At Portway Infant School, we are proud to help children get an education where ever they may be. We support DCCT in their efforts with African Adventure, by fund raising and charity donations.
Each year Paul Newman comes into school to show us what DCCT have been doing and how our efforts help them.
We have an annual Tracksuit and Trainer Tuesday during Healthy Heart Week for a £1 donation and in recent years we have collected many pairs of shoes for the children and staff at Mamma Kerry School, Rhonda, Nakuru
Mama Kerry is a privately funded pre-primary, primary and secondary school in Rhonda, Nakuru. It was founded by Pastor William Othieno in the wake of the 2007 post-election violence, which displaced many families in the Rhonda community.
At first, Pastor William began providing meals for orphans on Sundays at church, when he learned that many children were not attending school. He was then inspired to set up Mama Kerry.
The Headteacher at the school is Madam Lourine, and she is supported by 12 teaching staff.
Mama Kerry educates students up until Form 3 of secondary level, providing a free education to approximately 120 students between the ages of 3 and 15. Children also receive two daily meals as part of the school’s feeding programme.
African Adventures partnered with Mama Kerry in 2011 and has since sent volunteers to support with the project’s growth and development.
Mama Kerry delivers Kenya’s national curriculum to the lower primary years to prepare them for their KCPE (Kenya Certificate of Primary Education), on completion of Standard 8.
Beginning with just 25 children at inception, the school has now grown to accommodate 120 students.
Since African Adventures and DCCT partnered with Mama Kerry, volunteers have helped to build five new classrooms and have renovated four more. The school has relocated sites twice in this time, initially to be able to expand the school and more recently to secure a more permanent lease, with its latest relocation towards the end of 2017. The new school site has space for more classrooms, and has a tree for shelter from the mid-afternoon sun.
Pastor William ultimately aims to purchase the school’s land so that it can be secured as a permanent site.
He would also like to expand the school by constructing additional classrooms to enable more students to enrol and progress into the upper primary years. With the help of volunteer funding, Mama Kerry can purchase new desks and chairs, educational resources, and sports kit so that the children can have more varied physical education activities.
Pastor William, Madame Lourine, and the teaching staff look forward to welcoming volunteers to Mama Kerry to assist with teaching and building the school.
Portway Infant School have been proud to be linked with St. Trizah’s School in Kenya.
For five years we helped Derby County In the Community support their efforts to improve the school facilities. Over the years our children have sent photos of a typical day at school, written letters and we collected bedding for the new dormitory that DCCT were helping to build. We consistently raised over £180 with non-uniform days. Each year we held a non-uniform day during our Healthy Heart Week as Tracksuit and Trainer Tuesday. We ask for £1 donation towards the funds for DCCT. We collected pairs of shoes, underwear and bedding for the children.
Follow these links to find out more about the children at St. Trizah's and the work of Derby County Community Trust.
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