Education  Kenya Project #43021

FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL

by Sheepcare Community Centre
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL
Beans bought in bulk for Feeding Program
Beans bought in bulk for Feeding Program

With the escalting prices and the need to feed over 400 pupils and student in Nairobi and almost 100 in Kisumu we increasingly need a constant monthly contribution. For the reporting period covering February to April 2021, we received a total of US$3,854.63 from our donors towards the Feeding Project during and outside the globalGiving Fundraising campaign. Together with our internal collection, we managed at the begining of the term to buy in bulk enough Maize and beans to last the whole term ending July 2021. The cereal is a major ingredient of the feeding program.  Since the start of the term in May, we have had a constant supply of hot lunch and breakfast for our two centres. The students/pupils are motivated. Parents are grateful as this cut the cost in their budget for food and also to provide breakfast and lunch which the majority rarely afford.

Though feeding program is always consuming but its impact is clearly seen when a child who could have gone back to the street do well and stay in school. We are very grateful to you and all our donors who have enabled us to achieve this impact. Your donation is the reason these children are staying in school. Staying and completing school is the only surest way of giving these needy children hope for the future. No child can concentrate with an empty stomach.

We thank you for choosing to support us and continue to appeal for your support. Our appeal and prayer is that if we can get monthly commitment of US$200 from just 15 donors, we will never have any problem in feeding the growing population of our beneficiaries. Having more monthly donations provides ongoing support and GlobalGiving has promised to match 200% any consistent monthly giving from any donor. The impact would be clearly seen in their performance, healrth and incentive to learn. This would be fulfillment of our vision and we would have served our generation and make the world better than we found it. 

Special thanks for those who have committed to give monthly. We ask you to spread the word among your networks so that they can willingly give what they can afford to help us meet the feeding budget. Be one among the few to commit your monthly giving to this noble cause.

Attached is some pictorial evidences!

Best Regards,

Luke Jakoywa - Project Leader.

Maize bought in bulk for Feeding program
Maize bought in bulk for Feeding program
Children enjoying lunch
Children enjoying lunch
Meal of Ugali and Cabbage
Meal of Ugali and Cabbage

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Children to Feed in our rural project
Children to Feed in our rural project

The importance of continuous feeding program to give a child hope and be comfortable staying in school cannot be over-emphasized. In the slum where we are operating, Feeding Program is key if the pupils will stay in school, otherwise they would go back to the streets scavenging for food in the dustbins.

We are very grateful to our supporters who have come in to help us keep the feeding program going, however sometimes it has been quite challenging. When schools were fully opened in the beginning of the year after the lockdown was partially lifted, we have had an influx of pupils seeking admission into our schools. The reason is that many schools who were also having the feeding program closed down and could not continue.

Now the need is overwhelming and our monthly budget to feed 425 pupils in Nairobi and 95 in Kisumu is US$ 2,650 per month. We thank you for choosing to support us.  Last disbursement we received only US$ 35.50 from our supporters on the feeding program yet as I said we have to keep these 520 children in school. My sincere appeal to you is to help us meet the feeding budget otherwise since feeding program is a priority we will lose the children and their future hope will be gone.

Thank you for your support and we ask that you share the fulfillment of seeing a future for a child that could not have made it had you not come at the right time to support. Please talk on our behalf to your Networks to support us regularly (Monthly).

Attached see photos of some impact made as some of our Alumni who recently graduated from various credible Universities in Kenya came to encourage the candidate class sitting this year 2021. Apart from the motivation talk, they presented each candidate with a gift of pen and a rubber.

Forever Gratefull for choosing to be being part of us.

Blessings,

Luke Jakoywa - Project Leader.

Pupils in Nairobi projects
Pupils in Nairobi projects
The Alumni Graduates who motivated the candidates
The Alumni Graduates who motivated the candidates
Candidate receiving Gift from Alumni
Candidate receiving Gift from Alumni
Lunch Hour time - Secondary Students
Lunch Hour time - Secondary Students
Alumni together with the candidates
Alumni together with the candidates
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Grade 8 candidates after gradual school opening
Grade 8 candidates after gradual school opening

COVID-19 pandemic totally disrupted the learning of the pupils and since 15th March 2020, they were sent home. We kept hope alive by provision of food items whenever we could. We kept counselling lessons to avoid pupils particularly girls not to be lured to early marriage or giving in to sex predators.

We also introduced crocheting having used the talent of one of the Sheepcare Alumni to start training girls on crocheting with the hope that it would turn out to be a  means to get a livelihood. 

However on 14th October, the Government of Kenya annoucned that the Candidates classes had to resume school. This caused alot of concerns as we had to ensure our teachers who were involved with the candidates classes had to be recalled. Recalling them without paying them anything was an uphill task but due to commitment to serve the community they agreed to report to continue teaching. We managed to have the grade 4, grade 8 and Form 4 back.

Feeding program being one of the incentive to keep a child in school, had to begin as soon as the pupils and students resumed classes. We have opened with a total of 19 Form 4 students, 2 are yet to report. We have 17 grade 8, only 1 is yet to report. For grade 4, 16 pupils are already in, 4 are yet to report. Currently we have a total of 52 pupils and students with 28 members of our staff back including teachers, other community projects workers and subordinate staff.

