Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya
Education & Support for Vulnerable Children, Kenya

Dear Supporters,

The last quarter for the year 2017 started with the month of October, this was the second month of our last academic term of the year. In this year, we had only 19 candidates who sat for their last examination of their primary school. They all started and finished at pleasing environment. Their results are already out and the performance was really good. Three quarters of them performed above average and hopefully the whole lot shall be joining secondary schools in the start of the new year.

We are very happy and proud of our institution as we have now moved a great step forward since our pioneers have finished their secondary school level this year. This is the elder group that finished here in the year 2013. We too hope that a good number will qualify once the results are out and join their universities of choice. Four of them made it through easier as they had sponsorship by one of our former volunteers with GVI Mombasa, Madam Michele.
The children displayed a positive improvement and performance in both their class work and attendance at school. This has been possibly mainly because of the presence of the feeding program which keeps majority of the kids in school as well as giving them a regular school attendance. We therefore appreciate the support towards the children and the school. 
At the beginning of October, we embarked on refurbishing the three of our tuk tuks. This was fully sponsored by one of our former GVI-Mombasa volunteers. Immediately after the body work we headed for the annual police inspection, which we passed and the project was completed.
After closing the school and candidates had finished their final examinations, we had a picnic for the out going students. It was really entertaining with the kids together for the last time as primary school learners. We had fun with different kinds of games; football, basketball, volleyball and swimmin. At the end of it all, a very delicious meal, all courtesy of our Aussie friend, Madam Dianne, who is also a former GVI volunteer with us.
We are still pursuing ways which can lead us to our own independent plot of land where the school can stand on and we look forward to a new year with many new possibilties.
Thank you for all the support in 2017! 
All the best, 
Brian 
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Dear Supporters,

In the beginning of July we started Quarter three for the year 2017. The season began with great news where we got supplies of sports equipment from one of our GVI ex-volunteers. The school is now well equipped with these items and the kids can now take their sports sessions and break times with ease. 

We are happy to pass it across that in August, we were able to purchase:
  • New chairs for 80 kids in kindergartens one, two and three.
  • We repaired the toilet doors for the pupils.
  • The floor for classes one, two, three and six.
  • The metallic walls for classes one, two, three and five.
  • The door frames for classes five and six.
  • The reading room roofing to prevent it from leaking.
In the same month of August, we received text books, exercise books and other stationery from another GVI ex-volunteer with our school. This means that, the kids are now well covered and can stay in school with more comfort.
September, which is an early part of our term three of 2017, started with our move to take care of the plight of one of our class seven girls. We were able to secure her a place of accommodation as she continue with her studies. We managed to get her to Canaan Orphanage and School center where she is more happier and can keep studying.
Right now, the biggest project we are working on is for the school to have its own plot of land, a place where we can have an independent school which meets the basic standards of the education policies. It is an expensive undertaking for us, but we believe we can reach this goal.
All in all it has been a success in the whole project and all the undertakings, however, we had to halt for a while to pave way for the general elections which were peacefully held and accompanied by the August holidays which started on The 1st of August and ended on 28th of August.
Thank you for making this happen!
With Gratitude, 
Nyota Ing'arayo School
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Lunch time!
Lunch time!

Dear Supporters, 

End of Term and School Holidays

The start of April saw the end of the first term here at Nyota Ing’arayo. After finishing exams and participating in a school assembly, standard 8 students were treated to a day out to have some fun and relax. They travelled to a local backpackers hostel where they enjoyed games, including volleyball and basketball, swimming and a delicious lunch of chicken stew, rice, chapati and juice.  It was a real treat for these kids who are under a lot of pressure during their last year of primary school.

After three weeks holiday school resumed on Tuesday 2nd May and with the new school term came the rain which continued throughout May and into June. However the rain didn’t manage to dampen the enthusiasm of students or teachers who remain committed to working to achieve great results for themselves and their school.

June Highlights

  • Nyota music students competed for the first time in a music festival. They did an excellent job and managed to qualify for the first two levels and achieved the fifth position at the third level. Congratulations to all the children and their music teacher Madam Damiana, it was a great learning experience and lots of fun. 
  • Standard 5 and 6 participated in some Skype sessions with children from a school in Rockhampton, Australia. This was a follow-up to sessions they did last year and the children really enjoyed reconnecting with their new Aussie friends. The questions the children asked each other focused on topics such as school, friends, family, food and hobbies. The sessions are a wonderful experience for the children from both countries.
  • Girld from Std 4 up participated in a health education session and received Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits to ensure that they don’t miss days of school each month when they have their period. It was a great opportunity for the girls to gain an understanding of the physical and emotional changes that they experience during puberty. They were fortunate to have a nurse come along to the session to answer their questions.

