Education  Kenya Project #27101

Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya

by Roko 20
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Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Educating orphans & the disadvantaged in Kenya
Nancy receiving her award
Nancy receiving her award

Roko 20 Academy continues its mission to provide a quality education accessible to all, to transform the lives of the disadvantaged children within the community and to work with less fortunate families to make them self-sustainable.  We are achieving all of that thanks to your continued support.  Here's a short update on the past few months at Roko 20.

Classroom Construction

A special thanks to all who donated to our latest GlobalGiving fundraising campaign to build a new classroom for Class 5.   Unfortunately we didn't reach our goal.  Admittedly it was a high bar we set and the shortfall is close to £3,000.  Plans are underway to host a fundraising Bingo event in the UK this November which we hope will bridge this gap.  However if you would like to help us reach the target there's still time to donate on our Global Giving page.

Pupil Achievement

One of our stars shone particularly brightly last term when Nancy, one of our sponsored pupils, achieved second place for her year out of all the girls in the 12 schools in Gikundu Zone in the end of term two exams. We are very proud of her.

Welcome back!

At the beginning of last term we were pleased to welcome back, Job, our Manager.  As he takes over the day-to-day operations at Roko 20 we are confident that we will no longer find ourselves in the difficult financial position we experienced earlier in the year. 

We were overwhelmed by the responses received from our supporters to that call for help.  Your generosity ensured that we were able to continue operating for quite a number of months.

Development

Roko 20 has recognised the need for a clearer and more efficient organisation and currently the management team is busy developing governance and operational policies to ensure the long term success of the school.   Our first policy sets out the organisational structure to establish how we operate and assist in obtaining goals to allow for future growth.  By January 2019 we will have everything in place.

Improving lives

A number of our pupils suffer from Jiggers, (Tunga penetrans or chigoe flea).  This is a parasite insect that burrows itself under skin, particularly the feet, and if left untreated, can lead to secondary infections that can be fatal. 

Jiggers burrow into the skin of animals like dogs, cats, rats, pigs, cattle and sheep, so people living in rural areas like ours are more likely to catch them.  In addition they are found in the dust and on dirt floors of many homes and schools.  Timothy faced these difficulties and many more. 

Whilst we regularly treat a small number of pupils each day at school to keep jiggers from multiplying it is simply not enough. 

We recently received enough funds from two sponsors to replace the dirt floor in Timothy's home with concrete.  Donations of crocks and plastic shoes as pictured here, and provided by Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club, also helped.  Jiggers are no longer a problem for Timothy and he is now painfree, healthy and happy.

Thanks to all concerned for enabling us to make a difference to this boy's health and future and for your continued support of Roko 20.

Job, Manager
Job, Manager
Foundations are already laid for the new Classroom
Foundations are already laid for the new Classroom
Timothy
Timothy
Timothy receiving treatment for jiggers at school
Timothy receiving treatment for jiggers at school

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One of our parents on her volunteering day
One of our parents on her volunteering day

We would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors for having such a caring and giving heart because without your financial support it would not be possible to continue the work we do at Roko 20 Academy.   

An update on activities at Roko 20 Academy

Day Care Centre

In response to requests from our sponsored mothers we are pleased to announce the opening of our new Day Care Centre.

Following a recent instruction from the Ministry of Education preventing children younger than 4 in the classroom we decided that a Day Care Centre would enable us to help the younger siblings of our sponsored pupils to an early start in education as well as allowing the parent free time to search for work.

Always thinking of ways to become self-sustaining financially we opened up the Day Care to children of working parents who are looking for affordable child minding facilities.    

Yvonne is 3 years old, the youngest in a family of 8 children.  She used to be carried by her mother from village to village in search of casual work to feed her family.  Now she is at the Roko 20 Day Care Centre with other young children enjoying games, making art, reading books and watching videos as we prepare her for formal schooling.

