Month in Review: January 2013

Posted on: January 28th, 2013

January has been a busy month with a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare for an anticipated flurry of activity in the next few months.

We have several students receiving MKMF sponsorships at the Meru School for the Visually Impaired and the Meru School for the Mentally Challenged, in addition to assistance with uniforms and other costs for several area schools and universities.  Dorcas was busy early in the month coordinating these scholarships and delivering funds to appropriate schools.  We had a couple of scholarship recipients graduate in December: Francis Mugambi graduated from Nairobi University with a degree in Political Science, and Kenneth Gikumbi graduated from Kaaga Boys School (High School).  Congratulations to you both!

Now that the dry season is here, we hope to begin several school improvement projects.  MKMF partners in the USA are hard at work raising funds for water connection at Ribui Primary, new toilet blocks at Ngiine Primary, and classroom renovations at Kathithi Primary.  We are still short of needed funds for these projects – if you are interested in donating, please contact the MKMF office (if within Kenya) or Seeds of Grace if located elsewhere in the world.  See our Ways to Give page for more information.

 

The locations of the schools where we hope to have projects starting soon.

The locations of the schools where we hope to have projects starting soon. (Click to see a larger version)

 

We are also busy coordinating a book shipment that left the USA in November that just arrived in Mombasa.  These books have been donated by various sources and collected over a few years for children’s libraries and university students in Meru.  We are eager to pick them up as soon as they clear the port, and plan to sort and distribute them in the coming month.

 

The ship that brought the books across the Atlantic. (Courtesy Vessel Tracker)

 

As far as ongoing projects go, we are still working with Makena Textiles computer proficiency weekly.  The nutrition project has been at a standstill due to a longstanding nurses’ strike that has had a devastating effect on the district hospital.  There have been no inpatient admittances at the hospital we work with for nearly two months, although outpatient services have continued.  Patients with severe malnutrition cases that require admission are been referred to nearby mission hospitals.  Many families can barely afford to pay government fees, let alone a private hospital.  No doubt many children we hoped to help save with the donated formula were unable to access care.  We hope for a quick resolution to the nurses’ grievances, for the sake of these innocents and numerous other families impacted by this strike.  Currently two abandoned children are receiving formula milk donated by MKMF.

KCPE (national exam) results were just released today, and we are eager to see if Dale’s tutoring for class 8 students has had an impact on the math scores.  Results have not been released yet to the district, but we do know that one of the three highest-scoring students in Kenya was from Meru County with 430/500.  Congratulations!

 

3 Comments

  • rhoda k karuri says:

    hi! its good to note this, i was pupil @kathithi pry shchool back in 1995 im really touched thanx for work well done

  • Mattie says:

    It is amazing what this small grassroots organization has done and continues to do. I can’t think of a better place to contribute. My monthly contribution through Seeds of Grace is put to such good use. I hope others of you who read this blog will also give monthly, even if it is only $10-25 or 50, will helps MKMF be able to plan ahead and to cover overhead. Fridah does an awesome job as CEO working from her university in the states communicating by electronic means with Dorcus and others.

  • jo matthews (dolman) says:

    Keep up the fantastic work, it was great to see some of it back in 2007/08 when i was in Meru.also to volunteer amongst u all.
    Miss u all loads
    anything i can help with in the uk please get in touch
    God bless x

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