Money for textbooks has been raised!

We are delighted to report that someone (who wishes to remain anonymous) has donated the full amount required to buy the books. This is wonderful news and will make a huge difference to the children at our school. THANK YOU!

Children and teacher in class

Children and teacher in class

We still welcome donations to cover other costs such as buying school supplies, reading books etc.


Fundraising for new textbooks – can you help?

We have finally received the list of new books that we need to buy because of the changes to the Kenyan primary school curriculum. We want to buy them as soon as possible – it is not easy to teach children without the correct textbooks – so are appealing for your help to raise the money required.

Children and teacher in class

The total cost for all the books is 159,760 Kenyan Shillings (around US$1597). We have already raised 46,000 Shillings (US$460), so we still need another 113,760 Shillings (US$1137).

The easiest way to donate is through our fundraising page on M-Changa. If you prefer to use a money transfer service like Western Union or MoneyGram, or pay money directly into the school’s bank account, please get in contact with us.

Please share this appeal with your family and friends.

Thank you in advance for your support 🙂

Click here to see a full budget for the books required

Update on fundraising for textbooks

So far we have raised 46000 shillings (around US$460) towards the cost of buying new textbooks. Thank you 🙂

Children in class

Although everything was supposed to be ready for the new curriculum to start at the beginning of this year, this is not the case and there is a lot of confusion about exactly how and when it will be rolled out. The book list we were given in November was not correct and we are still waiting for the Ministry of Education to release the corrected version. This means that we do not know which books we will need to buy and how much they will cost. Once we have more information on what is happening we will let you know.

CVC opens for new school year

We have opened for the new school year!

Children with donated Bibles

We currently have 251 students and are still expecting a few more to return over the next few days. Because of the changes in the curriculum this year, Kenyan schools now only have two pre-primary classes instead of three. This means we will no longer have a Baby Class for the youngest children, so will have a few less students than we did last year.

Children with donated school supplies

At the beginning of term we gave out exercise books and other school supplies donated by Tools With A Mission (TWAM) and AVSI. Most of the Bibles donated by TWAM have been given to the older children to help them in Religious Education, and we have kept a smaller supply for teachers to use with other classes. When children leave the school, they will return their Bible which will be passed onto another child.

Children with donated Bibles

We will post a separate update on the fundraising for text books soon.

Children with donated school supplies

Children with donated Bibles


Thank you Tools with a Mission

Thank you Tools with a Mission (TWAM) for sending us school supplies, Bibles and sewing machines 🙂

School supplies, Bibles and sewing machine from TWAM

Sewing machine from TWAM

End of the school year

The school closed for the holidays last week, and the new school year will start on 3 January 2018.

Children in class

As we wrote on 21 November, the Kenyan school curriculum is changing next year so we need new text books. It will be a real challenge for the children to learn without the correct books so we are fundraising to buy them and you can donate through our fundraising page. Please also share with your friends and anyone else you think may be able to help us. Thank you for your support!

We are raising money to buy new textbooks. Can you help?

The Kenyan school curriculum is changing next year so we will need new textbooks for most of our classes. Ideally we need ten copies of each of the new student textbooks and one copy of each of the new teacher books.

Some of the younger children in class

We have obtained a quote (see the photos below) and the books will cost us a total of 264954 Kenyan Shillings, which is roughly US$2650. We would like to buy as many as possible before the new school year starts at the beginning of January.

Donate Now

If you are able, please make a donation through our fundraising page on M-Changa where international donors can use PayPal or credit/debit cards, and Kenyans can find details of how to donate using mobile money services.

Please share this appeal with your family and friends.

We thank you in advance for your support 🙂

Book list page 1


Book list page 2



KCPE Exams

Our Class 8 students are sitting their KCPE exams this week. These are taken by all Kenyan children before they leave primary school. We wish them all good luck with their results and with their future education when they start secondary school in January.

Class 8 children

Graduation Day

On Saturday we held a graduation ceremony for the students in our Pre-Unit class. This is the final class of the nursery section so in January they will join Class 1, the first class of primary school 🙂

CVC girls receive free sanitary pads

Today is the International Day of the Girl, a day to highlight the challenges faced by girls around the world, and the ways these can be solved so that girls can have the same opportunities in life as boys.

CVC girls with pads donated by Fountain Youth Initiative

In Kenya lack of access to sanitary pads is an issue for many girls. If their family is struggling to put food on the table or a roof over their heads, buying pads may not be seen as a priority. This leads to girls missing school during their periods or even having sex in order to get money for pads (see this video for more information).

Thanks to a local NGO called Fountain Youth Initiative, the girls at CVC who need them receive free sanitary pads. This means that they are able to attend school all month without having to worry about the cost of buying them. We are very grateful to Fountain Youth for this assistance 🙂