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Peace First Challenge

Over the last few months we have been taking part in the Peace First Challenge. The challenge encourages groups of children and young people to become peacemakers by identifying injustices in their local community and finding solutions to them.

The CVC Peace First Challenge team

The CVC Peace First Challenge team

Our group decided to focus on health and hygiene as this is a big issue for many of them and their families due to limited access to clean water, lack of money to buy soap and other cleaning products, and people not understanding the importance of keeping clean and the links between poor hygiene and sickness.

Discussing the issues

Discussing the issues

They talked to other children at school and visited several families in the area to get a better understanding of the situation and come up with possible solutions. They organised a fun day to teach other students, parents/guardians and the wider community about the importance of good hygiene and also learned how to make liquid soap, a skill they can share with their families.

The girls football team at the fun day

The girls football team at the fun day

This was a successful project which encouraged the children to better understand local issues and helped them to understand that, although conditions in the area can be challenging, they are able to take an active part in improving the lives of themselves and their families.

The boys football team at the fun day

The boys football team at the fun day

Books As Bridges

This year we took part in the International Book Project’s Books As Bridges programme which links American schools with schools in developing countries.

The books we received from Books As Bridges

The books we received from Books As Bridges

Two classes at CVC exchanged letters and information about local life and culture with children at our partner school and we also received a box of books from Books As Bridges.

End of term exams

It is the last week of term and the children are busy doing exams. The school closes for the holidays on Friday and will reopen on 28 August.

Children doing exams

Children doing exams

Children eating breakfast

Thanks to a donation from a friend of the school, the children are receiving porridge for breakfast again 🙂

To donate, please visit https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/8348

Children eating breakfast

Children with their breakfast

New Term Begins

Our school reopened last Tuesday, 2 May, and this term will run until the beginning of August.

Children leaving school at the end of the day

End of term

The school term ended on 4 April, so the school is now closed for the holidays. We will reopen on 2 May.

CVC children leaving school

We are still fundraising so that our children can have porridge for breakfast next term, as many of them come to school without eating breakfast. Click here to donate through our M-Changa fundrsaing page

Thank you for your support 🙂

Fundraising for breakfast at school – can you help?

Many of the children at CVC come from poor families who struggle to feed them, so they often come to school without eating breakfast. When they are hungry it is hard for them to concentrate in class.

Serving porridge to the children

To reduce the level of hunger, at the beginning of March we started giving all the children porridge three mornings a week. Thanks to a donation from a friend of CVC, we have been able to buy enough to last for the rest of this term.

Children drinking their porridge

To continue feeding them porridge three days a week for the whole of the next term will cost us US$470 (click for detailed budget). We would like to raise the money by 2 May as that is when the new term begins. Please donate if you can and share this request with your family and friends.

Children drinking their porridge

The easiest way to donate is through our fundraising page on M-Changa where international donors can use PayPal or a credit card, and Kenyans can send money through M-Pesa and other mobile money services. If you prefer to transfer your donation directly to our bank account, or use Western Union or MoneyGram, please get in contact.

Thank you for your support which will make a real difference to the children at our school 🙂

2017 school statistics

This year we have 280 children in our school, 144 girls and 136 boys. Around two thirds are refugees, mostly from DR Congo and South Sudan, and the rest are Kenyan.

CVC school children

CVC school children

University students visit CVC

Last week a group of students from Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University in Nairobi visited the school. They shared their Christian faith with the children, encouraged them to work hard so that some of them may also go to university in the future and reminded them about the importance of peace during the elections that will be held in August. They also donated some clothes to the school.

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

More piglets

One of our pigs has recently had five piglets. In a few months they will be sold to make some money for the school.

The pig with four of her piglets

The pig with four of her piglets

At the moment we have six adult females and one adult male and want to increase the numbers as part of our plans for long-term sustainability.