Our 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.