Women United Against Poverty in Kenya's first crowdfunding attempt was with the global giving since we realised we had a self esteem and opportunity to grow. The first project entry made us think that at best we did not rank the least. A second attempt which saw us integrate most of the learning materials and opportunities to network opened our minds; the sky became the limit for us with resource mobilization. As one of our members reckoned, "we keep milking the cow even when the milk does not drip at all. We keep feeding the cow even when the milk run dry".
The second attempt at global giving, with lessons learnt saw our ranking getting better and one individual donor saw the need to identify with our project. As we write this report the Ramba school Water project is almost complete, thanks to the parents'initiative. Good stuff we thought. After the accelerator webinar we set our best feet forth to reach out to each and everyone who liked our twitter profile. Indeed this bore fruit and we thank globalgiving for every unique opportunity they continue to give us.
It was like the newest dawn when one of the followers sustain conversation and before we knew it we were sealing an agreement for resources to go on a fact finding mission on: 'Determining the Financial and Psychological Needs of Single Mothers in Rural and Informal Settlements in Kenya'. This has motivated us to enter a project on the same in the next globalgiving accelerator challenge.
"At WAUPIK we have learnt that failure is a reason to jump up higher towards attaining our goals." Operation WATSAN project has also opened our eyes towards strategic partnership and we envision a partnership with an environmental management foundation in Kenya.
Women Unite Against Poverty in Kenya (WAUPIK) team woke up to the reality that we had to achieve safe environment to the Ramba Boys' school stakeholders. Thanks to your candid support and encouragement that we have taken the center stage of the school's Parent's Teacher's Association (PTA) attention.
Without much expectation, we attended a form ones parents' day at the school and requested only three minutes of the meeting's time. "Poverty issues are rather difficult to attend to. Health is one of those issues. The water our children take determines the extend to which they stay healthy to acquire the good grades we so demand from them. What is our role as parents in this room. As President Obama so said Hard things are indeed Hard to get," said Salma Lina (WAUPIK Treasurer).
The silence in the dining hall was rather confusing until the PTA chairman requested us to shed in more light. Parents were so grateful and appreciated the first step taken by the WAUPIK team in the dubbed Operation WATSAN project. Thanks to you more projects are taken up by parents to make Ramba school a safe place for the boys. Currently, Operation 'Mabati' out of Ramba and Operation WATSAN projects are being funded by parents to ensure that a two- storey building for classrooms and a water tank facility are provided for the school. It was agreed during the meeting the each of the 475 form one parents shall contribute an equivalent of USD 150 (Ksh 15,000) for the two projects.
We are amazed that a seemingly huge problem can be simplified when resources are unified and when communication is open and effective. We thank you all for being part of the direct solution to improve water and sanitation in Ramba school and initiating a new project to replace the iron sheet class rooms by permanent structures. We beleive the sky is the limit for the boys at Ramba.
WAUPIK cannot thank you enough but the smiles of those boys shall tell it all by the end of the year 2016.
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