Education
 Kenya
Project #6337

Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Asante sana

From Olives rehabilitation centre, Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School, GVI Mombasa and the GVI Charitable Trust. 

School is closed for the holidays but not without a bang. The children at Nyota ended with a performance of the childrens favourite movie, The Lion King. The play was abridged to fit the story into a 10 minute play with three songs for students in Standards 5, 6, and 7. “Circle of Life” was given it's own twist and was translated for the Zulu opening into kiwahili and ended with a modernising twist of Waka Waka as a finale!

From the words of the director:
"It was time to perform for the rest of the school.  I stood in the back and told the kids to just look at me while they were on stage. I had to let go of every concept of professional theater I have. We had kids running on and off stage, we could see backstage, and had the occasional side conversation on stage. But I was so incredibly proud. Fortunately I wore my sunglasses, because once again, I was crying throughout the entire performance. They were proud, confident, excited, and able to escape everything that is happening around them. The three girls in Standard 7 who told me they dream of going to California to become actresses, were actresses. The students who have a stutter when they read didn’t have a stutter. The student who never talks spoke louder than anybody else. They were shinning stars."

As we are unable to send across videos, please see the links section to view the amazing Nyota Lion King as a thank you for giving these children the ability to go to school and get an education!

All the best

GVI Kenya

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Krismasi njema!

Merry Christmas from everyone at Olives Rehabilitation Centre, Nyota Ing'arayo School, the communities of Bombolulu and Shauri-yako, GVI Kenya Mombasa and the GVI Charitable Trust!

The schools are now closed for the Christmas break but not without going out with a bang!

Our schools currently have a limited supply of these textbooks, thanks to a donation from previous years, but unfortunately with the wear and tear of our harsh environment and continuous use, the textbooks have begun or already have, fallen apart and there are not enough to go around for each student. Many have to share one textbook among four students providing a lot of challenges for students and their classroom teacher.

With this huge need becoming more prevalent in our schools, a 'Swimathon for Textbooks' was organized for November 8th, 2013. With donations and support to our students from across the globe from people like you, our student representatives  swam the height of Kilimanjaro! This was a proud moment for the students and schools as they were raising the money for themselves and even with their limited swimming skills found the determination and drive to swim four lengths each for their school and for textbooks. 

The donations we've raised for will increase the amount of textbooks in both of our schools to support our students and teachers in their education and have a better ratio of one textbook per two students instead of 4:1. These textbooks will be purchased and supplied to our schools by the time they start their new school year in January 2014 providing a fresh new start to our students and teachers. 

What a great way to end the year. With the continuing support of people like you, hopefully we can get each of the students their own textbooks next year. 

Asante sana for everything in 2013

We wish you a safe and happy holiday. 

GVI Mombasa

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Dear supporter,

A few years ago, these children we work with in Mombasa would never have picked up a book to read it for fun. It isn’t something that happens often in Kenya and so it isn’t encouraged. One of our GVI goals is to improve literacy rates in order to give these children a chance to succeed. 

The best way we found to do this is with education and teaching literacy through story. Because of generous donations from around the world we have books to support our One to One and Group Reading initiatives which foster the love of reading.  

Today, while observing a Group Reading lesson I was able to see how much of a difference these two programs are making. Our new volunteers, Sophie and Emma, on their second day teaching read stories aloud for their Standard 5 class at Olives. While reading ‘Horton Hears a Who’ by Dr. Seuss, they noticed their time was up and stopped (well tried to stop) reading. The whole class was in protest! “More, Madam! Please!” “Just one more page!” “The bell hasn’t rung yet, we can keep going!” But sadly, the bell then did actually ring and the class had to end. Both Sophie and Emma promised they would continue the story tomorrow and find out if Horton found his Who. But, ‘next time’ wasn’t soon enough as the kids were out reading books with them on their break time. When the break was nearing the end, Madam Sophie tried to collect the books and was met with some more friendly protest! When she finally had them all the children and her laughed as they were trying to get them back as if playing keep-away.  

Olives students enjoy reading time. It really was a wonderful moment to witness knowing how far these kids have come. It’s so touching to know that all of this is possible because of volunteers who spend their time teaching these children and from those willing to donate books or money to support these children they don’t even know. Just wonderful.    

Thank you for your support

Monika Stahlstrom - Education Officer

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I wanted to take this report to update you on how donations for this project have been funding the ongoing feeding programme at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary School (Precious Vision Care Centre).  It covers food purchases, transport to the market, cooking materials (sawdust, pots, utensils) and monthly wages for two cooks to provide lunch to 225 children, Monday to Friday throughout the school term and to around 100 students throughout holiday programmes.

For the majority of children at Nyota (Precious Vision) there is no breakfast at home before they travel to school.  Their walk to school can often be long and the weather incredibly warm.  The school day for children in Kenya starts at around 7am and ends at 5pm.  Without their daily nutritious lunch we could almost guarantee that our number of approximately 225 students would drastically decrease.  Prior to the initiation of the feeding programme in 2010 the children had to walk home at lunchtime in order to receive a meal, however it was not always possible for their families to provide this, so inevitably many children would not return to school for their afternoon lessons. 

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.  GVI ensure that the meals provided are of a substantial size and contain as many nutrients as possible.  A typical Kenyan diet consists of heavy foods which fill people up, but are not of much nutritional benefit.  The meals the children receive at Nyota (Precious Vision) always contain either beans or pojo (green grams) which provide them with much needed protein as well as either rice or ugali which help them to feel full throughout the day.

For the poorest of the students at Nyota (Precious Vision) their lunch at school may be their only meal of the day, so it remains just as vital a part of the GVI CT donations.  Thanks to the regular donations from the individuals mentioned above we are able to keep the feeding programme going until July 2013. The children continue to benefit with improved health, fewer absentee days and improved academic results. The GVI Mombasa team and Nyota (Precious Vision) management are currently seeking donors to support this programme beyond the July 2013 school year.

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Year-round GVI supports the Nyota Ing’arayo or Shining Star School in the Shauri Yako slums on the North edge of Mombasa. During school holidays, as slums are not great places for children to spend much free time, GVI organises a ‘holiday programme’. Holiday programmes include much one-on-one reading, colouring, playing games with the children and sometimes some swimming lessons and swimming fun. Last April, with enthusiastic sports focussed volunteers, we managed to organise a full-fledged sports day.

The sports day was without a doubt the highlight of everyone’s week. During a full day of sports activities students were divided into four teams, with a mix of grades and ages to keep the teams even. Each team was assigned a GVI volunteer as a team captain.

The day started with sprints. Students of similar ages competed against each–other, we continued with a game of captain ball and a long-jump competition. Then, there was a circuit relay, which created lots of excitement and fun for the children; they had to duck under a desk, skip 20 times, jump over tires and last but not least, eat a mandazi – a local triangular fried bread type snack – as fast as they could before running back to their team. Both kids and volunteers loved this. Next up were shot–puts and eventually a game of tug of war, first across the teams and then volunteers plus local teachers versus students. Everyone had a great day.

Sports very much give children from the Shauri Yako slums the opportunity to have some active fun during their holidays, and broaden their skill set and experience beyond playing football with a ball made out of elastic bands and plastic bags. Throughout the years donations of sports equipment have enabled us to introduce children to very different sports like cricket and tag rugby normally only played in more well off societies in Kenya. Sports for these children very much illustrates the importance of working as a team towards common goals, promoting health, strength, endurance, discipline, tolerance and sharing.

As a Nyota Ing’arayo primary school teacher put it - “we are finally teaching the mind and the heart “

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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