During this reporting period we have received only a total of US$ 101 in our FEED A CHILD TO STAY IN SCHOOL (43021). We sincerely request you and our other donors and friends to be our recurring monthly donors targetting a total of US$ 2,000 per month. This will help us go along way in ensuring we keep the feeding program without which many children would drop out of school. If we can get 20 donors giving us US$100 every month, this would be of great significance.

We also need to inform you that the new normal as our Government opens schools gradually have increased our expenses as the requirement of COVID-19 containment must be put in place. We have three hand-washing stations with the liquid soap and sanitizers including thermogun which we realized fail after taking a maximum of 60 people. We are glad that water is available in plenty from our borehole and pupils and staff adhering to wearing masks and social distance in the classes are kept.

Attached are the pictorial evidences of our activities to keep hope alive and ensure our pupils continue staying in school in order to complete their education.

 

Gratefully Yours,

Luke Jakoywa - Project Leader.

Secondary Candidates
Secondary Candidates
Crocheting Skills
Crocheting Skills
Crocheting Class
Crocheting Class
Plates of Veges and Ugali
Plates of Veges and Ugali
Lunch - Primary Class
Lunch - Primary Class
Lunch - Secondary Student
Lunch - Secondary Student
Lunch Que - Secondary
Lunch Que - Secondary
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The recent Kenyan Government statistics that almost 200,000 girls had gotten pregnant was the saddest story I have heard arising from the effect of COVID-19 lockdown despite other stories that domestic violence have increased and there has been many unexplained deaths in the families. It is obvious that hopelessness is creeping up in people's lives and majority are in need of dire help.

This is particularly true in the slums where life is about hand to mouth. People get their daily bread from doing hawking business to walking every morning to industries looking for casual jobs. That is not possible now duew to lockdown, our community members are in such desperate situation and no wonder such depressing reports!

It is with this in mind that for the last three months of the reporting period, our concern has been how to get involved to help alleviate this problem. We have provided food items to the community members particularly targetting parents and guardians who are now with our pupils and students. Since all schools were closed it is not possible for our feeding program in school to continue. We have also through the help of other partrner organizations provided our girls with sanitary towels in the hope that they will not be lured into sex as an exchange of such needs and food.

During the reporting period we have achieved the following;

  1. Provided food items to 500 households worth US$1,500.
  2. Gave washing soap to 1000 households worth US$1,200.
  3. Provided masks worth US$500 to 1000 people.
  4. Created a vertical kitchen gardens within our compound and right now carrying out training so that the slum dwellers may replicate the same gardens in their compounds to ensure they have enough vegetables
  5. Gave free water to 1000 households for drinking and domestic use for the last two months during this reporting period from our borehole.
  6. Provided counselling services and training to our pupils particularly girls to caution them against those who would take advantage of them.

All these have been possible through our GlobalGiving donors, well-wishers, local supporters and also through partnership with other organizations without which we would not have achieved much.

Challenges

  1. On the GlobalGiving FEED THE CHILD account, it has been almost impossible to get our supporters to give anything. The majority of those supporters are looking to us for provision.
  2. We have not succeeded in getting consistent donors who would give every month whether there is GlobalGiving campaign or not.
  3. We have not been involved even in the campaign initiated by the GlobalGiving because our donor base has been mostly those who are so affected.

Way Forward

Our desire is to continue mobilizing many donors to join us for these noble purposes of ensuring a future to the poor children and other members of our community. We are even more determined knowing that sometimes calamities beyond our control are bound to happen. We will appeal to our donors to be consistent by giving monthly donations.

We appeal to our donors to continue supporting us and share the same with their friends to enlarge our donor base. In this reporting period we received from GlobalGiving a total of only US$ 891 which include funds from the girlfund cohort where we are among the the eight (8) winners. This alone would not have made us achieve all that we achieved during this reporting period.  With more of your support we will achieve much and help save lives of such vulnerable girls and children whom without our help will be wasted and sadly a bright future totally destroyed. You and we together will achieve much! Welcome.

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We succeeded in becoming GlobalGiving Permanent members after the accelerators giving which ended on 31st December 2019. As Sheepcare community centre, we do feeding program to the poor children who do not afford food as an incentive to come to school. Without provison of such they usually go back to the street.

We are so grateful to the GlobalGiving forum which made our supporters to come in number to help us buy the necessary food for the children. It is always a big husttle when the year begins since it is the lowest time to have any income. But with tha amount that was remitted to our account by the GlobalGiving at the end of the January 2020, we managed to do the following which often has been such a challenge:

  1. Purchase enough non-perishable food item which will last us for the entire first term which is from January - April 2020.
  2. We have also managed to fulfill the budget of buying the perishable food item every week as now we have a source of finance dedicated for this unlike other times that whatever money we are able to get has first priority in ensuring feeding program before any other need.
  3. We have increased the quantity of the food given to the pupils and students.
  4. We have managed to feed both breakfast and lunch consistently the whole month of February to 350 pupils and 54 staff members who also have to benefit from the provision. 

Summary

Raising fund through the GlobalGiving has made us to manage to keep every child happy and be able to come to school consistently. The frate of absentees which was almost 50% have reduced to about 30% for the month of February. We trust that our account will be active and have enough money to enable us keep the feeding program going without any hindrances.


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Sheepcare Community Centre

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
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Luke Jakoywa
NAIROBI, Kenya
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