Die Shine School is located near Ukunda, south of Mombasa. At the school, 100 children are currently being taught by six teachers and African Kids e.V. (starting with a six-month period) will pay for school meals. Most children do not have the opportunity to get enough food at home due to the low merit of the parents, so the meals play a very important role in school. African Kids e.V. will provide food for each child every day. At present, we are in discussions with the school management regarding which food is suitable and how the food procurement is designed. We have started with the project from 16 January 2017, as this is when the children are already back from the holidays. We will keep you up to date on the progress!
The Ngamali School is located outside of Ukunda, a 30 minute drive from the coast in the direction of Mombasa. At present, 110 children attend the school and are taught by 7 teachers. As this is not a government school, the parents of the children have to pay school fees and all other costs such as food, uniforms, schoolbooks, school benches etc. These schools are built in areas where there are no government schools, so that the children are given the opportunity to attend school.
The schools are private, which means they are run by donations or by the funding of the parents which means they are particularly dependent on support because many parents cannot afford to send their children to school if they have to pay for it. After several meetings with the school management and the teachers, African Kids e.V. decided to sponsor 20 children at the Ngamali school for a fee of 75 euros/per year/per child to enable them to attend the school. All costs of food, uniforms and schoolbooks are covered by this sponsorship. We will soon introduce you to the children who are supported by African Kids e.V. and closely accompany them during their "school visits" and their development. You can also support other children at the Ngamali School by sponsoring them directly. We are still in the structure of the sponsorship program but will keep you up to date here and would be very happy if you would like to support a child directly or know someone who would like to. For 75 euros per year, a child will be given the chance for a better future!
We promised the children of International School Villa Amalienhof, Berlin, that we would organize a Pilau Day with their donations from the “Red Nose Day” for the children in the Vukani Primary School. This was a very special day where the children, teachers, school administration and parents from the village came together to eat the traditional Pilau dish of tomatoes, rice and meat and to celebrate the school festival.
In other schools it is customary to host an event like this once per quarter, but due to financial restrictions this was previously inconceivable for the Vukani Primary School.
The following day we bought two goats, 75 kilos of rice, 10 litres of oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices from a local market in Uganda and drove to the Vukani School where the chefs (parents) already had the cooking stands prepared.
In large pots, the food for 300 children, teachers and parents was simmered.
As a surprise and a thank you, the children put on a theatrical performance, the parents performed a traditional dance and at the end we all came together to eat the traditional Pilau dish.
Over the following days we were able to further equip the school classrooms with even more textbooks thanks to the donations from ISVA and the membership fees.
We had already equipped Nursery (3 classes) and Year 1 with books so this time we were able to completely supply books, workbooks and pens for Year 2 and Year 8. The children will be taught school modules such as mathematics, science, ‘our lives today’, Swahili and English.
In mid-April the school holidays began so we were able to proceed with taking measurements for our floor renovations. Thanks to the donations and the help of a local worker we were able to repair the floors in two classrooms and part of the corridor so that the writing desks can be installed properly and effectively. By replacing the soil, the attacks by ‘Jigger’ (sandworms) are reduced which is very helpful as they are increasingly found in soil causing secondary infections to arise.
The highlight of our visit for the children were the two round gifts that were donated by the ISVA children to African Kids e.V. in the shape of footballs! So many smiling faces! Running off immediately, no matter what age, they all fought over the round leather balls! It was great to see their joy and enthusiasm – alongside learning, playing is also important.
Beginning of the year we were able to send a water truck to Vukani primary School to deliver fresh water. Both water tanks at the school have been filled up with fresh water to secure basic water supply at the school even within the deepest dry season.
We have also been able to provide within Q I/2016 the school with new text books and reading books as well as pencils. Our local representative Elina was busy in visiting the school and to look at individual progress our kids are doing. We receive constantly best regards from the school kids every time we are at the school.
Two of our board members, Tanja and Ole Sauer have visited Vukani Primary School in August again.
At out first visit on August 7th 2015 we have asked for a parents meeting first to present and discuss our planned projects. This meeting has also been attended by the head teacher, other teachers as well as the Chairman of Vukani Village – all attendees being very supportive. We have also achieved full acceptance of the village people and inhabitants.
We received a very warm traditional welcome dance at the beginning of the meeting. The acceptance of our ideas has been overwhelming and all parents present at the meeting confirmed their support in our projects.
We discussed with all attendees that African Kids e.V. will be conducting the following projects in the upcoming weeks:
All scheduled works have been instructed immediately and have been finished upon our journey back to Germany end of August; we have been fully satisfied with the results of all works.
Further to our projects we are grateful for being introduced to many inhabitants of Vukani throughout our village tour for 6 hours; we have seen real living conditions of the children of Vukani Primary School. We have been guided through the village by the chairman of the village Mr. Mohamad.
The village has no water supply at all not even a borehole with a pump or a fountain. All inhabitants carry their daily water from a waterhole/billabong many kilometres away in buckets.
Many of the children at Vukani have “Jigger”, a sort of sand fleas which itself is not very dangerous but often the origin for serious secondary infections.
We will visit Vukani Primary School again in December 2015 and deeply hope to be able to undertake new projects of immediate necessity such as “jigger campaign”, supply of further school desks, provide more school books for all children and maintenance works within the class rooms all in very poor condition.
We truely hope of being in position to provide a borehole with manual pump for fresh drinking water for all children and the entire village soon – something African Kids e.V. rates as absolutely essential.