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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
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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
Girl's Education
Girl's Education

Dear Friend

June 17th 2017 was a heavy day for me.

It was the day when we would lay to rest the remains of my Dear Departed Grandpa.

Two weeks before, I had the honour to be part of the team that was putting together his eulogy.

Dear Friend and Partner allow me to dedicate this report to the honour of his work in Education…to the man who in many ways reflects what GlobalGiving and its partner organizations around the world are doing-Philanthropy that changes lives and creates lasting impact. And to many men and women and youth just like him today all over the world.

My Grandpa was born James Ezekiel Mbori Yogo in 1932, Grandpa lived his early years in his home village until one day soon after the end of the Second World War -1939-  a man came to his village urging youth to go to school and get an education. I did not get the name of this man, but like many of us today supporting dreams across the globe, he changed the course of a generation.

Eighty-six years on, having sired 24 children and left behind 51 grandchildren many among whom have become teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, bankers, professors and various other professions, Grandpa passed on. But he also passed on a legacy.

It is part of his legacy that Acres of Mercy, Kenya does what it does today…gifting education to children. In our lives path we all are playing our different parts in living behind a legacy of changed lives. June 17th 2017 reinforced my resolve to be part of this generation that is making a difference in Education just like Grandpa did, even much more.

By his example I had my Aunt's rally together to ensure I completed my university education. They gave in ways small and big and when I graduated Grandpa was there to congratulate me. Today, you and I and the teachers working with the children continue giving and supporting children who are not even part of our direct families, yet we know we are part of a bigger global family. 

Today Acres of Mercy continues to provide subsidized education to many children who might not have otherwise gotten the opportunity to be in school. By the end of June 2017, we had 133 children being served by 12 teachers and one support staff. 51% of these children are boys and 49% are girls. Our present intervention has been the drive on getting students to be independent students, problem solvers, creative thinkers.

Perhaps they would be able to do much more that my Grandpa Hon. James E. Mbori, who served his country first as a teacher, a teaching college lecturer, a legislator and a member of the Cabinet but most importantly as a man of integrity who left a mark in his generation.

Together we have been doing it, in your contributions, in your support and in standing with the children that Acres of Mercy supports. Thank you. You are part of the legacy…we are all leaving a fitting legacy in our generation.

Thank you. Thank you

Boys' Education
Boys' Education
Teacher Preparation
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Boy in Class
Boy in Class

Dear friends and partners,

Many of you are aware of the risk young girls and boys face in the world today. From radicalization, child labour, prostitution, child trafficking just to name a few. You and I both know that whenever we give children an education, we give them a bettter fightingchance against some of these destroyers of destiny.

Over the past few days there has been pictures and stories going round on human rights abuses by members of the polic who killed two children extra judicially. It was heart wrenching to say the least. As I thought about these children- they were about sixteen years of age- I quickly thought about a young man about two years older in our school and asked him what he thought about the incident. I asked him whether he ad seen the clip. 

It was not shocking to hear him say he knew the boys. He has a history of crime and drugs behind him. But now...he is focused on his studies and his music career dream both of which we are working to help him achieve. He says of his past...

I used to be part of this gang sometime back. We would take drugs. One time I took "lags" and slept for 24 straight hours. It was a terrible life.

Currently he has been working hard on his academics. Even though he missed some classes he has managed to stay oon course to complete his K.C.P.E (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) course. When he was selecting his choice of Seconadry schools, he could not hide his joyas he proudly proclaimed..." This is a dream come true. I never thought this moment would ever come!" 

As we get back to class, he says he will compose a song to the fallen soldiers. I wonder if I ever looked at children in situations like that as soldiers! Fighting for their lives, fighting against societal ills that allure them, for some even to the most cruel deaths. I want to be a soldier...to fight for their future...to give them something better...to fight with...EDUCATION. Thank you for being part of this fighting force through your giving and support.

Girl Reading
Girl Reading
Keep Me Safe-Peace
Keep Me Safe-Peace
Children Enjoying Play
Children Enjoying Play
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Keeping the Eyes on the Prize
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Thank you
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Dear friends.

Let us join our hands in applauding the Class of 2016- Acres of Mercy Learning Centre.

Through myriad challenges they have persisted and succeeded.

Many fought through the challenge of limited resources at home, and family instability.

A few others fought through the stigma of low academic achievement in other schools, and a community whose idea of success is warped and limited to attaining high test scores.

Still they trudged on along, from the student who in 2009 as a young 6-year-old was admitted to the school. And the other fourteen who came in later with the last two being admitted in 2016 January.

It is the dream to see this girl and others like her complete school successfully that drove us to apply for a place on GlobalGiving in 2010.

Six years later, they have successfully completed this part of their life’s journey. Fifteen young lives. Nine (9) boys and six (6) girls- in some quarters this is 6 villagesJ.

Now I join my hands to thank you, for being a part of this incredible journey. Together, we took them through counselling sessions, we provided mentorship and guidance. We taught them life skills. We worked through math problems, wrote through essays, and practiced grammar. We ran the track fields together. We scored goals on the soccer pitch as they identified their skills and talents. We went after the few who almost gave up on school, visting their homes, we believed them when we should have disbelieved, we ate together and provided food when they were hungry. We cared and we gave hope...HOPE for a better future. And today, they are victorious.

Through the valleys and now we are on the mountain top of their first transition. Thank you for giving. Your gifts have surely given these young lives a head start in life. As they transition to secondary school, or technical school, we trust that the education we worked to bequeath them will serve them well beyond this year.

Thank you…you have made 2016 a success.

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Students in Class
Students in Class

Dear partner,

I trust you have been well, having had a successful last three months in your endeavours. I can report that that we have had quite some success. Our success together since we are partners in this work together. This is our shared success. Thank you for making it happen.

Having started the last quarter to achieve the following

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

We were looking to have a 20% improvement in students test scores as a measurementt of whether we are improving r not. In this regard I am glad to report that in the areas of Reading and Language we achieved and surpassed the 20% improvement target. On Average the whole school improved English Language scores by 21.48% from 50.09% at the end of Term 1 to 60.85% at the end of Term 2.

In Class 5, the students were taught 150 Key Words and about 150 Word Meanings Wghich yielded an improvement score in English of 18%, from an average score of 33.88% to 40.13%. 

These are the first step towards achieving higher scores in comprehension and reading across the school in all subjects taught in English.

Next term, we will have a school wide handwriting contest to assess students' handwriting. 

 However our challenges still remain the following:-

1. Low Pupil to Student Text Book ratio of 1 Text book for 8 children, a  ratio that must come down to 1:2. 

With your help we can raise $250 per month over the next three months to achieve this feat especially for Social Studies, Mathematics and Science. We would also like to have at least 5 English dictionaries for the five Upper level classes (Classes 4-8)

2. Vocabulary & Word Centres to help anchor learning and create a Word rich class environment ( 110 students) .$ 130 will enable us achieve this target.

Let's continue making a difference together. Increase our impact by making a new giving committment.

You, your friends and family can give now by directly going to our project page on https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-the-gift-of-education-to-180-children-annually/

Thank you again for being our partner in helping children have a better fighting chance in life through supporting their education.

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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.

Give now by directly going to our project page on https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-the-gift-of-education-to-180-children-annually/

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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Jimmy Oluoch
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