School re-opened last week and we were able to start of right at our school in Mathare. We have been receiving many new students and we even had to turn away some of those asking to join the school. That is always a hard moment but we try direct them to other good schools.
The other school that I work with in Gachie, is a different challenge. Last year we had to move out of the premises we were letting and we thought we had a new space until a last minute change threw everything into a spin. As schools re-opened last week we found ourselves without a place to bring the children to. That resulted into a lot of leg work and conversations as a team of volunteers, teachers and parents worked to get a new space. So though its a week later we have found a new space where we move to tomorrow. So hopefully, if all goes well, the kids will be in class by end of week.
Spent the last few weeks preparing new systems, hiring staff and organising resources for a day care centre and primary school in Mathare Valley that we will be running from January 2016. The school serves about 200 children from low income backgrounds. Excited that we get to serve these children and prepare them as future leaders.
We currently focus on serving the people of Mathare Valley, one of the oldest informal settlement in Kenya, with thousands living below the poverty line.
Vitabu Project – This aims to bridge the gap created by lack of textbooks for students which affects the pace of teaching and learning, disadvantages slow learners and increases the work load for both teachers and students who have to share the few books available in most schools. The Vitabu Project makes the books available at a one-off fee, resourcing the students throughout their schooling years as long as they turn in books previously received from the project.
School of Leadership – This is currently working with 32 high school girls to equip them with skills they need to lead themselves and others, laying a strong foundation for future leadership in different arenas of life.
Healthy Homes – Providing nutritious meals beginning with school going children and reaching out to their families to provide affordable nutritious food to ensure proper nutrition for the children in school and at home.
Mathare Technology School – Using technology, this computer lab, gives access to a whole world of life building knowledge to the children and community of Mathare.
What an amazing voice, and what a beautiful song… Her name is Naomi Wachira the song is called African Girl