Education
 Kenya
Project #6337

Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
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Thank you for the food!
Thank you for the food!

Dear Supporters, 

Progress has continued to be made at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary school in Mombasa in 2016.

Donations helped to support the feeding programme, school rent and the teacher’s wages, all of which are instrumental to the success of the school in supporting students from low-income families. Donations towards the feeding programme have enabled the school to continue to pay the monthly salaries of two cooks and to purchase the food and supplies required for a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. The feeding programme is attractive for many families who struggle to afford three meals a day and is key to preparing students to have the energy to listen and learn.

Funds have also gone towards supplementing teacher’s wages. School fees are kept very low to enable families to afford to send their children to school and many families at Nyota Ing’arayo are unable to regularly pay the school fee which directly contributes to teacher’s wages. Funds have been necessary to make up for this difference, pay the teaching staff a reasonable salary and continue to enable low-income students to attend Nyota.

The TukTuk Income Generation Project is continuing to progress and has been effective in contributing funds to assist school maintenance, rent and teacher’s wages. Three TukTuks are operational and rented by drivers on a daily basis, paying the daily rate to the school in addition to making a profit for themselves. Funds are set aside to maintain the tuk tuks and then the profits are used to support the school needs including school rent and teacher’s wages.

Successes in 2016 include an increase of students sitting for their KCPE exams and a top score of 377 out of 500 which is a very successful score and will enable entrance to a quality secondary school. This year, 13 students in Year 8 sat for their KCPE exam.

Future plans include continuing to keep the TukTuk Income Generation project functioning successfully and to keep the feeding programme operational.

A donation plea will be made in January to try to raise funds for the feeding programme as the funds from individual donations are running low and we will not be able to continue offering support for much longer. 

We wish you all the best and thank you for your continued support to our project partners in Kenya. 

With Gratitude, 
Michele

Making sure our Tuk Tuks are in good order!
Making sure our Tuk Tuks are in good order!
Time for some soccer
Time for some soccer
Hard at work making sure lunch is ready
Hard at work making sure lunch is ready

Dear Supporters, 

We are very happy to bring you news that we have been able to purchase solar panels for Nyota School. It is going to make such a wonderful difference for everyone there!

Those of you who have been to Nyota will know about its lack of electricity. Putting in wiring for electricity was not an option for us because we rent the building. The landlord did not want to invest funds to do this themselves and they were also not open to discussing a rent reduction if the school could cover the costs themselves. So solar power was the best alternative!  

By installing solar panels that produce good, clean energy, the school will be provided with proper lighting and fans. The fans are going to have a huge, positive impact on the learning environment by helping to reduce the huge burden of the constant heat. 

We have managed to start off with one solar panel, a battery and the installation and set up costs which will be able to power lights, fans and a few charging ports. We are so excited and can't wait for everything to be installed and hooked up, which should be done in the next few weeks. 

As well as this, we have also managed to keep up with our commitment to pay for salary support and the feeding program for the last quarter of 2016 at both Olives and Nyota. We are hoping to secure enough funds in the coming months to be able to offer ongoing assistance for these costs into 2017. 

Thank you for your amazing support!

With Gratitude

Nyota and Olives!

Repainting the walls and sign
Repainting the walls and sign

Dear Supporters, 

Nyota Ing'arayo school required improvements to the school’s infrastructure before it could be re-registered with the government, and thanks to your donations we have been able to get started on these improvements. Nyota serves 245 pupils living in the surrounding slums, the teachers and school staff work tirelessly to teach the curriculum as well as teaming up to run extra-curricular activities.

To re-register, the school required funding to complete the following tasks:

  • purchase and mend desks and chairs for students 
  • mend the floor in standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 classrooms
  • purchase new framework for the reading room and standard 2 class 
  • purchase iron roofing
  • purchase paint
  • pay the wages of a local worker to mend the roofs.

These vital improvements allow for the school to remain open and provide valuable education to students from a struggling area. By staying open the school is able to provide the 245 students who attend with daily nutritious meals through the feeding program. For many students this is the only food they receive. Nyota school plays an integral role in the community by improving the health and nutrition of students as well as giving them the opportunity to seek further education, improving their and their families lives.

By funding the maintenance to Nyota school, we have assisted them to re-register the school and remain open and continue serving the students and community.

With Gratitude, 

The GVI Trust

Giving the school a fresh coat of paint
Giving the school a fresh coat of paint
New chairs!
New chairs!
Help us become a fully registered school!
Help us become a fully registered school!

Dear Supporters, 

GVI and the GVI Charitable Trust have been working with Precious Vision Care Centre since 2009, the project began as a care centre offering a safe, sheltered place for local children to play, learn and have a nutritional meal during the day.  In 2010 we enabled the care centre to move to larger premises within the same village of Shauri-Yako, allowing the class sizes to grow as well as the inclusion of Kindergarten 1 through to Standard 5.  By 2012, Precious Vision Care Centre had classes up to Standard 7.

