Safari Kids Kindergarten!
At the moment, this is our main project as we set out to change a little nation…or at least part of it! With a funding head start, we were able to build a classroom to cater to 30 little people who would otherwise not attend nursery school, skipping straight to primary. In 2017, we received generous funding to add 3 class rooms, a library, art room, computer room and kitchen!
In more developed towns, children start school at 3-4 years of age and complete 3 years of nursery school to build the foundation for their education. At 6-7 years old, they begin primary school, whether they have attended nursery or not. Primary school is free in Kenya, though there are many ‘extra’ costs to attend. Nursery school is essentially optional, however without it, a child skips 3 years of education which includes reading, writing and basic math. In a government school with up to 150 children per teacher, skipping these 3 years has a major impact on the ones who miss out.
Our pre-school aims to step in and fill that gap with a no fee, no cost system, ensuring NO child misses out on nursery education due to their parents financial situation.
Sponsorship from only $10 per month, ensures one more child can attend school from the age that others attend. It ensures a child learns the basics they will need to have a chance in a public school. Your $10 a month provides a qualified teacher, assistant, school resources and writing materials. It also provides extra curricular activities, as the budget allows, with the hopes of including computer lessons, dance, volleyball and the beloved soccer that Kenyan children so enjoy!
Light Up A Life
With countless teenagers studying hard to try and better their future, home-work and study time becomes a big part of their life. Kenya is a harsh place and study is a task highly regarded as a way to progress and change the future. We have noticed that there are a huge number of students going home to study by candle light or kerosene lamps. Without adequate lighting, the strain becomes bigger than it needs to be.
To address this, we wish to build 2 mud huts and install reliable solar power to each. The first mud hut will be for boys to study and the other for the girls. These huts will be open to students aged 13 to 21, to enable sharing of skills, a chance to help each other and the opportunity to study safely after school and in the evenings. We will also be employing a security guard to ensure the teenagers safety, though this will be at a much lower cost, supplementing reliable men who have offered to help.
Supporting the development and growth of under-nourished children attending our Pre-School, by offering hot, nutritious snacks and lunch to fight the battles head on. For most, if not all, children attending our pre-school, one meal a day is fairly standard. Before school, children often drink tea and a few might have bread or porridge. In the evenings, usually quite late, children eat a dinner of maize meal and spinach or beans and rice. Some families have cows so can drink milk but so many are lacking anything close to what developed countries can offer their children. In turn, education is impacted as children struggle to concentrate on an empty stomach. That’s where Belly Buddies come in! People who are in a position to share as little as $6 a month to fill a little belly potentially save a life. A Belly Buddy has the potential to stop a child dropping out of school, achieve better grades and truly reach their potential at school and in life.
A Snack Buddy is asked to support the program with $6 a month and a Lunch Buddy is asked for $12.30 a month. Snacks are offered at school at 10am and consist of alternating snacks of healthy cake with milk, African Porridge and chai with bread. Lunch is offered at 1pm and alternates each day of the week to ensure nutritional variety. Meals are based on traditional African foods such as beans and rice, ugali and kales, potatoes, chapatti and in all meals, additional vegetables.
Community Vege Garden
On the former orphanage land, we have adapted and changed things and now, majority of the land will be used to plant vegetables and fruits, which can be distributed to families in crisis. By crisis I am talking of widowed mothers with no dinner that day, I’m talking about men who have been out all day searching desperately for work, only to not find any. I’m talking about families who have faced the death of a child, a parent, a spouse. I’m talking about anyone who is staring at an empty plate. A family or individual with no way out of poverty today. To be able to simply and unconditionally give food to those without is something that is sadly rare amongst many NGO’s. We do not want “proof” or “documents” or “posed photos”…we just want to help.
Donations towards this project supports new planting, ensuring variety of fruits and vegetables (therefore giving better nutrition), water costs, fertiliser costs and a caretaker who can not only grow, maintain and develop the vegetables but also be there to distribute to those in need.