Women’s savings group

We have helped a group of 15 women to set up a savings scheme. Each week they all save a small amount of money and, when there is enough, the money is lent to one of the women to help them start or expand a small business. When they pay back the loan the money is lent to another member and the cycle continues. They run a variety of businesses including sewing, beads, hair and beauty salons, and market stalls.

The women's savings group

The women’s savings group

Getting regular paid employment is not easy in Nairobi, especially for refugees who may face discrimination or have limited language skills, so these small businesses make a huge difference to these women and their families.

English classes for adult refugees

As well as running the school we also assist adult refugees. Many of them arrive In Kenya speaking little or no English so we have started English classes to help them learn the language.

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

School lunch now fully funded

We would like to thank All Stars For Jesus, a children’s Christian group from Kansas in the US for their generosity in fully funding our school’s lunchtime feeding programme.

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Margareta’s visit to CVC

Margareta Turos, a teacher and photographer from Hungary, visited the school in January. The children and staff were all very happy to see her

Margareta with some of the children

Margareta with some of the children

If you would like to visit, please contact us.

(Click on a photo to see a larger version. All photos are by Margareta Turos)

Akonkwa visiting CVC

Akonkwa, one of the founders of CVC who now lives in the US, recently visited Kenya with his wife Jennifer and friend Brittany. We were very happy to see them and would like to thank them for continuing to support the school

Akonkwa, Jennifer and Brittany with CVC staff

Akonkwa, Jennifer and Brittany with CVC staff

 

New School Year Begins

On Wednesday 4 January we opened for the new school year. The pictures show Porfirio, our friend from the US, giving out the school supplies he donated to the children. Thank you Porfirio!

Porfirio giving out school supplies

Porfirio giving out school supplies

We would like to wish all our friends and supporters around the world a happy and successful 2017!

Porfirio giving out school supplies

Porfirio giving out school supplies

 

CVC Christmas Party

On 22 December we held a Christmas party at CVC. There was an inflatable play area, face painting and food, and everyone had a lot of fun! The children also received a free medical check.

The inflatable playground

The inflatable playground

The event was made possible due to the generous support of Porfirio Ramirez, an American friend of the school who is visiting Kenya. Thank you Porfirio!

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Do you have business skills? Can you help us make the school self-sufficient?

We already keep a few pigs and sell the piglets, and grow vegetables to make some money for the school, but the amount we are making is relatively small and we still rely on donations to keep the school running.

CVC pigs

One of our pigs with her piglets

While we are very grateful to all our donors and hope they will continue to support us, our long-term goal is to become self-sufficient. We are looking to keep more pigs and a friend is fundraising so that we can have a greenhouse to increase the amount of vegetables we grow. We are also open to other business ideas.

The pig sheds and the land where vegetables are grown

The pig sheds and the land where we grow vegetables

Please contact us if you can help us to create an overall strategy for self-sufficiency, advise us on how to expand our existing businesses or have ideas for new ones that we could start. While all assistance will be greatly appreciated, we would particularly welcome input from people who have practical experience with businesses in Kenya or other developing countries.

Giving out donated clothes at the end of the school year

Yesterday was the end of the school year so we held a closing day event where  we talked to the children about progress and the results of the exams they all took last week.

Children with donated clothes

Children with donated clothes

The most exciting part of the event came at the end when we gave out clothes donated by a Canadian organisation called Partage International which the children were very happy to receive. Thank you!

The school will reopen on 4 January.

Would you like to sponsor a child at our school?

Sponsorship gives you the opportunity to form a personal connection with a child at our school. We will send you updates including a letter or picture from them twice a year and you may write to them as often as you wish. If you are visiting Kenya you are welcome to visit the school and meet your sponsored child.

Nzinza Gentillea refugee from D. R. Congo living with her aunty and her sick mother. She is a 13 year old class four student

Nzinza Gentille is one of the children looking for a sponsor

Sponsorship costs US$30 a month and you can choose to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Sponsored children do not pay school fees and your money benefits the whole school by being used to buy items such as food, books and education materials, and to pay our teachers.

Please go to the Sponsor a Child page to see a list of children looking for sponsors and to complete the application form.