Need: Help put up classrooms
Children of Africa Hope Mission School was started in 2009 by a group of 14 women from Riruta United Methodist church which is now Riruta Hope Community Church who saw many children in this village languishing in poverty and sickness. There was need to develop programs to cater for the interests and concerns of vulnerable and disadvantaged women, youth and children.
This school caters for HIV/Aids orphans and vulnerable children in Ngando village of Dagoretti district in Nairobi. Many HIV positive children in the slums of Kenya suffer isolation and stigmatization. Accessing formal education for such kids isn’t easy as other members of the society discriminate against them. They face isolation, discrimination and poverty.
The School caters for 159 orphans and vulnerable children in the slums of Ngando and there is a dire need of nutritional food since they come from poor homes where they don’t get sufficient food. The school offers them formal education, but the greatest challenge here are the learning materials. There are no text books for both the teacher and the learner. These children can’t afford school uniform thus come to school untidy and hungry. These affect them physically, socially and psychologically. Typically these children are experiencing hunger and starvation, educational failure, psychological problems, and disruption of normal childhood. The school has Pre School and the primary section that goes up to class 6. This organization together with the church and well wishers has tried to give the children what they can but a number of challenges are still experienced and enormous.
1. Rent. The school operates on a rented property in a residential plot so raising ksh. 28,000 monthly is a tall order for us and many a times we face threats of closure by the landlord. It is challenging given that this is a residential plot thus interference from tenants on the plot is high. There is no privacy. It is the wish of the organization to buy land and develop the school there.
2. Learning materials are a challenge. The school lacks adequate teaching and learning materials thus making it difficult for both the learners and the instructors to communicate effectively. Conducive learning can’t take place in a situation where learning resources are limited.
3. Desks. There are no enough desks for these kids so majority end up sharing a chair or sit on the floor.
4. Food. The school offers nutritional meals to the children twice a day. This is porridge and Lunch. However, it is a challenge in that the little we collect from guardians and well wishers can’t sustain the school for the whole month. The children end up getting meals of low quality or no meals at all.
5. Stipend for teachers/workers. The organization has 15 workers. Although these people are doing good work, they are rarely paid. They have families to take care of, bills to pay, rent to pay so sustaining them in the organization is a great challenge because their stipends are not forthcoming. They are in and out of school looking for means of survival.
Kindly partner with us to see these children grow holistically.