Education  Kenya Project #22951

Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya

by African Promise
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya
Improve education for 2,500 children in Kenya

After an absence of almost a year, we are pleased to report that the rains have finally returned to our project area, bringing much-needed relief to our schools and the wider community. However, these remain challenging and uncertain times.

Despite the arrival of the rains, food prices continue to soar in the face of on-going shortages and high demand, with implications for our school lunch programme. For staples that are grown domestically, such as beans and maize, we are paying between 45% and 55% more than just a year ago. In an effort to manage costs and ensure we can continue to live within our means, we have had to take the difficult decision to reduce the size of each meal. Although this will have an impact on the children, it does at least mean that we can continue to provide all 2,700+ pupils in our partner schools with a daily, term-time meal. These are permanent changes and we have not been able to rule out making further reductions on a temporary basis, but we hope that it will help us to navigate our way through this incredibly challenging period. If you would like to support our feeding programme and help us maintain this vital lifeline for the remainder of the year and beyond then you can donate via our project page on GlobalGiving at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/feed-school-children-in-kenya/

In better news, with water tanks full and other supplies replenished, and water no longer being rationed to the extent it was a couple of months ago, our building programme is ramping up after a relatively quiet few months. We are close to completing the second phase of our six-year £250,000 redevelopment at Kismenyi Primary School, with the final element - a staff house - in its final stages and almost ready for occupation. Elsewhere, we have begun a long overdue project to build an eco-kitchen at Makwasinyi Primary of the sort that we have already built at all but one other of our partner schools. This will significantly improve delivery of the lunch programme at the school. Meanwhile, we have recently completed the upgrade and extension of the pre-school at Kiteghe Primary, including a new block of toilets, and we are now in the process of creating a new playground area. We have immediate plans to start the construction of four classrooms at various schools in order to accommodate increasing enrolments.

Although construction work at Ngambenyi, our latest partner school, was finished some months ago now, we continue with some work to fit out and furnish the school. We have recently repaired and reinstated a solar system to provide lighting and power in a number of classrooms, whilst the school has taken advantage of the recent rains to accelerate a tree planting and beautification programme, which is being led by a very dedicated teacher determined to further uplift the appearance of the school and the surrounding environment.

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"All is well with us at Ngambenyi. The school community is enjoying the facilities and services you put in place. God bless African Promise."

Joram Mwanguo, teacher at Ngambenyi Primary

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In February, we began funding two teaching posts at the one partner school where we had yet to provide this type of support, taking to 16 the total number of teaching positions that we now finance across all our seven partner schools. This is equivalent to two school’s worth of extra teachers, where government-employed teachers rarely number more than 7 or 8, whatever the size of the school.

All-in-all it has been a positive quarter but as always, especially as a small charity, we exist on a knife-edge so we are hugely grateful to our GlobalGiving donors and community, especially those that are supporting our work on an on-going basis.

We will end this report with a message from the Local Education Officer in our project area, who posted the following comment to our Facebook page recently:

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"We thank AP and its partners for helping to build schools, to provide water & meals, and to make families better!"

Emily Kituri, project area Education Officer

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Extended and upgraded nursery at Kiteghe
Extended and upgraded nursery at Kiteghe
New toilets for Kiteghe nursery pupils
New toilets for Kiteghe nursery pupils
New accommodation for teachers at Kisimenyi
New accommodation for teachers at Kisimenyi
Kitchen under construction at Makwasinyi
Kitchen under construction at Makwasinyi
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We are proud to bring you our latest project report with news of many exciting developments:

  • Our lunch programme now provides a daily school day meal to 2,700 children across our seven partner schools as well as three ‘feeder’ pre-schools, into which we extended the programme from February. As communities in Kenya, including ours, reel from the effects of a devastating drought this is in absolutely vital lifeline.
  • We are shipping in bowsers of clean water so there are supplies of clean water for drinking and cooking. Without this, most schools would have no water because of the prolonged, year-long drought. To date we have delivered about 150,000 litres of fresh water whilst we have also increased rainwater storage capacity across our partner schools by about 25% over the last few weeks to improve drought resilience in the future.
  • We now fund - in full - the salaries of 16 additional trained teachers (at least one in each school).
  • We recently completed an 18-month long redevelopment of our seventh partner school, Ngambenyi Primary School.
  • Elsewhere, our building teams have been busy over the last few months constructing classrooms, staff housing, toilets and playgrounds.
  • We have earmarked a likely eighth partner school - Mkamenyi Primary School - which desperately needs the benefit of our expertise and experience. The school has been on our radar for a while but especially so in recent months since a head teacher from one of our existing partner schools - with whom we have a very good relationship - was transferred to Mkamenyi. We hope to begin work on what will be a major redevelopment sometime in 2018.

"It has been a blessing working with you. I am proud of the many projects that we have done together while I have been headteacher of Kiteghe Primary. Long live African Promise.”

