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
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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Peter

When we met Peter he was still at Secondary School and very stressed.  His father had recently died and after the funeral his mother disappeared leaving him to single handedly raise his three younger brothers.   With no-one to support him he struggled to provide food and pay school fees whilst continuing his school studies.  We assisted Peter with food and basic requirements and sponsored his youngest brother to an education at Roko 20.  We also sponsored his two brothers at nearby schools. 

Not surprisingly Peter left school with poor results.  In January we employed him as a farmworker at Roko 20 and he has proven to be a keen and committed member of staff.  He planted tomato seeds in the school's greenhouse and recently had a bumper harvest of tomatoes which supplemented the school's lunch programme and also brought in an income as he sold to the community.  He is learning many new skills and currently is learning to drive.  Peter's situation has changed for the better and he is now happy supporting his family and has even bought a goat, some hens and rabbits.

Goat Project

The goat project allows parents and guardians of our sponsored pupils to receive an income and provide milk for their family.  The first born kid is given to another family in need.  Peter is now managing the goat project which has a total of 15 recipients.   We purchased two female goats for the school's own use to provide milk for our lunch programme. 

Uniforms

The number of pupils sponsored at Roko 20 has increased to 54 with a further 4 being sponsored at other schools. Each child receives a uniform, books, stationery,  shoes, underwear, a jacket, food and basic medical care.

Library

Our library is really coming along and we now have a number of donated second hand and new books.   The class is made from stone and is cool and bright making it the ideal space for reading.  We have employed a part time library assistant who is also improving literacy with early morning and afternoon remedial reading practice.

Our success is down to you because without your generosity and support we would not have the resources to serve our community.

A big thank you from us all at Roko 20.

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Roko 20

Location: Milford Haven - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @roko 20
Project Leader:
Tracey Neale-Ferreira
Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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