Project #6922

Gift Education to 180 At Risk Children in Nguluni

by Acres of Mercy, Kenya
Children Learning Together
Children Learning Together

Dear friends and partners,

There is an old quote by John Bunyan that says that you have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Our heartfelt gratitude for changing lives through your giving.

In the past three months have seen lots of changes at the school. The Project Leadership are taking a more pronounced role in delivering education to the children by becoming more involved in teacher coaching and training. In this way education outcomes for at risk children who need the most help will improve consistently over time. This is because quality will be ensured through weekly monitoring.

Our targets for the next three months are as follows:--

a. Improve writing so children can write legibly.

b. Teach students at least 200 key sight words

c. Teach students 300 word meanings through vocabulary instruction

The improvements above will be measured by looking at their relative improvements in the End of term standardised test scores. We are looking at 20% improvement in each student's current scores.

Our challenge remains how to raise sufficient support. For us to succeed we will need to increase $75 given to this work over the past three months to $600 in the next three months to enable us do the following:-

1. $ 105 for Handwriting Tracing Packs for 50 students

2. $ 130 for Vocabulary & Word Centres for a Word rich class environment ( 110 students)

3. $ 300 for Key Reader Text Books for 110 students

4. $ 65 for measuring and tracking progress

Let's make a difference together. Increase your impact.

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Text Books Class 7
Text Books Class 7

Dear friends and fellow partners,

it's almost the middle of February 2016, and we are yet to wish you great year ahead. My apologies for coming in this late...Happy New Year!

They say better late than never.

Allow me to ride on this theme even as we share a few insights, hopes and progress we are making as a team.

In November 2015, together we helped 15 children complete their primary school. Their average age 17 years. They were on average three years late, but they made it.

Because of you and with your partnership over the years, these children would have dropped out of school. Because of your generosity, they came through

In January 2016, 102 children received Vitamin A supplements after being reviewed. None was malnourished, thanks to the 2015 School Feeding Program. In 2016 we do not have any committments to support the School Feeding Program as was the case in 2015.

Also In January 2016, we got back the results and letters to join Form One. 100% of the students received calling letters to enter High/Secondary School/. We are yet unsure how many will take up the places.

Impact (100% got the opportunity to transition into High School), they might have been late- but they got the chance because you belived that every child deserves every chance.

Knowing these and more encourgaed us this year to take in more children like Mata*. She had been in a public primary school. She attained 247/500 marks at the end of last years assessment test. At age 15, she did not want to repeat another year in primary school. Mata is an orphan  but her resilient character caused her to come to Acres of Mercy and seek for a place. She had not even a shilling on her. We just had to take her in, to support her education dreams.

But we know, that she will complete school and with the right help transiion well and have a great future. It is for girls like Mata that we continue into the year knowing that every resource will work towards achieving this goal. Let us team up to provide the books, uniforms, teaching staff and techniques to improve chances of 20% girls 30% boys obtaining scholarships (1 former student at Acres of Mercy got two scholarship opportunities and had to choose one). My request to you is to consider doubling donation support, increasing recurrent giving and mobilize friends and family to join in this cause.

For example our current Textbook to Student Ratio is 1:12. Getting this to 1:2 would improve teaching and learning with 20% possible improvement in standadised test scores.

This is our 2016 challenge. Let's join forces, rise to meet the challenge. 

Nutrition Intervention
Nutrition Intervention
Sharing Everywhere
Sharing Everywhere
Graduating Class 2015
Graduating Class 2015

Dear friends,

Ten years ago we started intervening in the lives of vulnerable children and families, wth the aim of helping their parents stabilize socio-economically as their children received an education.

We started out with seventeen children in pre school stage.

Ten years later, all the original children we started out with have successfully completed primary level education. Through various challenges, false starts, unexpected successes, internal turmoils, parental instabilities, political upheavals- we have experienced the smell of primal success.

The average age of these students was 16 years, with the oldest being 18 years of age and the youngest being 15 years of age. The transition age at primary level would normally be 14 years of age. This means that we have successfully transitioned children who would otherwise have dropped out of school without our intervention. The graduating students will now be able to transition either into secondary school or into youth polytechnics and other tertiary schools.

