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Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni

by Acres of Mercy, Kenya
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Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Build A Community School for 200 Kids in Nguluni
Library Makerspace Under Construction
Library Makerspace Under Construction

Dear Friends and partners,

The year 2020 started in earnest from day one. The following are some key indicators for our Education program -

  1. At the end of the year when schools closed in October 2019, we had a total enrollment of 142 students, 55% (78) were boys and 45% (64) were girls. There was a 15% increase for boys’ enrolment and 28% increase in girls’ enrolment compared to 2018.
  2. On 30th February 2020 we had an enrollment at the school of 121. Of these 44% (53) were boys and 56% (68) were girls. There was a 15% (21) drop in enrolment compared to February 2019.

This can be attributed the fact that we had a transitioning class that was exiting the school and no clear strategy and plan to ensure new admissions in the new year

  1. Of the 6 classes targeted for completion in 2019, we have completed 100% of Pre-primary 1, Pre-primary 2, Grade 1. 95% of Grades 2 & 3 is 95% complete with only lighting and a few fittings remaining undone. All the classes are currently in use.
  2. We transitioned 19 students at the end of October 2019, with 95% transitioning to high schools and vocational training centers.

 

A year ago, in February 2019, we set out to achieve the following goals. I have indicated how far we went with achieving them

  1. Complete the construction of 6 classes; 5 are generally three-quarters done, and have been roofed. 1 class has been tiled, painted and had glass windows installed. The construction of 1 will start from foundation level.
  2. Complete girls’ ablution block. In 2020 we will continue this goal by raising $1200 to complete its construction by end of July 2020.
  3. Complete building a Learning Makerspace for the school. The structure is halfway done and requires $2000 to complete. We target to finish this by August 2020.
  4. Install outdoor playing equipment for pre-school children.
  5. Enroll at least 150 children by the end of the year 2019. We enrolled 142, a 95% success. Our new target is to reach 170 students in February 2021.
  6. Skill and talent development are a core mission of the organization. We had the goal of students participating in cognitive games like Chess to build their critical thinking and logic skills. The Acres of Mercy Kings & Queens Chess club has now been active for more than a year. The club had an active membership of 15 students as at end of February 2019. We have 65% of all students active in club activities in the school program. For example, the Chess Club has an active pool of 20 students and a membership of 22 students aged 5-15 years. The club is fairly equipped with 14 chess sets. We hope to acquire 10 chess clocks and a demonstration board for $330 by the end of the year.
  7. Equip students with literacy skills through reading and comprehension interventions. Between January and February 2019 over 100 story books have been borrowed from the school library and remediation classes are ongoing for children without foundational reading skills beginning at phonetical knowledge and skills. By the end of the year 2019 students had borrowed 969 books. Our goal is to have 1500 books read by children by the end of the year 2020.
  8. Ensure children are attending school regularly and are learning. By the end of February 2020, 90% of boys were attending school regularly, a 12% increase from last year. Overall Absenteeism stood at 15.08% at the end of January 2020.
  9. We also had a goal to Improve parental participation in the school life of the children under their care. In January 2019, we have had 2 parents’ meetings with a parental attendance of 50%. In January 2020, parental attendance increased to 60% of the parent population. We are still working on achieving 85% parental involvement for our school programs. Our social worker visited 60% of parents and guardians in the year 2019.
  10. Our fundraising target was to increase the support to the children from $2554 to $5000 by end of 2019.  We managed to get to $4033 disbursed to the organization to support the children program, a success rate of 81%. We will maintain the $5000 target for the end of 2020/2021 year.

On behalf of the Board, the staff and the children of Acres of Mercy we thank you for your continued support. Let’s make 2020 with all its unprecedented challenges a successful year

Children Participating in Chess Club
Children Participating in Chess Club
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Dear partners, friends,

 First is to thank you for your continued support to the work. We have made tremendous progress as far as putting in place school infrastructure to support the education of children here in Nguluni.

