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
Student of PrePrimary1 at Next Gen
Student of PrePrimary1 at Next Gen

New School in Nyamasaria

RKF has taken up a new project called Next Gen. Immaculate School. This school has 40 young students in the age range 2-7 who learn in a mabati (iron sheet) structure in Nyamasaria.

The school independently runs their own feeding program. RKF works with the school to ensure the children receive uji for breakfast and benefit from our various other programs, especially Kitabu Changu, Haki Yangu.

RKF Completes 2 Years!

As we have just completed our second year, we would like to share the progress we have made so far thanks to your incredible support:

  • 40,000 meals served
  • 250+ students under RKF
  • $20,000 raised

To mark the celebration of this occasion, RKF took some pony cycles, a Disney bouncy castle, some hula hoops, cake, chips, juice and bananas to Valley Academy in Nyalenda. It has to be one of the most beautiful afternoons we have had. Here's to seeing bouncy castles for the first time, sitting on pony cycles, screaming with joy and the simple pleasures of chips and tomato sauce on a warm Thursday afternoon.

Watch this video to see the progress we have made so far and what direction we intend to take in the future.

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The Bouncy Castle!
The Bouncy Castle!
Taking a ride on the pony cycles
Taking a ride on the pony cycles
Fun day at Valley!
Fun day at Valley!

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New students at Valley Learning Centre
New students at Valley Learning Centre

As a new academic year in Kenya has begun, we have made new starts on several programs at RKF.

Feeding Program

Having run our Lunch Program for one year, we have now added a daily breakfast meal of Uji (local porridge) to our Feeding Program. This was started after we received feedback from parents and teachers that a morning meal would help keep the children energized and attentive during the morning session. At the end of the last academic year, teachers had noted a 73% increase in attentiveness as a result of the lunch program.

Literacy Program

We have started two small libraries at our projects in Soko (Nyakach) and Valley (Nyalenda) as we kicked off the first phase of our flagship Literacy Program Kitabu Changu, Haki Yangu (Swahili for My Book, My Right). This program was started to address low levels of literacy in the region by providing books, learning material and access to technology. Despite being one of the more developed counties in Kenya, Kisumu is ranked 30 out of 47 in term of literacy level with only 66% of the population being able to read and write. More updates in future reports.

Community Building and Local Involvement

We had our first Community Day at Soko to bring together local leaders, parents and senior community members to sit down and talk about the issues the community faces and how best RKF can help the local community become more independent. The day was marked with sharing a meal and some clothes and shoes RKF had received from well-wishers in Kisumu.

Sanitary Pads Program

A study sponsored by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that approximately 65% of women and girls in Kenya are unable to afford sanitary pads. In the past 2 years, we have observed that poor attendance in class as a result of this is often a big reason why more girls drop out of the schooling system at an early age. Through our Sanitary Pads Program, we have been able to partner with AFRIpads to ensure girls who have started menstruating receive a re-usable deluxe menstrual kit that will last them a whole year. Furthermore, all the girls receive educational material to help them manage their periods more positively. We kicked off this program at Soko where 29 girls received these kits as part of our pilot program. You can support our new project dedicated to addressing the issue in March during the GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign that runs from 1st March to 15th March 2018: https://goto.gg/31852

You, our donors, made this happen!

Children of Valley enjoying uji (porridge)
Children of Valley enjoying uji (porridge)
New library at Valley
New library at Valley
Elders of the Soko Community
Elders of the Soko Community
Lunch time during Soko Community Day
Lunch time during Soko Community Day
Girls of Soko receiving Sanitary Pad Kits
Girls of Soko receiving Sanitary Pad Kits

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The Rahul Kotak Foundation

Location: Kisumu, Kisumu County - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Mansi Kotak
Kisumu, Kisumu County Kenya
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