ACORN Kenya January 2012

ACORN Kenya January 2012

 02/02/2012

We started the month of January with a lot of vigour as we tried to follow up the implementation of some of the recommendations done during the Korogocho education day we organized last year in the month of October. We started early in the beginning of the month by making interventions for the many young children who do not attend school to acquire their basic education. More than 40 children who have not been attending school have now been linked to various primary schools where they are currently attending their lesson. The main schools that we are working with closely through this programme are St. Clare Primary School, Ngunyumu Primary School and St. Prisca education centre.

Another great achievement of our last year’s campaign is in the issuing of this year’s bursary funding. At least 18 students have been granted the bursary support of Kshs 5,000 each for their first term fees in various Secondary schools.

We are also making the follow up with two Secondary schools which offer partial sponsorships to secondary students. These are Gureck Secondary School and Jitegemee Secondary school. Already we have more than 20 students willing to join the Secondary but they are lacking that financial support from their parents/guardians. In Gureck Secondary which is a boarding school, students pay Kshs. 2000 every month While in Jitegemee Secondary which is a day school the students pay Kshs. 1,000 each month. We have negotiated with Principals in these two schools and they are willing to support the students that we will recommend to them towards the end of this week so that they can start their classes next week. We will be meeting with the two Principals on Saturday but in separate meetings. We hope that they will be able to accommodate these young people in their schools.

Other activities on membership recruitment, leadership building and dues collection has been going on well although with a little bit of lower turn up.

Membership recruitment.

Sixteen new members joined the organization in the last one month, majority of them coming from the other villages of Korogocho.

 

VILLAGE

NEW MEMBERS

Ksumu ndogo

2

Korogocho A

4

Korogocho B

3

Grogon A

1

Gitathuru

2

ngomongo

4

Total

16

 

Dues collection

VILLAGE

NO.OF MEMBERS

TOTAL IN KSHS

Kisumu Ndogo

40

800

 

Highridge

65

1,300

 

Other villages

15

300

 

TOTAL

120

2400

 

MEETINGS

EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS

We held our first committee meeting this year towards mind of January and agreed to focus our campaign this time on creating awareness to all parents/guardians from Korogocho on the importance of supporting the education of their children. A lot of problems in education sector are caused by parents who do not take their responsibility in educating their children or even making follow-up on the progress of their children while in school. We organized a committee to look on ways to carry out this campaign and together we held the first meeting to discuss the matter on 22 January and agreed that this campaign will be launched on 16th February 2012 whereby we will have a big procession around all the 9 villages of Korogocho and finally gather at the Chief’s compound where we will have motivational talks on importance of educating Children from various speakers.

Already we have been able to reach out to several important persons such as The Korogocho Chief, Fr. John from St. John’s Korogocho, Various Head teachers from Primary schools within Korogocho, The Principles of both Gureck Secondary and Jitegemee who happens to be, both pastors and Councillors,- among many others. Those approached have shown great concern and willingness to support the campaign. Our next meeting will be on Monday 6th February 2012 at our offices in Kariobangi from 2.00pm.

Report done and compiled by

Sammy and David

Acorn Kenya


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