Parents Self Help Group

We are happy now to be fully supported by parents of our sponsored pupils as they continue to volunteer twice a month at school as a way of paying back for assisting their children.  Its humbling to see everyone working together doing what they can for the sole purpose of providing pupils with a decent education. Their help goes a long way to lighten the load of our two cooks who have a lot of work preparing breakfast, breaktime snacks and lunch as well as cleaning the compound, classes and latrines.

To further help these parents become financially self-sustaining we have formed a Self-Help Group.  This is a new group of mothers who meet at school every month to discuss ways of raising money for start-up businesses and projects.  They are each regularly contributing a small amount towards a savings scheme. 

Kind regards.

Tracey Neale-Ferreira

Class 2 Maths
Class 2 Maths
Outdoor teaching
Outdoor teaching
Day care video
Day care video

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Grandmothers receiving donation of beans and maize
Grandmothers receiving donation of beans and maize

We started the new term in January 2018 on a high!  Never before have we had so many sponsored pupils.  We are delighted because this is our mission being fulfilled.  The 65 sponsored pupils now outnumber the fee paying students.  

We are also rather thrilled to have had 3 fee paying pupils transferred from other local schools to Roko 20.  We must be doing something right!

A school trip to Nairobi with a group of 84 pupils, 10 staff, 2 parents, 2 volunteers and 2 elderly ladies from our Elderly Ladies Group, was held at the start of this term.  We visited Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Orphanage, which is the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation programme in the world, followed by a visit to Nairobi’s Mamba village famous for its Crocodile Farm.  Everyone had a fabulous day.   

Early this year we were delighted to have formed a link with Narberth Community Primary School in Wales and thanks to their children, staff and members of Narberth and Whitland Rotary Club we received a lot of flip flops, shoes and crocs in aid of the ‘Flip Flop Campaign’.  The campaign helped to highlight a disease called jiggers which affects many of our pupils.  Jiggers, or chigoe fleas, are sand fleas found in the rural areas that burrow into the skin and lay eggs.  They cause swelling, itching and infection and if left untreated can lead to amputation and even death in the worst cases.   The footwear helps to protect their feet from the fleas which multiply in the dust floors of their homes.

We are very grateful for the donation of 12 computers received at the end of last year.  Volunteers from overseas are doing an excellent job bringing our pupils into the 21st century.  Pupils starting from Class 1 are very eager to learn all about computers and it is their favourite lesson of the day.  

Many of our new pupils are from the surrounding villages or the town of Murang’a, although this term we admitted a brother and sister from Nairobi.  Their family were evicted from their home because they couldn’t meet the rent and so ended up living on the streets.  Fortunately they knew someone from our area and moved to help out on a local farm living rent free in exchange for work.  Despite the holes in the roof of their tiny two room mud brick house, and the dirty water they have to drink from the river, they feel they have landed on their feet.  We accepted the two children from the family on the sponsorship programme and both have settled in really well, enjoying their new school.

As is usual before each rainy season, we assist each of the 40 members of our Elderly Ladies Group by donating a kilo each of maize seeds and beans.  Last week the group visited the school and we had the pleasure of donating to each one of them.  In addition we were able to donate some balls of wool for certain ladies to make their beautiful traditional kiondos (baskets).   These are sold to visitors from abroad or in the UK and also helps to bring in an income for these ladies.

Our work at Roko 20 continues and we are all committed to providing our children with the best education and opportunities that we possibly can.  Our pupils are thriving in our environment and are so happy to be at Roko 20 that you can find them running to school in the mornings as they are so eager to start the day.  I am not exagerating.   I heard one boy say that he wished there were no school holidays so he could be in school all the time.  

On behalf of Roko 20 Academy I would like to say a big thank you to all of you for believing in us and continuing to support us. 

Asante sana!   

Educational trip to the Elephant Orpanage
Educational trip to the Elephant Orpanage
Happy faces on Valentines day at Roko 20
Happy faces on Valentines day at Roko 20
Flip Flop Campaign
Flip Flop Campaign
Yoga lessons introduced by a volunteer
Yoga lessons introduced by a volunteer
Getting started with computer lessons
Getting started with computer lessons

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Morning assembly
Morning assembly

2017 HAS BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR ROKO 20

Whilst 2017 hasn't been without its challenges we have seen many improvements achieved as a direct result of the support we receive from you. 

