilities and capabilities to navigate real life challenges of managing stress and frustrations. Discover their values and leadership capabilities and build confidence. They were also enabled to make informed choices when it comes to their bodies, life choices and personal focus.

Psychosocial support 

The ability for most households in Kangemi informal settlement to access basic services got negatively affected by the COVID – 19 pandemics. Regarding access to health services, the girls and women reported avoiding going to hospitals due to the risk of getting affected

43 women lost their income generation opportunities either loss of jobs, closure of business or slowed down business performance

188 mothers having school-aged children, were not able to access remote education provided by the Government of through the social media platform. The main barrier being the lack of equipment (TV, laptop, smart phone etc.) and/or limited utilities (like internet connection).

The above encounters created stress, frustrations, tensions and heathy problems both to the girls, women and the entire household. Ngao provided psychosocial support to all the girls with regular counseling, home visits, food hampers for families, sanitary towels, income opportunities, job connections and necessary referrals.

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The Ngao Foundation

Location: Kangemi, Nairobi, Nairobi - Kenya
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Anthony Hulula
Kangemi, Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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