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CONSTRUCTION OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL
Number one priority is the construction of the secondary school or what Blessed Generation calls their ‘Dream School’, as rising school fees have altered their ability to send students on to high school.
Their children are a vulnerable group, who apart from financial support, also need emotional support. These two aspects prompted their idea of starting the Blessed Generation High School, a secondary school for the children of their 3 orphanages.
Blessed Generation envisions a boarding High School of the 21st century, an e-learning and quality school, which offers students an optimal connection to their working life. A school which attracts external students, paying tuition fees to help cover the exploitation costs.
Initial construction would entail the build out needed for the incoming Form 1 students (freshman), including:
- 4 classrooms
- Sleeping unit for first year girls
- Sleeping unit for first year boys
Ria is waiting for a new quote from a local builder, but received a previous estimate for the build out of the Form 1 classrooms. Approximately $6,800 is needed per classroom, $45,000 per dorm (this is a very high estimate they are hoping to bring down significantly) and furnishings may be donated.
They have done a lovely write-up on the school, here.
SECONDARY SCHOOL FEES
Funds are needed to cover secondary school fees, for students who do not yet have a sponsor. The cost to sponsor one student per year is $1,025.
The school could also use support for their food program, e.g. donation of rice or the cost to cover the food at the home on a monthly basis. They currently serve rice, beans and maize, and their Riuru location recently constructed a new green house, which provides tomatoes. They too raise chickens and sell their eggs.
In Nyamira, they would like to provide a structured lunch for all children (those in the home and those that attend from outside the home). The community has stepped up to provide 50% of the food, contributing maize, spinach, beans and fruit. $1,150 per month is the cost needed to cover the other half and to ensure all kids can eat lunch on a daily basis.
Water harvesting is needed to plant and grow the food at the home. They have added a water harvesting system to some of their buildings. 3 are needed at the Ruiru home. This can be made a reality for $1,300 per building (includes pipes and tank).
St. Martin’s Secondary School
Aside from the BG home, we are raising funds to enable Bornavita to continue on her educational journey. Bornavita graduated from St. Martin’s secondary school in the Kibagare slum and would like to pursue a degree in Economics. She has applied to study Economics and Finance at Kenyatta University.
Bornavita is among about 30 girls, who is in need of a scholarship. The cost per year is approximately $2,000, depending on the tertiary path she takes.
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