Of particular note is the fact that end term exam results showed a major improvement across all classes.    Exam results at the end of the year have been better than ever.  The Head of the Teachers' Commission recently commented that our exam results were better than average for the schools in our local area.  Even our pupils with special needs have improved their social skills and academic skills.  Our highest scoring class was Pre-unit class with a mean score of 447 out of 500.  That's not bad!   We commend our teachers who are doing a great job.

Our new Class 4 opens in January.  Funds were not available to carry out our plan of building a new classroom and instead we got the builders in to convert our nursery and Pre-Unit classes into three.  Whilst not ideal as the rooms are smaller it is still manageable. 

We ended the school year with 55 sponsored pupils with another 5 pupils being sponsored at local secondary schools.  This is the most sponsored pupils we've had.  We are fulfilling our missionof assisting those most vulnerable childrento a good education.

Parents programme

Parents and guardians of our sponsored children volunteer two mornings a month at the school as a way of getting involved and paying back.  This promotes independence and demonstrates to their children that they are actively involved in their education.  This season they helped us to prepare the land to grow maize and beans which are the staple foods for the school's lunch programme.

Elderly Ladies Group

A kiondo is a traditional handmade Kenyan baskets mostly made by the elderly in Kenya.  We have a group of 41 elderly ladies all over the age of 70 who visit the school to socialise, have lunch, do gentle exercise and make these beautiful baskets. A number of these elderly ladies are grandmothers to our sponsored children and have been left struggling to raise them.

Roko 20 buys and sells these baskets in the UK allowing these ladies a decent income.   

Wambui is one of our elderly ladies.  She is unusual in that she has never married and there is no one to support her in her old age.  She works a small piece of land loaned to her and grows maize, beans and other vegetables and fruit to sustain her.  Wambui recently sold us a good number of Kiondos and delightedly told us that she would use the money we gave her to buy a baby cow.

Goat Project

Our goat project is moving on successfully and we have had three kids born this year which have been passed onto other families in need.  Thanks to your kindness a good quality male goat was purchased and this is 'servicing' other goats within our community.

Computers

We were kindly donated enough money from Dentsu Aegis to purchase 12 second hand computers which is great news as we can now introduce our pupils to technology with computer lessons starting in January.

Asante sana, thank you very much for your continued support.  

Our new frontage
Our new frontage
Parents preparing the land for maize and beans
Parents preparing the land for maize and beans
Continuing the goat project
Continuing the goat project
Assisting the elderly to an income selling kiondos
Assisting the elderly to an income selling kiondos
Class 2
Class 2

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Habari!

I have lost count of the number of times during rainy season that the school van has got stuck in mud along the potholed and dusty mud road to school.  Sometimes we've needed an army of people to dig us out.  A 20 minute journey can quite easily turn into 2 hours.  The good news is that construction of the new tarmac road started earlier this year is almost complete and we will soon be making the journey to school without any damage to the van or delays. 

We have just begun the final term of the school year and our team of teachers are on a mission to prepare pupils for the end of year exams. We employed a new teacher in training to help us improve literacy andd I'm confident that those pupils who need a little more attention will catch up quickly.

The library still remains at the heart of the school and the number of pupils using it has increased during early mornings and lunch break sessions.  

The highlight of the second term was our school's performance on Kenya's favourite national radio station Kameme FM.  Pupils did great singing a medley of songs and hymns, reciting poems and telling riddles.    

The goat project continues to assist those families to earn a small income selling milk.  We have another two kids recently born in the past couple of months to add to the project.  When they reach the appropraite age they will be passed on to another family in need giving them the opportunity of an income.

Roko 20 Academy has not been without its challenges this year however, we have a good team of staff who are passionate about their jobs and committed to Roko's success. 

Our pupils, who are some of the most disadvantaged in our community, are healthy, happy and being taught in an environment free from fear and corporal punishment.

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Kind regards.

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