A small school serving an area of deprivation in rural town where the less than $1 a day poverty level afflicts the majority of people in the community
The centre currently caters for 200 children. Three quarters of these children have lost one or both parents. All live in poverty. Many homes lack blankets for the children to sleep under. Even providing basic clothing can be a challenge for those caring for the children.
At the Centre they get food - breakfast Lunch (main meal of day) and tea. For many of the children the only food they get is what is provided by the school. There is of course a good education and such simple basics as tooth brushes and tooth paste. The centre opens at 7:30 in the morning and closes at 5pm. This is the routine from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday there is church and Sunday school plus a meal.
The main source of support and funding initially was coming from 3 churches in Kenya. Church members gave food, money, clothes and time to keep the Centre open. The post election violence that hit Kenya in 2008 it changed peoples circumstances and their ability to give in the way they did prior to the problems. As a result the Centre was finding it hard to keep up itís programme of education and the provision of basics like food. Other casualties include basic maintenance of latrines, furniture and educational materials such as books and pencils.
Peter and Edwina heard their plight and as a result Aid2Africa decided to step in to help the Centre.
There is basic education provided at both nursery and primary level. In 2009 jointly we managed to get the school to the required standard and was officially registered. Since 2011 ,children in grade 8 have been able to take the national school certificate examinations. Few children have any chance of progressing to secondary school due to lack of school fees.
We have been able to fund Secondary fees for only 4 girls this year . Prayerfully we hope that the number of those joining Secondary school will go up in the coming year if God provides funding for this.
over the past year or so there have been a number of issues relating to the security of the school and its site. Poverty sadly breeds crime. To counter this threat, we have invested in replacing the existing fences and gates with more substantial structures and in October we will be planting a living thorn hedge alongside the new fencing. Below and in the column to the right are some photos of the work which has just been completed (July 2012)
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July 2012, a message from Maurice who founded the school and now acts as the A2A rep in Kenya and oversees the work funded by A2A
"We Thank God for prayers answered. Speaking sincerely, Support from A2A has made a great difference in the lives of the needy and orphans at WEC. Children are happily getting basic education at Nursery and Primary level. The support provides meals, schooling materials and for some accommodation too alongside the other support. Children are growing up in a more godly way with lots of hope and expectations of becoming very important persons in the society in the future. Therefore, we wish to convey our most heartfelt appreciations to everyone donating to A2A and supporting this noble work in Moi's Bridge, Kenya."
May God Bless all of you for your continued Love, Prayers and Generous support.
Pastor Maurice Chesoli