Funding from this project, along with donations from other supporters of the school and a small income from the tuk-tuk business and school fees, enabled the continuation of the all-important food program and payment of rent, teachers wages and other school expenses.

Overall, it’s been another successful quarter for the Shining Stars of Nyota Ing’arayo with hard work, fun activities and support of many generous people.

Regards and thanks, 

Brian (Nyota Manager) and Dianne (Volunteer)

Nurses talk about periods with the girls
Nurses talk about periods with the girls
Girls receive their menstrual health kits
Girls receive their menstrual health kits
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New Glasses for 5 Students!
New Glasses for 5 Students!

Dear Supporters, 

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of the first quarter of the year and the first term of the school year. Although the first quarter of 2017 has been difficult for Nyota Ing’Arayo in some respects with the struggle to pay the major bills such as rent, teachers wages and food program, as well as the many other expenses incurred in running a school, each day has been faced with a smile and a positive attitude and Term 1 will finish on a positive note with exams completed and everyone looking forward to a short break.

Nyota Ing’Arayo has had to rely on a handful of direct donations from GVI Kenya Alumni and supporters which have been essential to supplement school fees and income from the tuk-tuk business. The school has also had some wonderful, enthusiastic visitors during the first term.  

Some of the activities and highlights of the year to date have been –

  • Continuation of the feeding program – providing porridge and a nutritious meal to over 250 students plus teachers each day.
  • Twenty-four children from Nyota attended a free medical camp run by the local Rotary Clubs of Mombasa. The camp provided basic health checks including eyes and teeth, medication and referrals. So far 5 children who were referred for further eye tests have attended the Mombasa Eye Hospital and are now the proud owners of new glasses. Others have received follow-up medical treatment.
  • 36 children started the year with new school uniforms.
  • Standard 7 and Standard 8 classrooms have new desks. The desks allow the children to sit more comfortably and meet the standards required for Standard 8 to be able to sit their KPCE exams at the end of the year.
  • Introduction of some fun new games including Twister, Snakes and Ladders and Uno for the days when it’s just too hot for football.
  • Drawing activities which have also revealed some amazing artistic talent.

Overall it’s been a great first term for everyone at Nyota Ing’Arayo and we’re looking forward to facing the challenges and the highlights of the second term - after a well-earned break of course!

With Gratitude, 
Brain (Nyota Admin Manager) and Dianne (Volunteer)

We got some fun new games!
We got some fun new games!
New Desks!
New Desks!
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Thank you for the food!
Thank you for the food!

Dear Supporters, 

Progress has continued to be made at Nyota Ing’arayo Primary school in Mombasa in 2016.

Donations helped to support the feeding programme, school rent and the teacher’s wages, all of which are instrumental to the success of the school in supporting students from low-income families. Donations towards the feeding programme have enabled the school to continue to pay the monthly salaries of two cooks and to purchase the food and supplies required for a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. The feeding programme is attractive for many families who struggle to afford three meals a day and is key to preparing students to have the energy to listen and learn.

Funds have also gone towards supplementing teacher’s wages. School fees are kept very low to enable families to afford to send their children to school and many families at Nyota Ing’arayo are unable to regularly pay the school fee which directly contributes to teacher’s wages. Funds have been necessary to make up for this difference, pay the teaching staff a reasonable salary and continue to enable low-income students to attend Nyota.

The TukTuk Income Generation Project is continuing to progress and has been effective in contributing funds to assist school maintenance, rent and teacher’s wages. Three TukTuks are operational and rented by drivers on a daily basis, paying the daily rate to the school in addition to making a profit for themselves. Funds are set aside to maintain the tuk tuks and then the profits are used to support the school needs including school rent and teacher’s wages.

Successes in 2016 include an increase of students sitting for their KCPE exams and a top score of 377 out of 500 which is a very successful score and will enable entrance to a quality secondary school. This year, 13 students in Year 8 sat for their KCPE exam.

Future plans include continuing to keep the TukTuk Income Generation project functioning successfully and to keep the feeding programme operational.

A donation plea will be made in January to try to raise funds for the feeding programme as the funds from individual donations are running low and we will not be able to continue offering support for much longer. 

We wish you all the best and thank you for your continued support to our project partners in Kenya. 

With Gratitude, 
Michele

Making sure our Tuk Tuks are in good order!
Making sure our Tuk Tuks are in good order!
Time for some soccer
Time for some soccer
Hard at work making sure lunch is ready
Hard at work making sure lunch is ready
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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Kate Robey
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