Education  Kenya Project #45382

Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya

by Elimu-USA
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Keep Benja's Hope Alive in Kenya
Benja at Elimu Resource Centre
Benja at Elimu Resource Centre

You met Benjamin last year when we started a campaign to raise money for new digital equipment for Elimu Resource Centre in Kenya.

The digital hub for learners has been closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19. That means Benjamin was locked out. Home from school due to lockdowns, and not able to access his favourite digital library to keep his studies going. It has been a hard year for Benjamin and his fellow students. Elimu assisted our sponsored students with food aid for their families and with textbooks to keep up their learning at home.

In January, the Kenyan government opened all schools and learning institutions again. Children are back to their classrooms and we are very happy that Elimu Resource Centre is open again.

At the Centre, students get access to the resources they are lacking at home and in the classroom. They get their hands on digital tools that are scarce in the community. On our Kindles they find their textbooks in e-format; on our shelves they find the standard paper textbooks; and in our digital libraries they find a bright, conducive study space where they meet their friends and students from all around the community. Students come to ERC to do their homework and or just catch up on what they missed in class. 

The challenges of COVID-19 are still around and so we are taking all the necessary precautions to keep children safe. Click the link to see the Centre in action under the new COVID-19 protocols: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3zu6dAZRMs

Benjamin is back too! You can help us keep our digital resources up-to-date so that children like Benjamin can keep up on their studies and gain digital skills using our digital educational resources. 

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Maggie is one the students of Elimu’s Cisco Networking Academy in Malindi that we are so proud of! She joined the Elimu Cisco Networking Academy to broaden her IT knowledge because she wishes to pursue an IT-oriented career.

But due COVID-19, we had to send Maggie and all 30 of our Cisco students home, just when they were getting going with this course in March! Our instructor worked diligently to keep in touch with our students and even caught up with some of them at her home. Visit Maggie he found a clear indication of disruption. With Kenyan girls, house chores are a mandatory duty, and with people ‘staying at home’, there was much to be done. Maggie took it in stride. She adapted and found ways to create time for her personal studies. After the indefinite closure of Elimu Resource Centre, she really wanted to continue learning. She didn’t have access to a laptop but was able to get hold of a tablet.

“Using the tablet was a bit tedious because of the small fonts so I was forced to keep zooming in and out hence consuming a lot of time. Also the Cisco pages didn’t fit on the screen so I would keep scrolling left and right.” she said. Later on, she did get access to a laptop but still her problems weren’t completely solved. The internet is expensive so she couldn’t get much time and the connection is extremely slow. By August, she had only managed to finish one chapter of her course.

Last week, the government allowed vocational training institutions to open again under strict COVID-19 protocols. Elimu was allowed to open our IT lab and call our Cisco students back.

Her tenacious nature is paying off. She’s back at ERC to finish her IT course. We look forward to giving her opportunities to practice what she has learned online in the weeks ahead. 

You can help us give girls like Maggie IT skills to prepare her for future work with a donation via this website.

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Benja before COVID-19 studies with a Kindle.
Benja before COVID-19 studies with a Kindle.

In our March fundraising campaign, we featured Benjamin, a boy in Grade 6 whom we sponsor for school fees. With the arrival of COVID-19, Benja, like so many other students around the world, has been at home.

Normally when schools are closed, he would be at Elimu Resource Centre getting his hands on textbooks to improve his performance and storybooks to build his literacy. He finds all the reading materials he needs on our Kindles and computers. But this time is different, he cannot come to the Centre, nor can any of the children who used to come.

His case is a little different than most children in England, or Canada, or other countries of the West. For poor children like Benjamin in Kenya, there is nothing like a TV or Smartphone at home to help him keep up with his studies. 

In March, prior to COVID-19, we launched a campaign to raise funds for the much needed replacement of our digital tools and resources at Elimu Resource Centre. With over USD$5,300 raised we were well on our way to upgrading some important inventory.

But we will do things a little differently due to COVID-19. We will also purchase a stock of traditional paper textbooks to assist our sponsored students with course materials that they can use at home.

Thanks to many generous contributions, we will be able add to and to replace our digital resources - especially the malfunctioning Kindles each stocked with 200 - e-textbooks and e-storybooks. We will also add five more laptops to our Cisco Networking Academy. That will give us a total of 15 to help the youth of the community gain digital skills that will improve their employability. We have 35 recent high school graduates pursuing Cisco courses - waiting for an end to COVID-19 to get them back to their studies.

Some of our Cisco students have access to some type of digital device at home but money for internet access is spotty and the devices are slow. Keeping up with their course is difficult and frustrating but some of those we recently visited at home are doing their best to persevere. You can read more of the stories they shared with us on our online eMagazine:  https://www.elimu.ca/eMagazine/Brian.html

We hope to at least have our Cisco students back to their studies by September. We are not yet sure when Benjamin and the other primary and high school students will be able to join us again at Elimu Resource Centre for study time with their friends under the guidance of our team of staff and volunteers. We wait eagerly for that day!

Boys use Elimu laptops to pursue Cisco courses.
Boys use Elimu laptops to pursue Cisco courses.
Elimu Cisco students pursues her course at home.
Elimu Cisco students pursues her course at home.
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Elimu-USA

Location: Beverly Hills, CA - USA
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Nina Chung
Beverly Hills, CA United States
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