Education  Kenya Project #44599

Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School

by Sheepcare Community Centre
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Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Help 100 Girls Complete Primary School
Our girls Back to School
Our girls Back to School

With the full resumption of schools by the Kenya Government, after two weeks we have not received back all the giirls that have been in our schools. This is not strange since in normal cases even when there is no Corona pandemic, the poor in the slums change their status of residence depending on their economic status. Some even travel upcountry and never come back to the city if they get some better livelihood in the rural area or some are not back because of lack of fare. But we have began in an encouraging note.

We are yet to know if any of our girls are among those 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls who became pregnant during the lockdown. Our policy is that even if they are pregnant they need to finish their education. Education being the basic right of every citizen need a combined effort to ensure these precious girls finish the school.
During this reporting period September - November we received a total US$1,185 mainly from Girl Fund account since we are among the eight (8) organizations in the cohort of Girlfund. Whenever we could manage we have continued to assist the girls through giving them crotcheting skills, provision of free clean water for both domestic use and drinking. Water provision has enabled the poor to improve on their health and cleanliness. We have provided our compound as a venue for continuous self study for those who could come.
We are glad that despite the hard 10 months, most of the staff are back and we have managed to replace the three who did not make it back.  We continue to appeal to our supporters and well wishers to commit at least US$10 every month and enables us continue giving these girls hope despite the devastating effect of COVID-19 which added already to their desperate situation of gender inequality, abuse and other disadvantages girls already suffer. It will be your joy and mine, if we can shape such lives like the lives of the two girls I have taken a photo with (see the photos) who have gone upto university level. I am so proud of them that now they are self reliant and are giving back to the community. Join me in doing this noble work.
University Graduates- Sheepcare products
University Graduates- Sheepcare products
Livelihood crocheting Skills
Livelihood crocheting Skills
Nairobi School - First Day
Nairobi School - First Day
Kisumu School - First Day
Kisumu School - First Day
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Crocheting skills
Crocheting skills

The Kenya Government statistics indicate that many girls who were in school before the pandemic may not come back when the schools will be opened likely early next year 2021.

Over a period of three months in lockdown due to COVID-19, 152,000 Kenyan teenage girls became pregnant — a 40% increase in the country's monthly average. These numbers, from early July, are some of the earliest pieces of evidence linking the COVID-19 pandemic to unintended pregnancies. Some of the girls have also opted for early marriage in the hope of surviving during this pandemic now that they were not sure they will ever go back to school. The reason of these desperate and unfortunate move is a fact that when a human being cannot satisfy the basic needs of food and clothing they can do anything for survival.
During this reporting period we received approximately a total US$1,400 for the last four months from the GlobalGiving. This is an average of US$ 350 (35,000/=) per month. This amount could not be enough even to buy some food for the targetted households of our 100 girls even for a month. 
Sheepcare Community Centre together with some well-wishers have however, continued to assist the very desperate families with food, train in lifeskills, provide sanitary towels and help in the fighting COVID-19 pandemic by supplying free water to the community to over 600 households. This has been possible because of our good water yielding boreholes. Water provision has enabled the poor to have water to drink, wash clothes and use for domestic purposes. We are also very grateful to our local networks who value Sheepcare works. They have occasionally come to give our girls sanitary towels and motivational talks on how they can survive the pandemic and come back to school.
Our staff of 60 members who were also sent home due to lockdown have suffered without any payment and our hope is that they too will not give up but come back when the schools are opened, so as to continue giving hope to our school going children including our girls.
 
It is our sincere hope that the schools will be opened. It is when this is done, will we know how many of our girls are affected. We sincerely make appeal to our supporters and well wishers that we continue to work closely and ask many to commit to contributing towards our girl fund monthly to make sure we keep these girls in schools when the schools will be opned next year. Some of them who have not yet given up will have hope and don't follow the way of their colleagues who have opted for early marriage. This is possible if they are told that they will be assisted to continue their schooling.
Outcome of Crocheting Training
Outcome of Crocheting Training
Girls Studying - keeping hope
Girls Studying - keeping hope
Food assistance
Food assistance
Well-wishers sanitary supply
Well-wishers sanitary supply
Training girls on Keeping pure
Training girls on Keeping pure
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When we received the first disbursement on project "Help 100 girls to complete school", it was long after all our institutions of learning had been shut down due to COVID-19 pandemic. Because schools were nolonger in operation all the pupils were forced to go back and stay with their guardians and parents, we were forced to change the plan on how best we can still serve our girls.

Though they were nolonger coming to school but the acute need of getting food supply became more urgent than anything else. It forced us to help the guardians and parents mostly of the girls who were to be the beneficiaries of the fund to help them survive so that when this pandemic is over we may still have them alive to attend school without finding them already opted for early marriages or being abused in order to survive.

We therefore used the money and also from other well wishers to ensure our girls are able to get food to eat and help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by working closely with their families. Such unforeseen circumstances makes it very difficult on how best to use the resources that are meant for particular purposes.

We managed to give food items to 100 families (most of whom stay with our girls) and supply the water for hand washing and domestic use to 600 households within our community. We also gave bar soaps to help in hand washing and cleanliness and also masks  to 1000 people on first come first served basis. The hundred (100) families where most of our girls stay also benefitted from the water and bar soap provision.

Since we have borehole we have continued to be at the centre of fighting the Corona pandemic by availing water not only to the parents of our pupils but to the entire community. Help from well-wishers like our GlobalGiving donors have made a giantic problem a little bit lighter. We continue to covet your donations and our continued partnership.

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Sheepcare Community Centre

Location: NAIROBI - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Luke Jakoywa
NAIROBI, Kenya
$5,914 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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