Towards the end of 2012 GVI along with the management of Precious Vision decided to re-register as a Primary School instead of a Care Centre.  This decision was reached as it is a requirement that a school is registered before children can sit their KCPE examinations in their own school, this obviously being the ideal scenario for these children.

The registration process began in September 2012 resulting in the school being renamed Nyota Ing’arayo Mombasa School in order to comply with Kenyan rules and protocols.  Ten months later all necessary paperwork had been completed and the school was officially registered for a two-year period.  This probationary period is in place to ensure that all schools in Kenya comply with rules and regulations for the safety and well-being of the students entrusted to their care.

Having completed their two-year period, it is now time for Nyota Ing’arayo to begin the second round of the registration process after which the school will be officially registered on a permanent basis.  The cost to the school for the registration fees alone will be 150,000 KSH, which is just over 1000 GBP.  However, in order to successfully meet the criteria needed to become a registered school Nyota Ing’arayo will inevitably incur additional charges.  Fundamentally, they must ensure that the building meets the standards set by the ministry of education and the public health authority, in order to do so some minor construction work must be carried out on the building. This includes some repainting work to classrooms and corridors, the repair or replacement of furniture – particularly chairs in the Kindergarten classes and some repair work to classroom roofs to help prevent leaks during the upcoming rainy season. 

The amount needed for repairs and furnishings is expected to reach 50,000 KSH, bringing the final total to 200,000 KSH or 1350 GBP.

By fulfilling these requirements Nyota Ing’arayo will be able to successfully register as an official school and consequently, end the two-year temporary registration that was put in place in 2012.  The continued support of previous GVI volunteers and staff along with the dedication of the school’s management has enabled Nyota Ing’arayo to continue providing a safe learning environment for the children in the local community.  This is now the final hurdle - to officially register Nyota Ing’arayo Mombasa School.  Let’s enable the community to continue providing the opportunity for some of Mombasa’s most under-privileged children to achieve their KCPE qualification and beyond.

Will you help us get Nyota Ing’arayo fully registered?

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Play time!
Play time!

Dear Supporters, 

We can't believe that Quarter 1 is over already! It feels like this year is just flying by. We are taking this opportunity to reflect on how we have been using your very generous donations this quarter and what it means

Teacher's Wages

Using donations for teachers' wages in Olives is of huge importance.  Teachers all over the world face many challenges associated with the job and in this area of Kenya, teachers are likely to receive unreliable and scarce wages.  It is essential that teachers are appreciated and valued for the immense impact they have on their students' lives, both through wellbeing and future prospects.  Reliable wages are usually dependent on strong funding.  Without a reliable wage, staff turnover increases (creating inconsistency for students), provision of teachers decreases and students' education gets negatively impacted.  Thanks to your kind donations, the teachers at Olives are paid on time every month. At Olives, teachers remain consistent from term to term and feel valued for the fundamental work that they do.

Ensuring reliable and consistent wages for the teachers at Olives means we have seen the staff members have an incentive to remain in their jobs at the school and are doing so.  They are also demonstrating a greater commitment to both the school and it's objectives and future goals.  This is huge for the students, providing consistency from term to term.  This means the quality of education is of a high standard, giving students the ability to aspire to learn and break the cycle of poverty.  As many of the teachers at Olives have grown up in the same areas as their students, they understand the challenges these students face.  Teachers working consistently at the school increases students chances of a more positive future which is a common goal between all members of Olives.

The Ladies behind our Feeding Programme

While the feeding programme has an immeasurable benefit on the 225 students that it feeds every day, it also has a huge impact on two other people, who’s contribution is often overlooked. The two cooks Nyota employs, Irene and Mary, have been with the school for over two years, providing nutritious and filling lunches for the students of Nyota.

Every day, without fail these ladies make and serve porridge at 10.20 and lunch at 12.40. Their hard work and dedication to the school is rewarded, as they not only get a wage, but their children and grandchildren attend the school free of charge. This means that these ladies are free during the day to cook, and do not have to worry about alternative childminding options for their children.

The food that they cook daily benefits the students and teachers as it increases concentration and information retention levels. For many students the meals they receive in school are the only meals that they eat.

The feeding programme is so important to the students of Nyota Ing’arayo, and thanks to your donations, it remains a valuable aspect of school life for these students.

Thanks to your generous support, both teachers and students at the school are thriving and succeeding.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

Happy to be at school!
Happy to be at school!
Madame Joanne teaching Standard 2
Madame Joanne teaching Standard 2

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.gvi.org
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

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