Friends of Ket Wangi Orphanage need your help to provide the 22 youngest children living and learning at the Ket Wangi Orphanage & Learning Centre in Kisumu, Kenya, with a pre-school class worthy of its name. Schools have just broken for their long holiday in Kenya and will resume in January. It would be a great surprise and delight for the children to see their miserable classroom turned into a stimulating, colourful and playful environment; a fitting place to develop their abilities and give them some precious roots for the future.
Ket Wangi Orphanage takes care and educates 82 children of which 22 aged 3 to 7 are given a very basic early education in one room. The resources available to stimulate the children intellectually and socially, as well as provide them with an environment that can also develop their motor skills are non-existent. Most of the “teaching” is done orally with the help of a few books / songs and the imagination and knowledge of their teacher, Roda Atieno. No amount of dedication on her part can make up for this lack of the most basic resources and these Early Childhood Development (ECD) classes are offering little more than a baby sitting service. Sadly a child that misses out on the benefits of ECD usually ends up performing below expected standards in school and ultimately meets limitations for a productive adult life. Orphans and children from poor families are further handicapped by the lack of a stimulating environment at home or under the constraints of an institution. And so, the vicious circle of poverty carries on.
What we can do with your help
We can add £1,000 to the £500 already raised by one of our young supporters, David Illingworth for this project. David undertook a series of challenging tests of fitness that included several triathlons, marathons and a swimathon, and he is still currently twisting a few arms to meet his £800 target.
With £1,500 we can add windows, a door, some tables and shelves to the classroom and paint it in bright colours.
We can purchase a good selection of books, puzzles, crayons, educational and fun games, posters, musical instruments, balls, skipping ropes, etc.
We can purchase helpful teaching material for Roda to complement the training in Early Childhood Development that she is currently receiving.
We can make the children's world a little less harsh and also encourage them to play and express their fears and emotions. Play is an essential tool to help children who have suffered trauma like our orphans.
Who we are
Friends of Ket Wangi Orphanage are a UK registered charity run entirely by volunteers who dedicate their free time to raising the funds necessary to look after the children. We also provide practical support to the staff and the project co-ordinator. We work hand in hand with the community, the local Chief and the Education and Welfare officials. We are aiming to make the orphanage totally sustainable by 2018.
Apart from supporting some of the every day costs of food, welfare and salaries, we have so far been able to provide temporary classrooms, a new block of latrines, desks and books for the primary pupils, beds, mattresses, mosquito nets etc. With your help, we can add to our list of projects, a well needed, well furnished, effective and fun nursery school to benefit our deserving little geniuses in the making.
Why we support an orphanage and school in Kenya
They are over 20 million orphans in Sub Sahara Africa. The implications for stability and human welfare are immense. UNICEF has stated that collectively we can still alter the course of the crisis. Most of the children living or dependent on the care and education of Ket Wangi were made orphans during the post-election violence of 2008/09 and others because of the devastation of AIDS which is very prevalent in this Western Region of Kenya. This November alone, we lost one of our cooks to AIDS, a young 28 years old widow. After families, communities provide the next level of support but when the community is made up of mostly households headed by widows and grannies, outside help is vital.
Ket Wangi is such a community project in the care of a widows group and under the careful watch of the local Chief and Elders. It houses 46 children and educates another 36 in its pre-primary and primary school. The primary school is doing better than the local government schools in terms of results even though it still lacks so many resources. It is a testimony to the care and dedication of the staff and teachers. Long term, the community will benefit ten folds from taking care of their own with a little help from their friends in the UK.
Please visit our website for more information and we thank you most sincerely for taking an interest.
Please remember that if we do not meet our target of £1,000 from this appeal, we will not receive anything. So please, donate but also promote our project on social media, at work, with friends, at school, even from the top of roofs, we challenge you!
If we exceed our target, we will use the extra funding to add school resources to the other classes. There is certainly no shortage of needs within the school.
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