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REPORT ON THE EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS DAY 

VENUE:                        St.Johns Catholic Church korogocho

DATE:                          6TH OCTOBER 2011-10-12

ATTENDANCE:             150 people

The process

The meeting started at 1000 hours with a word of prayer from the Imam of Korogocho Mosque.

Brief introduction by the participants followed.

Welcome remarks was made by Sammy Ndirangu. He urged all stakeholders to feel at home and be ready to actively participate to the day’s discussion whose theme was “Korogocho. A mirage or a reality; what’s the scene behind it”?

David Musungu took members through a brief over view of ACORN Kenya Trust field operations and a brief profiling. Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is an affiliate of ACORN International which was founded 43 years ago in North America by Wade Rathke as its chief organizer. The organizing drive took place in the low income and impoverished areas. Campaigns were carried around poor housing, medical cover for the low income earners, remittance and poor wages.

Other chapters are in Canada, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Peru, Czech, India, Italy, and Kenya. ACORN mode of organizing started in Kenya in 2009 in Korogocho specifically Kisumu Ndogo and Highrigde and the program was officially launched in 2010 by the chief organizer .While engaging the community myriad of issues came up among them, insecurity, water and sanitation, poor health, child abuse and wife battering, alcohol and drug abuse, unemployment and education.

Education was prioritized for immediate action.

In engaging these issues ACORN employs multi tactic and strategies, direct action and membership participation in policy and financing to achieve its goals and those of the community.

Sammy Ndirangu took participants through the key highlights of education status in korogocho by giving insights of the first base line report that was conducted in November 2010.

That korogocho has 34 schools only two are public managed by the City Council of Nairobi, these are Ngunyumu and Daniel Ngomboni primary schools. The rest are private and fall under informal schools. The total population of school going children was 11,317 almost a half of this number does not go to school. There are 340 teachers with only 182 trained. Only 5% of teachers in the informal schools are trained.

Korogocho has no secondary school and no polytechnic or any other tertiary collage to accommodate drop out cases.

The survey indicated that out of the total number of school going children 586 girls and 648 boys live under difficulty circumstances in terms of adequate meals and uniform. Children are forced to leave school early in order to scavenge in the Dandora dump site to make the ends meet. On the other hand young girls are encouraged by their parents/guardians to do prostitution to support their family.

Three quarters of the informal schools lack basic facilities for normal learning. Most of the structures used as classes are poorly constructed poor ventilation, poorly light, no playing grounds and toilets are shared with outsiders.

The survey further indicated that out of the total number of candidates who sit for the primary certificate of education, only 20% of them are able to advance to secondary school and 50% of the drop out of school later.

While this is happening there is bursary funding in form of devolved funds that can arrest the situation. Majority of parents do not know their existence and those who are aware cannot access it.

Read more: REPORT ON THE EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS DAY

ACORN KENYA TRUST

OCTOBER 2011 PROGESSIVE REPORT             5/11/2011                                                                                                            

Membership recruitment      

The aftermath of the education campaign has strongly shown a great impact to the people of Korogocho, who have joined the organization in big numbers. Organizing has been overwhelming, in the area now that we are receiving members from all the eight villages who are freely willing to join the group. However we strongly feel that we need a supportive team of organizers to enable us reach out to these village groups in an easier way. We are not sure of how to go about it but we have key persons from each of our working villages of Kisumu dogo and Highridge who now understands the Acorn model of organizing. Actually for them, they would require just some in-depth skills and dynamics in organizing and all will be fine with them.

Thirty eight new members joined the Organization from different villages in the month of October.

VILLAGE

NEW MEMBERS

 

Highridge

10

Kisumu ndogo

8

Grogon B

6

Korogocho B

3

Grogon A

5

Korogocho A

2

Gitathuru

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

38

 

Dues collection

VILLAGE

NO.OF MEMBERS

TOTAL IN KSHS

 

Kisumu Ndogo

45

900

Highridge

60

1200

Other villages

38

760

TOTAL

250

2860

Read more: ACORN KENYA TRUST

Better part of the months was spent on identifying organizations and institutions that would be stake holders in the Korogocho education day which is scheduled to take place on 6th October 2011.That day has been marked to climax series of events  and activities on education campaign. We still look forward to be with the Director of city education, District Education officer and the Municipal Education officer, the area Chief as part of the guests to grace the day.

However other activities on membership recruitment, leadership building and dues collection has been going on concurrently.

Membership recruitment.

Forty new members joined the organization in the last one month, - a good number having been recruited from the other villages of Korogocho.

Read more: Keyna ACORN August Report

MAY 2011 PROGRESSIVE REPORT                             01/06/2011

  1. MEETINGS

Membership meetings

Both villages held one membership meeting each for briefings and as a forum for the collection of monthly dues.

VILLAGE

VENUE

TIME

DATE

ATTEDANCE

ACTIVITIES

 

HIGHRIDGE

Calvary Church

2.00PM

TO

4.00PM

26/05/2011

Thursday

120 members

  • Introduction of new members
  • Updates of ACORN activities and programs
  • Collection of dues

 

KISUMUNDOGO

Big pen Primary school

2.00PM

TO

4.00PM

28/05/2011

Saturday

80 members

  • Introduction of new members
  • Updates of ACORN activities and programs
  • Collection of dues

 

 

Leadership meetings

The two villages have also held one organizing committee meeting each in preparation for the monthly membership meetings.

VILLAGE

VENUE

DATE

TIME

ACTIVITIES

IN ATTENDANCE

 

KISUMU NDOGO

ACORN Kenya offices

Kariobangi

25/05/2011

Wednesday

10.00am

To

12.00

ACORN Kenya offices

Kariobangi

10 community leaders

 

 

HIGHRIDGE

ACORN Kenya offices

Kariobangi

27/05/2011

Friday

2.00pm

To

4.00pm

ACORN Kenya offices

Kariobangi

11 community leaders

 

 

 

 

 

  1. MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT DRIVE

18 new members were recruited in Highridge and 15 new members in Kisumu Ndogo. They are all oriented to the ACORN mode of organizing emphasizing on dues payments as the backbone of the organization.

  1. DUES COLLECTION

Kisumu Ndogo collected ksh.1, 000 and Highridge ksh.1, 400

 

  1. FUNDRISING

The organization has developed and submitted concept paper to Agakhan Foundation, Equity Bank, Corparative Bank of Kenya, and Oxfam GB.

Rick of solidarity International is still supporting ACORN Kenya by paying the office rent.

 

  1. EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

We have written a petition to be handed over to the permanent secretary of the ministry of education during his visit at GUREC centre where ACORN has been invited.GUREC centre is one of our partners in education campaign. It is in this school that we recommended 24 pupils from Korogocho who were out of school and now they are continuing with their Education.   The event which will be marking celebration of the day of the African child, will take place on 6th of June 2011 at the school compound.

 

  1. REMITTANCE CAMPAIGN

Have collected twelve remittance receipts from our members and are working out with media houses on when to have a press conference before the end of this month of June 2011.

 

Report by

Sammy and David

Acorn Kenya   Co’s

 

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