VICDA was very excited to partner with World Teacher Aid, a Canadian organization, to construct Shalom Primary School in the Giwa IDP Resettlement in Rongai, Kenya. The children living at Giwa have had a very traumatic few years as they were violently displaced after the 2007 presidential election. In addition to living in small tents in overcrowded IDP Camps these children had virtually no access to education for about 4 years. The construction of Shalom Primary School was an important project for the Kenyans living in the area and serves as an enormous step forward as they begin to rebuild their lives in their new homes.
Currently 567 students attend Shalom Primary School. Shalom was the first primary school to be constructed in the area and includes classes 1 thru 8, an administration block and 3 toilet blocks. The construction costs approximately $110,00 USD and will be in use for generations to come.
Both VICDA and the residents at Giwa are grateful for World Teacher’s Aid and the work that they have done in the community. Last year donors from World Teacher’s Aid traveled to Kenya to meet the residents of Giwa and to search out new areas in need of schools and donations.
Please take a few minutes to check out this video account of World Teacher Aid’s visit to Kenya in 2011. World Teacher Aid worked with VICDA to construct a beautiful 8 room elementary school house at the IDP Camp in Rongai which serves more than 600 children. They have continued their work with VICDA and will soon open a high school in the same area. The video is posted in 3 parts:
In November and December 2011 VICDA helped to establish Early Childhood Education classes in five of the IDP resettlement camps. These include Giwa Farm, Gitumba Farm, Ndatho Farm, Benjamin and Banita Farms. Early Childhood Education targets children between the ages of two and a half and eight years old who are not able to walk far distances to the nearest Primary School facilities in their neighborhood. VICDA also ensured that these established Early Childhood Education Centers in the camps had a feeding program for the first semester of school. This porridge program will help keep children in school and will provide good nutrition and health. Children who receive the porridge will be able to better concentrate on their studies.
Children at Giwa learn in their new classroom
The IDP’s who resettled at Giwa Farm first started a school for the young children at the camp. Classes were held in a makeshift classroom, an old, abandoned structure that also housed goats and chickens. This environment was not a good one for learning. What is more, the children did not have a toilet to use creating unsanitary conditions. Through the support of partners and donors, VICDA has been able to successfully renovate one of the old structures into a classroom. The structure also has an office for the teachers. A kitchen has been built to assist in the porridge program and two toilets – one girls and one boys – have been constructed.
Children coming to learn at the school are between the ages of 2 and 6 years. One more partner has generously supplied tables and chairs for the children. The young children of Giwa will now be able to study comfortably in their new classroom!
The exterior of the renovated classroom at Giwa
If you would like to help VICDA with their Early Childhood projects in the IDP camps, please consider contributing to the feeding program. VICDA is always looking for generous donors to contribute to their school feeding programs since nutrition and health are so important and, with rising food prices, it’s harder than ever for children in Kenya to eat well. If you ware interested in the Giwa project specifically, we hope that you will consider the upcoming Voluntourism Trip.