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SUPPORTING COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN THE SLUMS OF NAIROBI

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Excel Emmanuel

The first school that Porridge and Rice partnered with was Excel Emmanuel Education Centre in Kawangare, an area of the Nairobi slums.

The school is run by a dedicated team who are committed to its success and the education of the pupils.

Many of the children who attend Excel Emmanuel cannot afford to buy food for their breakfast and lunches and frequently go hungry, making it difficult to function, let alone study. We have launched a feeding programme that will provide every pupil (and teacher) at the school with porridge for breakfast, a lunch based on rice or ugali, and a piece of fruit.

The school is in urgent need of repair and development; such as repainting the building, sealing holes in the roofs, and the repairing of classroom furniture like desks. In addition, we need to make major improvements to the school’s “kitchen”. What you see running through that photo is a small stream of water containing, amongst other things, human waste. A drainage system is needed to direct waste away from both the cooking area and the children’s playground.

Many of the teachers at the school only have a high school diploma because they cannot afford the cost of qualifying. They are nonetheless dedicated to teaching and show enormous promise. We are working on raising money to enable each teacher to attend a college or university during the school holidays to become fully qualified teachers. A central goal of our project at Edexcel Emmanuel is not only to fund teacher training, but also to provide a good salary with incentives to keep them teaching at the school.

In March 2014, a small group of volunteers from the charity will be visiting Kawangware to progress our goals by providing direct assistance to the school and initiate programs like feeding the children. In addition, we will be doing research for future projects - like visiting other schools that need support and talking to unemployed HIV positive people with ideas for small businesses that will enable them to become self-sufficient.

All our goals require funding, and we will be running a series of events throughout the year from a sponsored cycle ride to making balloon animals. If you would like to help, you could run your own event, or if you are close to us, attend one of ours. All help, support, and donations are very much appreciated.

A pupil in the Excel Emmanuel playground.

Lunch of rice, stew, and banana.

A school trip to Magadi.

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