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
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.
GVI Charitable Trust
Happy to be at school!
Madame Joanne teaching Standard 2