The Big Give

Good news to our existing and any new supporters

We are very excited to let you know that Friends of the Mombasa Children has been selected to participate in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.  Last year, thanks to generous supporters, the Big Give campaign raised over 20 million for participating charities.

 

We will be raising money for our Medical Project to enable the pupils at Unity School to continue to receive the care and medication they need.  Medical care is not free in Kenya. 

 

Stage 1 of this campaign

We were required to secure ‘pledges’ from supporters during the summer up to an amount of £1,500.  We are pleased to announce that we have reached this sum. 

 

Stage 2 of this campaign

From 12 p.m. on Tuesday 30th November until 12 p.m. on Tuesday 7th December for one week we are required to ‘match fund’ our pledges by asking supporters to donate to the Big Give online platform.  If we are successful and reach £1,500 we can collect our pledges and match fund our donations – twice the impact.  i.e. £3,000 – this will go a long way to support our vital medical project.

 

What you need to do?

Have a look at our campaign, see our pictures and short video of Dr Luke with one of the pupils.  Hover with the mouse over the link below and Ctrl+Click to follow the link to our campaign.

 

Medical care for pupils in Mombasa Kenya (thebiggive.org.uk)

Examination Success for Unity School

After much delay, thanks to the pandemic, students at Unity School were able to take the Kenyan Certificate in Primary Education (KCPE). Despite all the tifor our students when the school was closed.me they had missed, results were very good.

Congratulations to all our students and Well done to our teachers for all their hard work in providing learning materials for our students when school was closed.

Using the New projector and Lap-Top

Using the New projector and Lap-Top

Students in Standard are the first to benefit from the projector provided by our supporters, together with the lap-top giving access to information from the internet. This is a huge step forward in giving our students access to information that in the UK we take for granted.

Delayed Exams start this week

The schedule published by The Government of Kenya for school term dates includes the timing of the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) . The examinations that our oldest students should have sat last November is taking place this week. (Wearing masks and socially distanced of course.) Pictures of the preparations are on the “Latest News ” page.

Keeping going during the pandemic

Whilst we have been on ‘lockdown’ in the UK and practising social distancing, Kenya too is no exception and the Kenyan people are really suffering from the Corona Virus. The Kenyan Government have closed all schools and have many restrictions in place similar to us. The school closure has hit our poorest families hard since the feeding programme has been suspended.

As Trustees we have a responsibility to make sure everyone at Unity School has our support and we are helping in whatever way we can.

Unity School has had to make some difficult decisions and we have been liaising closely with their Management Team. They have been able to retain their senior teachers, the cooks and the day and night watchman but on reduced salaries. Sadly the rest of the teachers are now on unpaid leave.

There are quite a few children who will travel to the countryside with their parents to stay with grandparents or other relatives until Unity School re-opens. The population in the countryside is less dense which will help the children and parents to stay well and hopefully less chance of contracting the virus.
The 8 pupils who were living in the orphanage have been taken in by local
families for a short period and this is reviewed weekly.

So………where does all this leave Friends of the Mombasa Children?
Our fundraising events have of course all been cancelled, at least for the next six months or so. We are very grateful for the continued financial support with our monthly and annually supporters, plus regular donations. This will support those managers and senior teachers still in place, plus any outstanding fees for our further education and medical treatment. We have recently finalised our three year budget and looking at this year, 2020/2021, our monthly support will be £300 short because of the cancellation of fundraising events.
The management team and senior teachers are integral to the future of Unity School. Good teachers are hard to find in Mombasa.

We are aware that people are suffering financially here in the UK, but if you were able to help by just a small amount each month, either to extend the amount you are already giving, or just an additional amount as and when you can, we would be so grateful.

Please help us to keep Unity School going during their lockdown so that the pupils have a school to go back to!

With your support we would like to continue the medical programme which we have reluctantly suspended for the time being. We would also like to help our poorest families by purchasing food for them.

Orphanage receives a makeover

Orphanage receives a makeover

A much needed re-decoration project has now been completed on the orphanage. Originally we though that a coat of pain would be good but closer inspection revealed that repair work was needed around the windows – not least the mesh that keeps the flies out.

Thanks to generous donations for this project the orphanage now looks and is a very pleasant place to live.



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