As at the end of October we were working with 140 children up from 118 at the same time last year. The buildings at the school has increased the community's confidence in the interventions we are giving in the area of literacy, character and skill development.

The teachers motivation has also grown with aone commenting, "Now we can move from the "slum" classrooms, to better classes next year." She was referring to the tin classrooms that had been for such a long time their teaching space and the children's learning environment.

In November, we brought down the tin classes and in their place we started a library and administration block.

For the classrooms, we have been able to do the following since the last report in September:-

1. We have put in the partitions and now have three classes and a hall.

2. The walls have been painted, both interior and exterior.

We still haven't put in the tiles and window panes and plan to complete these in the next three weeks before school resumes in January 2020.

See the pictures for the progress made so far.

We also plan to complete the library before April 2020 and would encourage increased recurrent giving for us to get disbursement more frequently.

Once again, thank you for your continued support in enabling  Acres of Mercy Learning Centre fulfill the vision of nurturing the potential of every learner.

It will be a deserved December break for all of us. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

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Dear friends and partners,

It's another time to share project updates on the classroom project this far.

Much has been achieved over the period since we began the new classroom block.

 The goal for this year's project was to increase the learning space by 2000 square feet.

Since January 2019 800 square feet of classrooms have been added and are currently in use by Pre-primary one and pre- primary two children.

1200 more square feet should be ready by the end of the year.

For this to happen the following works must be completed:-

1. Putting in partition doors to divide the space into three classrooms (costing $2900)

2. Putting in window panes (costing $350)

3. Tiling the floor (costing $1200)

4. Painting the walls (costing $450)

5. Fixtures ($350)

 

The total cost to completion of the 5 class and student hall is approximately $5,250.

Through GlobalGiving the project has since June 2019 received $432.71 towards the building project.

With your continued support  at the same level of giving we can paint as soon as the next disbursement. My appeal is to consider inviting friends and family so we can raise enough to complete painting and window pane fixing.

The classes have been appreciated by the students and many children are inspired to come to their colourful classes. Even teacher morale has been boosted through the addition of the new classes.

Thank you for the sacrifices you make to and have made to bring the project to its current state. Together we will build, not just classrooms bit better lives for the 145 children served by Acrrs of Mercy every month.

Thank you!

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New Classes Already in Use
New Classes Already in Use

Dear friends and partners,

It’s my joy to report on some of the progress we are making in pursuing our goals for 2019.

In April 2019, during staff training and coaching sessions, a way forward on improving teacher performance and improve students’ involvement in education was reached.

Teachers agreed that the following three goals should be pursued: -

  1. Student mentorship to motivate students and support them during their time at school
  2. Improve the level of Parental Involvement in their children’s learning
  3. Improving students’ fluency in reading and comprehension

The decision to have these priority goals was necessitated from attendance analysis from first term. This Attendance Data taken from all classes revealed that average school-wide attendance at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre was 79%, down from 85% from the previous year (2018). The team agreed on a goal to improve attendance for the following term. To enable attendance and improve learning outcomes, two other areas were identified as critical. These other goals are aimed at supporting students both at school and at home.

As we work on the above improvement goals, a lot of progress has been made on our general goals for 2019.