Elias Mzugula, outgoing headteacher of Kiteghe Primary, December 2016

Our redevelopment of Ngamenyi is now complete
Our redevelopment of Ngamenyi is now complete
Our proposed eighth partner school, Mkamenyi.
Our proposed eighth partner school, Mkamenyi.
Clean water is delivered to a partner school
Clean water is delivered to a partner school

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Pupils from our newest partner school, Ngambenyi
Pupils from our newest partner school, Ngambenyi

What an incredible and eventful year 2016 has been for the charity. Here are just a few of our highlights from on the ground and from our partner schools in Kenya:

  • Completion of an 18-month long £110,000 ($135,500) redevelopment of a seventh partner school;
  • Completion of work on our 75th classroom build/renovation;
  • Delivery of nearly half a million meals to the 2,500+ pupils across our partner schools;
  • One of our partner schools placed third in the national finals of the schools drama festival;
  • Launch of a Breakfast Club for the most disadvantaged pupils;
  • Increase in the number of teaching positions we fund to 11.

Away from Kenya, it has also been a successful year for the charity on the fundraising front.

  • Annual income of circa £165,000 ($203,000);
  • Launch of a fundraising events programme in the UK including an inaugural Christmas Carol Service/Concert and places in major sportive events such as the London Marathon;
  • Launch of a fully responsive website;
  • A visit to meet US-based supporters of the charity;
  • Participation in three donation matching campaigns (including two on GlobalGiving)

We look ahead to next year with a great deal of anticipation and excitement. Our plans for 2017 and beyond include:

  • a further £250,000 ($308,000) investment in the physical infrastructure of our partner schools, mainly on classrooms, staff housing and dining halls;
  • the continuation of our lunch programme;
  • an increase to at least 14 in the number of teaching positions we fund;
  • increasing our support of educational and extra-curricular activities;
  • possible expansion into further partner schools subject to funding

Thank you for your support in 2016 and very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy Nwe Year.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Work nears completion at Ngambenyi Primary
Work nears completion at Ngambenyi Primary

So far, 2016 is living up to its promise as an exciting and landmark year for African Promise.

In Kenya we are set to compete a major redevelopment of our seventh partner school in the next two weeks, bringing to an end a 15-month long project which has seen us comprehensively upgrade the school. Meanwhile we have active building projects in four of our other six partner schools, including the extension and upgrade of two pre-school units, as well as the construction of two primary classrooms, a five unit teachers house and a modern kitchen with energy saving stoves at one of the two schools currently without such a facility.

“I visited Ngambenyi late this week and it was amazing! Nobody expected that the school would be transformed this much. I believe it will make a big change to the pupils…they had suffered so much before.”

Mercy Marigo, former volunteer teacher at Ngambenyi Primary

Our feeding programme has expanded with the extension of the lunch programme to the 130 pupils at Ngambenyi and the launch of a breakfast club at Kiteghe Primary. All-in-all we now provide a daily breakfast of nutritious fortified porridge to around 30 of the most disadvantaged pupils, and a daily lunch of hearty maize (or rice) and beans to the more than 2,500 children across our partner schools.

In August we sent around 100 pupils from two schools on a two-day educational trip to the coastal city of Mombasa to visit sites of historic and cultural interest, as well as the airport and the beach! These trips are intended to inspire the children, many of whom would not get the opportunity to visit areas outside of the isolated communities in which they live. Indeed at least four students returned from this trip proclaiming that they now have ambitions of working in an airport or being a pilot!

Away from Kenya we have today launched our brand new mobile responsive website which we hope will offer visitors to our site a much improved user experience whichever platform or device they are using to browse the site. This much-needed project has been undertaken for us pro-bono by a small web design company and is another example of how we are increasingly benefiting from the donation of goods and services in kind and not just monetary gifts.

Mercy with pupils at Ngambenyi Primary
Mercy with pupils at Ngambenyi Primary
Pupils at Mombasa airport
Pupils at Mombasa airport
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Our latest school redevelopment at Ngambenyi
Our latest school redevelopment at Ngambenyi

We are delighted to report on our recent activities and progress in our partner primary schools in Kasigau, Kenya:

School construction and development

Our latest whole school redevelopment project, at Ngambenyi Primary, is in its final stages and is on course for completion in time for the start of the last term of the year in September. Although not the largest single project we have ever undertaken, it is without doubt the best and we are very much looking forward to showing off the results of a year of hard work by our project management and building team.

At our other partner schools we have recently completed, are working on or have immediate plans to begin work on the construction of a further seven classrooms. These are all to provide additional capacity to cope with growing enrolments as well as to reduce existing over-crowding and high class numbers.

Feeding programme

Our school lunch programme goes from strength to strength and from September we will extend it to our seventh partner school, Ngambenyi, meaning a further 125 children (and now more than 2,500 in total) will benefit from a daily hot lunch. From September we will also begin piloting a breakfast club at one of our partner schools. This will target the most disadvantaged pupils, who very often come to school having not eaten since lunch the day before, and we are working closely with the school to identify these children. We will provide them with a cup of nutritous and fortified porridge.

Educational resources & learning

Since our latest update in April we have started funding a further two teaching positions, meaning we now fund a total of 11 teacher salaries across five of our seven partner schools. We have pledged to start funding a further position later in the year. These extra teachers are needed because of severe government shortfalls and are an absolutely vital tool for improving the quality of education in the schools. Later this year, or next, we hope to fund a teacher development workshop and seminar for teachers across our partner schools as well as others in the region that we do not yet work with.

A recently completed nursery classroom
A recently completed nursery classroom
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Charles Coldman
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