COVID-19  Kenya Project #30316

Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19

by The Rahul Kotak Foundation
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Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Give Hope to Kisumu's Children during COVID-19
Slippers bring smiles
Slippers bring smiles

We've been really busy the past couple of months and we have a lot of exciting updates coming up. But today's update largely comes from our partnership with Cohesu to provide students with shoes and slippers.

In March, we visited 5 of the schools we work with and provided over 450 students with shoes and slippers through the TOMS project run by Cohesu. The TOMS project was introduced to combat the rapid rise of bilharzia and jiggers amongst children in Kisumu. Cohesu provide footwear to school children that would otherwise be bare feet and likely catch these diseases. This also doubles up as savings for parents who cannot afford to buy shoes for their school-going children.

We had an incredible week taking the shoes to various schools and students across Kisumu. On one of our school visits, the students who received slippers held their slipper high up in the air and broke out into a childhood classic: If you're happy and you know it... clap your slippers! Clap clap!

Kitabu Changu Haki Yangu

One of our biggest projects till date is almost complete... the library at St. Vitalis Nang'a is currently being stocked with over 1,500 books in readiness for the handover of the project to the school. We've been busy all over the Easter Break in April working on transforming a storage room into a library space that can seat 48 students at a time. This library will be used by 1,300 students from the school and have an impact on thousands of community members living in Dunga. We will be sharing a detailed report and video on this project later in June.

GlobalGiving Site Visit

Earlier in May, we had a wonderful site visit from GlobalGiving's Field Traveler in Kenya, Isabelle Hall. We had a great time showing her our projects and we'll be sharing an update soon.

Shoes for students
Shoes for students
If you're happy and you know it clap your slippers
If you're happy and you know it clap your slippers
Joy
Joy
New shoes also bring smiles...
New shoes also bring smiles...
New chairs and new shoes
New chairs and new shoes

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Project of the Month: February 2019
Project of the Month: February 2019

Project of the Month:

We have incredible news!!

The Rahul Kotak Foundation's Project: Give Hope to Kisumu's Underprivileged Children got selected by GlobalGiving as the Project of the Month for February 2019. We are absolutely ecstatic to have received this honour!

Please read the entire report by GlobalGiving CEO, Alix Guerrier here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/project-of-the-month-club/reports/?subid=122016  

If you would like to make a contribution to our project as part of the Project of the Month Club, you can do so in the link shared above. The money we receive from being selected as the Project of the Month will be used to boost the various programs we implement within schools in the slums and rural areas to achieve the following:

  • Serve over 250,000 meals of breakfast and lunch in the 2019 academic year to over 1,800 students in the slums and rural parts of Kisumu through RKF’s Meal Program
  • Complete our current work of converting a storage room into a library that will hold 10,000 books and 50 seating units that will cater to over 1,300 children in a fishermen community
  • Convert 2 shipping containers into libraries that will hold up to 5,000 books each
  • Provide various learning material like exercise books, pencils, educational toys etc. to all the students we work with
  • Keep all the existing WASH Programs in our schools by ensuring access to soap and running water throughout the year

Other Achievements:

Every year, GlobalGiving recognizes the work every non-profit on the platform does and awards badges. For 2019, RKF received 4 badges: Top-Ranked, Effective, Vetted and Staff Favourite.

These badges show that RKF has been vetted by GlobalGiving, was actively engaged in the GG community and was a top-ranked organization in 2018! We also received a Staff Favorite badge, because our organization was selected by someone in the GlobalGiving team as their favorite! 

Thank you for your incredible support! We couldn't have done this without you... 

Effective Badge
Effective Badge
Staff Favorite
Staff Favorite
Top-Ranked Project
Top-Ranked Project
Vetted Organization
Vetted Organization

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Students of Soko Primary School
Students of Soko Primary School

Through our partnership with a local NGO, COHESU (Community Health Support Program), we have been able to ensure that the students of the schools we work with receive new school shoes at least twice a year through the TOMS giving One for One project. This program was introduced to combat soil transmitted diseases such as hookworms and jiggers (Tunga penetrans) amongst children in the Lake Victoria Region of Kenya. This also makes the morning walk to school a lot more comfortable and eases the financial burden on parents/guardians who may not have been able to afford a pair of school shoes for their children.

This year, the students of Soko Primary School in Nyakach received 147 new pairs of shoes as a result of this partnership; this included students starting from PP1 (age 3) all the way to Standard 8 (age 15). Another 80 pairs were received by the Students of Valley Academy.

We have big news! The Rahul Kotak Foundation is one of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact! Look for us under Honorable Menitons on the list: https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-nonprofits 

GlobalGiving has found that nonprofits that listen to their stakeholders, act on what they hear, and learn from the results of their actions are more effective and have a greater impact in their communities. This is a great moment for us, we’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to effectiveness and impact.

We will be fundraising for our programs and projects of 2019 on Giving Tuesday (27th November 2018) and during the Year End Campaign (28th November to 31st December 2018) on GlobalGiving. SAVE THE DATE! Your donation will be up for matching making your contribution during the holidays count even more. Upto $150,000 will be available for Matching!