Some of the key statistics are as follows:

  • Of the 15 students, 5 were girls (33%); 10 were boys (67%)
  • One girl was pregnant during her last year in school- giving birth to a baby girl in October, a month before the final exam.
  • She was supported through counselling and was still able to study and sit her final exams.

There were  5 other students who had interim periods at the school and whose benefactors were later able to afford higher fees. The total of students transitioning out of primary school because of direct and indirect intervention with the help of your support comes to  20, 13 boys and 7 girls, a completion rate of 117%.

From little boys and girls to young men and women, your faithfulness over the years has borne the fruits of dogged determination to give all children every chance.

Thank you, for making this possible. 

Looking Back 2011-2012
Looking Back 2011-2012
Classrooms being worked on
Classrooms being worked on
Dear partners and friends,
Today I have a request; to tell you a story
To go with me into the present future
A future we all are giving today- the present;
of access to quality education

Allow me then to be Muia's voice...For the next 5 minutes see him, hear him, maybe even feel him and other children like him...he speaks...

"I am Muia. I hailfrom a small village called Mwisyani Village. I trust you aren't trying to pronounce these foreign names. I should teach you our local diction first- otherwise it'll sound out bad, like my real English. In truth this English here is still a long way off. I'll get there. My classmates too.
You see my family is currently struggling- both my parents are unemmployed. But this did not dissuade the from having six of us. You probably wondering why? You see my parents are not as educated as most people in the world are. But they know I deserve a chance- they may be poor economically, but they are rich in giving what is within their power;. Just like Acres of Mercy giving a place of hope; just like you, giving to the vision of hope. I too realise that I can make something out of my life as well, I just needed a chance. And I got one. I am a child again...
You see, about 18 months ago my parents took me to the school at Acres of Mercy. I was malnourished...But notice...the past tense...WAS. I only knew one language, my mother tongue. I was weak. I could not even play with the other children. But that was then. You see I have since learnt to talk in Kiswahili. I play with the other children now. I can even draw and colour. And I am stronger, healthier. One thing is certain, with more opportunities to get a good education I will someday write directly to all of you and thank you for giving my friends and I this kind of freedom- the freedom of education, literacy. Thank you for this building up.
Together let's continue building up. Talk to friends and family and ask them to ssupport these children either with a one time donation; or a recurring donation to give children freedom, because every child deserves every chance. Give Freedom HERE.

Inch by inch we
Inch by inch we'll cinch it
A student taking a Reading Fluency Assessment
A student taking a Reading Fluency Assessment

It has been an amazing 5 months.

With 185 children in school getting an education, this is something to be proud about.

The children are getting 2 meals a day, 5 days a week in partnership with Caring for Kenyan Kids. 

We are currently doing a literacy assessment to determine the level of literacy of the students. The assessment are two fold: one is to determine progress of students who have been at the school; the other is to determine lvele of literacy of new students who have recently joined.

This will help us determine how to proceed with them during our Reading Intervention Program 

During the assessment I asked one of our students called Alex if he knows how to read. His response was almost disheartening. He said to me." I don't know how to read."

After the assessment I was elated- because though he had said he did not know how to read- Alex could read beyond what he thought and what I thought as well. You see he had come in 3 months previously- in February and did not know how to read at all. 

Alex owes it to the teachers, and to you...that he can now begin to understand his lessons. And can read. His score was like this:-

He read 263 words; He had 33 errors. He took about 5 minutes. Ths may not be much but given where he was at the start of the term, this is great progress. Thanks to you partner.

Let's give more children the needed skills- move them from Basic literacy to functional literacy.

And because these children are in school, some have been able to develop their skills; On JUne 2nd will be the District Athetics Championships and two of our students will be competing.

June 1st, we had a local family and friends visit the school with learning resources- the event falling on the day Kenya celebrates self rule was dubbed "Freedom to Learn". The children received reading, writing, revision packs, food packs, sanitary towels and mentoring and counselling.

Thank you for making change happen. 

Teacher Taking a student through the paces
Teacher Taking a student through the paces
Students receiving critical learning supplies
Students receiving critical learning supplies
Student practicing for high jump
Student practicing for high jump
Keen Listening to a counselling session
Keen Listening to a counselling session
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More resources

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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jimmy Oluoch
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya

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