COVID-19 has changed our reality, and here in Canada, we have hand sanitizer, hand washing stations and masks to help us protect ourselves and each other. Things are a little different in other developing countries. Kingereka students have up to 90 children in each classroom - which means social distancing is not possible.
We can help support their health by building hand washing stations such as the one pictured here. This way, the students can have access to a pipe fed station to wash their hands regularly.
There will be 3 stations that hold 500 litres of water as well as soap for the students to practice good hand hygiene.
Want to be a part of the project? Please donate or help raise awareness so that we can help keep these students as safe as possible and keep them in school.
Proper hand washing instructions will also be posted (in Swahili) to ensure that the students are doing it properly. We even suggested they sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while washing to take their time.
You can make donations by using the Donate Now button on each page, or by contacting us directly for an e-transfer. Tax receipts are available.
Photos will be added as the project begins!
Previous School Kitchen
This has been the kitchen used to cook the lunch for the 1000+ students at the school. It has been in serious need of repair or replacement for many years. When I first visited the school in 2014 it became a goal to fund a new safer kitchen for the students. Having proper nutrition is essential for the health of the students, and seeing as the school lunch is the only meal most students get, this felt like an important task.
Eventually, we would like to reinstate the Breakfast program so that the students are nourished, more alert, healthier and able to perform better in their classes.
Construction of new Kitchen
In the fall of 2019 the long awaited project to re-build the kitchen began! Days after the transfer of donations, the school went into action and began construction. They opted on a simple structure to create a safer space in which they could store the large pots, flour, beans and any other cooking items.
The school has been quite excited about this project and we couldn’t be happier to be able to help them build this.
Last stages of construction
As the end of 2019 draws to a close, we can see that the roof has been put on, the structure is in place and there are only a few elements left to complete.
With the remaining fundraising in the campaign, we hope to be able to complete the construction.
**This will make the construction of the kitchen to be the first building fully funded by Aya Education Fund! We have contributed to the construction of a classroom, however now we will have done this solely as a project to completion. Once the construction is complete we will be able to upload new photos to show the process from start to finish. We could not have done this without your help!
Our next project will be to assist the school in building an additional classroom. With growing numbers of students in the area, there are still very large classroom sizes. In order to provide the best platform to learn their studies we agree with the school that classes smaller than 90 students per teacher a more effective way of teaching.
The donation from the Armstrong Family also helped to buy a new printer for the school. Having a laptop and a printer will help the teachers organize lessons, track exam marks and provide more options for the students.
The parents of the students have gotten together to have another classroom built. The numbers of students has increased dramatically and the school desperately needs to expand to accommodate the rising numbers. Once the school fees, supplies and exam fees are covered by Aya, we are happy to donate funds towards the construction of the new classroom!
It is almost finished! November 2018, and the new classroom is nearly complete. The students are now able to have more room and more one on one attention with their teachers.
Some students standing outside the new classroom. Aya Education Fund is so proud to have been able to contribute to this project.
Water Harvesting Tanks 2017
The school has one water pipe that supplies water for all of the students, teachers and the school. During dry season, water can be scarce and the school needs to pay for their water supply. It was discussed and decided that Aya Education Fund would purchase two large water harvesting tanks for the school. This way the school can save money and there will be more available for drinking, cleaning and cooking. We are proud to be able to help the school harvest more water!
Purdy's Chocolate Fundraiser 2018
This year, Aya Education Fund did a Purdy's Chocolate Fundraiser. We had sales of over $1100 - and Purdy's generously donates 25% of those sales to your organization. We are excited to share that we raised $285 from this fun (and tasty) program.
Money raised from this fundraiser will go to pay for the school fees, exam fees and some school supplies. Any excess funds will go towards the building of the new classroom.
There has been an increase in the number of students at Kengereka School. The community has come together to build an additional classroom. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the building of the classroom and having the student desks built.
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