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Education

Education matters – and Kenya’s education system offers more opportunities than many countries. Literacy is estimated at around 90 per cent and primary education is free. However, poorly equipped and maintained schools, lack of materials and skilled teachers – especially in rural areas – are continuing problems. In addition, secondary school education is too expensive for many Kenyans.

Education is at the heart of what we at chariots of mercy do – from advice on healthcare to more formal education and help with the world of work.

Our education program is not just about schools and training. It includes:

  • Bursaries 
  • Peer education
  • Health education
  • Teacher education
  • Youth skills and abilities
  • Girls for Girls
  • Water and health projects – that also support education

 

58 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. These children are at greater risk for exploitation, child marriage, and lower income-earning potential. We address barriers to education and work with communities and local governments to improve the quality of education children receive.

We never give up on people

Chariots of mercy child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

Sponsor a child with chariots of mercy foundation.

Sponsoring a child is a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need.For $40 a month, you'll help that child and their community to stand tall, free from poverty

 

EDUCATION FOR BETTER LIVES

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents; young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Program in west Pokot worked with partners like the Ministry of Education and school management committees to improve school learning environments for children by providing equipment for schools, as well as contributing to the construction of classrooms. These included early childhood development centers and a school for children with special needs.
  • In order to improve the access to education, programs in Kenya raised community awareness about the importance of education and worked with partners to provide materials and school fee subsidies to help children, including those with disabilities, attend school.

 Our Educational Approach

Why are so many children out of school or illiterate?

Due to inadequate training of teachers in reading instruction, high ratios of students to teachers, insufficient teaching materials in children’s home language (mother tongue), and other issues, millions of young girls and boys around the world cannot read or write. These barriers are disturbing every child’s right to a quality education and ability to learn, grow and thrive.

Girls and boys often drop out of school because they must work to help support their families, because of harmful socio-cultural norms and practices (such as child marriage) that prevent them from attending and completing school, and because policies to support children’s school completion are not well reinforced. The lack of education impacts all children, but young girls are often the worst affected, having to face risks of sexual trafficking, child marriage and gender-based violence in schools.

 

What is chariots of mercy doing to help children acquire education?

Our approach focuses on three factors that improve children’s learning:

  • Increasing access to equitable and quality basic education, with special attention to girls and children with disabilities
  • Partnering with parents, local organizations, the private sector, and governments to galvanize greater learning outcomes and opportunities
  • Strengthening community involvement in education to create enabling environments

Do chariots of mercy build school and provide books and school supplies?

  • If a lack of supplies and proper learning environment are barriers to education, we want to address those issues in a sustainable way. Sometimes, that means utilizing corporate or government donations of appropriate teaching and learning materials, such as library books, notebooks, and other relevant school supplies.
  • But we strive for sustainability in all we do, so we focus on interventions like giving parents a small business loan and job training so they can support themselves and afford to send their children to school for years to come.

 

Education for Children

Raised in poverty, children sacrifice their futures for lack of school fees, textbooks, uniforms, backpacks, and pencils. Your gift will help train teachers and get a child the tools to fulfill their God-given potential.

  • We promise to honor your generosity and use your donation in the most effective way possible. The needs and prices shown reflect World Vision projects based on periodic surveys of the countries we serve. Each item is representative of the gift category in which it appears and donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within that category or to address a similar need.
  • The multiplying effect from grants and donated goods may change throughout the year on identical or similar offers due to variations in the start and end dates of donor grants and our programs.

Bursaries

We provide an education bursary fund for children in the communities where poverty has thrived. With only ksh 2500 we keep a child in class for a whole term.this translate to ksh 7500 per year. This has helped students from rural Kenya get the most needed education that helps them change the fate of the community.

We started with a small number of students hoping for God to provide more and thus keeping more in class. It’s our hope that we will keep up to 500 students in school.

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 Peer Education

We have run peer education courses since 2010 in Kenya – these courses include the Lifeskills Programme, hundreds of people have attended Life skills Courses and benefited from information on sexual health, HIV/AIDS, female circumcision and drug abuse . The course has 10 modules to it with the most recent additions on nutrition, mental health and drugs & addiction.

This is made possible by partnering with likeminded organization 

Alternative Rites of Passage is a programme to educate the community about the issue of female circumcision and run a five-day life skills and cultural training for girls who are at risk. The aim is to provide an option – called an Alternative Rite of Passage – for families to choose instead of female genital cutting. And the programme is led by the communities to which those families belong: local women and men prepare the course, the materials and give the trainings.

Health Education

We partner with local community members to deliver courses in Maternal Health and Wilderness First Aid to community health workers and other members of the community. We have established a link between chariots of mercy   foundation and local medic friends on a regular basis to run training courses for the staff including Essential Obstretric and Neo-natal Care courses.

 Teacher Education

Teachers can learn too – which is why local government and chariots of mercy foundation work together on teacher seminars. While these seminars can certainly be useful in helping educational staff hone their skills, abilities and insights in key areas of the curriculum such as drama, art and physical education, teacher education isn’t just about core subjects. Making schools and communities better places to learn is also important. That’s why the Healthy Schools and Life skills programmes are an important part of teacher education.

Water and Health Projects – It Also Support Education

The Education Programme, we believe, can benefit everyone. But education opportunities are affected by other factors too – and that’s where our non-educational development work plays such a strong role.

If there are girls and boys in a family and limited funds are available, the education of the boys takes priority. This is not just based on simple bias.

Women are often tasked with fetching water for their family. With limited infrastructure and transport facilities available, this can mean long walks that take up considerable time that could be spent in education. Another problem for young rural women is the lack of sanitary products. A week a month is often lost because girls do not have access to sanitary products. Our water projects aim to help communities to bring cleaner, safer water closer to home. And a simple but very successful health initiative called Girls for Girls can make a week of missed schooling every month a thing of the past.

Bringing more girls into the education system is important, both for girls themselves and for Kenya. We are learning from the local communities that there are many non-educational needs that can help to make that happen – and we are working with those communities to meet those needs.

…and everyone can benefit

Our objective is very simple: to make sure everyone has the chance to receive some form of education. That’s because we work with many communities and in every case we have seen that education – even the most basic – can benefit not just individuals but the communities they come from. But by gaining a better understanding of the cultures, abilities and needs of the community and its surrounding areas, overseas volunteers, teachers, and chariots of mercy itself can learn too. Everyone can benefit

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