Update on Maji Mazuri Projects- January to March 2017
Happy New Year from us at Maji Mazuri! Some highlights of the first two months of the year:
Headstart School: started the year on a high note, as pupils, staff and parents gathered on 3rd of February to celebrate the great performance of the graduating class of 2016 in the Kenya Certificate of Primary School Examinations (KCPE).
KCPE serves as the entry examination into high school and the pupils’ performance placed them in the path of enrollment into some of the Country’s best High schools. The teachers were also awarded with various prizes.
The school currently has a population of 545 pupils from Mathare Valley and continues to offer holistic education to the Children. This year the school is fundraising for a new school building as the current one is a temporary iron sheet structure.
Maji Mazuri Children’s Centre: The children’s Centre is currently home to 41 children, 21 of whom are special needs children who receive care, physiotherapy and special needs education. The rest are orphans and vulnerable children, 3 are in primary school, 15 in high school and 2 will be joining college this year.
In addition to sponsorship support by international supporters, the home has continued to receive local support. This January the Rotary club of Parklands donated 17 wheelchairs to aid in mobility and also hosted the children for a fun day at the national park. The Catholic International Community donated 7 Special seats for use by the children in the classroom. The home has also continued to open doors to parents of special needs children in the surrounding community, offering physiotherapy services and moral support.
Maji Mazuri in Kiserian: Due to the rising costs of farming, and challenges in meeting operational costs of the High school and primary school, Maji Mazuri has been leasing these facilities to professionals in the fields of farming and education who share a common goal of empowering vulnerable children through these projects. The schools are currently not running, and 5 acres of farm land are under lease. The premises has two employees who maintain the place and look after the cows.
Maji Mazuri Youth Group: Located in Mathare Valley informal settlement, the youth group currently has a membership of 70 youth, and continues to offer mentorship, life skills and ICT training for youth who would otherwise not have access to these opportunities. The group continues to grow and is currently hosting the ICT training at the Maji Mazuri Community Centre. This year over 60 youth will receive ICT Training.
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