Putting on new shoes
Putting on new shoes
Off to the field with new shoes
Off to the field with new shoes
Old shoes out, new shoes in!
Old shoes out, new shoes in!
Young student at Soko receiving new school shoes
Young student at Soko receiving new school shoes
Putting the new shoes to test
Putting the new shoes to test

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Installing the Shupavu platform on to their phones
Installing the Shupavu platform on to their phones

To help students with revision and learning beyond the classroom, we partnered with Eneza Education, a mobile-education SMS/Text Message Service, to give students access to their curriculum content in a more engaging way.

To achieve this, we bought vouchers for 160 Standard 8 students across two schools: Soko Primary School in Nyakach and St. Vitalis Nang'a Primary School in Dunga, who were preparing for their KCPE (Kenya Certificate for Primary Education) National Exams. These vouchers give the students free, unlimited access to the Shupavu Platform which offers:

  • Kenyan curriculum lessons & assessments in all subjects
  • Chat with a live teacher (Ask as many questions to a teacher)
  • Revision papers

Other than these features, students also have access to stories, an encyclopaedia, an interactive educational game and a calculator through the SMS platform. Through its interactive approach it encourages students to learn from trying and competing with other students on the platform across the entire country.

It is our hope that this pilot program will help the students improve their performance in their upcoming exams and that we can make more vouchers available to even more students across all the schools we work with in the 2019 academic year.

We have big news! The Rahul Kotak Foundation is one of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact! Look for us under Honorable Menitons on the list: https://www.globalgiving.org/learn/top-10-nonprofits 

GlobalGiving has found that nonprofits that listen to their stakeholders, act on what they hear, and learn from the results of their actions are more effective and have a greater impact in their communities. This is a great moment for us, we’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to effectiveness and impact.

We will be fundraising for our programs and projects of 2019 on Giving Tuesday (27th November 2018) and during the Year End Campaign (28th November to 31st December 2018) on GlobalGiving. So save the date! Your donation will be up for matching making your contribution during the holidays count even more.

Learning the ropes of the new application by group
Learning the ropes of the new application by group
Students at Soko Primary waiting for instructions
Students at Soko Primary waiting for instructions
Trying out different features of the platform
Trying out different features of the platform
Carefully going through the instructions
Carefully going through the instructions
Mohit (Co-Founder) running a workshop at Dunga
Mohit (Co-Founder) running a workshop at Dunga

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Students at Valley Learning Centre's New Library
Students at Valley Learning Centre's New Library

Kitabu Changu Haki Yangu (Swahilli for My Book, My Right) is a literacy program aimed at building libraries and resource centres in the slums and rural parts of Kisumu County in Kenya.

With students in these areas barely being able to access school text books, having access to story books and activity books among a wider range of books is a distant dream. This project makes this dream a reality and introduces the power of imagination and ideas that will open up their lives and dare them to dream of greater possibilities than their current surroundings allow them.

This program creates resource centres that allow both current and future students to have access to text books (something both parents and the government are unable to provide). It is our belief this will take the burden off parents, encouraging them to enrol their children in school at the right age and pursue education. More importantly, it gives the students access to a much needed wider range of books, especially story books that will expose them to different ideas and worlds, improve their literacy and vocabulary and inspire them to dream big.

While the planet leaps from one technological advancement to the next at a dizzying speed, children in these areas continue to lag behind exponentially. Access to hard copies of books is the first step. However, it is imperative that the students have access to newer forms of reading like e-readers to be at par and connect with students of their age in other parts of the country and the world. It will provide a longer-term solution that is cost-effective, space-efficient and easier to manage in the long run.

Why is there a need for a Literacy Program?

Despite being one of the more developed counties in the country, Kisumu ranks very poorly at 30 out of 47 counties in terms of literacy rates. With an estimated 202 million illiterate people, Sub-Saharan Africa is considered to have the lowest literacy rates in the world. 

At 87%, Kenyan youth have a much higher literacy rate than that of Sub-Saharan Africa. Kisumu, however, lags behind at 66%. (Please note: this is the latest data available for Kisumu from a 2013 report. The current number may be slightly different).

What Progress Have we made?

Since starting this program, we have distributed over 1,000 exercise books and pencils each among other learning material to the various schools we work with. We have made small makeshift libraries at 3 schools (Valley, Soko and Elimu) where students now have access to nearly 800 story books. We conducted our first Reading and Storytelling Workshop with some of the most enthusiastic volunteers we have had the honour of working with who spent time with the children teaching and introducing them to books and reading in a fun and positive way.

Program Infographic
Program Infographic
Literacy Rates Explained
Literacy Rates Explained
Classroom Session at Valley Learning Centre
Classroom Session at Valley Learning Centre

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The Rahul Kotak Foundation

Location: Kisumu, Kisumu County - Kenya
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Mansi Kotak
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