Education
 Kenya
Project #6337

Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Dear Supporter,

With your donations, the GVI Charitable Trust supports a school whose local teachers are unable to receive a Kenyan minimum wage because of the 'slum' conditions they live and work in.

Despite this, the dedication these teachers have to their student’s education is unwavering.

More often than not, the teachers and the students live in the same communities with poor living conditions and high unemployment rates (reaching 80%). Their wages, to our standards, are considered low, but the teachers are ever grateful for a guaranteed and reliable monthly income as this is not always the case for teachers in similar schools in the area.

These teachers, with their dedication and work ethic, are one of the school's greatest resources and are needed to guarantee the ongoing success of the school. The students have benefited from the effort by their teachers as well as the consistency of the staffing of the school. With less turnaround, students get the benefit of a teacher who knows their strengths and weaknesses and can better cater their lessons to their student's needs.

Without your donations, these teachers would have to live from pay cheque to pay cheque and not knowing when those pay cheques will be coming in. It is unfortunately far too typical in Kenya to work and not know when you will be paid for your efforts, forcing you to take loans and seek alternative means of income and employment. With these donations, a guaranteed monthly income ensures the teacher to have to worry less about their finances (as they can now plan for their rent, food, personal items and medical costs) and focus on a more positive life and the students in their classrooms.  These donations are the main reason why we have been able ensure a consistent teaching staff at Nyota and a stronger brighter education for the students in our school.

YOU make it possible for these teachers to live and work- thank you!

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Thank you!
Thank you!

Dear Supporter,

Here at Nyota we have a feeding programme that is so important in the lives of so many children.

It is hard to describe the impact of the feeding programme on the students of Nyota, as it is just so vast. The students in Nyota come from backgrounds where the meals they receive in school could be the only ones that they receive that day. As you can imagine, trying to pay attention in a classroom for 8 hours, while hunger pains are ravaging your stomach is not exactly conducive to learning.

The feeding programme provides students with a filling and nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day, even during the holidays. This means that the students are not only benefitting from the nutrients they are receiving, but attention spans and concentration levels are also greatly improved.

This has a positive effect on classroom performance and exam results. There has been a marked improvement in marks since the feeding programme was established in June 2010. There has also been an increase in students’ attendance levels, with every student staying in school until the end of the school day.

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.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this project. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

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Lively classes at Nyota
Lively classes at Nyota

Dear Supporter,

Teaching in any environment is a challenging job. It is vitally important that teachers are valued for the huge impact they have on children's lives, wellbeing, and prospects for the future.

Many schools in the Nyota area are unable to pay teachers reliably due to poor funding. This can mean a high turnover of teaching staff, inconsistent provision of teachers and an overall negative impact on the education of children. Thanks to your kind donations, the teachers in Nyota are paid on time every month. Here at Nyota teachers remain consistent from term to term and feel valued for the important work that they do.

While all of the teachers at Nyota school have received teacher training, teaching methods in Kenya consist largely of rote learning and, therefore, fail to interest and engage many students. By ensuring reliable and consistent wages for the teachers at Nyota, we strengthen our partnership with them and they offer better and more stimulating classes for the students. This enables us to increase our impact in the classroom and innovate education, which has a lifetime of benefits for all of the students at the receiving end. It also increases the teachers' confidence and they feel valued.

GVI ended our volunteer project in Kenya in December 2014, but we continue to support our old partners through the GVI-Charitable Trust. It is wonderful to see that the work that GVI did in Kenya has lasting effects and that the teachers still adopt many of the ideas and teaching styles that we brought to the classroom. Their adoption of these methods ensures the sustainability of our work in these schools and is boosted by our continued contribution through wages thanks to your generous support.

With Gratitude, 

GVI Charitable Trust

The students are eager to learn at Nyota
The students are eager to learn at Nyota

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Dear Supporter,

When you walk through the courtyard of Nyota school during break time and you pop into the classrooms where students are drinking their morning porridge, you begin to understand the effect that this feeding programme has on these children. Without it, it is almost guaranteed that the number of students would drastically reduce. Hunger is prevalent throughout these slums and these children would go hungry far too many times in a day without the school and their dedicated cooks. 

The school day starts at 7am and ends at 5 pm, and the children benefit equally from the guaranteed daily nutritious meals and their education. Without this feeding programme, the majority of the students would not be able to attend school because their priorities would shift towards food, not to school and a certified education.

Not only does the feeding programme guarantee the children staying at school for the full day and receiving the education they deserve, but it also increases their performance during lessons. The meals the children receive at Nyota always contain either beans or pojo (green grams) which provide them with much needed protein, as well as either rice or ugali (maize meal) which help them to feel full throughout the day.

The children continue to benefit with improved health, fewer absentee days and improvedacademic results. The GVI Charitable Trust and Nyota management are currently seeking donors to support this programme beyond the March 2015 school term.

Thank you for your continued support.

All the best,

GVI Mombasa

Lunch is served
Lunch is served

Dear Supporter, 

Over the last 18 months we have looked at multiple pieces of land both in Bombolulu and in the surrounding areas. While we have found several pieces of land that were suitable and within our price range, our lawyer was unable to find the correct title deeds, meaning there was no proof that the land belonged to the person who was selling it to us. Other plots have, upon surveying, proved smaller than they appeared in the title deeds, deeming them too small to build a school on. The price of land in Bombolulu and its surrounding areas has risen drastically in the last few years as the area is becoming more developed. It is an incredibly difficult climate in which to purchase land.

Going forward, Olives have had to review their options. The first was to come to an agreement with the landlady and create a two year plan. Olives have a signed a three year rent agreement stating that the rent will not change for the agreed period of time. We are using a portion of the donations to renovate the existing structure. Making improvements on the roof, which will help to block out sounds from other classrooms, install glass slat windows to allow more light into the classrooms, and re-plaster the walls and put down new floors in the classroom.

A monthly contribution will be made over the next two years towards the teacher’s wages. This would mean that Olives’ teachers would remain consistent, which in turn has a positive impact on student academic results. Grades and results are extremely important to Kenyan parents, and improved grades will mean that parents are more likely to keep their children in education. Supplementing teachers’ wages frees up money that can then be used to pay school fees for children who come from impoverished families and are unable to afford them. Olives aim is to create a 60:40 balance, with 60% of the students paying the minimal school fees (£3.50/$6 per month), while the other 40% are supplemented. Families’ circumstances change day by day, so every month Steven reviews who is able to pay the fees, and who isn’t. The fees generated from those capable of paying go towards the teachers’ wages.

The remaining funds have been invested in to an income generating programme The objectives of the programme is to run an efficient and profitable business that will reinvest in its future to ensure that the business continues and provides regular revenue to help cover the running costs (rent payments) of Olives Rehabilitation Centre. This will enable the school to continue to offer an education that provides their students with a brighter future.

The income generating programme is a Tuk tuk business which is based on owning and renting out of two tuk tuks. Tuk tuks have become an affordable form of transport to many of Mombasa’s residents since their introduction. They take children to school, mothers to market, and families to weddings, not to mention that they are the only practical means of transport in Mombasa’s Old Town

The tuk tuk will be rented to a driver who will subsequently use it to generate an income for his or herself.  This area could also be expanded on in future years by buying more tuk tuk’s generating more income.

In this way, we hope to help Olives become self-sufficient while maintaining an environment more conducive to learning. 

Thank you for supporting this program.

All the best

GVI Mombasa

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Organization Information

Global Vision International Charitable Trust

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