You’ve done it, £1,000 raised, thank you

We have reached our appeal target on our Crowdfunder platform with 10 days left of online presence. The Friends of Ket Wangi Orphanage are over the moon, but wait until the kids see their new classroom, properly resourced for learning and fun. Thank you to those who donated and left messages of support, it’s definitely the best Christmas present you will have bought this year. As we have another 10 days left to fundraise, we have posted a Stretch Appeal of £300 to buy 5 double desks for Standard One, the first year of primary education. So please, don’t rest on your laurels yet (that’s for after the Christmas pud!) and keep donating and talking about the project to bring it, and our work in general, to the attention of more could be supporters. Below are some pictures (with before and after) of the work that has been taking place this week  to bring the room to a safe standard before we furnish it. Still a bit to go.

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Our Crowdfunding project is now live

2nd day into our appeal for £1,000 and we are doing really well with £275 already pledged. Thank you so much. Please join in and make a pledge by clicking on this Crowdfunder link. We have some great rewards and in particular packs of 10 lovely Christmas cards exclusive to Ket Wangi. We really want to send them out in plenty of time, so please do help us to reach our target quickly and certainly before 16th December or we will lose the lot. We have some excited children looking forward to enjoying their new learning and playing environment come the New Year. Early education and play is so important to their future that we couldn’t give them a better Christmas present. We can do it with you. Thank you.

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Ket Wangi’s Children in Need’s own appeal

Early Education Development is something we strongly believe in. On Tuesday 18th November we will be launching a special appeal on Crowdfunder.co.uk called Ket Wangi’s little geniuses to kit out a pre-school class. You can preview the little film we made for it on you tube. Please check this page again on 18th for access to the appeal. Hope you can join in. We will have some great rewards on offer. More details and also some news can be found on our latest newsletter. A world apart2

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Well done David!

David Illingworth2Our super hero, multi competitor, made of iron David has completed his challenge. A 1.5km swim, two half-marathons, three triathlons and a further two full marathons between 23 March 2014 and 12 October 2014! You can read all about his exploits and the issues he had to overcome on his blog here. David has so far raised £500 (offline) and is keen to meet his £800 target. You can sponsor him here. All the funds he raises will be used to provide resources for the pre-primary classes. Ket Wangi currently has 22 children in pre-primary education aged 3 to 6 years old. The resources available to stimulate the children intellectually, socially and to develop motor skills are virtually non-existent as you can see in the picture. Most of the “teaching” is done orally with the help of a few books / songs and the imagination and knowledge of their teacher, Roda Atieno. No amount of dedication on her part can make up for this lack of the most basic resources. Sadly a child that misses out on the benefits of Early Childhood Development (ECD) usually ends up performing below expected standards in school and ultimately meets limitations for a productive adult life. Below is David’s plea in his blog’s final thoughts. We’d love you to help him provide tables & chairs, games, books, paints, skipping ropes, climbing tyres, etc, etc  not forgetting some cheerful paint and posters on the walls.

So far we have raised £500.00 thanks to some generous donations. I have been informed that all of the money that has been/is to be raised is going to be used to transform the newly set up pre school classroom (ages 3-6). It will buy general classroom necessities which are currently lacking at the pre school, such as tables, books, stationary, educational and recreational games, toys, paint, posters, balls, skipping ropes etc. This will help to look after the children’s wellbeing whilst giving them a stronger foundation on which their long term educational development is to be built upon. Education is the key to improving the lives of these kids and making sure that they can provide for themselves when they are adults. The staff who work at this institution are absolutely amazing. Despite the fact that they lack the basic resources that they need, the orphanage’s school ranks amongst the top schools in their area for overall exam results. If they can do this now, then imagine what they can actually achieve when the students and teachers both have the basic necessary resources that are taken for granted in pretty much every classroom across the world.

Thank you David, this will mean a lot to 22 kiddies.

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Autumn News and the count down to Christmas

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Revising for exams

children revising in gardens

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