  1. School enrolment: This has grown from 124 in February 2019 to 134 in June. We are on target to achieve 150 enrolment by the end of the year. This should be bolstered when we complete three new classes by end of October.
  2. Classroom Building- We have two complete classes now and three classes have been plastered and now only need to be fitted with windows, doors, tiles and painted a project that will cost about $ 3500.
  3. Reading Culture- Between February 2019 and June 2019 over 869 books have been borrowed and read. This is more than last years 2nd and 3rd term put together (598). Our goal is to have every child reading a book a day and every preschooler having a book being read to them every day.
  4. Skills, talent development: - Students continued developing various skills, namely through our Clubs. Active clubs include the Chess Club that has given students 26 hours of training from February 2019. The club has 2 boards and a membership of 16 players between 8 and 15 years. Students continue to learn problem solving skills, foresight, and strategy through this club activity. Scouting and Environmental Club have also engaged its students throughout the whole term and have a membership of about 24 students.
  5. Student Mentorship- We engaged a teacher in the full-time role of Student Support Officer to drive our student mentorship program. We will review the next quarter’s attendance records to determine the progress made since this intervention was initiated. The full-time support position requires $150 per month to be successful, and involves weekly home visits and phone calls to students who are falling behind in their attendance and engagement at school.
  6. Parental Participation- Teachers agreed to engage with parents at class level while the management finds ways to engage with the parents at a school and community level. At our first meeting in the second term in may we had 42 parents out of 58 parents attended the meeting. (72%). We hope to improve this figure to 85% by the end of the year. A challenge is to get parents voluntarily following up with their students on learning goals. Only 23% of parents school-wide currently do this. Our parental engagement strategies are targeted at improving this situation.
  7. Fundraising- As at June 2019 of the monies raised, 5.3% were from partners on GlobalGiving. We know that by working together we will find ways to raise this to 20% by the end of the year as we increase monies raised to directly support our children’s programs from $ 1700, currently to $5000 by the end of the year.

As our partners, I would like to make an appeal to you: - Be our ambassador this year, invite friends, find unique ways to give, donate a birthday, give a gift card especially as we celebrate this year’s Father’s Day.

To all our partners who are Fathers, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY.

 

Thank you all for your continued support to Acres of Mercy’s work with the children.

Students Learn by Working on A Desk Repair Project
Students Learn by Working on A Desk Repair Project
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Children being taught chess
Children being taught chess

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been a good start to the year 2019 for us Acres of Mercy. A few key highlights: -

  1. At the end of the year when schools closed in October 2018, we had a total enrollment of 118 students, 58% (68%) were boys and 42% (50) were girls. There was an increase in boys’ enrolment while girls’ enrolment remained constant.
  2. On 30th February 2019 we had an enrollment at the school of 123. Of these 54% (66) were boys and 46% (57) were girls.
  3. Of the 6 classes targeted for completion in 2019, we have completed 95% of Pre-primary 1, 80% of Pre-primary 2 and 50% of Grades 1-3. We will be starting on the foundation of the sixth class by July 2019.

As earlier stated in our last report, we wanted a different 2019, Here is a reminder of our key goals for the school and brief status updates.

  1. Complete the construction of 6 classes; 5 are generally three-quarters done, and have been roofed. 1 class has been tiled, painted and had glass windows installed. The construction of 1 will start from foundation level.
  2. Complete girls’ ablution block
  3. Complete a Learning Makerspace for the school
  4. Install outdoor playing equipment for pre-school children.
  5. Enroll at least 150 children by the end of the year 2019
  6. Have students participate in cognitive games like Chess to build their critical thinking and logic skills. A chess club is already in place and students have gone through over 20 hours of basic chess training. The school club has an active membership of 15 students as at end of February 2019.
  7. Continue giving reading and comprehension skills. Between January and February 2019 over 100 story books have been borrowed from the school library and remediation classes are ongoing for children without foundational reading skills beginning at phonetical knowledge and skills.
  8. Ensure children are attending school regularly and are learning
  9. Improve parental participation in the school life of the children under their care. Since January 2019, we have had 2 parents’ meetings with a parental attendance of 50%
  10. Together increase the support to the children from $2554 to $5000 by end of 2019.

On behalf of the Board, the staff and the children of Acres of Mercy we thank you for your continued support. Let’s make 2019 the best year yet as we seek to get more partners and friends involved in transforming the lives of children.

Colourful Classroom Interiors
Colourful Classroom Interiors
Students and Teachers Meet in an Incomplete Class
Students and Teachers Meet in an Incomplete Class
Progress of the Building as at March 2019
Progress of the Building as at March 2019
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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Jimmy Oluoch
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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