Children and teachers in front of new school
To our generous donors,
Our full community continues to be grateful for your generous support of this project! Thanks to your contributions we have transformed educational opportunities benefiting many children with opportunities that will continue to help them have a better life well into the future. The central achievement during the last few months has been continued development of the school project because of its immense impact on and lasting value to the children of the village. Additionally, we also have made progress on the two associated projects, rabbit rearing and making sanitary pads, recognizing the need for economic support
to help families to pay school fees and purchase uniforms.
The school has had substantial progress in the last few months. As word of the improved facility spreads, more children are applying to attend and the school population is growing each month. Our dedicated and skilled teachers, Ruth, Mary, Cecilia and Naomi are so happy with the new building and seeing the children have a place where they can work and learn comfortably. They can directly see the improved performance of the students. One of the teachers, Mary Wanjiru states ” I see a great future for my son and the other children because of the opportunity to attend this school. ”
The progress on this school project has been made possible by all of you for generous contribution which has helped us give children in Elementaita quality education hence shaping their lives. To the teachers (all women) who are working there, that is a source of income for them so their economic status has improved. We cannot thank you enough for your great support, the benefits of which are shown by the assessment of one of the parents of a student, Ben Githinji , who reports ”I always believed that quality education is only for high income people until I brought my daughter here. Since the school fees have been supplemented by Global Giving and PATHWAYS donors we are able to afford sending our children to a school like this where they are getting quality education. Thank you to all who have supported the project”
This is an rewarding period for the community as they enjoy seeing their children for the first time in the new school building, with multiple classrooms, and come to realize the value of an improved educational opportunity. And, of course, the school and the educational opportunity now available will be of lasting benefit to the community as many, especially girls and orphans, now for the first time will have a chance to benefit from the education provided.
Rabbit Keeping Project
The rabbit project is slowly and carefully rebuilding after it suffered a setback several of the rabbits to illness, a problem that has occurred in several nearby communities as well. The rabbit-rearing group of some 40 women is split into five groups, and has pooled resources to ensure the viability of the population. Additionally, we are beginning to acquire additional rabbits with the goal of having each group with a sufficient number (at least five per group).
We have identified markets for the rabbits, so the women are motivated knowing that it will be possible to generate revenue once the rabbits are producing. After equipping the women with skills of rearing the rabbits we are hoping that they can use the same skills to rear their own rabbits and be a source of income. As noted, the revenue from this projct will directly benefit each of the participating families, especially helping them to pay the school fees.
Girls Sanitary Project
Progress on this component has been modest as competing obligations attract group members. Girls have been recruited into the project and have been taught how to make the reusable sanitary towels. The project is of value because many girls miss school every month when they have menses, because they cannot afford to buy the disposable pads. Such absences hurt the academic performance of girls and contribute to higher rates of leaving school early. With affordable reusable pads available this problem can be alleviated. Additionally, the families involved in making and selling the pads will generate a profit helping them economically. The parents of the school age girls also have expressed an interest in being involved in the project.
With my sincere thanks and best wishes for the holidays.
Inside of new school
Girls making sanitary towels