Strathallan Kenya Projects
Strathallan – Kenya: The Projects we support
The Strathallan Community has an enduring commitment to supporting a small number of carefully selected and important projects in Kenya. The monies generated from any fundraising we do throughout the year go directly to the projects we support with nothing lost to any administration or intermediary. Each August, a team of 16 pupils and three staff head out to Nairobi to work with the children and staff. Strathallan pupil and staff participants cover 100% of their own costs.
With your support, we have been able to fund the following projects:
Mashimoni Squatters Primary School:
We staff and fund the two week ‘summer holiday’ activities programme for 600 primary school pupils. This guarantees that the children are seen and fed daily during a time in which they would normally be on holiday. Holiday time in Kibera is a potentially desperate time for children.
We sponsored 20 pupils at Mashimoni Squatters Primary School and now have added a further 20 pupils, making 40 in total for all their schooling (including uniform and food) for the entire academic year. We have been given the details and reports of our sponsored pupils. The children are selected by the School Headmaster on a ‘needs lead’ basis. We are the biggest sponsor the school has. These children would not be going to school without our support. Our immediate target is to keep these children in school. Our next objective is photovoltaic power provision.
Mashimoni Youth Nursery School, Self-Help Drop-in Centre and Micro-Business Project:
We have been able to fund Kibera craftsmen to repair a shack and to build furniture for a small Nursery Unit / Youth Drop-in Centre in Mashimoni, a facility desperately needed by families and the young people in the slum and to give employment to three youngsters who have taken a loan from us to set up chicken rearing projects. They are already paying back these loans and the money then funds further micro-business projects. We are helping people to help themselves. We would like to keep these projects running.
Thomas Barnardo House / Kenya Children’s Home:
We staff and fund the two week ‘summer holiday’ activities programme for the resident children and support the daily programme for the infants in the Nursery. We have (using local companies) funded the complete rebuild the playpark for the children at the home. We have built enduring relationships with the children and key staff.
Connect Micro-Business Project:
Provide significant funding micro-business projects for young people in their home communities via the ‘Connect Project’. The Connect Project and Outreach Project have seen the older orphans being returned to and looked after in their own communities rather than living full time at the orphanage. It has also been responsible for allowing communities to support youngsters who would have been ‘orphaned’ had their home community not been supported to allow the youngster to stay in that community. By our funding of community micro-businesses, the local income is boosted, the youngsters have the opportunity to start to support themselves and the outcomes for those youngsters is much more positive than if they had been accommodated at the orphanage throughout their childhood. The Connect Project has full time staff on the ground in Nairobi, monitoring and supporting our projects and our own Strathallan pupils will receive feedback on the micro-businesses and indeed, have input into deciding which ones we will support. This exchange of information will be ongoing and much of our support is in the form of micro-business loans, so it should be self-sustaining.
Solia Maasai Girls Rescue Centre School:
An oasis of educational and personal development for around 120 girla from 7 – 18 years of age in a cultural environment where arranged marriages of very young girls and FGM are significant issues. These girls are amazing, with high levels of motivation and aspirations to attend University and to become important leaders within their tribe and beyond. Boring but important, when we last spoke to the Headmistress of the School (she is a wonderful lady who really does give her all in the best interests of the girls), top of her wish list for the girls was new mattresses. We have been able to fulfil this wish. In addition, we have been able to provide sports equipment for every girl in the school (including trainers!) in order that they can actively participate in sport. This has had a transformational impact at the school.
Making a donation to Strathallan Kenya Projects:
It is our priority to continue raising funds to educate the 40 children for whom we are responsible.
If you would like to support us by making a donation then please click the Just Giving link below. We would appreciate it if you could mention Strathallan when making your donation to ensure that funds go directly to support our projects.