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Educating 70+ children in Mathare Slum Kenya

by ChallengeAid
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Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya
Educating 70+ children in  Mathare Slum Kenya

Now that St. Benedict is operational, we are already seeing some hugely positive results.

In December 2019 ten children took the Kenyan Primary Certificate of Education.  Considering that this School of Hope has been operational for less than a year, the results were hugely positive.  The average score was 306.6 / 500.  Considering that St. Benedict is a School of Hope where homeless street children can find refuge and are fostered out to homes, it proves that given an opportunity, these children can thrive.  The nearest Government school, Old Mathare Primary, had an average score of 217 / 500 which means that the work that St. Benedict is doing has allowed the young people in the School of Hope an almost 50% value added level of attainment.  The reasons for this are many and varied.  The children appear grateful just to have an opportunity to escape from what appears to be a hopeless situation.  Most of our Schools of Hope have two or three supervisors.  Here at St. Benedict there are four, all of whom are educated to university level, trained as social workers and have emerged out of the streets themselves.  Having experienced what is possible, they are hugely motivated to show others who are in a similar situation to what they experience themselves, the way.

In addition, the School of Hope is participating in everything that ChallengeAid provides such as talent competitions, chess, life skills, music, drama, football, rugby, cricket and volleyball.

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Hello!

We wanted to say a big end of year thank you to all of you who have supported our projects  in 2019 , we have opened 4 more Schools of Hope, including St Benedict's - which we couldn't have done without the amazing support from all our ChallengeAid friends.

You gave generously to our St Benedict's School of Fund campaign earlier in the year and we are pleased to announce we have almost met our target, with just £639 left to go! If you would like to make an extra donation then we 'd be really happy!

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/st-benedicts-school-of-hope-mathare-kenya/

We have also started an ambitious fundraising project to raise £50,000 to run a yearlong training programme for 180 Volunteer Supervisors who run the Schools of Hope on a day to day basis. Volunteer Supervisors approached our team in Nairobi and asked for more training on topics such as wellbeing, mental health, substance abuse, effective counselling, entrepreneurship, relationships, menstrual health - to name but a few areas! We realised that we need to ensure that all the supervisors are fully equipped to provide the best standard of care possible for all of the young people that we work with.

You can find out more about the project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sohtraining/

On Tuesday December 3rd we will be joining Global Giving's #GivingTuesday appeal which means for everything we raise in 24 hours we can benefit from $500,000 in proportional matching funds and $42,000 in bonus prizes from GlobalGiving. Matching starts at 5am GMT and ends at 4.49am on Wednesday Dec 4th (that’s midnight on Dec 3rd until 23.59 for our US friends and 8am Dec 3rd until 7.59 am on Dec 4th for our East African supporters.)

We also have a lovely new website (Thanks to all at Pach Solutions  in Llandovery), we hope you have managed to take a look- https://www.challengeaid.org/.

So, to all our supporters, we hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving, a peaceful Hanukkah a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

We'd also like to say goodbye to Mariella who is leaving us today and has been a driving force in this campaign.

 

Thank you again from all of us at ChallengeAid

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ChallengeAid are pleased to announce that the doors of St Benedict's School of Hope in Mathare were opened this week. Over 100 local young people, parents and the local community joined us on the day to hear about how the centre will work and to look at the resources and teaching aids on offer. Since embarking on our fundraising journey, the SoH committee have worked had to get everything ready, Volunteer Supervisors have undergone their training, resources have been purchased and tables made.

There was a real air of excitement at the centre during the launch with lots of happy young people keen to enrol and to start using the resources available. We are looking forward to the first full week of operation next week. Since we last got in touch, we have continued to raise funds for the School of Hope, after school study club and are now only £741 away from target. We couldn’t have done that without the 91 amazing donors who supported the project, so thank you all from all of us but especially from the young people of St Benedict's who'll be enjoying the School of Hope for many years to come.

 

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Good Afternoon,

A quick update from ChallengeAid......

It is school holiday time in Kenya and Tanzania, so we are all busy working on getting our new Schools of Hope ready for term two of the academic year in a few weeks time.

We have received £4300 via Global Giving which is on its way to the School of Hope committee at St Benedict's School of Hope so that resources- text books, class readers, exercise books and teaching materials can be purchased. All the renovations have been done and the building itself is ready. The volunteer supervisors have been appointed and are undergoing initial training and are raring to go and we know that the children of the local community can't wait to enrol. One of our team will be meeting with the centre manager next week to ensure we can be open by the end of the month.

So, we wanted to say a huge big thank you, diolch yn fawr and asante sana from all at ChallengeAid to all of our amazing donors. In our next report we hope to have pictures of St Benedict's School of Hope as it opens its doors.

We will be participating in the Global Giving August 'Little by Little' matching campaign where any donations under £42/$50 will be matched at 60% while funds last. Any support that you can send our way would be amazing!

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/st-benedicts-school-of-hope-mathare-kenya/

 

Thank you for your continued support from all at ChallengeAid.

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Hello from all of us at ChallengeAid

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous donations to our St Benedict's School of Hope project via Global Giving over the last three weeks.

We are really happy to announce that we achieved the $5000/£3990 goal to 'graduate' from Global Giving and to remain with them, this will give us a platform to be able to reach out to more donors over time and to publicise all our projects.

So currently we have raised a brilliant $6021/£4750, which means the target for St Benedict's School of Hope is now clearly insight.

The organising committee has met and volunteer supervisors  appointed and training has begun. We can now start making sure the building is fit for purpose and that resources are ordered, and we hope to be opening to students very soon.

You can continue to read about our progress via Social Media- https://www.facebook.com/www.challengeaid.org/

https://www.instagram.com/challenge.aid.official/ and continue to support the project here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/st-benedicts-school-of-hope-mathare-kenya/

 

On behalf of the whole team and the children of St Benedict's School of Hope, thank you for your continued support.

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ChallengeAid

Location: Llandovery, Carmarthenshire - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Mariella Scott
Llandovery, Carmarthenshire United Kingdom
$8,626 raised of $9,000 goal
 
107 donations
$374 to go
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