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.



End of Term Celebrations

End of Term Celebrations

November saw our oldest students take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.  The whole school was on lockdown for a week – with an armed guard to maintain security of the exam papers. Now the candidates anxiously await their results – which should come at the end of this month.

 

At the other end of the Primary school, Nursery children graduate into the main school.  Always a colourful occasion with party food and dressing up. 

Now the Summer holidays have begun for the children but the teachers stay in school to prepare for the next academic year – starting right at the start of January.    First, though, a team day on the beach. 

Broadwater School’s Dancethon Raises £2000

Broadwater School’s Dancethon Raises £2000

An day of dancing by every class at Broadwater Church of England Primary School raised a massive £2000 for classroom equipment at Unity School.   First of all we bought 5 metal cabinets for keeping the equipment safe.  Pictures: Mr Joshua inspects his new cabinet. (Mr Joshua is over 6ft tall!).    Atlases and Geometry sets for blackboards were at the top of teachers’ lists or requirements. 

Pupils enjoy the annual visit from Global Encounters Group

Pupils enjoy the annual visit from Global Encounters Group

Students from the Global Encounters Project visit Unity School for a fortnight in July.  They organise a range of activities such as drama, debating, sports, art and music.   They bring with them equipment to ensure the activities run well. The fortnight is always appreciated by Unity pupils and helps maintain our link with the Aga Khan Academy (who host the project) 

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