We are a registered charity for the Longon to Brighton Challenge, a 100km walk / cycle ride taking place in May 2013. If you're interested in taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.london2brightonchallenge.com. A little really does go a long way out in Kenya, so please do consider us for your chairty of choice if you are thinking of taking part in any challenges like this. You can set up your own fundraising web page using virgin money giving.
Dorridge Methodist Church have nominated us as their charity of the year. One of our trustees, Katharine, went along to the launch event in September to tell them a bit about our programmes, and the response from the congregation was fantastic. So far they have been concentrating on raising money for communities to purchase chickens and goats for income generating activities. All the children in the church were given an egg box, and given a target of £4 to collect which would buy a chicken. The church have raised £300 so far and still going strong, so we're really excited about this fundraising opportunity. It's great to see people so inspired by our work.
Click here to read the September edition of our Skiliza Newsletter.
In May 2011 WVP Kenya began working with the community of Nyajuok. The majority of families in the community are subsistence farmers and work hard to provide food for their families. Many of the group members have also run or helped manage smaller community groups in their local area. Within the community there are a large number of orphaned and vulnerable Children. WVP Kenya has worked with local community groups to mobilise the wider community and find solutions to the problems faced. In July and August 2011, 142 community members undertook facilitative training. The adults of the community were trained on topics including caring for vulnerable children, project management and financial management. 80 children of the community were also trained on the rights and responsibilities of children, using local facilitators. After training, the community members proposed that they could run a business hiring tents, chairs and a public address system to local functions. The group chose this business due to the prospect of fast returns and relatively easy maintenance of equipment. WVP Kenya staff helped the community to refine and add detail to their proposal and after approving it made the necessary purchases with funds from the Stichting Liberty. Since mid-October, 2011, the Nyajuok community has been running a fully operational social enterprise and their accomplishments so far have been impressive. As at the end of March 2012 the profits from their business
operations have been used to support 74 vulnerable children within their community. Children supported ranged in age from 5 to 19 with an average age of around 13. The vast majority of children supported were attending primary
school. Children to benefit from the project were selected by the community itselft through an open process where vulnerability of children proposed to be supported was discussed at group and community meetings. Support has been highly targeted as children and their guardians were asked what they needed most to attend school. Support included paying school fees, purchasing required uniform items, or purchasing needed school items like a school bag. A total of 34,520 KES was spent directly on the child beneficiaries by the end of April 2012 (see Table below.  Ksh 34,520 spent on items for orphaned children. Remaining profits to be spent on child beneficiaries mid 2012.).
The community describes themselves as “experienced, lucky and developmental”. They hope that through their efforts the vulnerable children that they support shall become role models for the community. The group members are particularly proud of the planning and co-ordination they feel they have demonstrated so far in running a business, identifying the vulnerable children in their community and purchasing the specific items they require. The
groups business has continued to make profits and from these profits they intend to support an additional 80 children within their community mid-2012. This project is likely to run for many years ahead and support and an ever growing number of children.
We are really pleased that Mark Worrell has chosen WVP Kenya as the Charity to support in the run up for his personal challenge: The Edinburgh Marathon 2013
Check out his Virgin Money Giving page here and support him generously.
We are recruiting again! This time we are looking for a Programmes Support Officer. For more detail, click here
Support 'Team Chignell' in their 2012 Robin Hood Half Marathon run in support of WVP Kenya. You can pledge a donation here
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The 2011 Annual Report has been published and can be downloaded here.
When does ‘free’ mean free? In Kenya, while primary education is notionally at no cost to the child or family, there have long been additional levies and other costs charged, which mean that for the very poorest and most vulnerable, school remains out of reach.
This problem is getting worse. Kenya, like many other sub-Saharan African countries, is seeing unprecedented economic growth, giving rise to a burgeoning middle-class who are happy to spend a little extra to improve their children’s education. Continue reading →