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 Children  Kenya Project #16680

Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly

by Acres of Mercy, Kenya
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Teacher Playing with Children
Teacher Playing with Children

Dear Friends and Partners,

Thank you for making first term at Msingi Bora Learning Centre, Acres of Mercy a  success.

We are off to an engaging start to the second term beginning May.

Already we have had our first teacher training and planning session on student engagement.

Our Listen Learn and Act process showed that teachers were concerned about the levels oof discipline. Our Learning led us to students disengaged with their learning and teachers having a key role to play in their students engagement.

Our first training was n how do we keep students engaged and how do we manage our classrooms.

We are now monitoring and tracking results.

Over the past months we have been able to have better motivated teachers since a large portion f arrears have been  cleared. We are in the process of recruiting 3 new teachers as well to help us give the best quaiity to the students.

Teachers are being coached on a weekly basis to ensure they deliver on quality teaching for all students.

Student Engagement Training
Student Engagement Training
Students in Classs
Students in Classs
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Reading Girl
Reading Girl

Dear friends and partners,

No...we are not talking soccer(football)....We are talking learning and how to get teachers performing at their very best. Forgive me for using Leicester City FC (Foxes) as a case study, but who would not be interested in this team that have challenged the top flight in England?

Nicknamed Foxes, this team has shown the resourcefulness, adaptabillity, and flexibility that characterises the animal they are named after. They have shown unmatched work rate, and have adjusted their play to charge for top honours.

In 2016 Teacher coaching, training and motivationt will be key to enabling children at Acres of Mercy improve comprehension levels and make marked progress across all English taught subjects. Using resources from the International Literacy Association, In-house trainings, competitive compensation and implementing Teaching /Learning Best Practice would turn the tide in our interventions to improve comprehension. 

For us to effectivelt work on improving comprehension that has lasting impact we must work together to support teachers who are key in delivering the results. We currently have a challenge expecting miracles from unmotivated, untrained and under-resourced staff.Teachers get average monthly pay of $ 87 per teacher. We are currently in arrears of upto $ 182 per teacher. Fee collections have gone down due to increased economic pressure faced by guardians, Ideas and strategies are invited to help us move out of this cyclical problem. 

With the best training, coaching and mentorship we cannot hope to give students the best if their teachers are unsettled because they cannot pay their bills nor travel to arrive in school on time. To build the foundation of education and appreciate the staff's role in sharing their knowledge, expertise, time and effort ACres of Mercy needs a consistent flow of financing in form of recurring giving, or novel plans that would support this aspect of educatio financing.

"Jimmy, we have to pay rent.my landlord will lock me out." says one teacher. This is the current reality. There is progress being made with the effort we are all putting in. The question is how do we double or even triple the impact we are having?

Ranieri has his team of performance analysts, assitant coaches, technology and Thai billions at Leicester. The children at Acres of Mercy have their teachers, no technology, not enough books, not enough teacher support and loads of good will. 

We can change this- be like foxes, resourceful, share our story, share your story, share ideas, share in your giving; And win big...

Join in. Call other to join...and change lives together.

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Teachers Working Together

Dear friends,

The drive to ensure quality teaching is given to students who are vulnerable continues. It has been a long school year at Msingi Bora Learning Centre yet the resolve to do better as teachers in the coming year has never been stronger. You can sense it in the earnesteness of the questions being asked by the teachers.

"What must we do to get our children to improve? Our challenge here is comprehension. The children can read but the comprehension levels are still low? We must exchange ideas to improve their perfromance in this area."

These are words from one of our staff during a review and planning meeting on how to ensure students are getting what they need. It is encouraging to say the least. The passion is evident as strategies are shared. We have a pool of resources including a years subscription to access relevant research from the International Literacy Association (ILA).

The teachers will have access to strategies to intervene in situations like the one mentioned above. This interaction with research into reading, comprehension and how poverty affects literacy would help us develop local interventions. 

As we dare to integrate research into daily classroom practice we know teaching quality will improve and children will have a better chance at succeeding in life.

Your part in enabling this transformation is most appreciated and we trust to see results multiplied as we continue standing together, working together, sharing ideas, and pointing us to best practices that will sustain the impact we are having in the live of vulnerable children who would otherwise not be able to access quality education.

