Since the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was announced in Kenya, many aspects of society and the education sector have been dramatically affected. On March 15th, 2020, the Kenyan government closed all learning institutions countrywide to contain the spread of the virus. As the numbers of those infected by coronavirus rose to over 8,000 by early July, and with 1,000 of those infections impacting children, the Kenyan government proclaimed that the “2020 school calendar year will be considered lost due to COVID-19 restrictions.” This announcement has led to repercussions for over 18 million students across the country whose learning has been thrown into limbo and has threatened the loss of educational gains and created setbacks that may be difficult to recover from. And while the Kenyan government has allowed students in Grade 4, Grade 8, and Form 4 to attend go back to school (students in these grades have been allowed to return because they must sit for their exams the following year), all of the children not in those grades are currently out of school.
The children in our Child Sponsorship Program not being able to attend school is a barrier that Action Two Africa (A2A) is trying to overcome. After considering all options, A2A has decided to pay for students to safely meet with tutors twice a week, so that they will not fall behind in their studies. It is not quite the same as being at school full-time, but it is the safest and best option that we can provide for children in our Program. We know the importance of education and we do not want any obstacle to stand in the way of children being able to grow and continue their education.
We look forward to a time when COVID-19 does not devastate the educational system in Kenya, but until that time, we will continue to support our community in Bungoma and give hope to children in our Program. Thank you, donors, for your continued support and monetary donations. Without you, the work we do here at Action Two Africa would not be possible.
Action Two Africa would like to use this update to send a big THANK YOU to GlobalGiving! Earlier this month we received an email notifying us that we were selected to receive a $1,000 microgrant from GlobalGiving! This grant was given to us to “weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic” and we are so thankful for this support.
Life has been challenging lately in Bungoma, Kenya. Many are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the country, which has only created more food insecurity, and a lack of access to basic supplies like soap, masks, and sanitizers. This microgrant could not have come at a better time. After discussing with Humphrey the best way to use the funds, we have decided to help families within the Bungoma community by providing masks, soap, and food. Additionally, we plan on providing a few families with enough supplies to start their own small business, which will not only create a sustainable income for those families, but it will also provide community members access to needed supplies! Thank you GlobalGiving for your generosity, continued support, and for encouraging us during this difficult time.
We also want to give a shout out to all of our donors. We know this is a challenging time for everyone, and we appreciate your continued support and encouragement! Thank you!
We have some exciting news; Action Two Africa has opened up a new location in Bungoma County, Kenya, where we have started providing educational scholarships to vulnerable children through our Child Sponsorship Program! This year, due to your generous donations, we are able to pay for six children to attend school that otherwise would not be able to.
Bungoma County is home to more than 1.5 million people, and is located in the northwest region of Kenya. The primary issue that youths in this area experience is a lack of educational funding to attend school, and therefore, many are getting into trouble, engaging in risky behaviors, and not living up to their full potential. Teenage pregnancy and highschool dropouts are on the rise, and we would like to help break down educational barriers that are contributing to these problems. Action Two Africa’s goals are to provide educational sponsorships, mentoring, and hope for vulnerable youth within Bungoma County. With your help, we can continue to give these children the educational support they deserve!
Thank you all for your support! We hope that you all stay healthy, and that we continue to work together during these difficult times!
Congratulations to our recent graduate, Bryan! We wanted to let you know that we are celebrating a great accomplishment in the Kiambiu community this month. Brian, one of the youths in our Child Sponsorship Program, graduated high school, and was accepted to university due to his excellent grades! He hopes to become a pharmacist one day and make a positive impact within his community!
When Bryan first came to Action Two Africa, he was unsure of his future. His mother recently died, and he and his four siblings were left to care for one another. Food was scarce, housing was unpredictable, and it wasn’t until members in the community interceded that they found refuge. Despite the support Brian and his siblings were recieving from friends and family, it was still difficult to find funding for his secondary education. Due to your generous donations, Action Two Africa was able to step in and provide Bryan with an educational scholarship.
Over the last six years, Action Two Africa has provided educational scholarships to more than 20 vulnerable children like Bryan and has also provided psychosocial support to more than 200 children! But, we could not have done it without you. It is only because of your support that we have been able to provide a brighter future to children within our community. Thank you for your generous donations in 2019! We look forward to 2020 and hope that with your help we can continue to give hope to vulnerable children in need.
Thank you generous donors! We wanted to let you all know that we recently reached our $10,000 Sponsor a Kenyan Child’s Education goal that has allowed us to support dozens of children in school over the past six years! Thank you for allowing children in our Child Sponsorship Program to stay in school! The other good news is that even though we have reached our $10,000 goal, we are going to increase our project amount to ensure that we can keep providing education to vulnerable children in Kiambiu, Kenya.
Since Action Two Africa first became a nonprofit in 2013, and we started our initial fundraising campaign to raise $10,000, we have seen a significant increase in nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals bringing awareness and aid to eradicate global educational barriers. And although there has been a lot of positive forward progress to eliminate the barriers to obtaining a quality education, we still have a crisis on our hands. According to Global Partnership for Children, “Despite dramatic improvements over the past years, progress towards achieving education for all has stagnated. In total, 263 million children, adolescents and youth were out of school for the school year ending in 2016.”
While there are millions of children who are not afforded the opportunity to experience the joys and benefits of receiving an education, we hope that you continue to stay positive, help us continue our quest to erradicate barriers to education within our community, and know that educating even a few children can make a lasting impact on an individual, family, and community. We ask you to please help us continue to move towards providing quality education to children within our community in Kiambiu; and, regardless of whether you donate $5, or $5,000, your generosity is making a lasting impact!
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