ST. PRISCA CHILDREN’S PROGRAM Korogocho (Nairobi), Kenya
Korogocho is the slum community east of Nairobi with between 150,000 and 200,000 residents. The majority live in makeshift housing and do not attend school. Malnutrition and a lack of access to medical care are common.
Schoolchildren for Children finances education, nutrition and medical programs for 80 AIDS orphans and children made vulnerable by AIDS in Korogocho. Funding provides much needed school uniforms, text books and school materials for all the children and teaching and reference materials for a local pre-school. A daily hot meal and medical sup-port are provided year round. St Prisca Church Parish Council and Korogocho’s commu-nity development committee manage the project.
BARAKA SELF-HELP SCHOOL FOR THE DISABLED Kawangware (Nairobi), Kenya
Baraka (Blessing) Self Help Group was founded in 2002 with the sole purpose of giving care and support to the disabled, orphaned and vulnerable children. The initiation of this program was spearheaded by Sister Valentine Achieng, the mother of a disabled child who brought together fellow parents struggling with similar cases.
Currently, the center has grown to have its own primary school, secondary school and a special unit that deals with needy children and orphans in exceptionally limited space. In addition to formal education, the center provides voluntary counseling, testing and prevention education for HIV/AIDs for older students and parents.
The parents in the group have been supporting the center by making monthly and weekly contributions, engaging in income-generating activities, organizing for home visits and procuring physiotherapy for the disabled children. With regard to abandoned children, the group also works with the government’s children department and area chief to help link abandoned children with their extended families or community members willing to look after them.
HOMEWORK CLUBS AND AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS Kibera and Korogocho (Nairobi), Kenya
Schoolchildren for Children supports a number of homework and after school clubs in the Kibera and Korogocho slums of Nairobi. Students aged between 11 and 18 come together to study from 6-8pm, five days a week.
ScfC funding goes to paying for primary and secondary text books, desks and chairs, secure library space and electricity in addition to electric generators because of the city’s poor electrical infrastructure.
The clubs provide a structured study environment in addition to regular series of life skill lectures for the students on topics such as substance abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness. The homework clubs also host music and drama sessions on weekends and competitive sports matches between homework clubs in a variety of sports. Many of the volunteers are trained teachers.
Students in the program have already shown significant academic and behavioral improvement and these homework clubs are really allowing aspiring young people to make significant improvements to their academics.
The homework clubs provide a safe alternative to the children’s typical living arrangements of sharing a single room with family without electricity, running water, sanitation, or study space.
High demand for places means that we are currently expanding the program but as communities are seeing the results, the demand is outstripping available funding. Some of the homework clubs are also being utilized during the day for adult literacy courses.
NEEMA SCHOOL Kibera (Nairobi), Kenya
Neema School is a nursery and primary school situated in Gatwikera village, in the heart of Nairobi’s Kibera slum. Because Kibera is an informal settlement, population estimates vary from 170,000 to 1,000,000 residents.
Neema, like all schools in Kibera, is an informal school and does not receive the government support available to government schools outside the slum. The school is constructed from iron sheet and its densely packed classrooms provide schooling to three hundred and thirty children. One hundred and twenty-eight of these are in the nursery section while the rest are primary-aged students.
Schools inside the informal settlements often lack basic resources, including trained teachers and teaching material. Funding from Schoolchildren for Children will enable Neema School to buy materials and text books, which the children can use in order to prepare for government exams.
Moving the Goalposts Kilifi, Kenya
ScfC is delighted to be working in partnership with UK Sport’s International Development through Sport (IDS).
Kilifi is one of the least developed districts in Kenya with 66% of the population living in poverty. The situation of girls and women in Kilifi is exacerbated by unequal gender relations which are amongst the worst in the country. Female adult literacy is only 38%, compared to 67% for men. Girls are disadvantaged from the outset by lower enrollment rates for education, higher drop-out rates, early child-bearing and limited access to economic opportunities.
In an effort to help girls and young women in Kilifi, Coast Province, Kenya, to escape the cycle of poverty most of them live in, a girls’ youth sports and development organization called Moving the Goalposts Kilifi (MTGK) was launched in 2001 with the goal of achieving sustainable improvement in the status of women and girls in four target divisions. MTGK introduced football as a means of promoting football excellence.