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.
GVI Charitable Trust
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,
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
Merry Christmas from Mombasa!
We have exciting news this holiday season. Donations from supporters, such as yourself, have been invested into a new self-sustaining business plan for our schools to start generating funds by themselves!
The Tuk Tuk Management Business is to generate revenue to help towards the running costs for Olives Rehabilitation Centre. Olives began in 2001 as a day care centre to children in the Bombolulu and surrounding areas. Since 2001 it has grown into a large school teaching up to 400 children from Kindergarten to Standard 8. The education is centred on the Kenyan Curriculum with an opportunity for the children to sit the KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education) exam in their final year.
The Olives Tuk Tuk Management business will rent out two tuk tuks on a daily basis’s. This will generate enough revenue to cover the running costs of each tuk tuk, the monthly rent payments of Olives Rehabilitation Centre and save for reinvestment to ensure that the business will continue and run successful for future years. All this will enable the school to continue to offer an education that provides their students with a brighter future.
These tuk tuks have been funded through the GVI Charitable Trust from donations and are now registered to Stevens, the Head of Olives Rehabilitation Centre.
We hope you are as excited by this as we are! It is a great chance for the School to move forward.
Olives Rehabilitation Centre is a school located in the Bombolulu slum in Mombasa, and caters to the underprivileged children of the surrounding area. Without the school's support, these students would not be attending any formal school institution. With our schools, our students have the chance of writing their KCPE (Kenyan Certificate Primary Education) exam in their final year of primary education in hopes that they pass and move on to Secondary school. This Certification will open many doors for our students from documented work to attaining government support and loans. Our best chance at ensuring our students are prepared and ready for these exams is in providing textbooks that follow the appropriate curriculum as required by the government.
Many students in Olives come from families of very low income. As a result, they are unable to purchase their own textbooks and school supplies. While the school provides textbooks for class time, their resources are also stretched, and the students are unable to take the books home with them to study. As a result, the students, in particular the standard eight pupils are put at a disadvantage when it comes to exam revision. They are competing with other neighbouring schools, where resources are more plentiful and students own their own textbooks.
Thanks to your donation, we were able to purchase "Targeter Combined Encyclopaedias" for each of the 35 Standard 8 students. This book is a compendium of revision for each subject that the students sit in the KCPE; English, Kiswahili, Science, Maths, Social Studies, and CRE. It also includes sample exam papers and answers. The students are able to take these books home with them, which enables them to study and revise whenever they want. It also familiarizes them with the format of the exam they will be sitting in November, which will greatly help them.
As you can see from the photos, the children were delighted with their new books, and couldn't wait to cover them in the plastic wrapping to protect them! Thank you very much for your generous donation.
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