Library Lesson in progress
Greetings from St Martins school. It is our hope that all is well with and your loved ones. Here at school, we are on for the second term of the year 2021. Thus far, the last 3 months have been good and we hope that the remainder of the term will be good as well.
Education: We have continued to offer to our children thanks to the support we have received to date. Our students who graduated from Primary and High school are preparing to join their respective school secondary schools, colleges, and universities thanks to their hard work. We wish them all the best in their next phase. The performance of the school has improved and we hope to build on this and do even better.
School Feeding and Saturday Feeding program:
Thanks to the school feeding program that was carried out when we closed schools in March 2020, most of our children came back to school looking healthy and happy. Were it not for the support we received most of them would have ended up in the streets fending for themselves and eventually we would have lost most of them to the streets. We appreciate you all for helping us feed the children during the difficult year. We have continued to feed the children, providing them with breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. For some, this is the only guarantee they have for a meal in a day.
Saturday Feeding Program: When we reopened school, we were hesitant on restarting the Saturday feeding program due to the lack of enough space and the number of children we feed to maintain the required distancing rule. The situation on the ground is such that there are crowds everywhere and most of the people here cannot afford to wear masks.
We opted to restart the feeding program in February after much consideration. We have been able to feed 10,844 children since we restarted in February of this year.
Community Outreach Program: Kibagare is home to the poorest and thus the most vulnerable. The most affected are women and children. The economy in Kenya has shrunk and we have high unemployment rates. The community we serve has become even worse than they were prior to the pandemic.
Our community Coordinator - Angela has continued to empower the people of Kibagare Slum. 16 groups have been formed to date. The groups engage in Voluntary Savings and Loaning, table banking, and merry-go-rounds.
Through their savings, the members start and engage in small businesses. The little they get, which is not enough help them feed their families, reducing cases of children sleeping hungry and missing out on school.
Tailoring Training: We have also been able to start a tailoring training project at the school. We have 8 members in training due to limited resources and lack of space. There is a need to get more space to accommodate more trainees. The trainees are making our school uniforms and other household items and this helps meet their basic needs.
The trainees will be graduating at the end of July.
The community outreach program has been instrumental in helping the families in the slum.
We are grateful for the support we have received to date in helping to transform and improving on the living standards of the community and the families here at Kibagare. We look forward to doing more and we will be sure to update you on our progress.
Thank you, Stay safe.
Saturday Feeding Program
Tailoring training in Session.
1 of our beneficiary preparing Briquettes to sell.