Thank you most importantly for giving generously, sacrificially in support of the vision to give children a fighting chance in life. 

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Isabella
Isabella

Dear partner,

Had you been the one sitting across from Wanjiru, you would have but warmly returned to her shy smile. Yes she smiles, despite the scars on her face which were the results of burns that she suffered when she was six years old during an epileptic fit. The burns scarred her one eye, forehead and scalp. Wanjiru the last born of 6 children lives in Nguluni village. She is a total orphan; she lost her mom at an early age and the father about two years ago.

              It has been three years since Wanjiru joined Msingi Bora, a school run by Acres of Mercy that gives at risk children the hope that is education. Its teachers have been equipped to work with vulnerable children. For a while she was able to come to school because the environment was right for her. “I love learning here because the teachers are caring,” she remarked one day when asked about what she thinks about Acres of Mercy.

Sadly though, Wanjiru fell ill over a prolonged period of time- about 6 months. Her hospital bill was catered for with support from partners, family and friends. Her illness caused her to stay out of school yet again. When she recovered she could not dare return to school. And even though we managed frequent home visits we let off at some point. I wish we hadn’t almost given up. Almost, because an opportunity arose to give her what she deserves.

I met her on the way to the school about three weeks ago early July 2015 ever smiling. She is still somewhat shy, but she had matured in the last 12 months. Her remarks stunned me. I asked her how she was doing and why she wasn’t coming to school anymore. “I cannot come back. It is shameful,” she said. “All my classmates have gone ahead of me. How can I learn with the children I left behind in the same class?” She reasoned. That floored me. But it was the hard truth, her reality. How could I expect a 17 year old young woman to go back to class 5? And sit with 10 and 12 year olds?

But all’s not lost. Wanjiru can still learn-access education. She however needs friends and partners like you and I to help her through counseling, and enrolling in an adult classroom. She will need a tutor and learning resources. She still needs health attention. You see Wanjiru has arthritis, a condition aggravated by her Anti Retroviral Therapy. She still needs nutrition and a host of other psychosocial support. We all deserve a second chance. Let’s give the gift of hope to Wanjiru because she also has a right to education. Take the chance, support Wanjiru by clicking here. I am giving hope

Sometimes we take a different path from the normal because perhaps we might discover what we lost. This here is a story of a young girl who was at our school, but because we lost touch with her reality-she is now out of school.

May it inspire us all to grab a second chance even the first chance to walk with the children we serve, to give hope, to ensure better futures and lives.

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Children Reading
Children Reading

Dear Partner

It's another time to share the changes that are happening and the impact that you are creating here in Nguluni through your giving.

We had new enrolment of about  36 new students coming in from surrounding public school syatem. These were students who had been mostly repeating classes because of low academic achievement brought about for the simple reason that they did not know how to read and understand. They have also had discipline challenges in their former schools . We have now placed them in our reading program where they are being taught how to read and at the same time being counselled.

So we are seeing children like Daniel who came in February not knowing how to read, write well and had discipline problems in class and a chronic truant settling in to become a better student. 30 days into the program, he is reading simple sentences, he has not missed school once and he is happier. "He has changed," remarked his parent during one visit to see Daniel's class teacher.

The teachers are encouraged by the progress and are more motivated. We hope to keep their motivation up by more training and mentoring to help children like Daniel. 

But all of this work is because of the partnership that we are having and the giving recurring and one time gifts that is making the impact possible. Thank you very much, on behalf of the children, their parents and the teachers.I also want to thank you on my own behalf and the Board of Acres of Mercy- I celebrate you.

And this May, 13th we have an opportunity to make available more resources to these children and their teachers. GlobalGiving will be matching every donation made and I am asking you to consider taking part. It is a great time to have us double the impact we are having.

Your giving is changing the world, one child at a time. That is real. Thank you...

Children 3 Vs Text Book 1...We must change this
Children 3 Vs Text Book 1...We must change this
Faces of Hope
Faces of Hope
Children Reading at Acres of Mercy
Children Reading at Acres of Mercy
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Class Session

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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Catherine Muteti
Project Leader
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
$20,407 raised of $38,000 goal
 
171 donations
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