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Greenhouse and vegetable garden

Thanks to fundraising by a Brazilian friend of CVC and a grant from the Pollination Project, we have purchased a greenhouse, water tank and irrigation system, and planted vegetables in the greenhouse and in our vegetable garden.

Vegetables growing in the greenhouse

Vegetables growing in the greenhouse

The project is run by women from the CVC savings and loan group, who will grow and sell the vegetables and share the profits with the school. Their part of the profit will be used to give more loans to group members so that they can start and expand small businesses.

The vegetable garden

The vegetable garden

If you would like to hold a fundraising event for us, please get in contact.

The greenhouse

The greenhouse

Vegetables growing in the greenhouse

Vegetables growing in the greenhouse

Vegetable garden being prepared for planting

Vegetable garden being prepared for planting

The vegetable garden

The vegetable garden

 

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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 🙂

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.

Donate through our new Fundraising Page

We have a new fundraising page on M-Changa at https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/8348

CVC school children

CVC school children

Please share it with your friends and family and consider making a donation if you are able to do so. Kenyans can donate through M-Pesa and other mobile money services while international donors can send money through PayPal. Thank you for your support 🙂

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The reason for moving to a new fundraising site is that on 1 November 2016, Betterplace are closing all fundraising pages that do not belong to organisations registered as tax-exempt in Germany or Austria. This is due to changes in German law.

Sanitary Pads for our Girls

Today is the International Day of the Girl. For many girls, attending school when they are menstruating is a challenge as their families struggle to afford the cost of sanitary pads.

Girls with donated sanitary pads

Girls with donated sanitary pads

Thanks to a kind donor, we have been able to provide all the girls at our school who need them with enough pads to last them until the end of term!

Girls with donated sanitary pads

Girls with donated sanitary pads

If you would like to donate towards the cost of pads for next term, you can do so through our fundraising page.

Building Work – Can You Help?

As many of you will know our school was split across two buildings, with the older children learning in the main building and the younger ones in a building next door that we share with a church. Unfortunately we have had to leave the main building as our lease has ran out and the landlord wants to renovate it and rent it to someone else.

The church building where the whole school is now located

The church building where the whole school is now located

So now all the children are being taught in the church. There are already five classrooms in there which are used by the youngest children. The remaining classes are using the rest of the building which is currently a big open space, and sometimes being taught outside.

Inside the building. There are already classrooms on the right, and we will create five more on the left.

Inside the building. There are already classrooms on the right, and we will create five more on the left.

We need to partition the other side of the building to add five more classrooms and a small store room, as well as putting clear plastic sheeting into the roof to let in more light. The owner of the building has given us permission to do this work and, while this is not an ideal situation, the modifications will allow the school to remain open.

Children learning in the church

Children learning in the church

The building work will cost us around US$645/€590 and we would welcome donations towards the cost. The easiest way to donate is through our Betterplace fundraising page. If you would prefer to transfer money directly to our bank account or send via Western Union etc please contact us.

Children learning in the church

Children learning in the church

We wish to complete the work in August while the school is closed for the holidays so if you would like to donate towards this please do so by 1st August as, when money is donated through Betterplace, we have to wait 14 days before they will transfer it to us. Thank you in advance for your support!

Children learning in the church

Children learning in the church

In the future we are intending to construct a school of our own where the children will be able to learn in better conditions. Kiuu Sublocation Council (our local council) have recently allocated us an acre of land close to the existing school and we are working on plans for the buildings and calculating a budget with the online assistance of Izabela Brettas Baptista, a volunteer architect in Brazil.

Children learning in the church

Children learning in the church

Once the planning work is complete, we will begin to raise money for the construction through grant applications and possibly online fundraising. We will share more information and pictures of the land soon.

Children learning in the church

Children learning in the church

Children learning outside

Children learning outside

Children learning outside

Children learning outside

Donate to us online through Betterplace

You can now donate to us online using PayPal or your credit/debit card through our fundraising project on Betterplace.

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Children in class – click on image to donate

Our first goals are to raise €600 to feed the children school lunch for ten weeks and €250 to buy school supplies.

Please consider making a donation and also share the fundraising page with your friends and family.

If you have visited the school or have had contact with us in other ways and are happy to recommend us to donors, please go to the Donations and Opinions page and write a positive opinion of us. To give an opinion, you will need to register with Betterplace, but this is very easy to do.

Thank you in advance for your support!